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 units, castoffs and rejects given one last chance. But before the new pilots can complete their training, the squadron's base is attacked by former Imperial admiral Trigit, and Wraith Squadron is forced to swing into action--taking over an Imperial warship and impersonating its crew. The mission: to gain vital intelligence about Trigit's secret weapons, to sabotage the admiral's plans, and to lure him into an Alliance trap. But the high-stakes gamble pits Wraith Squadron's ragtag renegades against the Empire's most brilliant master of guile and deception.
Are they up to the challenge?
If not, the penalty is instant death.
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A very witty novel
I always enjoy his work. The clever banter is always amusing and the story line unique.
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 bother? Well, this summer I decided enough was enough and I finally buckled down to read the tale of these so-called Wraiths. I was not prepared for the joy I would find in this book. First of all, Wedge Antilles hasn't gone anywhere. I wished that I'd known sooner that Wedge was the one at the helm of Wraith Squadron - it certainly wouldn't have taken 15 years to read this. With Wes Janson at his side, Wedge builds a team of screw-ups that is as potent a weapon as it is comical. This book closely follows the exploits of the Wraiths as they bond into a new squadron facing adversity, with the space battle action I've come to expect from the X-Wing series. However, this story becomes a tale of espionage, action, humor, and intrigue. I couldn't wait to see what mission they would take on next and how they could possibly pull it off. The pranks and the humor that brings this team together, along with the story crafted by Aaron Allston, makes this a must-read. It was also great to finally get the gaps filled in about Warlord Zsinj's campaign against the fledgling New Republic. In summary, this book is more than a worthy successor to the story of the Rogues in the earlier books of this series. Give it a read. It will NOT disappoint.
Great series great book
Great series great book