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Iron Fist (Star Wars: X-Wing Series, Book 6) Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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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 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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The story takes off when Gara Petothel must go meet Lara Notsil's "brother" and Face tries to save his friend Phanan. I was hoping for more story in those directions but everyone had to go back to fight in space. Gara Petothel is the best written character of this trilogy. She has a huge arc, a very intriguing character, and I just wonder how she's going to pull it off.
Wedge is very subdued. I want to feel for him, but I can't. He has issues, but he's so down and guarded that I can't get into his head.
Han makes his big appearance at the end. He's almost always written very well, but Allston missed the mark here. Han sounds nothing like Han. He's just so depressed, with none of the fighting spirit we're used to, not even the little quips he relies on to get him through periods of stress. He is completely out of character. He's a general, but I don't even feel his power of command over his ship or the battle. His orders are more like suggestions that everyone just happens to follow. This was very disappointing to me, because I enjoy reading his character and it just wasn't there.
This novel had a lot of potential. Midway through the book, I thought it would have a spectacular ending. Maybe Allston is saving the best for last.