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Iron Fist (Star Wars: X-Wing #6)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  7,051 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
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 che
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Spectra (first published July 1998)
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Crystal Starr Light
Jul 15, 2010 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bringing down Warlord Zsinj
Wedge Antilles and the Wraiths continue their charade as pirates to get closer to Warlord Zsinj and take him down.
NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

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Last book had a lot of point of views and/or character moments from Kell Tainer and Tyria. This time, we get pov’s from a new set of the Wraiths (such as Face and Lara Notsil). I liked this because we get to learn more about the “lesser” members, we don’t get bored with the same characters, and we get to grow attac
Apr 04, 2011 J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm of two minds when it comes to this book. I think that some of the hurdles presented in the previous installments have been corrected and as such the story is able to move forward without those nagging hindrances. That having been said it felt a bit boring in contrast with it's predecessors and even though it's the shortest of the series thus far it never really seemed to pop the way the others did.

It's hard to write a review for a book that is neither great nor terrible. It's harder still fo
Jul 04, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's easy to see why the X-Wing series is among the best-loved in the Expanded Universe.
Jun 30, 2012 L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars books sometimes suffer from life- and galaxy-shattering plots, to the point the they are often depressing, unbelievable, and sometimes just stupid. The Wraith Trilogy (Rogue Squadron: Wraith Squadron/Iron Fist/Solo Command) is almost the antithesis, injected with humor and life, even though the characters are self-professed screw-ups about to be washed out of piloting. Instead of being a lot about piloting and aerial dogfights, this unit is made up of commandos who are also great pilot ...more
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Keeping a fantastic sense of humor in the takes-itself-incredibly-seriously Star Wars universe is a huge accomplishment. I loooove the Allston X-Wing books. Stackpole's are good too, but he gets bogged down in a whole lot of sci-fi techno babble that I don't care about, and he isn't funny, so these are better. Wedge Antilles is my hero.
3.5 actually. Good story.

The opening scene pushes credibility. If warlord Zsinj got that close to Wraith Squadron, he'd vaporize them, not work some hokey kidnap by fake MPs. In fact, he'd probably blow away a good chunk of Coruscant, just to be sure he got them.

Nice cover art; actually relates to the story.
Another decent read from Aaron Allston in the X-Wing saga. Book six, but book two in Allston's Wraith Squadron story arc, fell a bit short for me in the end, but middle books in trilogies often do, and I assume that's what this was. A fun, quick read, much like book five, but one that I'll only really be able to judge once I read book seven.

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Nom Chompsky
Jun 08, 2017 Nom Chompsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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More surprises than I expected. Really starting to understand the love for X Wing series as essential reading. I gotta admit space battles are pretty cool.
Jan 09, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, scifi, fiction
In case you were under any apprehension whatsoever that you were reading Michael A. Stackpole’s X-Wing series, Allston is back with a whole new set of very clear assertions that you aren’t. This time, the woman who has infiltrated the squadron in order to be a turncoat is already known by the reader to be so. So that’s different. Oh, and this time when Corran that guy who is not Corran crash lands and everybody thinks he’s dead, somebody else has crash landed with him; that’s different, too. And ...more
Ian Reay
Jan 15, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Iron Fist" is the sixth book in the X-Wing series and is also the second volume in Aaron Allston's trilogy about the Wraith Squadron. After being formed by Wedge Antilles in "Wraith Squadron", the Wraiths are out to eliminate one the biggest enemies of the new Republic: the Warlord Zsinj. Unlike the legendary Rogue Squadron of the first four books, Wraith Squadron is more of a covert insurgent squadron than the elite pilots that comprise the Rogues. The purpose of the Wraiths is completely diffe ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A few months ago, I decided to revisit the X-Wing series, a series of books I loved as a kid. After reading Iron First, I'm finally starting to second-guess my decision.

Don't get me wrong: Iron Fist isn't terrible, and I recall loving it when I first read it as a teenager. But it certainly hasn't stood the test of time. Many of the complaints I had about Wraith Squadron still exist, namely that Iron Fist is simply too melodramatic for my tastes. All of the Wraiths have problems -- many severe
Jess Neuner
Wraith Squadron is back, their previous undercover mission as members of Warlord Zsinj's fleet having ended. This time, they're posing as a pirate gang to get Zsinj's attention so he'll ask them to join him. So they're doing double-duty as Wraith Squadron of the New Republic and the pirate gang the Hawkbats. Their poor maintenance crew spends a LOT of time repainting their ships.

This book is in many ways just a continuation of Wraith Squadron. We've got a few new characters, but otherwise the f
Mark Oppenlander
This is the sixth book in the X-Wing series, but the second in the Wraith Squadron sequence. The Wraiths are given a second covert mission: They are to pose as pirates and try to get hired by Warlord Zsinj. In the process, they will attempt to uncover enough information about his plans to set a trap for him and take him and his Super Star Destroyer down.

This is a perfectly competent and entertaining Star Wars novel, once again set in corners of the universe that are not often explored. Allston c
Tom Ferratt
Sep 23, 2014 Tom Ferratt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
X-Wing - Iron Fist: More Tie Action than X-Wing, But a Wild Ride

Iron Fist is the next book in the X-Wing series to follow the exploits of the newly-minted Wraith Squadron - a team of misfit pilots who relish the opportunity to take on any assignment; the crazier the better. Having defeated rogue Imperial Admiral Trigit in the previous novel, they now turn their sights completely on hunting Warlord Zsinj and his flagship, the Super Star Destroyer "Iron Fist." Like its predecessor, this is a book
Jaime Krause
Oct 21, 2012 Jaime Krause rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like that the call signs were included in the Dramatis Personae. It's something I've written in other X-Wing novels and it helps.

We get the 181st and Kettch in this book, as the Wraiths (and Rogues - that was fun!) work on bringing down Zsinj. They stretch their creativity, bring on new members, mourn others, and learn about themselves.

Shalla believes Zsinj is a compulsive liar because of his ego, and he wants to impress people. From what we see of the warlord, she's spot on.
And when w
Cian Beirdd
I shouldn't really complain. The ending satisfies, the characters are more interesting and diverse than one finds in Rogue Squadron. The Dirty Dozen concept of rejects coming together and making good works well, no matter what universe you are in. So is a story about a group of people who each have unique and useful skills. The writing is not painful, even if it is geared toward a younger and less sophisticated mind. All that I can account for in my rating.

The difficulty, and call it an oversigh
Apr 29, 2014 Dewlanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wraith Squadron is back and trying his best to squash Imperial Warlord Zsinj. As in the previous volume, the Wraith are not your usual elite pilots. Where Rogue Squadron mainly focuses on flying, the Wraiths put their creativity into new, never-ever-heard-before tactics to get rid of the current biggest Imperial threat, the Iron Fist. While the squadron as a whole seems to have matured as a whole, it's still made of quite strong personalities. Some we got to know really well in the previous book ...more
Haley Keller
Aug 18, 2013 Haley Keller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, but as this is the sixth in the series, it's getting harder and harder to review these books. I feel like I'm repeating myself, and you have to have read all five other books for this review to help at all anyway. Still, I'll say what I can about it.

As I said in my review of the last one, I really enjoy the characters in Wraith Squadron. I definitely think this book chose a couple of them to focus on more fully and kind of pushed the others aside. While that meant you
Nov 27, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once Michael Stackpole's initial 4-book run of Star Wars: X-Wing novels concluded, the controls were passed to Aaron Allston, who introduced a new team of pilots and a new direction for the X-Wing series in Wraith Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing Series #5) (Book 5). Now the Wraiths are back, ready to embark on a new covert mission against Imperial Warlord Zsinj.

Iron Fist is the second book in Allston's Wraith Squadron trilogy, so it's not as satisfying as the books that came immediately before and a
May 29, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We return to the stories of Wraith Squadron, instead of its counterpart, Rogue Squadron. And, once again, Allston's writing is superb.

Everything present in Wraith Squadron, the previous book, is here, both pros and cons. I don't want to repeat everything I said last time, so I won't.

However, Allston upped the emotional ante here. We transition from Kell to Garik "Face" Loran and Lara Notsil as main characters. Like Kell, they are relatable, likeable, and realistic, and for their own reasons. Fac
May 01, 2012 David(LA,CA) rated it it was ok
Take Harry Potter. Switch focus from the main trio to the Weasley Twins. Kill one of the twins off. Make the survivor more serious. Have the main trio only show up as occasional supporting characters. Add in new characters that are forgetable if they're not annoying. And lower the fantastic events to a more realistic level for the setting.

This didn't feel like a Wraith Squadron story. It felt like a Rogue Squadron story with the Wraith Squadron cast. I guess I should have seen some of this comin
Daniel Millard
Dec 05, 2016 Daniel Millard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Allston leaps right back into the action in book two of the Wraith Squadron trilogy, with minimal and well-integrated catch-up passages. Much like its predecessor, Iron Fist is fast-moving and chock full of dogfights and commando intrigue. In fact, I even rate it slightly higher, since at a mere 310 pages, it's a space buccaneering race from stealing TIE interceptors to downing a Super Star Destroyer for Wedge and crew.

This book is also home to the illustrious Lieutenant Kettch, one of the immor
Timothy McNeil
Well...taking 14 years between X-Wing novels (and only reading Star Wars: Wraith Squadron because I had written my own non-Star Wars fiction with a Wraith Squadron) proved that I do not have perfect recall when it comes to characters. But I remembered most of them, and with the exception of little for Myn Donos to do (he seemed much more prominent in the earlier story), Star Wars: Iron Fist felt like a solid continuation of the storyline.
It is certainly head-and-shoulders above the post-prequel
Mark Adkins
Apr 30, 2016 Mark Adkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book in the X-Wing series, however it is the second book to feature Wraith Squadron. So you don't need to have read all six books prior to reading this one just book five which introduced you to Wraith Squadron (however to enjoy it more and get the bigger picture I recommend you read all five first).

This is a typical Star Wars book, so if you have read any of them you will no what to expect. There is no foul language, the worst is an occasional "Hell", there is no vivid depicti
Cam Walker
May 18, 2013 Cam Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down the best book in the series, and the X-Wing novels are a great series. The action comes hot and heavy, nicely dispersed between story and character development with a rich and outstanding plot that is brilliantly planned and executed. As always Allston's use of humour made me laugh out loud like few authors can and the interesting cast of characters kept me riveted between action scenes as they went about infiltrating the warlord's fleet. This novel has one of the best plots of any of ...more
Josh Barnett
While I did not find Wraith Squadron to be all that enjoyable, I enjoyed Iron Fist quite a bit. Its still not nearly as good as the Rogue Squadron novels but its closer to on par with them. At times the plot does get jumpy but most of the time its easy to follow. The characters this time around are a bit more likable and a joke that came from the first book enters full fledged awesome... Yup Yup commander Wedge! It is still a bit too funny for a Star Wars novel in my opinion but all of them were ...more
Paul Lunger
The 6th X-Wing novel, Aaron Allston's "Iron Fist" continues our story of the split version of the X-Wing squadron with Wraith Squadron. The book revolves around the attempt to destroy the Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist which is under the command of the warlord Zsinj. Allston's story basically keeps with the same ebb & flow of events that have dominated this series as of late. Allston's story for me seemed relatively straight forward & honestly doesn't set itself apart from any of the oth ...more
Definitely weaker than the first Wraith Squadron book, though Allston helps flesh several characters out. Unfortunately, main characters from the last book became mere background dressing. There were some excellent scenes, however, and these illustrate how well Allston can write if he doesn't have to include 12 characters at once. Face was an excellent focus character, and he was much more developed than in the previous book. Hopefully he will remain a focus character, because I'd hate to see hi ...more
Mar 21, 2014 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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