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The Bacta War (Star Wars: X-Wing #4)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  6,545 ratings  ·  65 reviews
When the Alliance Fleet mounts a major campaign against a deadly warlord, tyrant Ysanne Isard has taken control of Thyferra, intending to use its supply of medicinal bacta to destabilize and destroy the New Republic. Undermanned, deprived of Alliance support, Rogue Squadron must oppose Isard's plans, defeat her Star Destroyer fleet, and free Thyferra from her rule in a win ...more
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Published June 28th 2011 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1997)
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Crystal Starr Light
Rogue Squadron goes rogue
After the events of The Krytos Trap, the Rogues were in a sticky position: let Ysanne Isard have control of Thyferra and the galaxy’s supply of bacta (which would cure the deadly Krytos virus) or leave the New Republic and go after her. Being Rogues, Wedge, Tycho, Corran, and the others leave their post and begin to plan a way to release Thyferra from Imperial rule.
NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

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It’s nice to see the pilots of Rogue Squadron have to fight with
Aug 29, 2009 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
Probably ought to be 3.5, but I wanted to give Stackpole credit for successfully finishing a series in less than a dozen books. (No small accomplishment these days.)

The Bacta War finds the Rogues free from the Alliance military and political influence, and free to take on their nemesis Ysanne Isard and her Super Star Destroyer Lusankya, who are now in control of the bacta-producing planet Thyferra. Wedge's team, with help from smugglers Booster Terrik and Talon Karde, wage a guerilla war against Iceheart which results in an epic final confrontation.

It's good to have the Rogues back in the cockpit, as most of the action in this book consists of epic space ba
This was a really good end to the Rogue Squadron Quintet by Michael Stackpole. Isard leaves Corusant and sets up her new centre of power at Thyferrah the centre of Bacta production. Rogue Squadron have left the New Republic to wage a private war against Isard. The book is well written and the characters are either likeable or loathesome as they should be. Many threads are brought together and to a conclusion from the earlier books, but some are left open to allow for follow on stories. Sometimes ...more
Well that certainly was Star-Wars-y. By that I mean it was very plan something out, ship battle, award ceremony. Pretty simple and straightforward with the same set of characters with their same personalities. A little development here or there with Corran and the Jedi thing but not too much, otherwise everything else is the same. No surprises just good clean xwing pewpew fun and I liked it!
Maybe a 4.5 stars would be a better mark but since there is no such possibility on goodreads and since this is a great ending to a great cycle, I have no doubts that it deserves 5 stars.

While at first I didn't like the fact that the pilots were no longer part of the republic, quickly I forgot about that. The planning was great, the pace was really nice, characters better described and less flat than before. There was humour - especially I loved all the scenes between Mirax, Booster and Corran.
Mark Oppenlander
In book four of the X-Wing series, Wedge and the other members of the Rogue Squadron have resigned their commissions with the New Republic. They set up shop at a remote space station to fight back against Ysanne Isard who has taken control of the galaxy's bacta supplies by installing herself as the de facto leader of the planet Thyferra. The Rogues must come up with money, starfighters and other supplies to wage an all-out guerilla war with their toughest opponent and long-time nemesis.

After rea
This was a good end to the Isanne Ysard reign! I would say the series, but I know this continues on into a couple more books. :) I really enjoyed this book and the characters.
It probably deserves less than four stars but I enjoyed it enough to round up. :)
In many ways, the initial X-Wing Series books parallel the original trilogy, with everyone being captive or dead by the end of the second installment and everyone having a big happy party at the end of the third, but there were so many hints throughout the closing chapters of The Krytos Trap that there was more to do and much more to come without a hint of the plot weakening. As usual, I'm reviewing a series and this means certain spoilers are intrinsic to the review! Don't read a review for boo ...more
Nathaniel Turner
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Hilmi Isa
Pertama sekali,saya ingin memohon maaf kepada semua pembaca ulasan novel ini. Saya menulis ulasan ini dalam keadaan yang amat kecewa dan geram! Akibat kesilapan yang tidak disengajakan,ulasan panjang yang saya karang telah terpadam! Jadi,saya tiada mood untuk menulis semula ulasan saya yang hilang itu. Oleh itu,saya hanya akan melakukan ulasan ringkas sahaja,di dalam bahasa Inggeris, untuk memudahkan kesemua pembaca,baik dari Malaysia dan bukan Malaysia,untuk memahami ulasan saya ini. Mungkin,ji ...more
Michael Stackpole hands the series off to a new writer following this entry wherein his story for Rogue Squadron comes to a satisfying conclusion. Leaving off on somewhat of a cliffhanger in The Krytos Trap, Imperial baddie Ysanne Isard has taken control of Thyferra with the aid of a traitor in Rogue Squadron. Blocked from staging an attack by the government of the New Republic who are firmly against interfering in the internal politics of unaffiliated worlds out of a fear that doing so would al ...more
Now we're getting somewhere.

The Bacta War is a huge leap forward, in terms of writing style, pacing, and general Star Wars-ish feel. Previous entries had all the pieces to put it in the Star Wars universe, but now it feels like those pieces have been put in the right place.

Characters get an upgrade, especially Corran. He now acts like a human, rather than a perfect shining example of... well, someone that's hard to relate to. This is much better, especially as he struggles with his personal bomb
Chris Youngblood
This and most of Michael Stackpole's other books are really 2-and-a-half star books, but I'm rounding up out of courtesy and necessity. The blurb in one of the X-Wing books says that Stackpole gets through writing one of the books in about 20 days, or some similar ridiculously small number (I don't have the book on hand, so cannot quote directly), and it shows. The writing is formulaic, the characters are of a format that is decent-to-middling in quality and development, and the plot resolutions ...more
Daniel Millard
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A good conclusion to the story that's been told in this line of books and a very welcome return to where the series started. It takes the aerial combat from the first book and the covert action from the second book and drops all the political maneuvering. I also liked the fact that a reveal from the end of the previous book didn't dramatically change one of the characters in this one. Well, more accurately, I like that the character nearly gets himself killed when he tries to do something withou ...more
The Bacta War will always hold a special place in my heart, if only for the memory of my best friend-turned-enemy stealing it from me in fifth grade. It's one of the most exciting in the Rogue Squadron series. Fresh off their conquest of Coruscant, and the return of protagonist Corran Horn from the dead in The Krytos Trap , the entire squadron resigns their commissions and essentially becomes a mercentary/pirate force fighting to liberate Thyferra from the clutches of would-be Emperor Ysanne ...more
This one was a bit harder to get into than the last three were. A lot of interplanetary politics take up the first half of the book, and there's very little action. Now, I don't usually need a lot of action in books that I read, and I do like politics, but something in this book made it boring to me. It was more galacto-political. All dealing with what planet was aligned with whom and trade negotiations. It kind of confused me a bit. However, after the halfway point, I started getting into the b ...more
Paul Lunger
The 4th X-Wing novel by Michael A. Stackpole, "The Bacta War", is exactly what it says it is - dealing with the war over the control of the Bacta supply needed to fight off the plague that is plaguing Corsuscant. The story itself deals with a somewhat resurrected Rogue Squadron & for the most part keeps us busy with another attack in the rebellion & the fight to secure this drug by any means necessary to save lives. Stackpole's story is pretty much run of the mill fare for this series &a ...more
Arlene Kellas
Rogue Squadron is doing what they do best in this book. Flying and accomplishing the impossible. After resigning from the New Republic, they are on their own to take down Isard and free Thyferra. But are they truly on their own?
Dec 03, 2012 Donald rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Star Wars
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
This is my favorite of the X-Wing books by Stackpole. It used to be my favorite by a long shot, but the lead has been closed a bit since I was younger.

I love the idea of setting off and the squadron having to start up again on their own, without the resources of the New Republic, having to scrounge and trade to get what they need to wage war. The part where they custom-paint the X-Wings was particularly cool when I was a kid, and still felt neat as an adult.

The story is perfectly passable, with
Cian Beirdd
As I said about 'The Krytos Trap' this is not my type of novel. Still, as a whole unit, all four of these first novels fit together nicely. The important characters are now well-established so that you empathize with their frustrations over the Republic. Wedge has been central throughout, with asides for Tycho and Corran and lesser subplots for many other characters that have developed each of the major players here. That means you really get into them becoming 'Rogues' from the Republic. I am n ...more
Charlie Cottrell
The final chapter in Michael Stackpole's original run of X-Wing books finds Rogue Squadron going...well, rogue, resigning from the Alliance to pursue Ysanne Isard and her grip on the supply of healing bacta in the galaxy. The writing in this installment is the sharpest so far in the series, and feels considerably less-forced (no pun intended) than previous outings. Stackpole's humor feels more natural, and the Star Wars-specific metaphors (which before felt very artificial and clunky) are more d ...more
At least two disappointing applications of deux ex machina, but all in all a fun read.
Probably the most engaging of the last three X-Wing series but did cheat in the end which was too bad.
Ricky Ganci
It was a good end to the four-part Rogue Squadron series. I liked the ending, but felt that the end could have used more detail and cleanup than it had. The end battle was perhaps the best in the series, and the death of Isard was pretty cool (Tycho and Corran co-oping to vape her). I kept thinking that I wasn’t enjoying the book as I read it, and yet sat down and read the whole thing in a matter of hours. Though I am excited to be done with the two main chunks of the X-Wing books, I am looking ...more
Steven S
I love this book! Isard takes control of the New Republic's source bacta on Thyferra. The Rogues attack several bacta convoys, and drive Isard crazy trying to get the Rogues back.
Lusankya didn't play major part until the end in an epic battle at the Thyferra system. While Rogue Squadron takes the Lusankya's and Virelunce's, another Imperial Star Destroyer, TIE fighters, Booster Terrik led a group of freighters and renegade Star Destroyer Freedom, to attack the Lusankya and Virulence.
And to just
Good ending for the series. I loved getting back to dogfights. The romance was a little too stiff (no pun intended).
Stephen Shores
Plenty of action and some very thoughtful, genuinely touching moments of dialogue. I think it's the best in the series since the first.
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