Iron Fist (X-Wing #6) (Star Wars)

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Title: Iron Fist

Series: X-Wing #6

Author: Aaron Allston

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

 Pages: 326

 

Synopsis:

Now that Wraith Squadron has coalesced into a Unit, they can begin their mission, to bring down Warlord Zsinj.

This time, they must prevent Zsinj from getting his hands on another Super Star Destroyer. To do so, they must become pirates, with all the dangers attendant in such a line of work.

And not everyone lives.

 

My Thoughts:

Thoroughly enjoyed this. The attention is spread out amongst several of the Wraiths and this allows Allston to tell a broader story with multiple threads.

And he is just funny! I think that is what is most memorable about this second set of X-Wing books, the humor. They’re still adventurous, still full of action and suspense but I end up feeling lighter after reading these.

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Wraith Squadron (X-Wing #5) (Star Wars)

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Title: Wraith Squadron

Series: X-Wing #5, Star Wars

Author: Aaron Allston

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 416

 

Synopsis:

Wedge puts together a new X-Wing group, one that is multi-talented in more than just flying and fighting with X-wings.

However, they are all the dregs, the washouts, the problem children, of other units. Can Wedge forge them into a new squadron, one that is equal to Rogue Squadron?

Or course he can; this is the Star Wars Expanded Universe after all!

 

My Thoughts:

Stackpole’s writing was much more intense, almost darker. Allston on the other hand, injects a much needed dose of humor throughout the whole book and makes it work. I like Allston’s writing and am sad that we’ll never be reading any more new stuff from, as he died earlier this year.

With a different author, we veer away from Rogue Squadron and into the Adventures of Wraith Squadron. A more disparate crew you won’t be able to find, except maybe on the Millennium Falcon. A whole group of sentients with some serious issues, in one form or another. It is a lot of fun to see them coming together as a group and fixing their issues.

Wraith Squadron’s mission, overall, is to find and destroy Warlord Zsinj. And these books focus on the little missions leading up to that denouement.

The Bacta War (X-Wing #4) (Star Wars)

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Title: The Bacta War

Series: X-Wing #4, Star Wars

Author: Michael Stackpole

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 350

 

Synopsis:

Wedge, Coran and Co fight Isard and kill her in the end. Coran and Mirax get married and Mirax’s dad, Booster Terrik, gets a hold of a Star Destroyer for his personal gad about the universe.

 

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this. It is just recently my desire to write reviews has plummeted, so I’m mailing these in and keeping track that I read them.

The Krytos Trap (X-Wing #3) (Star Wars)

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Title: The Krytos Trap

Series: X-Wing #3 , Star Wars

Author: Michael Stackpole

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 355

 

Synopsis:

Having just lost my review due to one stupid unfortunate swipe of the mousepad, yet again, this will be the last review I compose here in Booklikes.

I will be using a word processing program and reduce my stress and general level of profanity, which our neighbors will greatly appreciate.

Ok, Corran is captured, not dead and in his escape finds out his Gramps was a jedi and he is too.

Rogue Squadron plays politics because that scumbag Bothan Borsk Fey’la has decided he will be a player in galactic politics.

 

My Thoughts:

Reading this again was probably a mistake. Not because it was bad, but because it was just plain mediocre. And considering that these are probably near the top of the stack in quality, that is sad.

Not that I’m bitter about Disney’s total raping of the Extended Universe or anything. That doesn’t color my thinking at all, oh no. /sarcasm

Sadly, I feel like Star Wars has been ruined all over for me now.

Anyhow, this was an enjoyable read and there was a lot I had forgotten. I plan to finish out this series but re-reading this series that I had enjoyed so much in the past has made me seriously consider selling all my Star Wars books. Bleh…

Wedge’s Gamble (X-Wing #2) (Star Wars)

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Title: Wedge’s Gamble

Series: X-Wing #2, Star Wars

Author: Michael Stackpole

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 358

 

Synopsis:

The New Republic MUST take over Coruscant if they want to truly be a Galactic Power. With that in mind, Rogue Squadron heads to Coruscant to scout out the lay of the land. However, due to scheming and politics, the invasion must begin NOW and it is up to Rogue Squadron to figure out how to peel the hard fruit that is Coruscant.

And they are not unopposed. Ysanne Isard, the new Head of Security and Empress of the Empire in all but name, is preparing for the invasion and has brewed up a nasty plague to welcome the New Republic.

And the traitor is still in the midst of Rogue Squadron, reporting to Kirtan Loor. Who can it be?

 

My Thoughts:

No one ever said that Star Wars books are finely crafted pieces of literature. But some are better than others and they all fall prey to the drama of Space Opera.

This book was a bit fuller of said drama than the previous book, hence the 1/2star reduction.

I mean, 12’ish people go to a planet that is one giant city of 3+ trillion people and they have separate missions and they all end up together? Cue the eye rolling please.

Corran lusts after the hot babe Erisi and knows deep down that they aren’t for each other? But he and Mirax have so much in common so the seed of love is there? Cue the eye rolling again!

Thankfully, there is a lot of speederbike fights, shoot outs and general adventure and mayhem to distract from the eye rolling’ness. One thing I do like is that even though Corran is the main character, Wedge Antilles has as big a part in the story as he does. I like finding out more about side movie characters.

Rogue Squadron (X-Wing #1) (Star Wars)

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Title: Rogue Squadron

Series: X-Wing #1, Star Wars

Author: Michael Stackpole

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SF

Pages: 388

 

Synopsis:

When the Emperor died, the Empire did not. It was up to the Rebellion, now the newly minted New Republic, to continue the fight. One of the most notable parts of their military was Rogue Squadron, the X-Wing group that had helped take out 2!! Deathstars.

Now Rogue Squadron must build itself up with new members and go on missions that are so high profile that the mere mention of Rogue Squadron will send the enemy fleeing.

The first 4 books of this series center around Corran Horn, former Correllian Security [CorSec] agent and his integration into the New Republic.

 

My Thoughts:

You want Star Wars that is tight, exciting, full of intrigue, suspense and action? Well, this book delivers.

I originally read this back in 2000 and all I put was the genre, as Science Fiction. I was on quite the Michael Stackpole kick back then and this book fit in perfectly, as it combined him and Star Wars.

No jedi, no sith, no philosophical ramblings about grey areas and crap like that. This was action and a man coming to grips that his beliefs might not be the be all and end all he thought they were.

Really good space battles, some romance [just a smidge, mind you. enough to leaven the loaf] and a bad guy who has a case of the “I hate you personally” really bad for Horn and Rogue Squadron.

This book takes place before Coruscant is in the hands of the New Republic and you really get the sense that the NR is just being birthed and could truly be snuffed out without too much effort. Good stuff!

Mercy Kill

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Star Wars: X-Wing #10

Aaron Allston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Awesome!

While it has been a while since I’ve read some X-Wing’ness, and I’ve forgotten most of who comprised Wraith Squadron, who can forgot a smart Gamorean who can pilot an X-Wing? Good ol’ Piggy!

He is what made this work for me. The overall story of political intrigue and traitors between the GA and the New Empire was only so-so.

But like I said, Piggy/Voort was just great. And I have to admit, I never saw the whole Yuuzon Vong part coming. You could have knocked me over with a feather when it was revealed that Scut was Vong. I wish he had died an evil villian instead of really being a good guy. No Vong will ever be a good guy in my books.

So go read this!