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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

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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 08-09-12

The Wraiths Are Back

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.

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Ended up being better than reading it.

What did you love best about Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill?

The Humor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Face - because he sounded like Captain Kirk

What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh definitely

Any additional comments?

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.

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little disorienting

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.

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  • Scott
  • Spokane, Wa
  • 12-10-12

Classic fun

Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill to be better than the print version?

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.

What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Oceans 11 in space

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Troy
  • Narre Warren South, Australia
  • 10-02-12

Where are the X-Wings?

A good story and continuation of the tale in the previous books but still seems to be missing some of that Star Wars charm.

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  • John
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 09-03-12

Not your typical Star Wars story

What did you like best about Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill? What did you like least?

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.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing stood out.

Do you think Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really; the book was one shot. <br/><br/>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.

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Not that great

Found it hard to stay interested but the narration was good the story was not as good as other star wars books.

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Very good for the old expanded universe.

I always love to hear Mark Thompson do his stuff. And all was great the entire book a must read.

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Great audio book

Marc Thompson's narration of this audio book was a good performance. I love the adde music and classic Star Wars sound effects throughout the story. Makes the audio book come alive in the minds eye. Marc dose well in voice inflictions creating a unique voice for each character. Loved it.

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Yup Yub, Commander

The last Star Wars novel by my favorite EU author. Words can't express how much of a loss his passing was. It does not disappoint, as befits a story by a man who could have written a phone book and made it entertaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-17

An end of an era ill miss this galaxy far far away

Star wars meets espionage with a group of electric chatacters calling in the end for this seris of books..now that they are no longer star wars cannon which is a sad thing as this is how it should have gone. You have to concentrate to understand the complexities of wraith squadrons misson but if you stick with it its very good. The narration is excellent theres a voice for every character and background sound effects makes you feel back in the star wars world. And it makes you actuly love a professor of maths dancing Gammorean!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-16

Dull

I read the book when it was released, found it fairly incomprehensible and shelved it with the regret that it was nothing like the others in the series. i decided to give it another go on audio. i wish i hadn't The writing is fairly terrible, the plot seems pointless and just jumps from scene to scene without having any clear purpose. I enjoyed fragments of the book but still don't really understand the point of it. it's nothing to do with the xwing series as most of it takes place in the form of supremely dull planetary settings for the main. Avoid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-24-16

bit meh

feel like this one was a slog... But I'm not familiar with Wraith Squadron, so knew none of the characters. I wish the whole Star Wars Xwing books were on here un abridged so I could go through them. narrator was great though,

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  • mr
  • 09-14-14

The only title i have returned.

What disappointed you about Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill?

The narration was terrible and the plot weak.I am a huge SW fan ecspecially the x-wing series, but this was just a shameless grab for some quick cash.

What didn’t you like about Marc Thompson’s performance?

flat with no attempt to bring the caracters to life.

What character would you cut from Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill?

the narrator

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  • Pat
  • 12-23-12

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.

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  • MR
  • 12-23-12

not bad

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.

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  • mr
  • 12-14-12

Completely dull

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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  • Lloyd Brown
  • 09-20-16

great storyline

Marc Thompson is the best at narrating these stories. I really rate this version of the Stars Wars universe.

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  • emporerz_hand
  • 03-13-16

superb

I wish they would release more unabridged audio books from the classic star wars extended universe like this