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Star Wars: X-Wing: Iron Fist (Star Wars: X-Wing - Legends Book 6) Kindle Edition

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Listening to books in the X-Wing series is a lot like listening to the classic radio dramas that are Star Wars' wellspring. Words, music, and sounds create a vibrant world in the mind's eye, full of action and suspense. Tony Award nominee Anthony Heald (Anything Goes and Love! Valor! Compassion! ), fashions many easily differentiated voices, human and alien--yet always with restraint, never caricature. He brings a great deal of enthusiasm to the second book in the series to feature Wraith Squadron, a collection of misfits and losers who are meant to take on the missions that no normal X-Wing squad can handle. In X-Wing Iron Fist, the Wraiths are assigned to help bring down the corrupt Lord Zsinj and his Super Star Destroyer, Iron Fist. To do so, the Wraiths must pose as pirates and try to join Zsing. For the Wraiths, though, being outlaws comes easily. This is a rousing tale that combines with the equally rousing John Williams score to create fine space opera that will be enjoyed by all ages. (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --Brooks Peck

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They are the Rebel Alliance's ultimate strike force--sleek, swift, and deadly. For these X-wing fighters, no job is too dirty or too dangerous. Now they must rise to meet an impossible challenge: stop a powerful warlord by pretending to be his ally.

Against all odds, the controversial Wraith Squadron has survived its first covert mission. But now they are called upon to cheat death twice. This time Wedge Antilles sends them in to stop the warlord Zsinj and his Super Star Destroyer, Iron Fist. If Zsinj joins the Empire, it could turn the tide of war against the Rebels. The Wraith Squadron's mission: infiltrate the warlord's fleet and uncover his carefully guarded plans. To do so, they must pose as ruthless pirates seeking to join Zsinj's forces. And that means first becoming pirates in space lanes teeming with Imperial Navy patrols. If that isn't enough to get them killed, they'll have to pass one last test--a suicide mission for Zsinj.

Can they survive the test and turn the tables on Zsinj?

Or is this the end for Wraith Squadron?

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  • File Size: 6692 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (June 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513E4M6
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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.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Star Wars books sometimes suffer from life- and galaxy-shattering plots, to the point the they are often depressing, unbelievable, and sometimes just stupid. The Wraith Trilogy (Rogue Squadron: Wraith Squadron/Iron Fist/Solo Command) is almost the antithesis, injected with humor and life, even though the characters are self-professed screw-ups about to be washed out of piloting. Instead of being a lot about piloting and aerial dogfights, this unit is made up of commandos who are also great pilots. The characters are mainly new and untried, and desperate to impress their commander, Wedge Antilles, hero of the New Republic, who creates this unit to meet a real need. The Wraiths learn to trust each other, cheer together when they succeed and cry real tears when missions don't go according to their plan, and they lose friends and comrades. Though these stories were obviously conceived to dove-tail into "The Courtship of Princess Leia," they are great stories, with many funny lines and situations. Its not all comedy -- the unit helps one member through manic depression and career-ending insanity, another is a spy who ends up wanting to be just an honest pilot, another is a former slave who is forced to murder a squadron mate, yet another realizes that he is the killer of the father of one of his pilots, another seeks to contact a traitor to learn about his sister, etc. Heady and heavy stuff! Since none of these are main or film characters, there is no fear of contradicting continuity for the characters of this series. I became a Star Wars novel fan through these lines of books. I admit, I am disappointed with most of the other novels, and always wish that more Wraith Squadron books could be written instead, even as children's books, if need be!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on May 10, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Iron Fist" is the sixth book in the X-Wing series and is also the second volume in Aaron Allston's trilogy about the Wraith Squadron. After being formed by Wedge Antilles in "Wraith Squadron", the Wraiths are out to eliminate one the biggest enemies of the new Republic: the Warlord Zsinj. Unlike the legendary Rogue Squadron of the first four books, Wraith Squadron is more of a covert insurgent squadron than the elite pilots that comprise the Rogues. The purpose of the Wraiths is completely different.

To get close enough to Zsinj to destroy him, the Wraiths pose as a band of pirates looting and attacking former Empire outposts and installations. They come to the attention of Zsinj and the Wraiths finally have their chance to take out Zsinj, but the risk is great. Being identified as Republic will eliminate any chance of a covert action against Zsinj and the chance of all of the Wraiths being killed in action is great. But the mission is more important than their lives.

This book had a somewhat slow start, but Allston soon picked up the pace with well written space battles and a lot of humor. The humor is something that sets this little series apart. The Wraiths are almost constantly joking and pulling pranks on each other all the while working to complete their mission. It really is a treat to read for the Star Wars fan. The X-Wing books, "Iron Fist" included, seem to have a very good grasp of the heart of Star Wars. It's fun. These books would likely have made good movies had George Lucas decided to take the series in this direction. I scarcely need to recommend the sixth X-Wing book because anybody who has read this far certainly already enjoys the series. But, if a reader is looking to get into the Star Wars novels, the X-Wing series is an excellent place to begin. Start with "Rogue Squadron" and work through the series.

-Joe Sherry
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit, while I am definatly in favor of having the Star Wars storyline continued through novels, a vast majority of those which have been written and published have been far from up to snuff. Sure, Zahn's works a fabulous, and Mike Stackpole writes some pretty good stuff, but a lot of the Star Wars literature, like Anderson's and Hambly's books, leave A LOT to be desired.
Fortunatly, some visionary decided to allow Aaron Allston to try his hand at writing Star Wars. Allston takes Yoda's imfamous (and overused) words to heart and doesn't try, but does. The second X-Wing trilogy is, in my humble opinion, the finest work of Star Wars literature next to Zahn's books.
Iron Fist picks up right where Wraith Squadron left off. Having defeated Admiral Trigit, the Republic decides the time has come to go after Warlord Zsinj. Of course, it wouldn't be Wraith Squadron to do things the simple way and engage Zsinj in a head to head fight, so Allston concieves a clever (and often entertaining) means of getting to Zsinj covertly.
Like Wraith Squadron, Iron Fist demonstrates Allston's outstanding skill in portraying realistic characters. Each of the Wraiths has a distinct personality, and I generally found something to like about each of them. Particularly interesting is Lara Notsil, who I first feared would be generic. No spoilers, but she turns out to have a great deal more deapth than it originally appears.
Allston also does a great job of getting the reader to feel some emotions. The Wraiths, unlike Stackpole's Rogues, have a strong humorous side, and some of the practical jokes they pull on each other are laugh out loud riots. The infamous Lieutenant Kettch returns, and he has an even greater role here than in Wraith Squadron. But not everything is fun and games.
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