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A good first outing for the Wraiths.
on 27 October 2004
Three and a half years after 'Return of the Jedi', Wedge Antilles sets out to create a new type of starfighter squadron, one capable of being the quiet vibroblade to Rogue Squadron's shining lightsaber and one created entirely from failed pilots.
Although I was worried about the idea of another author taking over the X-Wing reins from Michael Stackpole, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Allston's writing style is not so dissimilar as to cause problems. Like Stackpole, Allston has a talent for writing dynamic combat sequences and coming up with novel strategies to surprise you. Where Allston beats Stackpole is in the humour stakes. The characters in this book (particularly Face, Phanan and Janson) will literally have you laughing out loud at their witicisms and childish pranks. The new pilots are all interesting characters with diverse backgrounds, the discovery of which makes the book worth reading, if for no other reason.
By the nature of this book it is all too similar to the first book of the X-Wing series, 'Rogue Squadron', even going so far as to have a disapproving general frowning on Wedge's activities. The only other real problem I had was the fact that, but for a few minor differences, Kell Tainer is the same character as Corran Horn, with Allston using him in exactly the same way that Stackpole used Horn.