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Isard's Revenge (Star Wars, X-Wing #8) Mass Market Paperback – April 13, 1999
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Michael A. Stackpole returns as author of the eighth book in the X-Wing series, taking over again after three novels from Aaron Allston. Wedge Antilles has transferred back from Wraith to Rogue Squadron, and many of the characters from Stackpole's first four books reappear, including Ysanne Isard, the villain of Book 4, The Bacta War.
Now that Grand Admiral Thrawn is dead, the New Republic wants to go after the warlords and decides to make an example of Krennel, who murdered a whole family in his rise to power. But Krennel has an unexpected ally: the treacherous Isard, whom the Rogues thought they had killed, is now plotting their downfall. She uses New Republic prisoners, with whom Rogue pilot Corran Horn was held for a while, as bait. The plot twists and turns, sometimes confusingly, as Krennel, Isard, and the Rogues try to outguess one another.
As ever in the X-Wing books, there are plenty of space battles, with Wedge Antilles, now promoted to general, leading the way. Meanwhile, the aversion Imperials feel toward nonhumans and the tensions between the various species making up the New Republic provide a couple of subplots that make this a thoughtful, action-packed installment in the series. --Liz Sourbut, Amazon.co.uk
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and deadly, the famed X-Wing fighters have earned their reputation as the Rebel Alliance's ultimate strike force the hard way--first in battle, the last line of defense. Now they must make a deal with the devil herself--an enemy whose ultimate goal is their total annihilation.
It's the kind of mission only Wedge Antilles and the Rogue Squadron would dare to undertake. Against impossible odds they will stage a daring raid into an enemy stronghold--only to be rescued from certain destruction by an unexpected ally.
Ysanne Isard, the ruthless Imperial commander, has appeared on the scene seemingly from out of nowhere. Now she proposes a most unusual alliance, offering to help Wedge rescue his captured comrades from Imperial Warlord Admiral Krennel's sadistic prison camp.
But her offer is not without a price. Wedge must lead Rogue Squadron in Isard's deadly struggle against an enemy made in her own image. It's an
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Another factor that makes me enjoy this book so much is Prince-Admiral Delak Krennel, the main antagonist for the book (despite the title of the story). He is an Imperial Admiral who murdered the sucessor to Emperor Palpatine and stole his holdings, a dozen worlds and enough ships and soldiers to defend them. He has taken no offensive action against the New Republic since taking control of the Ciutric Hegemony, but the New Republic has decided that ANY former Imperial warlords must be crushed and swiftly. I love the fact that Krennel's Hegemony is invaded to further the political ends of the New Republic, not because he's been out attacking innocent civilians, or building a doomsday device, or displays amazing Dark Jedi powers.
The battle sequences in this book are phenomenal, and the political intrigue between Isard, Krennel, Wedge and others is top-notch. I am also very impressed with Stackpole's use of the Bothans (particularly Borsk Fey'lya) and that irascible rogue Booster Terrik. In all courts, a masterpiece!
The Gavin/Asyr relationship takes off with Fey'lya harping on Asyr's back. I'm not a huge fan of human-alien romances, unless the alien is very humanoid. However, the dynamics here is incredible and worth internal suppression of my ickiness meter.
I liked the Rogue Squadron/Isard twist. Lots of plot twists, and Admiral Ackbar in battle is always wonderful to read. I was not hanging on every word, but it was good. So far, of the X-Wing series, only "Krytos Trap" ranks higher -- my humble opinion, of course.
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That I will likely re-read after this one.