When last we left our heroes, Ysanne Isard had just blasted off Coruscant in the Super Star Destroyer LUSANKYA along with the traitor and the Rebel POW's. From Coruscant she went to the planet of Thyferra and made herself the ruler. Oh, yeah, it's also the planet where Bacta is created. Bacta is the main cure for the deadly Krytos virus that is attacking the aliens of Coruscant. Since Isard is now the legitamate government of Thyferra, the New Republic won't go after her. So Rogue Squadron resigns and plans to defeat the evil Imperial chick on their own! In moves similar to Robin Hood, Wedge and the gang steal shipments of Bacta and give it to needy colonies. But Isard quickly strikes back. How can Rogue Squadron defeat her with only a few ships and some cocky pilots? Meanwhile, Corran Horn continues to deal with his Force sensitivity and his relationship with Mirax.
This is the fifth book in the X-Wing series, the first of three written by Aaron Allston, but starts a new story arc. In the last X-Wing storyline, we saw the Rogues perform a lot of commando type missions, even though they were primarily pilots. This books begins with Wedge wishing to start a new X-Wing squadron that is exactly the opposite: a commando unit that can also fly snubfighters. To top it off, he wants to recruit trouble makers and washouts, those who have screwed up once and will do anything to redeem their reputation. Just as the squadron is set to go, the training base is attacked and the Wraiths are forced into the action .... and consequently find themselves on a dangerous mission impersonating an Imperial crew in the employ of the elusive Warlord Zsinj! This is the sixth book in the X-Wing series and the second one featuring Wraith Squadron. Wraith Squadron continues their hunt for Warlord Zsinj and the Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist. In order to get closer to Zsinj's hidden empire, Wedge and the gang pose as a pirate group called the "Hawk-Bats" and begin attacking a Zsinj controlled planet with stolen TIE Interceptors. By displaying their fearsome capabilities, they hope Zsinj will take them into his confidence and reveal the location of his forces. However, can the Squadron overcome their own personal shortcomings and a spy in order to lead Han Solo to the renegade Imperial?
This is the sixth book in the X-Wing series and the second one featuring Wraith Squadron. Wraith Squadron continues their hunt for Warlord Zsinj and the Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist. In order to get closer to Zsinj's hidden empire, Wedge and the gang pose as a pirate group called the "Hawk-Bats" and begin attacking a Zsinj controlled planet with stolen TIE Interceptors. By displaying their fearsome capabilities, they hope Zsinj will take them into his confidence and reveal the location of his forces. However, can the Squadron overcome their own personal shortcomings and a spy in order to lead Han Solo to the renegade Imperial?
Wedge takes over direct command of both Wraith and Rouge Squadrons and joins Han Solo aboard the Mon Remonda for the Final Showdown against Warlord Zsinj and his Iron Fist Fleet. The book starts with parlor dancing Wookies and ends up with Wedge's winning his bet with Ackbar, as well as dove-tailing nicely (or conveniently -- depending on your cynicism quotient) with the events of The Courtship of Princess Leia.The story focuses in turn on both Wraith and Rouge Squadrons though there is somewhat heavier focus on the escapades of the Wraiths. This is a whirlwind tail of intrigue, betrayal, and combat, with a healthy dose of the humor that has characterized this series all along. Oh yes, the Explosion Index remains quite high throughout. The story line sets up with another just-missed-one-of- Zsinj's-attacks scenario that turns into a surprise for the New Republic forces. Who, after tiring of Zsinj's always having the initiative, set out to take it away from him by first ignoring him for a while, and then by taunting the Warlord, which ends up working almost too well. The author does an excellent job of the SW Story-line Shuffle that has become the canonical narrative style in the SW Universe since Lucas first used it in ANH. Allston flips between the New Republic plans and those of the Warlord (just enough to give hints of his plans, never the whole) in a way that left me both lamenting the fact that I had to wait to see what happened next in the one story line, and cheering that it was time for another dose of the other. All in all, a very satisfying episode in the X-Wing Series, and in the SW Universe at large.
After RETURN OF THE JEDI, it seemed for sure that Han and Leia were going to get hitched. However, at the start of this novel, we find out that thre is no such thing as a sure thing! Han returns to Coruscant after a long time of fighting Imperials in another part of the Galaxy. As he returns, he finds that a prince from a wealthy and powerful planet has offered Princess Leia an offer she can hardly refuse, marriage, wealth, and an alliance between the Rebels and his people. How can Han match that deal? With a beat up old ship and a Wookiee? So he does the only thing he can to rekindle their old flame...he kidnaps her to the obscure planet Dathomir! Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker discovers clues of a Jedi expedition to a planet populated by Force weilding witches. The planet? Dathomir, of course. Do they still exist? He decides to go and find out! When Luke hears of Han's little stunt, he chases off after him along with the prince to talk sense into Han. The trouble starts when the Force witches called the Nightsisters, Imperials, and rancor beasts complicate things.