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5.0 out of 5 stars Second only to 'The Bacta War' among X-Wing books.
THE STORY:
Wraith Squadron join Rogue Squadron and the fleet tasked with defeating Warlord Zsinj. Zsinj is canny and the New Republic forces are constantly one step behind, but they are led by a man known for his own cunning; General Han Solo.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This book is an excellent read, introducing the Wraiths to the wider Star Wars galaxy whilst the...
Published on 27 Oct. 2004 by Ian Tapley

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3.0 out of 5 stars A tiring literary saga is maintained- barely.
I am probably one of the younger readers of these novels- almost fifteen. I enjoy Star Wars as a fantasy, but I think the literary universe which has now engulfed the years subsequent to Episode VI is being almost mechanically expanded. However, competent author's are emerging in this forum. I truly enjoy Michael A. Stackpole's efforts, and Aaron Allston has a grasp...
Published on 31 May 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Second only to 'The Bacta War' among X-Wing books., 27 Oct. 2004
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Ian Tapley "thefragrantwookiee" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Wars: Solo Command (Star Wars: X-Wing) (Paperback)
THE STORY:
Wraith Squadron join Rogue Squadron and the fleet tasked with defeating Warlord Zsinj. Zsinj is canny and the New Republic forces are constantly one step behind, but they are led by a man known for his own cunning; General Han Solo.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This book is an excellent read, introducing the Wraiths to the wider Star Wars galaxy whilst the battle against Zsinj really hots up (this one's chocca with battles). One of my favourite elements of this book is the way in which Allston begins to integrate his Wraiths with the familiar members of Michael Stackpole's Rogue Squadron, rounding out the X-Wing series nicely. As with the previous Wraith novels, Allston maintains a very high level of comedy whilst never detracting from the seriousness of the battles. All in all this book is an unmissable read (particularly if you want to know the background to 'The Courtship of Princess Leia') and you'll practically be salivating when Han's Mon Remonda and Zsinj's Iron Fist finally go toe to toe.
WHAT'S BAD:
Only the fact that the storyline in which the Wraiths covertly join Zsinj's forces is all but a carbon copy of some of the events in the previous book, 'Iron Fist'.
"Kiss my Wookiee!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A tiring literary saga is maintained- barely., 31 May 1999
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This review is from: Star Wars: Solo Command (Star Wars: X-Wing) (Paperback)
I am probably one of the younger readers of these novels- almost fifteen. I enjoy Star Wars as a fantasy, but I think the literary universe which has now engulfed the years subsequent to Episode VI is being almost mechanically expanded. However, competent author's are emerging in this forum. I truly enjoy Michael A. Stackpole's efforts, and Aaron Allston has a grasp of prose that makes him readable. Allston can certainly juggle multiple characters and a fairly complex plot, but the characters themselves are under-developed, and when they confront decisions the reader has no sense of the emotional process they undergo. It is a virtue of Star Wars as a movie that there is a clear divide between good and evil, but to sustain that in the written medium you must have a stromng sense of the strengths of your characters. They must start from equilibrium, be confronted with a dilemma, either being tempted to evil or enlightened by good, and then choose their course. Alternatively, you develop beyond this and really flesh out the conflict and ambiguity the characers feel and have them evelop less unequivocably. But Allston does neither of these, and consequently loses the actual emotional involvment a reader, or at least a reader like me, experiences. Because Allston can control a plot, he does place his characters in difficult situations, but because we have little sense of character, we have an external, dispassionate perspective. For example, when Lara Notsil is going through her ordeal of conflicting identity, I think 'Yes, that would be awkward,' not 'Oh, what is she going to do?' Another character, Myn Donos, is emotionally unstable since a traumatic event in a previous publication, but the I was never communicated the essence of his instability. Other characters have various attributes that make them novel, some are force-sensitive, some are exotic aliens, but they are all internally bland. Allstonn does come into his element when developong plot and is immensely skilful at it, but in Solo Command (I love the title by the way) even that suffers a little because he has overzealously hinted at the various coming revelations in this and previous books so that nothing is a complete surprise. The characters derived from the film trilogy have a lttle more substance, but only because it has been established previously.
A plot that gives the story scope, enough characters to make them seen less transparent and the Star Wars forum diffuse my dissatisfaction and make the book quite readable, rescuing a monotonously cyclic series of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 13 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Star Wars: Solo Command (Star Wars: X-Wing) (Paperback)
Solo command is probably one of my most favourite SW novels as it is incredibly witty! Wes Janson at his best and Aaron Allston does a good job of delivering action and good humour. The x-wing books should not be compared to the trilogy or other books as they don't centre on the trilogy's main characters but on pilots - which makes for a nice change. I was delighted to learn that at least somebody in the SW galaxy gets to have fun while battling warlords and fighting for the New Republic. Readers who were searching for deep emotional meanings should not read those books as Aaron Allston's novels are meant for us, who like to see our favourite characters have fun and who enjoy a witty SW novel - as there are ridiculously few. The movies are very witty and the humour doesn't get captured in many books. I personally can't say anything bad about Aaron Allston's books (expecially Solo command) as reading them resulted in me falling off my chair and laughing my head off as they were intented to!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Squecky rules, 6 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Star Wars: Solo Command (Star Wars: X-Wing) (Paperback)
This is a good book and we get to see a different side of Han Solo, the commander, his friendship with Wedge and his motives for fighting the empire. Allston deals with tragic love story and emotional breakdown, only in the new series has that looked at that. The end is my only problem, I'm still not sure what exactly happens, its all confusing. The x-wing novels make the galatic civil war in Star Wars seem more real, as there is less consentration with the force and apparently unbeatable foes. The characters are great and Wedge joke on Wes is great, so are Squecky's jaunts in the millenium falsehood, have to read just for them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good carry on from Michael A. Stackpole, 23 May 1999
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I have read volumes 1 to 4 of the X-wing saga and at first I was afraid that the continuations by Aaron Allston were not going to be as good. The reason why I gave this book four crowns is that the characters that you have met in volumes 1 - 4 have been side tracked and have faded into the background but any one who likes this series must read Michaels come back with book 8 'Isard's Revenge'.
This story continues the search for Zsinj and I won't tell you anymore of the story line. A few characters are lost but the story line is excellent.
Enjoy David
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, detailed story, 25 April 1999
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This review is from: Star Wars: Solo Command (Star Wars: X-Wing) (Paperback)
You hear more about Lara Notsil (alis Gara Petothrel), Han Solo and his Generalship, Wedge leading Wraith and Rouge Squadrons on more ariel and commando strikes, treturary in the New Republic, Warlord Zsinji and his erractic plans plus more about the life, work and planning of Han, Wedge and Face (now leading the Wraiths) not to mention some more of Face's "Goffey ideas!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laughs a minute!, 30 Nov. 1999
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A great book if you like to laugh. Face and Jansons practical jokes on the rest of the squadron left me laughing insanely on the couch and I found my self hanging on every word waiting for the shout of "Yub Yub, Commander!" Over all an excellant book, its only fault is the lack of detail in the characters of the Rogue's - EMZ
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for true Star Wars fans, 10 April 1999
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An action packed book, which combines the forces of both Rogue and Wraith Squadrons against Warlord Zsinj. As usual with most of the Star Wars books I couldn't put the book down until I had finished. To those who dare disagree all I can say using those immortal words of Han Solo is 'Kiss my Wookie!'
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 4 Mar. 2013
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these are continuing tales following on from one another dating back all the way to the last film return of the jedi , a must read for any Star Wars fan !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read as always, 2 Jan. 2000
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I am a fan of the whole series and cannot wait for more. These books can be read as 'stand alones' but would be more enjoyable in order. Go have fun!
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