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Wraith Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing #5)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  6,271 ratings  ·  81 reviews
They are the galaxy's most elite fighting force. And as the battle against the Empire rages, the X-wing fighters risk life and machine to protect the Rebel Alliance. Now they must go on a daring undercover mission--as the crew of an Imperial warship.

It is Wedge Antilles' boldest creation: a covert-action unit of X-wing fighters, its pilots drawn from the dregs of other uni
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 1998 by Spectra
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Ron
Much better. A solid 4.

Better characterization, better conflict, better connection between reader and story than the original X-Wing books.

Given the constraints of fan fiction, Wraith Squadron would be a decent stand-alone space opera. Oh, there are the obligatory cameos by SW heavies and all the constraints of the SW universe, but that's why these books were written, not to please the greater universe of SF readers.

Good job.

(The low-tech nature of the SW universe bothers me. That an Imperial st
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Kelly
Jun 12, 2007 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: star wars geeks
Shelves: fiction
Yup, I read this series, too. I pick this one to review because I think Aaron Allston's part of the series was clearly the best part. Allston is a /funny/ writer. I mean, in a giggly juvenile kind of way, but who doesn't love that? It's done quite cleverly. He manages to introduce some good slapstick comedy into the books and spoof on things a little. I mean, it's still a serious storyline (sort of) for the most part, but he has so much fun with it. Plus it's an interesting plotline that's being ...more
Jacob
I was wondering where the series was headed after the last book. "The Bacta War" was a satisfying end to the Rogue Squadron's saga and so when the next novel started, under the direction of new writer Aaron Allston, what stories could be mined from Wedge Antilles and his X-wing fighters? It turns out that Allston knew that continuing with the members of Rogue Squadron as the principle protagonists wasn't going to cut it if he was going to make his own mark on the series and instead opted to crea ...more
Crystal Starr Light
The squadron of misfit pilots
Wedge Antilles has a new idea: take all the pilots that are a hair's breadth away from being kicked out of the Alliance and regroup the best and most talented into a commando-type squadron. Thus is born Wraith Squadron, with newcomers Kell, Tyria, and "Piggy".
NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

I Liked:
It would be all too easy to stick in a rut, keep having Rogue Squadron do the same 'ol. But Aaron Allston (understandably) wants to branch out, explore something new. S
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Smitha
It's always tough when you're introducing a totally new cast of original characters, and the leading/governing characters in this book only had very minor roles in the original films (with very brief cameos by the Big Three). Still, it just didn't have the same human-oriented feel as Michael Stackpole's Rogue Squadron books. I could be biased, though, because I think Stackpole wrote THE most human book in the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe: "I, Jedi," set in the first-person, which is also a ...more
Daniel
Aaron Allston joins as the second writer of the X-Wing series... a very welcome addition.

Wraith Squadron almost feels like a reboot (yes, in the middle of the series). It's as if Allston was like, "Okay, that was cool, Mr. Stackpole, but this is where X-Wing should've gone."

And he's right.

Every single thing about this book is improved from the first four books in the series. The biggest, most welcome difference is in the characters. Everyone feels much more real and fleshed out. In fact, near th
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Linfer
After I read this book I had to go back and change my rating of Stackpole's books. Because this new arc showed me exactly what I hadn't liked about the Rogue Squadron characterwise but had in a way dismissed, because the story was so good.
Granted, it was much more difficult to really get into X Wing #1, because the team already existed, but I was always at least slightly annoyed, because there wasn't much team so to speak of.
Interestingly this team spirit was very well captured in the comics don
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David(LA,CA)
If Rogue Squadron is the group that does the impossible, Wraith Squadron is the group that does the ludicrously insane. Which makes for a rather entertaining read.

In the first series of the X-Wing books, we had a group of the best pilots in the New Republic spend two of their four books outside of their spacecraft. Learning from this, the author has Wedge organize a group of pilots are just as good in some area outside of a cockpit as they are inside of one. And some of the things they pull off
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L.
The first four books of the X-wing series were definitely good, and I enjoyed reading them, but there was undeniably something missing from the characters; which seemed just a bit to clichiey and wooden, and the action sequences; there was simply too many of them! This book made it all worthwhile! Rather than chapter upon chapter of nothing but fight scenes, the author balances the action with the characters perfectly. At first I thought it would be impossible to adjust to a whole new cast of ch ...more
Taylor
Wraith squadron is one of the worst Star Wars books in the series. Allston is one of the least original authors currently writing books. It is a shame he is still writing star wars books.

A good author tries to continue a series, adding to the overall narrative. Allston tries to rework the series to be his own.

A lot of his characters and stories are flimsy reworkings of characters from tv shows or movies. A particularly obvious example that I like is his latest books and the almost scenario to
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Sean
Nov 10, 2008 Sean rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, really.
"Wedge, he hates me. He makes bombs."

This was the first Star Wars novel I ran across. It was a startling idea, the theory that people had extended the universe past the films.

After the events of the first four X-Wing books, Commander Wedge Antilles had what seemed- at the time- like a stunning idea. Building a squadron of fighter pilots with intrusion, sabotage and commando experience. Using pilots who had guessed wrong once too often, hard-luck cases, or those afflicted by chronic backtalk, had
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Tom Ferratt
Wraith Squadron - the Rogues have serious competition!
I was prepared to not like this book. In fact, I put off reading it for 15 years or so. I tore through the first four titles in the X-Wing series of novels when they came out, loving every page Wedge Antilles and Coran Horn remain two of my favorite characters in the Star Wars EU. When I saw that book 5 was NOT actually about Rogue Squadron, I felt a bit betrayed. Stackpole wasn't writing this one and it wasn't even about my Rogues? Why bothe
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J. Aleksandr Wootton
I loved Star Wars as a kid. I'm pretty sure I read every Star Wars novel published prior to the release of The-Prequels-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named in 1999, and I still own a few of the best. I'm going to review the first book of each of 4 sets that I think are worth your time to read.

[In general, if you're wondering where to start with Star Wars novels, a good rule of thumb is that if it was originally published by Bantam Spectra, it's probably worth the risk. Once Del Rey re-acquired rights to t
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Dolanej
This book kicks ass.

The Wraiths are highly characterized and distinct, not leaving a single one of them feeling insignificant, as some of the Rogues did in previous books. They develop significantly more as the plot continues and you come to appreciate the differences they possess and the chemistry that it creates among them (Phanan and Face being great examples) Additionally, the book contains tons of humor that is actually clever and witty as opposed to the cringe-inducing efforts made in othe
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Karin
There is nothing like a really good tie-in novel. Written and read because we can't stop imagining stories in these worlds, these books often let us down. Wraith Squadron does not.
Brad Wheeler
I had to read this to remember what good Star Wars is like after the disappointing Path of Destruction. And it worked. Cool fights against epic odds, a little bit of pathos, characters that I give a damn about...I wish that Aaron Allston wrote all the Star Wars books. Even his sense of humor worked well.

The X-Wing novels are probably the most consistently good Star Wars novels ever written, which is especially remarkable considering how damn many there are. I wish that more authors had been abl
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Megan
Twice upon a time, I tore through the first four X-Wing books and picked up the fifth with complete faith and trust that it would continue in the same pattern of awesome. Twice upon a time, I put Wraith Squadron down with a heavy sigh after the first half dozen chapters.

Once, in 1999, I was too bored to ever continue and it sat on my "unfinished" shelf for over a dozen years. The second time was this year, and if it hadn't been for my alphabetical challenge (this was the book for X), my commitm
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Dewlanna
Aug 20, 2014 Dewlanna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fan looking for a fun and relaxing read
Shelves: 2014, star-wars, reread
I've read most of the Star Wars expanded universe novels, some were great, others good, and some of them not so much. But this books remains one of my favorites.

First, let me start this review by explaining that I'm not writing it after reading it for the first time. I've literally read it a hundred times; that's how much I love it.
Aaron Allston is one of my favorite authors who contributed to the Star Wars universe and I think this was his first novel in this universe. Coming after Michael Stac
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Haley Keller
Not only does this book have a different author than the first four in the X-Wings series, but it also focuses on an almost entirely new cast of characters. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about that, but after reading the book, I think it was a great change. While I greatly enjoyed the characters in the first four books and did miss them a bit, I loved the characters in this book. They were fantastic. They have much more interesting pasts, then the majority of the characters in the first fou ...more
David
How best to describe 'X-Wing: Wraith Squadron', the fifth book in the Star Wars series of books (loosely) based on the old video-games? I think the following exchange from the early part of the novel sums it up best (with Wedge speaking):

' " .. I'd originally thought that Rogue Squadron would be used opportunistically: a strike mission would reveal a ground-based weakness, and we'd have the training and supplies ot go down and perform the necessary ground mission. The way it turned out, we keep
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Alan Chen
A refreshingly good book, where all the characters are clearly defined and well-introduced. This format benefits from the squadron starting out formed, rather than already being formed and having us jumping into the middle of the party, as happened in the Rogue Squadron books. I can actually give 1-2 lines about each character now, just from seeing the name.
Furthermore, because this happens, there is emotional impact from when character's die. Captain Hrakness from Agamar (the yokel planet),
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Michael
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Arlene Kellas
A bet, between Wedge and Ackbar. The winner either way, the New Republic. Either they get a new General in star fighter training or they get a new squadron based on talents outside of their cockpits as much as inside.

Aaron Allston continues where Michael Stackpole leaves off and does a brilliant job. This crew of misfits and washout were meant to come together, they just needed someone to believe in them so they could in turn learn to believe in themselves.

Zsinj should fear Wraith Squadron!
Filip
Apr 07, 2014 Filip rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 3-stars, sf, sw
I must say I liked Stackpole's novels better, but this is by no means a bad book. To be honest is hard for me to say what is my biggest problem with it, the plot and the action didn't grip me the way the previous books did.

The idea behind the Wraith Squadron is a very interesting one, I must also admit that the pilots are more fleshed out than the Rogues seemed to me in their first book. The book balanced drama, humour and action in a nice way and I love Piggy's character. The main plan of the W
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Cian Beirdd
I remember being annoyed at a new set of characters, but as I read through the story I realized that this author had freed himself entirely from the boundaries set by taking minor characters from the movies and creating stories around them. The plot here is decent, but I was more impressed with the characterization of people. This was interesting. And, by not focusing in on the fighter fighting the author gave himself a lot of different possibilities with regards to action and location. Another ...more
Craig
Very much like the Rogue Squadron books which preceded it but with a squadron of misfits instead of the best pilots competing to be the BEST pilots. More stories of redemption and practical jokes and tying those together. The biggest struggle in these X-Wing books is keeping all the characters straight.
Paul Lunger
The 5th book in the X-Wing series, Aaron Allston's "Wraith Squadron" is actually a nice change of pace from what has been a rather dull run of stories lately. This time around we have Wedge Antilles assembling a group of X-Wing pilots from various groups that aren't attached to anyone anymore. However, an attack on their base sends gives this new group a new purpose in the Rebellion itself. Allston's story is refreshing with new characters & a new outlook on this series that had grown stale. ...more
Patrickderaaff
It was an okay book to read, but not very special. I do not enjoy reading about pilots and space ships flying around. The Wraith team members were written well, the villains Trigit and Zsinj were not very interesting. The space battles were, as with previous X-Wing novels, difficult to follow. Wraith Squadron did not add anything important to the Star Wars saga. The first 4 X-Wing novels dealt with the liberation of Coruscant and the Krytos virus. In Wraith Squadron it's just Wedge setting up sh ...more
Jacob
Really enjoyed it. New characters, new storyline. On the same track as Rogue Squadron but with a few fun twists.
Steven S
Wraith Squadron was an excellent book! Ever since I've found out about these guys, the Wraiths, I've wanted to read the books that have the Wraiths in them.
This is the book that starts it all, Wedge takes people all over the galaxy that are staring court martial in the face, or are troublemakers, etc.. Basically, the scum of the galaxy is what he's looking for. He finds what he wants and start straining them, but before the Wraiths finish training, they are attacked by Imperial forces.
Wraith Squ
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