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Megan’s Review: X-Wing: Mercy Kill

- Minor Spoiler Review -

Mercy Kill is full of joyful silliness. It also contains death, double-crosses, and the gross-out factor of Yuuzhan Vong technology, but the image of a half-dressed Gamorrean sensuously dancing is the one that I had trouble burning out of my brain. I wouldn’t say that it goes on to define the tone of the whole novel, but it makes a big impact.

So, what is the tone of the whole novel? It’s a mix between A New Hope and Inception, with a team of fighters, thinkers, and actors ranging across the galaxy. Instead of changing reality, they change faces and break stereotypes to get their mission done.

The main character is Voort “Piggy” saBinring, a Gamorrean pilot-turned-professor. His relationship with the other squad members marks the deepest characterization in the book. His conversations with other pilots deviate from the war plot to instead discuss motivations and fears that could apply to the real world as well as the galaxy far, far away. I found Voort’s dialogue some of the funniest in the book, including some references to math that made me laugh out loud not only because they were funny, but because they showed the unique way in which the very intelligent Voort views the world.

Voort is also far from the model-pretty human protagonists who are perhaps the natural inhabitants of a world based on a blockbuster film. Voort’s appearance and alien status makes him a refreshing character. It also brings us back to the dancing. Multiple times Voort takes what is basically the role of the obsequious Twi’lek dancers and distracts an audience with some shimmying.

The second character who gets a lot of face time is Bhindi Drayson, the Wraiths’ leader, who appeared as an incidental character in a few New Jedi Order books. The team has almost as many women as men on the roster, and like the others she’s skilled in stealth and combat. She’s also criticized for having too much of a motherly instinct toward her troops, and her character arc helps Voort’s carry on.

A Yuuzhan Vong character represents the species that dominated the New Jedi Order but was sidelined in most of the latter books. Viull “Scut” Gorsat was adopted by a human family, making him familiar with human culture as well as with the technology of the Yuuzhan Vong. His purpose in Mercy Kill is less as an ambassador of his species and more as an individual – Voort makes the mistake of laying on him all of the Gamorrean’s vitriol toward the extragalactic species. Their conversations was great, and the dynamic they end up with at the end is very different from at the beginning. Voort also supplies a lot of the disguises for the team – living, slimy disguises based on the ooglith masquers that caused so much trouble for the New Republic. Seeing them in action on the side of the good guys was exciting, and it’s nice to see the slow but sure technological development of the GFFA.

Another source of conflict is the generational gab between members of the team, and the wars they have or have not faced. One character refers to “Civil War Two”, another half-reference to the real world that felt a bit coy to me. The titular mercy kill stretches across both generations and ties into other parts of the book, including Voort’s characterization arc and the main plot line.

Everything ties together nicely at the end, and I had fun re-reading parts of the flashback sequences to see where characters recurred and relationships started. The central question of the novel is whether Voort can free himself of the guilt, fear, and anger he’s built up over the years of war – a question consistent with the Star Wars movies’ teachings about the the light side even if they’re taught to a character who isn’t Force sensitive. Other questions include who will survive, which lasers and missile shots will hit their targets, and whether Voort could have ever gotten through this mission without his ability to dance.

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge in order to provide an early review. However, this did not affect the overall review content. All opinions are my own.

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Bry Dean
X-Wing: Mercy Kill 35-Page Excerpt!
New X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover Art
Star Wars: X-Wing: MERCY KILL Blurb
Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Blurb
Star Wars: X-WING: MERCY KILL


X-Wing: Mercy Kill ARC Giveaway!

For our latest giveaway, we are giving out an advance reader copy of Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill! This is the copy we received from the publisher.

All you have to do is follow us on Twitter and retweet the designated giveaway tweet. That’s it! We’ll randomly select a winner from all eligible entries. The contest will last one day.

The X-Wing: Mercy Kill release date is Tuesday, August 7th. Here’s your chance to own a rare advance reader copy!

Novel Review: X-Wing: Mercy Kill

- Non Spoiler Review -

It’s been over a decade since we’ve seen a new X-Wing novel. I’m not sure why we had to wait that long, but I’m glad the wait is over! Aaron Allston returns with an all new X-Wing adventure, Mercy Kill, featuring Wraith Squadron. The elite unit must face new challenges as they aim to root out a suspected traitorous general in the Galactic Alliance Army.

As I started to dig into the book, it was immediately apparent that I was reading an X-Wing novel. I enjoyed revisiting the characters I love, and the fact that an original X-Wing author was at the helm. In Mercy Kill, Aaron Allston built a great new adventure like only he can do, utilizing known characters in a way that was familiar, yet fresh. And there were many times when I chuckled while reading. Mercy Kill has an abundance of smart, well-placed humor to keep the mood light.

The plot is engrossing and keeps you guessing until the very end, which unfortunately means there is an end to this book. I dreaded turning that final page! It’s just that the X-Wing series is so fun to read, and reread.

A great thing about Mercy Kill is that it also has stand-alone appeal. Although it ties into the earlier X-Wing novels, particularly the ones about Wraith Squadron, this new adventure stands on its own. Mercy Kill is an ideal entry point into the backlist for new readers. And again: Aaron Allston. According to Random House, Aaron has 3.3 million Star Wars novels in print, so he’s an obvious Expanded Universe favorite. I personally have asked and have seen other fans ask for a new X-Wing novel from him for years. It’s something that hasn’t gone unnoticed. Here’s a note from him in the book:

Longtime readers of the X-Wing series have persisted for years in asking me, Del Rey, Lucasfilm, and possibly passing strangers, “When will there be another X-Wing novel?” The answer is “now”, and I suspect that a lot of the credit for Mercy Kill goes to your dogged and tireless insistence that this project should happen. Thanks, guys.

You’re welcome Aaron. I think speak for many others when I say, especially after reading Mercy Kill: We want more X-Wing novels!

Oh, and let’s get Michael Stackpole involved in this comeback too.

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge in order to provide an early review. However, this did not affect the overall review content. All opinions are my own.

SEE ALSO:
X-Wing: Mercy Kill 35-Page Excerpt!
New X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover Art
Star Wars: X-Wing: MERCY KILL Blurb
Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Blurb
Star Wars: X-WING: MERCY KILL

Cover Synopsis:

The intrepid spies, pilots, and sharpshooters of Wraith Squadron are back in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which transpires just after the events of the Fate of the Jedi series!

Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand—for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission.

A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor—and license to do so by any and all means—the Wraiths will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers . . . and targets, as they put their guts, their guns, and their riskiest game plan to the test against the most lethal of adversaries.

X-Wing: Mercy Kill 35-Page Excerpt!


Click on the image above to upload the Mercy Kill preview! Enjoy! X-Wing: Mercy Kill is due out August 07, 2012.

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New X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover Art
Star Wars: X-Wing: MERCY KILL Blurb
Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Blurb
Star Wars: X-WING: MERCY KILL

New X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover Art

Del Rey has posted an image of revised cover art for the upcoming X-Wing: Mercy Kill, due out August 07, 2012. Link

We made a few small tweaks to the cover. This is now the final version. (ES)

Here’s a look at the former cover art…

SEE ALSO:
X-Wing: Mercy Kill 35-Page Excerpt!
Star Wars: X-Wing: MERCY KILL Blurb
Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Blurb
Star Wars: X-WING: MERCY KILL

Star Wars: X-Wing: MERCY KILL Blurb

Random House has posted what will likely be the cover text for the upcoming X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston, due to be released on August 07, 2012. Link

The intrepid spies, pilots, and sharpshooters of Wraith Squadron are back in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which transpires just after the events of the Fate of the Jedi series!

Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand—for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission.

A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor—and license to do so by any and all means—the Wraiths will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers . . . and targets, as they put their guts, their guns, and their riskiest game plan to the test against the most lethal of adversaries.

SEE ALSO:
X-Wing: Mercy Kill 35-Page Excerpt!
New X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover Art
Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Blurb
Star Wars: X-WING: MERCY KILL

Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Blurb

StarWars.com has posted the front cover art and blurb from the upcoming Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill, which is scheduled to be released August 7, 2012 in hardcover format. This is an obvious “must buy” for EU fans everywhere, but I have a feeling that many of them will wait for the mass market paperback release in order to match the rest of the series on their shelf.

Outcasts and misfits, spies and warriors, pilots and troublemakers — they’re Wraith Squadron. Founded decades ago by ace pilot Wedge Antilles, this elite intelligence unit, disbanded at the end of a catastrophic civil war, is reunited by former leader Face Loran to find out whether one of the galaxy’s most powerful military officers is a traitor… and whether anyone can stop him if he is. To succeed in their mission, the Wraiths must become thieves, pirates, imposters, forgers, and liars, staying just one step ahead of their enemies and the law!

SEE ALSO:
X-Wing: Mercy Kill 35-Page Excerpt!
New X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover Art
Star Wars: X-Wing: MERCY KILL Blurb
Star Wars: X-WING: MERCY KILL

Star Wars: X-WING: MERCY KILL

Aaron Allston’s upcoming Wraith Squadron novel now has a title:

STAR WARS: X-WING: MERCY KILL Source

In an interview with Suvudu last month, Aaron Allston talks EU and gives us a few details from his upcoming Wraith Squadron novel, which is currently slated for a July 2012 release. Link

Most of the action takes place in the same approximate period as Fate of the Jedi, but there are critical chapters that revisit the Wraiths in earlier years, starting just after they made the jump to become an Intelligence unit. The current-era story reunites some of the longtime Wraiths, introduces new ones, and even has second-generation Wraiths.

Not every subplot that arose in Fate of the Jedi will have been resolved by that series’ end, and it’s up to the Wraiths to clean up a big mess left behind. That’s about all I’m willing to say at this time.

SEE ALSO:
X-Wing: Mercy Kill 35-Page Excerpt!
New X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover Art
Star Wars: X-Wing: MERCY KILL Blurb
Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Blurb

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