Wraith Squadron is back in "Mercy Kill", with an adventure that takes place after the events in "Fate of the Jedi".
I have met Aaron Allston a couple of times, and once interviewed him for my Star Wars fan club. He's a great guy, and is one of the best writers for SW books out there, because he can combine action, intrigue, humor, and sheer innovation together into a great story. This book is reminiscent of those that have cemented him as one of the most prolific SW authors.
First off, the narration is excellent, and a special treat for Star Wars audiobooks are the music, ambient and special effects that are weaved throughout the story. You don't get that in most books, and it really helps you feel "in" the Star Wars universe.
As far as the storyline goes, the point of view mostly follows Voort "Piggy" saBinring, an old Wraith Squadron vet, who is recruited back into the action by Garik "Face" Loran. This is an interesting character to feature, I thought. The book also gives us some backstory on what the Wraiths have been up to in the intervening years, and also gives closure on the stories of some of its members that had been left hanging. This also gives us a more emotionally impactful story, as well.
We also are introduced to a new generation of Wraiths in this book. Also, this particular storyline is scaled back from the galaxy-spanning conflicts of "Fate of the Jedi" and others - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It enables us to focus more deeply on the new characters.
A couple of drawbacks - I don't think the new characters mesh quite as well as the old classics. Maybe I'm just nostalgic, though. Also, there isn't much actual starfighter action in the book - its more of Wraith's style of clandestine operations. I think calling the book "X-Wing" in the title generally makes you expect space battles. Finally, the more limited scope of the story didn't quite meet all my expectations - but all these things are subjective and I'll leave it up to you to decide for yourself.
If you liked the other books in the "X-Wing" series, then you should get this one. You'll get more of the characters you love, and you'll get to find out where the story - and the characters - go from here.
Face - because he sounded like Captain Kirk
Marc's vocal inflections really sold the levity in the book. I started reading it an then listened a little and it was a totally different feel. So much of Star Wars is so serious and emotional, that I started the reading with the same approach. It's a good thing that I tried the Whispersync thing for audio! I've never been interested in anything rogue Squadron but I really like Marc Thompson, so I tried it. I glad because I was laughing out loud a lot. Now when I go back someday and read it, I'll know what the mood of the book is lighter.
This book is like reading/listening to NCIS LA, The A Team, Sneakers (the movie), Mission impossible and GI Joe. It's very entertaining and of course doesn't take itself too seriously. Let me tell yo just this, the main character is a Gamorrean who speaks English and has been modified by experiments so he has a genius intellect and also can dance like a Chippendale. There, nuff said? I don't think there is a real lightsaber in the whole book. You'd have to know some things about the FOTJ series to totally get the plot though, the Lecersen conspiracy for instance, and the overall EU historical context.
it took a few runs threw this to get a handle in this since i have not read the series before this. More my fault as I just saw the star wars xwing and assumed it was a move ahead on the old series. Still this was a good book and I really enjoyed it... now I'll just go ahead and find the books in the middle to fill the gaps.
really hope they keep releasing these books un abridged as the really short one's do the stories justice.
I haven't read the book so I can't say how this audio compares to the print, but I can say that hearing the different "people" really adds to the enjoyment. if you let yourself go, you can really hear the humor when each character interacts with each other.
I was extremely impressed with how well the reader preformed on this book. Hearing each person and each inflection really brought the characters to life.
Oceans 11 in space
This is not a deep book. I read some complaints that the "villan" was not that impressive. I agree. If you want to read/listen-to about a great "villan" then read/listen-to one of Timothy Zahns books. If you want to relax and enjoy some funny character driven Star Wars moments, then this is the book for you.
A good story and continuation of the tale in the previous books but still seems to be missing some of that Star Wars charm.
I liked that the story was about a counter espionage group and Marc Thompson voiced it. What I like the least was the fact I didn't know this was a counter espionage book.
It gave a good incite to the counter intelligence groups of the Star Wars universe, but the characters were not very interesting, they were all no names to me. Not much background on any of them, especially why there was a rouge ex-Jedi running around with the squad.
Nothing stood out.
Not really; the book was one shot.
I don't think it needs another moving forward in my opinion. Not unless the author is going to delv deeper into some background of each character more, because I have to care about them to care about another book.
Bindi's voice was terrible, otherwise the narrator and production of the audiobook were great. The story itself was also good, everything I'd hope from an Xwing book. could have used more Corran Horn, but I suppose that can't be helped.
This was a great book I am disappointed,that with the reboot and the untimely death of the author, that we won't have another wraith story. The characters were fun and developed adequately. Piggy coming full circle and putting to rest his unrealized demons was rewarding to read IMO. I highly recommend this book.