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Wraith Squadron is back in "Mercy Kill", with an adventure that takes place after the events in "Fate of the Jedi".
I have met Aaron Allston a couple of times, and once interviewed him for my Star Wars fan club. He's a great guy, and is one of the best writers for SW books out there, because he can combine action, intrigue, humor, and sheer innovation together into a great story. This book is reminiscent of those that have cemented him as one of the most prolific SW authors.
First off, the narration is excellent, and a special treat for Star Wars audiobooks are the music, ambient and special effects that are weaved throughout the story. You don't get that in most books, and it really helps you feel "in" the Star Wars universe.
As far as the storyline goes, the point of view mostly follows Voort "Piggy" saBinring, an old Wraith Squadron vet, who is recruited back into the action by Garik "Face" Loran. This is an interesting character to feature, I thought. The book also gives us some backstory on what the Wraiths have been up to in the intervening years, and also gives closure on the stories of some of its members that had been left hanging. This also gives us a more emotionally impactful story, as well.
We also are introduced to a new generation of Wraiths in this book. Also, this particular storyline is scaled back from the galaxy-spanning conflicts of "Fate of the Jedi" and others - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It enables us to focus more deeply on the new characters.
A couple of drawbacks - I don't think the new characters mesh quite as well as the old classics. Maybe I'm just nostalgic, though. Also, there isn't much actual starfighter action in the book - its more of Wraith's style of clandestine operations. I think calling the book "X-Wing" in the title generally makes you expect space battles. Finally, the more limited scope of the story didn't quite meet all my expectations - but all these things are subjective and I'll leave it up to you to decide for yourself.
If you liked the other books in the "X-Wing" series, then you should get this one. You'll get more of the characters you love, and you'll get to find out where the story - and the characters - go from here.
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What did you love best about Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Face - because he sounded like Captain Kirk
What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Marc's vocal inflections really sold the levity in the book. I started reading it an then listened a little and it was a totally different feel. So much of Star Wars is so serious and emotional, that I started the reading with the same approach. It's a good thing that I tried the Whispersync thing for audio! I've never been interested in anything rogue Squadron but I really like Marc Thompson, so I tried it. I glad because I was laughing out loud a lot. Now when I go back someday and read it, I'll know what the mood of the book is lighter.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
This book is like reading/listening to NCIS LA, The A Team, Sneakers (the movie), Mission impossible and GI Joe. It's very entertaining and of course doesn't take itself too seriously. Let me tell yo just this, the main character is a Gamorrean who speaks English and has been modified by experiments so he has a genius intellect and also can dance like a Chippendale. There, nuff said? I don't think there is a real lightsaber in the whole book. You'd have to know some things about the FOTJ series to totally get the plot though, the Lecersen conspiracy for instance, and the overall EU historical context.
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Star wars meets espionage with a group of electric chatacters calling in the end for this seris of books..now that they are no longer star wars cannon which is a sad thing as this is how it should have gone. You have to concentrate to understand the complexities of wraith squadrons misson but if you stick with it its very good. The narration is excellent theres a voice for every character and background sound effects makes you feel back in the star wars world. And it makes you actuly love a professor of maths dancing Gammorean!
I read the book when it was released, found it fairly incomprehensible and shelved it with the regret that it was nothing like the others in the series. i decided to give it another go on audio. i wish i hadn't The writing is fairly terrible, the plot seems pointless and just jumps from scene to scene without having any clear purpose. I enjoyed fragments of the book but still don't really understand the point of it. it's nothing to do with the xwing series as most of it takes place in the form of supremely dull planetary settings for the main. Avoid.
Marc Thompson is the best at narrating these stories. I really rate this version of the Stars Wars universe.
I wish they would release more unabridged audio books from the classic star wars extended universe like this