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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; First Ed edition (February 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553579002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553579000
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This is a fast-moving and exciting installment in the X-wing series, the third by Aaron Allston. Once again, Wedge Antilles, "Face" Loran, and the other pilots of Rogue and Wraith squadrons are up against the Warlord Zsinj, who this time is trying to foment mistrust and fear between the human and non-human allies of the New Republic. A series of assassinations by Twi'leks and Gotals has led to the Provisional Council withdrawing all members of these races from active duty. Wedge suspects the aliens have been brainwashed, but it won't be easy to prove.

To defeat Zsinj, the Rogues must destroy his flagship--the super star destroyer Iron Fist--but first they have to persuade Zsinj to risk it in battle. In an attempt to draw him into the open, they mock up a copy of the Millennium Falcon and use it to attack Zsinj's many business interests.

Featuring a guest appearance by General Han Solo, this is a well-written addition to the X-wing series. Allston develops excellent camaraderie between the pilots as they play elaborate practical jokes on one another between missions. And there are plenty of missions, with at least half a dozen set-piece engagements, some in space, some planetside, all described in loving and convincing detail. --Elizabeth Sourbut

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Wraith Squadron: they are the Rebel Alliance's ultimate strike force. Sleek, swift, and deadly, they are the first in battle, the last line of defense. Now they must find and destroy a wily enemy more powerful than the Empire itself.

Their covert mission has been a success. The enemy has been vanquished. Or so they thought. The Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist somehow escaped destruction and with it the New Republic's greatest threat, the infamous warlord Zsinj. To defeat him, Wraith Squadron must join a combat task force led by the only man crafty enough to beat Zsinj at his own game: Han Solo.

But Zsinj knows the X-wing fighters' indomitable courage is both their greatest strength--and their greatest weakness. For even against the most overwhelming odds, the Rebels will fight to the death. And that will leave Zsinj the galaxy's unchallenged master! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of 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; and the Doc Sidhe novels, which combine 1930s-style hero-pulps with Celtic myth. He is also a longtime game designer and was recently inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) Hall of Fame. He lives in Central Texas.

Customer Reviews

Great job, Allston.
lab tech
In this book Han Solo is back to command a task force including Rogue and Wraith Squadron, as well as some of our favorite heroes; Wedge, Han, Wes, and Lara Notsil.
Brian
This is one of the best Star Wars Books, no question.
"rogue_7"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lab tech on September 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
1. The Rogues are back with more to do. Corran Horn, Tal'Dira, and Iniryi Forge have quite a bit of stuff here. Forge's one chapter seems to give more dialogue than Stackpole ever gave her after WEdge's Gamble.
(Man, this keyboard is messed up. Any mistakes are probably because of the keyboard. Keys are sticking all over the place.)
2. The humor is still great. Wedge' mutiny and his revenge on Jansen are terrific. Elassar Targon seems to fit in well withthe Wraiths, except for Runt of course.
3. Awww, Wedge is back with Iella, I guess. Sort of. She's mentioned in one scene. Anyway, they are back together.
4. Han Solo is dead on with character. Great job, Allston.
5. Great Drama marks this book. The scene where Face accidently makes a revalation over an open comm channel is great. Wraiths in the oven, also good. Wedge and Baron Fel played out great too.
6. Deaths. Allston has backed the body count down a notch or two but the deaths of characters are appreciated. Two relatively minor characters are dispatched in various battles but the way one of them dies is particularly chilling.
7. About time we had assasins in the SW universe. The attacks on the political and military officials were very nicely done.
8. Opening. Allston has the best opening paragraphs of any SW EU author IMHO. He started off Iron Fist with a bang and he matches it here. Twelve minutes to live. Wow!!
One minor quibble:
It got a little old having Solo jump in and pound at Zsinj and then having him jump out and Solo slumps his shoulders in despair. Redundancy and predictability are the name of the game in these slugging mathces.
Gotta go. I'd stay longer but someone just came in to tell me that the Rancors are stealing my top hats. I've got to put a stop to that. See ya.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on June 28, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Solo Command" is the seventh volume in the X-Wing series and is the concluding book of Aaron Allston's trilogy about exploits of the Wraith Squadron founded by Wedge Antilles. To give a quick refresher, Wraith Squadron was formed because Wedge's Rogue Squadron was so well known as being the best that anytime the Rogues were dispatched on a mission any chance of covertness was eliminated. While the Rogues were the best of the best, a Star Wars Top Gun squadron, the Wraiths were chosen from the dregs of the New Republic. These are the pilots who, for one reason or another, were going to wash out. This isn't to say that these pilots can't fly an X-Wing, because they can, but rather it was often behavioral issues that caused the problem. But Wedge didn't form the Wraiths to be an elite unit like Rogue Squadron. Wraith Squadron is to be a unit designed to get the pilots in close and do insurgency missions, often on the ground. The primary mission of the Wraiths has been against the Warlord Zsinj, a former Imperial turned criminal who is the largest threat to both the New Republic and the vestiges of the Empire.

Finally the New Republic and the Wraiths will be going after Zsinj directly. The plan is to attempt to lure Zsinj into a battle where his flagship, the Iron Fist, can be captured or destroyed. To do this, the Wraiths are using Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon as bait...or a decoy of the Falcon. The Wraiths, the Republic, and even an officer in the Empire are working together to attack the businesses of Zsinj so that he will be forced into combat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
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The best book I've ever read. Allston makes the life of a pilot sound like an exciting and daring adventure. And he picked his charactors so well. who woulda thunk that Solo woulda become commander of a star destroyer. An excellent book to use to convert anyone to the SWU.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Pruette VINE VOICE on July 22, 2008
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Solo Command is the seventh book in the X-wing series and the third one by Aaron Allston after four by Michael Stackpole. In Mr. Allston's books, we travel primarily with Wraith Squadron, a group of highly capable, but possibly not yet well trained, pilots put together by Wedge Antilles with the specific goal of finding and destroying Warlord Zsinj and his ship Iron Fist. The members of Wraith Squadron are a mixed band representing a multitude of different skills. Each one also appears to have been somewhat of a misfit along the way. Additional characters play major roles in this tale. Flight Officer Lara Notsil is a woman with a hidden background, varying loyalties along with a multitude of names and identities with appropriate backgrounds to match. Rogue Squadron also gets to help out in this book. It's good to have them back.

General Han Solo has been leading the efforts to find and deal with Warlord Zsing. However, all efforts so far have failed to flush out Zsing in an attempt to win a final battle. So after hearing a joking suggestion from a pilot in Wraith Squadron, Solo agrees to the construction of a fake Milennium Falcon that will be flown on various missions. The hope is that Zsing will be unable to resist a possible opportunity to capture his nemesis Han Solo. Along the way, we are also introduced to a nefarious plan of Zing's to biomedically transform various sentients into vessels who will perform specific attacks upon receipt of a codeword. A major battle takes place on Saffalore at a Binring Biomedical facility where Piggy of Wraith Squadron underwent a biological transformation.

The plot of this book wanders aimlessly a few times, but the conclusion and the various battles taking place during the wandering make up for it. Wraith Squadron is an interesting band of unusual pliots, and their adventures are well worth reading.
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