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“A rare entry point for newbies to the Star Wars expanded universe.”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi books Conviction, Outcast, and Backlash; 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, including Mercy Kill; and the Doc Sidhe novels, which combine 1930s-style hero-pulps with Celtic myth. He is also a longtime game designer and in 2006 was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) Hall of Fame. He lives in Central Texas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: X-Wing - Legends (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345530592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345530592
  • ASIN: 0345530594
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Arnold VINE VOICE on August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book has been heavily advertised as the return of the popular X-Wing series. However, it isn't quite a glorious return to the glory days of the 1990s. Rather, it's heavily influenced by what the Star Wars Expanded Universe has become in recent years. It's not all bad, but it's also important to realize before picking up this book.

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.
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Allston seems to enjoy doing the impossible with characters, but that's maybe underselling just what he accomplished with Mercy Kill. Perhaps I'm the only person that felt this way about the book, but I think Mercy Kill did something that I didn't believe any author would ever be able to do. In this book, you have a story that links together and pays homage to three distinct eras in the Expanded Universe. All the while, Allston handles the realities and impacts of these eras with tremendous grace for both that material and the fans of those tales. It's proof that even with as messy as things have gotten in the EU, a talented author can craft a novel that acknowledges and respects the characters and stories others have worked on and a wide array of fans with different loves and favorite elements.

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.
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As odd as it might sound, my initial impression of Mercy Kill was "this isn't a dumb book." What I mean by that is that there's a lot more to it than just a fun Star Wars action and adventure. There's meaning here. Characters are created with frustrating flaws, but Allston maintains an interest that implores the reader to questions why. There's an underlying compulsion to look deeper and find the truth, be it with the characters or the plot. There's a sense of depth there that's very nice. Sure, on the surface there's some fun action but beneath that is the good stuff.

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.
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