The intrepid spies, pilots, and sharpshooters of Wraith Squadron are back in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which transpires just after the events of the Fate of the Jedi series!
Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand - for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission.
A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor - and license to do so by any and all means - the Wraiths will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers...and targets, as they put their guts, their guns, and their riskiest game plan to the test against the most lethal of adversaries.
©2012 Aaron Allston (P)2012 Random House Audio
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.
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.
On level 5 of Robot Hell
The music and sound effects really made a great addition to the book. Stuff like doors swooshing open, blast shots and wookie roars give it that little extra bump at drawing you in.
Besides Face sounding like Captain Kirk? When I read I often don't associate voices with characters so he brought more life to the characters.
The moment where Piggy realized that Scut had grown up admiring him.
I love the cameo appearances from members of the old wraith squadron.
It is hard to make a Gamorean likeable but Piggy is the exception.
Not bad, by any means - good book, well read... while some of the charters are familiar from previous books in the x-wing series, it just doesn't feel like the other x-wing books...
A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys good Star Wars stories and spy stories.
I'm not sure of what books I would compare this to, but I think a good comparison is the TV show Leverage. Wraith Squadron works along similar lines running cons to get revenge against corrupt individuals.
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.
Um, "Yay Audiobooks?"
Old characters like good friends. Expansion of new people and cleaning of loose ends. All around a wonderful entry by Aaron Allston.
Nice to get some solid Piggy action.
As always he captures Star Wars perfectly.
Wanted to, yes, did? No. It was wonderfully complex, I kept going back and catching things I had missed.
A spy caper and a wonderful Star Wars Novel.
"S-foils to attack position"
Their back. I'm a huge fan of the X-Wing series of books. I read them first as a teenager and more than ten years on I will still deep into the series for a quick pleasure read. At first I was a little wary of the book but listening to it brought back all the old memories and Aaron Allstons style flows well, the humour and the serious mixed together and with Marc Thompson narrating it's a great listen. I highly recommend it to fans of the series especially for Wraith Squadron fans. Now I just hope they will bring us a new X-Wing book on the Rogues and see how they've changed.
Not bad as far as Star Wars audiobooks go, but could be much better. Audio quality, reading, and production values are all as good as you'd expect from the current batch of SW audiobooks, but the source material is a bit weak. Allston has never been my favourite SW author, another Stackpole X-wing novel would have been much preferable. One for younger fans perhaps.
Quite possibly the worst expanded universe book I have ever 'read'. I've read 90% of the expanded universe and normally like them. Previous Rogue or Wraith stories have been excellent. This never get's going and the plot that is there is dull beyond belief. I was glad when it ended and one of the few audio books I've had where I would want my money back.
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