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Mercy Kill (Star Wars: X-Wing #10)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,033 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
The intrepid spies, pilots, and sharpshooters of Wraith Squadron are back in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which transpires just after the events of the Fate of the Jedi series!

Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by LucasBooks (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 27, 2012 Mitch rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-just-no
Star Wars and I parted ways after New Jedi Order but I came back for X-Wing. The original books by Michael Stackpole were some of my favorites, though I did stick around when Aaron Allston took over the series. It's been thirteen years since the last book, Starfighters of Adumar, and with all the history, I wanted to like Mercy Kill, I really did. Instead, I get a book that's almost unrecognizable. WTF is this?

Whatever it is, it's more like a horrible parody of the first nine books than a X-Wing
Aug 22, 2012 Sam rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Die hard X-Wing/Star Wars fans only, if at all...
Shelves: 2012

The original X-Wing novels were a breath of fresh air. Instead of beating the dead horse that was the rapidly tiring saga of Luke, Han and Leia, Michael A. Stackpole (and subsequently Aaron Allston) abandoned the 'big three' for the hitherto unsung starfighter pilots of Rogue and Wraith Squadron, and in many ways revitalized a stagnating genre. The cocky Rogues and misfit Wraiths allowed for humour and humanity to be (re)injected into Star Wars, creating a series that was just plain fun and enjo
Jan 21, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
While I did like this, I don't think this newer Star Wars is for me. I just wasn't that in to it. It was still a light read for an afternoon, but I have so many of those already. This isn't really my "go to" kind of book.

Since I did the audio, I did like all the sound effects. They seem to make the story fun. So 3 stars for this one.
Janine Spendlove
Jun 18, 2012 Janine Spendlove rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, flying
Words can't even begin to express how much I loved this book.

Only Aaron Allston can make you laugh and cry in the same paragraph and also make you wish you could bleach from your mind the vision of a Gamorrean doing an exotic strip tease (hence the laughing and crying). And that's just the opening pages...

I didn't really know what to expect going into it, I didn't know if it was going to be "another Wraith adventure" or something new. It turned out to be a bit of both and I highly approve! Peopl
Jeff Jellets
Oct 18, 2013 Jeff Jellets rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
Thank the Force! Wraith Squadron is back!

Aaron Allston is one of my favorite Star Wars writers and Wraith Squadron one of my favorite properties in the expanded universe. While noble Jedi and daredevil Corellian pilots abound in the Star Wars galaxy, Allston’s espionage squad is distinguishably sneaky – more apt to plot a trap, hoax, or ruse to snare the bad guys than to use the Force. More importantly, Allston has always been able to develop good characters, from former child star Garik Loran t
Alison Sky
Aug 12, 2012 Alison Sky rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, star-wars
My review is based as a reader who hasn't kept up with the Star Wars EU since the NJO time period. It was a bit confusing coming back into the Star Wars world in this book not knowing a lot of the political changes that had happened since the Vong Wars, and it does make it a bit hard to follow what is going in the first parts of the book with the focus on bringing down a possible traitor in the government.

Beyond that, I loved the book. It was great to see a new generation of Wraiths starting up
Aug 11, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok
I have met Aaron Allston a couple of times, and once interviewed him for my Star Wars fan club and fanfiction plot line, The New Imperium ( He's a great guy, and is one of the best writers for SW books out there, because he can combine action, intrigue, humor, and sheer innovation together into a great story.

After reading so much high-quality sci fi and fantasy, every time I go back to a SW book I am shocked by how poor the quality is. Was I settling for these kinds of book
Ian Miller
Sep 30, 2014 Ian Miller rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Ian by: The last nine books
Shelves: military-scifi
What to say...

The wait was long (two years after announcement!). The wait was torturous (leaked pages and hints and searchable on Amazon!). The wait was full of Fate of the Jedi (which...wasn't really satisfying).

The wait was completely worth it.

Allston managed to convince me that Piggy - or Voort, as he goes by in this book - was the correct character to go with in three short chapters - even as he developed the relationships and history he'd left at Solo Command well over a decade ago. Over fo
Aug 15, 2012 Joy rated it liked it
Reading this made me very nostalgic for my early twenties, when I read through a HUGE chunk of Star Wars novels in a gulp. The X-Wing books by Allston were my of course I enjoyed this one. Piggy's storyline was by far the most effective--both the glimpses to his early days in the Wraiths and his dillusioned present. However, I didn't find the young Wraiths particularly interesting or engaging: Myri and Jesmin were both wholly forgettable, and I think an oldtimer cameo at the end o ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Timothy rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
I stopped reading Star Wars EU novels around the beginning of the New Jedi Order series. While I was glad that the approach of using long, multiple-author series would lead to bolder storytelling, I just didn't feel up to the task of sticking with any series for so long. A few years ago I resumed reading a few stand-alone titles in the EU. I was excited to hear that Aaron Allston was writing a new Wraith Squadron novel, because for me his earlier entries were the best books in the EU. This turne ...more
Ethan I. Solomon
Aug 19, 2012 Ethan I. Solomon rated it did not like it
Well, not all of them can be home-runs. My fiancee asked me if there wasn't a single nice thing I could say about this book. I don't think there is. To start with, I could never really get into the Wraith X-Wing books, I preferred the Rogue Squadron books. Nevertheless, I put those prejudices aside in the hopes that after such a long break, the series might come back with a roar.

In case you couldn't tell by now, I never found that roar. The writing was mediocre, the large majority of the charact
Jul 18, 2013 Johnny rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for Oceans 11, Mission: Impossible and The A Team rolled into one, X-Wing Mercy Kill is a major success. The truth is, I procrastinated reading this book, even though the author is an acquaintance whom I’ve respected for a long time, because the set-up just seemed so lame. “Getting the band back together” with regard to the Wraith Squadron and their “A-Team” style of action seemed like an obtrusive and tiresome idea that would keep me from experiencing the proper suspension of ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Do you remember fondly the Star Wars novels of the 90s? Are you into Star Wars but a newcomer to the Expanded Universe? Do you enjoy your Star Wars with an undertone of comedy, so long as a certain floppy-eared terror is nowhere in sight? If so, X-Wing: Mercy Kill may be a good book for you to check out.

Unlike most of the books being released set in the "modern" era of the Star Wars universe (44 ABY--i.e., 44 Years post-Episode IV), Mercy Kill lets you jump right in, more or less without knowing
Nov 15, 2012 Sesana rated it it was amazing
I see divided responses on this. I loved it almost unreservedly. I think that if you read the previous X-Wing books and loved the Wraiths the best, you'll enjoy Mercy Kill much more than if you were more of a Rogue fan.

I don't feel able to write a decent review, (too emotionally attached) so instead a few points, things I loved and things I didn't.

This is Wraiths: The Next Generation. So there's a decided lack of beloved characters in leading roles. Wedge, for example, shows up in literally jus
Dec 22, 2015 Relstuart rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
A fun Star Wars story that is more Oceans Eleven than Top Gun. Wraith Squadron veterans are brought together to investigate a highly placed General in the Republic suspected of being willing to go over to the Imperial remnant. Some good twists and turns in the story with a satisfying conclusion.

This is the last Wraith Squadron book. Probably forever with Disney erasing the original Star Wars extended universe. :(
Tom Taylor
I listened to the audio version of this book. The Star Wars audios have high production values. The added special effects and the music really make for a good listening experience.
I read most of the X-wing novels back in the day, but that was a long time ago...
This novel does stand alone fairly well, so prior knowledge of the characters is not necessary. Indeed, I had forgotten most of them anyway. The problem, is that the book was hard to follow. I was never quite sure what exactly the Wraith S
G.D. Vidrine
Oct 18, 2012 G.D. Vidrine rated it it was ok
Weak. I spent most of the book trying to remember the characters, because they pretty much get zero introduction. The book is difficult to follow because of the almost-ridiculous convoluted plan to catch the laughable "if-it-wasn't-for-you-meddling-kids" villain Thaal. And the fact that every few chapters or so you have to learn completely new names for all of the characters--oh, and there are a bunch of other characters that we suddenly have to know about half way through the book, and they don ...more
Josh Harms
Oct 05, 2015 Josh Harms rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
The story and execution were fairly entertaining, but I gave this 2 stars because it was a novel in the X-Wing series.

I love the X-Wing Series. Each book in he series leading up to this, the final book, were amazing. Mercy Kill had none of the elements that made me like the rest of the series: intense dogfights, expansion of key characters, and Wedge Antilles as a focal character.

If it was not an X-Wing book, I would probably have Mercy Kill 3 stars. But as a finale to one of my favorite series
C.T. Phipps
Feb 20, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Aaron Allston's arguable greatest creation and certainly so in the Star Wars universe, Wraith Squadron is a rag-tag collection of misfits in the already rag-tag collection of misfits we call the Rebellion/New Republic/Galactic Alliance.

Wraith Squadron and its sequels were a breath of fresh air in an Expanded Universe that took itself far too seriously. They were silly, irreverent, and occasionally poignant. Wraith Squadron managed to routinely move between gut-bustingly hilarious and tragic wi
Ian Wood
Dec 24, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Tom Ferratt
Oct 21, 2014 Tom Ferratt rated it liked it
X-Wing - Mercy Kill: Oh, mercy.
This was a bit of a struggle to read. The much-anticipated return by Allston to the Wraiths was a let down. The whole time I was reading this novel I felt like I was missing something. A LOT of somethings. The book is written in such a way that these characters and their back stories seem to be something the reader is already supposed to know. Face appears in this novel so little that he wouldn't even qualify as a supporting role. It's pretty much Piggy's story. Th
David Roberts
Apr 01, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it
I am reviewing the science fiction novel Star Wars X Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston which is a very good story which I bought from kindle. This book of the Star wars series & the X Wing series and the latter was written quite a while back and this is a recent addition through the popularity of that series. The story doesn't have any of the well known characters from the Star Wars series which is a bit of a shame. The story starts with someone being murdered and a droid he had with him is ...more
Milan Pohl
Sep 29, 2013 Milan Pohl rated it really liked it
A worthy new installment in the fan-favorite series, Mercy Kill introduces a new generation of Wraith pilots and brings back several old-timers, most notably Voort "Piggy" saBinring and Garik "Face" Loran. Although the new characters are not quite as developed as they might have been, Mercy Kill is certainly one of the best Star Wars novels published in the last few years. The plot twists and the author's unique sense of humor make this a must-read.
Jun 04, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
It was ok. Had some of the flair of the old Wraith Squadron books but wasn't as engaging. I'd probably give it a 3.5. Maybe its that I've gotten older or been exposed to more writing? I should go back and read all the X-wing books again. It still felt like a Wraith book in that they engaged in creatively executed capers. It didn't feel like a Wraith book because it seemed like it had a main character. I feel that the other books had more time to develop the character of a unit, how they interact ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Mauri rated it really liked it
Quite a bit more fun than I expected. I was wary of reading this at first since chronologically I stopped reading EU novels as soon as the Yuuzhan Vong war ended. However, there isn't much focus on the intervening years between Solo Command and Mercy Kill - there are some flashbacks to the Vong war, but the new enemy is clearly laid out, the Wraiths are designated, and the con(s) begins. It was funny, it was complex, I had a good time.

Now for thinky thoughts.

I reread Wraith Squadron every year a
Sep 24, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
"Star Wars X-Wing Mercy Kill" is not so much a continuation of the iconic "X-Wing" series as much as it is a re-boot. None of the old Rogue Squadron members are involved in the book other than by reference though some new members are descended from the old members.

I can't go into much about the plot as there are several surprises that I don't want to spoil. It started a little slow as the characters were for the most part new and it took a little time to get them introduced but then Aaron Allsto
Mar 16, 2012 Jessie marked it as to-read

I haven't been able to stomach the newer star wars books since they went off the deep end, so a return to THIS series makes my day! Can't wait!!!
Frank Jarome
Aug 16, 2012 Frank Jarome rated it really liked it
This was by far the most fun Star Wars book I've read in literally YEARS. A total blast to read, I wish there were more like this. Highly recommended
Emily S.
Mar 13, 2012 Emily S. marked it as own-and-need-to-read
I've just read the 1st chapter, included in Apocalypse. I'm ever MORE excited about heading back into adventures with these hotshots!
Steven Calandra
Apr 07, 2012 Steven Calandra marked it as to-read
Sooo looking forward to reading this ! It's been too long since the last novel, 'Starfighters of Adumar', in the action-packed series !
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