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Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Hardcover – 16 Aug 2012


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Century (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780891032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780891033
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The X-Wing series follow the adventures of the best starfighter pilots in the New Republic's

forces after the death of the Emperor.

About the Author

AARON ALLSTON was an editor of The Space Gamer magazine, which won the

H. G. Wells Award for Best Role-Playing Magazine in 1982. Allston later became a

freelance game designer, working for Hero Games and Dungeons & Dragons

publisher TSR. His earlier Wraith Squadron and X-Wing novels are some of the most popular Star Wars novels ever.


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I've read all of the previous X-Wing books and comics, and I think that the series as a whole is some of the best stuff in the expanded Star Wars universe canon. Perhaps that, coupled with the 13 year wait since the last entry (Starfighters of Adumar, also by Aaron Allston and first published in 1999) meant I came into this book with too high expectations, but honestly, Mercy Kill is a big disappointment to me.

Some of this isn't actually the book's fault, as I lost interest in the Star Wars novels entirely around the time that Bantam stopped publishing them and the whole Yuuzhan Vong war story arc started. This book expects you to have read every Star Wars book to date, so a lot of references went right over my head. Even acknowledging that, however, there are numerous flaws.

The main storyline in the book is very slow to get going, becomes needlessly complicated and bogged down at times, and there are numerous times when the story is written into a corner and a hopelessly contrived resolution comes along from nowhere, breaking my ability to buy into it even as a Star Wars novel aimed at teenagers. It gets that ridiculous at times. There's also a lot of very predictable moments, too, making the whole thing seem a very rushed affair that was written to a tight deadline at the last minute. I know Aaron Allston is a better writer than this, so I can't think of any other explanation.

The whole reason I bought this book was nostalgia for the characters previously introduced in the series, who were generally very well written and very engaging in the older stories. However, except for Piggy SaBinring, almost all of them are pushed into the background or into very fleeting cameo roles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Robinson on 19 Aug. 2012
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I've just finished reading this book and I find myself a little disappointed - though it was an entertaining read and made me feel very nostalgic for the older books in the series.

As usual, the author has done a remarkable job of bringing the characters to life with a strong plot - he was by far my favourite author of the X-Wing Series.

I just can't seem to connect with the new characters and find the old characters (Face in particular) have been relegated to a supporting role. When the fates of a handful of the older Wraiths are revealed and a few appear in cameo appearances I felt genuinely happy/sad, but as for the newer members... well... I just didn't care!!

Also, it's important that you've kept up to date with the novels as there are numerous references in this book that will confuse matters if you haven't.

Perhaps I just started the reading the book with high expectations after reading the older novels... forgetting that some of the characters are now over fifty years old. Maybe the NEW Wraith Squadron will grow on me.

I hope they get another novel to do that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul C. Davis on 18 May 2013
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Enjoyed this book, but it was slightly less riveting than those in the original set, can't wait for more though..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 15 Mar. 2013
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Was not too sure if I would get into this when I started but once I got going the story became more interesting and kept me reading. With a new lot of wraiths and few old faces it took a while to remember who was who but once their characters were cemented into my consciousness I enjoyed this. It is set years after the original series so changes had to be made but it was good to meet old friends, Piggy and Face, again. Worth reading as their mission is full of twists and some humour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr carl on 4 Jun. 2013
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slow to get going, but once it did a cracking read , the author writes very good x wing books.and some of his other star wars novels are good as well
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While the other books in the series have a great plot and development of the main cast, this one does not. It's hard to feel anything for the new cast and the older ones get shunted to backup roles.

It starts off bitty, and all over the place with no real feel for a plot, plan or any real sense of problem and while the series is good at developing this over the book, this one just isn't.

Read the early books in the series but give this one a miss or just don't expect to much from it.
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very dull star wars novel , unoriginal with a plot that confuses itself at times and relies on fans of the X wing series to carry it , wheeling out some old faces with little development. slow paced and involving the action seems better placed in a spy movie lacking the epic scale or swashbuckling feel of star wars. by half way through I didnt care who won or who survived just as long as it ended
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