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Mercy Kill: Star Wars Legends (X-Wing) (Star Wars: X-Wing - Legends) Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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First, this book relies HEAVILY on recent EU novels. If you haven't kept track of the recent books (and I admit I haven't - I stopped reading after New Jedi Order) some of this stuff might be really confusing. Daala as chief of state, the Imperials still alive and well, a purge of Jedi. Alliston does attempt to bring readers up to speed a bit, but it's a very different galaxy and one that I personally find less interesting and less suited than the previous X-Wing novels set against a still powerful Empire. Also, it's important to know the details of the EU to understand the plot because it focuses on a conspiracy attempt that happened during the post-NJO with constant references to post-NJO events as motivations.
The setting also means that this X-Wing novel doesn't feature Wedge Antilles, the backbone of the previous X-Wing novels, much less the other pilots from the Original Trilogy like Janson and Tycho Celchu. In the original X-Wing novels, Wedge served as the connection to the movies. One of the joys was seeing this popular character in action. In Mercy Kill, by and large it's the next generation of hotshot pilots, including Wedge's daughter. Some are sons or daughters of previous Wraith Squadron members, but given that the last novel came out over a decade ago you'd be forgiven for not even remember who they are.Read more ›
It's proof that a supremely skilled author can take twenty years worth of Expanded Universe material and backstory and create a wonderfully compelling novel.
Mercy Kill is everything I have been asking (pleading) for in an Expanded Universe novel. It's self-contained and steps away from the Apocalypse of the Week in favor of a more intimate and fun plot. It diversifies the cast. It's a book that illustrates you don't have to be a male Jedi to be a hero and to get the job done. There's levity, there's drama, there's action, there's heartbreak. It's a perfect tonal match for what drew me into Star Wars all those years ago.
In my mind, this was the precise book this fandom needed. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) for Del Rey and Lucasfilm licensing, they've reopened Pandora's Box. This is the book the fandom needed, but it's only a start. We need more like this. More gripping and fun adventures. More levity. More diverse characters. More novels that scream Star Wars.
The thirteen year wait between X-Wing books was worth it, but here's to hoping we won't be waiting that long for the next installment.
There's a lot of layers to Mercy Kill. On top is a mission to find evidence of General Thaal's crimes. Enveloping that is some fun, action twisting spy schemes and Wraith humor. There are a lot of good elements that make the book an enjoyable Star Wars story, but Allston doesn't stop there. Below the surface plot and Wraith action is a character drama that adds a lot of emotional weight to the story. This may be an X-Wing novel and a Wraith book, but at it's heart, it's a story about Piggy.
It's not often that we get to see minor Expanded Universe characters explored in such detail. Piggy was a fun and interesting character in the old Wraith books and in the Rebel Lines duology during the NJO. However, I never in my wildest dreams expected him to get his own book. Not only that, but Allston takes that fan character and uses him to explore a plot line entrenched with emotion. This isn't the story of a super funny, talking Gamorrean who can fly. This is a story about a veteran of the Yuuzhan Vong war whose been pulled in for one more mission. He's suffered in war. He has ghosts that haunt him. Allston sheds some light on the soldiers of the EU and the guilt and grief they must deal with.Read more ›
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Really boring. I could not even get past the first ten minutes of it. Om a big fan of the star wars books but this is about as bad as Crucible! Don't waste your money. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Star Wars without Jedi and light sabers is a pretty tough sell, but it's been done before, most recently the marginally superior Star Wars: Scoundrels. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stewart Bushman
Somewhat slow, but nicely action-packed sequel to the Rogue and Wraith novels of the 90's!Published 7 months ago by Kyle
Was too long in parts that I wished the chapter was over. In the end it couldve been better.Published 10 months ago by Tony J. Poulsen
Allston is a great author, and his Star Wars books are great. He's a master of character driven plots. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Will Parsons