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

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  8,573 Ratings  ·  104 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 Del Rey (first published January 1st 1997)
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Crystal Starr Light
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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.)

Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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!
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this series many times and this was always my favorite. It focused on what this series does best: space battles. The main villain has taken over the planet that produces all the bacta, the miracle cure medicine, in the galaxy. So Rogue Squadron fights a series of space battles to free the planet. Overall the book is very entertaining, but I am seeing more flaws in the series as I re-read. First, Ysanne Isard is just a horrible "villain." The decision to give up Coruscant just seemed ...more
Damien Rappuhn
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the fourth installment of the series, Stackpole builds on the achievements of character, drama, and conflict of the third novel without ignoring the important elements of space adventures (as did the second novel). However, peripheral characters are still largely ignored, new characters are introduced and (again) left underdeveloped, and main characters do the same thing they've always done. It's a fun read, you'll need to suspend disbelief at parts and have a generous imagination with some c ...more
Caleb Dillinger
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great conclusion to a wonderful story. It continues on in book five with a change in author and new cast of characters that eventually interact with these. But you could end here and it be a complete story. Book one was my favorite, but this comes in at my second favorite in this quadrilogy. Corran Horn is an amazing character and makes huge impacts in the Star Wars universe. Read this series to enjoy his origin story :)
Herdis Marie
2,5 stars.



At least for now.

I see he's written a couple books later in the series, but I have a looong break before I get to them, thank goodness.

So I'm not going to write a long review for this one, because I've pretty much detailed everything that's wrong with Stackpole's writing in my reviews of the previous three instalments.

Here's a short summary:

1. Poor/unoriginal characterisation/character description
2. Predictable plot twists
3. Intensely
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Story expect the fact that in the end of 3, Luke Skywalker asked Corran Horn to join him. ?I hated that story line.
Jonathan Puddle
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good fun, and a satisfying finish to the series.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too predictable.
Nom Chompsky
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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More of the same. The battles are cool, Booster is funny, but it's all very superficial, and Horne is forever insufferable while Wedge is too-perfect (and flat).
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
feel like i'm struggling through the series, not horrible but not my favorite yet.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good novel, with more guerrilla warfare than in previous instalments. Again – I love it, but it's not really high literature!
Nathaniel Turner
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, scifi, fiction
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
Jess Neuner
This isn't the last book in the X-Wing series, but it is the final one featuring Rogue Squadron. Following Corran Horn's lead when he returns from Imperial captivity, the entire squadron resigns their commissions from the New Republic so they can pursue an unsanctioned mission to take down Ysanne Isard and rescue the prisoners of war she's still keeping captive. Because the planet Thyferra technically chose Isard as its leader, the New Republic couldn't officially do anything about it without ap ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bacta War is the fourth volume in the fan favorite Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron series, and is the conclusion of Michael Stackpole's 4-book story arc. In this series Stackpole manages to sustain interest in a bunch of Star Wars characters NOT named Luke, Han or Leia The series is ostensibly about ace pilot Wedge Antilles and his team of intrepid X-Wing pilots, but Stackpole's new character Corran Horn (an ace pilot and budding Jedi Knight) quickly becomes the main character.

The Bacta War
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's Star Wars, how could I not have loved it. Stackpole writes so fluidly that it just keeps you turning the pages.
Jaime Krause
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason I gave this 4 stars over 5 is obvious. The writing is just as great and I've discovered fantastic quotes, but I feel like it's a bit slower paced, for whatever reason. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would.

I like Vorru as a character. He has his own morals and values, but he's got a lot of gray areas. One of these is that he doesn't think Iella deserves the pain she feels of having to kill her husband; on the other hand, Isard basks in that pain, especially in knowing that Iella would li
Hilmi Isa
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole
Star Wars: X-Wing, Book 4

In this installment of the X-Wing series, times are tough for the Roque Squadron as they must battle Ysanne Isard, one of the remaining imperial warlords in the galaxy. They fight undermanned and without support of the Alliance, which is fighting in a different war altogether in a different section of the galaxy. Alone they must defeat her large battle group of star destroyers and liberate the planet of Thyferra, an important planet
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