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Mercy Kill (Star Wars: X-Wing (Unnumbered)) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Jun 2013
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"A rare entry point for newbies to the "Star Wars" expanded universe.""--Kirkus Reviews"
A rare entry point for newbies to the "Star Wars" expanded universe. " Kirkus Reviews""
A rare entry point for newbies to the Star Wars expanded universe. Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi books Conviction, Outcast, and Backlash; the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels Betrayal, Exile, and Fury; the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines adventures Rebel Dream and Rebel Stand; novels in the popular Star Wars X-Wing series, including Mercy Kill; and the Doc Sidhe novels, which combine 1930s-style hero-pulps with Celtic myth. He is also a longtime game designer and in 2006 was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) Hall of Fame. He lives in Central Texas.
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The original Wraith Squadron was started by Wedge Antilles. This was a crack squadron of X-Wing aces. Doing the fate of the Jedi, the remains of this Squadron was disbanded, or people moved on. This new generation is more black ops, recruiting people of not just for their fighter piloting skills, mostly with shady pasts and some characters you might never expect to work for the Galactic Alliance unless you have read the Star Wars Legacy comics. In fact very little of this story takes place in the cop pit of an X-Wing. The story is set immediately after the fate of the Jedi series, the Wraiths are brought together to take down the remaining stragglers of the Lacersen Conspiracy.
The main character we do get to know quite well is Voort "Piggy" saBinring a war veteran and a member of the original Wraith Squadron. For the last 15 year he has left the military, over Survivor’s Guilt, and works a maths teacher till he is approached and reluctantly accepts a position in the new Wraiths.
The great thing about this book is it is completely self-contained all the information you need to know in this story is given to you in this book. As I said I would love another book in this series as it was that good. Also it is good to have a Star Wars book that is not just about the Jedi or the Sith, (though I do love the Jedi). Force users do make up a very small proportion of the SW universe. Also we are meet another version sect of force user.
43 ABY. Following the 'Fate of the Jedi' series (in which the evil demigod Abeloth, the Sith and the Empire all tried to seize control of the Galactic Alliance) the galaxy is at (relative) peace. Retired intelligence operative Face Loran is called in to investigate General Stavin Thaal, who is suspected of being part of the Empire's bid for control (the so-called Lecersen Conspiracy) and to do so he recruits a new generation of agents and a few veterans to form a new Wraith Squadron. Unsanctioned and unsupported, the Wraiths have to use what little resources they have combined with their wits and unique talents to take on one of the most powerful men in the Galactic Alliance military.
This is another solid action-espionage story from one of the Expanded Universe's most readable contributors. Allston is completely at home in the Star Wars universe and it doesn't take you long to become enthralled with the exploits of the new Wraiths. It's also great to get the chance to explore one of Allston's stranger and yet most compelling characters; the hyper-intelligent Gamorrean (the pig men guards at Jabba's Palace) Voort saBinring. Voort has changed a great deal since the early days of the Wraiths, having become jaded and broken by the loss of many of his friends through war. There was a particularly poignant scene in which he confronts the young Yuuzhan Vong member of his team and admits his hatred of his teammate's entire race, a consequence of his experiences in the Yuuzhan Vong War and an echo of real world veterans who never quite forgive their former enemies.
This isn't an X-Wing novel. I'm sorry, but it's that simple. Face and Voort are the only characters carried over from the original series of books, although we do get a couple of 'Wraith Squadron Junior' additions in the form of Kell Tainer's daughter and that of Wedge Antilles. Even the Wraiths introduced as veterans (Bhindi and Sharr) weren't in the original books. And going back to Wedge, his name appears in the Dramatis Personae and he was the glue that held the original X-Wing series (both novels and comics) together, but his appearance here is such a brief and shoe-horned cameo that it actually offended me. On an even more basic level, there are very few X-Wings actually in the book (four by my count, the first of which doesn't appear until halfway through the book) and very little of the starfighter combat which was so thrilling in the earlier books. The other problem is that the original series had the vast threat of the Empire to contend with (and great villains like Isard and Zsinj), but here the enemy is just a fairly nondescript, if corrupt, officer and his perfectly ordinary followers.
A nice and enjoyable Star Wars espionage adventure but one which does not live up to the X-Wing branding across it's cover. It's a shame that Allston died with this as his last book in the Galaxy Far, Far Away, because he was truly one of the greats of the Expanded Universe I believe he still had a far better book in him.
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