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

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  8,269 Ratings  ·  137 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 unit
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 1998 by Del Rey
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Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Eric Allen
May 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
I've put off reading this book for about 18 years now. And with there being a notable lack of Star Wars novels coming out since Disney took over and said none of that ever happened, I figured I'd go back and try to finish the X-wing series.

I really liked the first four books by Michael A. Stackpole. Mostly because I was already a fan of Stackpole's other non-Star Wars books at the time, and because the idea of the X-wing series intrigued me. Star Wars books, in the Star Wars universe, but NOT ab
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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
Jun 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Of all books in the X-Wing series, this one is my favorite. 4.5 to 5 Stars from me! Coming from a continuity that nowadays categorized as non-canon (Star Wars Legends), the story of this book is good and decent enough to have a stand-alone movie like Rogue One : The Star Wars Story in my opinion.

Wraith Squadron told you the exploits of a squadron of misfits among the Rebel Alliance. Wedge Antilles of Rogue Squadron got a brilliant idea of gathering troublesome misfits into one suicide squad sty
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars, scifi, fiction
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
Ian Reay
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
Aaron Allston does a terrific job of carrying on the series with these three Wraith Squadron books. If you liked the first books, you won't be missing anything in this one.

The premise is that Wedge Antilles, after experiencing the success of the commando like operations of a pro fighter squadron, decides to take the idea further, by making a squadron designed to specialize in commando missions, but also be thoroughly trained in flying. The source of pilots? Washouts and rejects, who can only ma
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
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Alan Chen
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun
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),
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Wars fan looking for a fun and relaxing read
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
Tom Ferratt
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: starwars
Is it wrong to root for the Empire?

Wraith Squadron brings a nice change of pace to the X-Wing series. This book is much more character focused. We move away from the usual 'Rogues' and get to know a much more rambunctious bunch.

Unfortunately, 'Wraith Squadron' suffered from lack of description. There was a good portion in the middle of this book where I had trouble following the action.

Another fault is that I found myself cheering for the Empire in this book. Why? Because humans naturally cheer
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper-copies
Although Stackpole's entries in the X-Wing series are arguably the ones for which the series is remembered – the exploits and adventures of Rogue Squadron – I actually prefer Allston's contribution to the series. His books feature characters who feel more fleshed out, and who have more personality. They're also much funnier and a much richer vein of RPG ideas, so perhaps I'm biased. This novel focuses mostly on Kell, who is the demolitions expert of the squadron and a talented snubfighter jockey ...more
Nom Chompsky
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
We're finally into territory untainted by Horne, where the only original figure is really Wedge, and some interesting storytelling can happen. The novel even includes some sound feminist rejections of what looks like an easy romance—though of course the love arrives eventually, but in real terms, no projection, no 'shiny new toy' syndrome). Good space battles. Real stakes (most anyone could die, and a few do). Cool subterfuge storyline and the ensemble feel resists the hokey pace this ocean's __ ...more
Stephen Richter
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
The thing about space combat stories it hard not to repeat yourself describing the battles. Allston tried by giving each coming battle a different flavor, a raid, an ambush, etc. The book almost got a two star rating, but the last few adventures pulled it out.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Light fun Star Wars adventure. Good read.
Herdis Marie
3,5 stars

First of all, WOW, did this beat Stackpole's sorry excuse for writing down in the dust.

I am so relieved.

Not only has Allston written several more books in the X-Wing series, he has also written many of the other SW books. Now I can look forward to them with pleasure.

So, "Wraith Squadron" is definitely my favourite in the X-Wing series so far. It has an exciting, fast-paced plot, engaging and multi-faceted characters with believable backstories and emotional responses (take notes, Stackp
Damien Rappuhn
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aaron Allston completely abandons the underdeveloped characters of Michael Stackpole to create his own team, which themselves barely escape from archetypal-cliche syndrome. In all, they have silly fun adventures harassing Warlord Zsinj, the characters themselves grow through their past baggage and come together as a team, and a romance springs forth out of nothingness (kind of like the Padme-Anakin romance). Set "Benefit of the Doubt" to WAY ON and prepare to disengage from reality!
It's actually
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I am re-reading the X-Wing series, I am remembering that it is the 2nd half, written by Allston, that is my favorite. He creates well-rounded characters. He adds humor. His space combat is well-done. There are always some unique solutions to problems. And he's not afraid to kill a character or delve into some darker issues, such as Janson being forced to kill a fellow pilot. I think what struck me the most was that each character in the squadron had at least one meaningful scene. With Rogue S ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stackpole may have created the space for a Star Wars Fighter Military Team Book series, but Allston actually makes it work. Each of the characters have personality, strengths and weaknesses. There are arcs with emotions, and far less exposition, and far fewer slender femme fatales throwing themselves at Corran Horn for no reason. There's better Space *and* Land combat scenes here. Wraith squadron is where this gets really good.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leaving Rogue Squadron behind, Wedge is still trying to stay in the field he loves, leading new talent to fight the Empire. The battle scenes play out perfectly, if you know the Star Wars Universe dialect. Sometimes a little too sterile in narrative wash for these characters that are not hard to love but keeps with the Star Wars tradition of awesome.
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