X-Wing: Rogue Squadron (written by Michael A. Stackpole) would be the first installment of the X-Wing series, that was first published in 1996.
They are sleek, swift, and deadly. The are the X-wing fighters. And as the struggle rages across the vastness of space, the fearless men and women who pilot them risk both their lives and their machines. Their mission: to defend the Rebel Alliance against a still-powerful and battle-hardened Imperial foe in a last-ditch effort to control the stars!
Its very name strikes fear into enemy hearts. So when Rebel hero Wedge Antilles rebuilds the legendary Rogue Squadron, he seeks out only the best — the most skilled, the most daring X-wing pilots. Through arduous training and dangerous missions, he weeds out the weak from the strong, assembling a group of hard-bitten warriors willing to fight, ready to die. Antilles knows the grim truth: that even with the best X-wing jockeys in the galaxy, many will not survive their near-suicidal missions. But when Rogue Squadron is ordered to assist in the assault on the heavily fortified Imperial stronghold of Black Moon, even the bravest must wonder if any at all will survive.
This story line is filled with great memories from childhood. I remember reading it when it first came out and just loved it. Now after re-reading it, it’s still a great story line haha. But it has a Top Gun meets Star Wars feel to me. Gloriously cheesy at all the right moments, plus it give Wedge a massive spot light. It does feature a lot of characters from the expanded universe (RIP) which is nice. There are some down falls with this novel, mostly do to the story line slowing down to boring crawl. There are a few chapters that have no point in being there, beside space filler. BUT! If you can shoot past tho, it’s a great book.
- The first installment in the X-Wing series of novels, first published in 1996. It was written by Michael A. Stackpole. Narration for the audio version was performed by Henry Thomas.
- This is the first novel to not feature any of the original heroic trio, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, or Leia Organa.
- The simulated battle at the beginning of the book is based on a mission from the PC game Star Wars: X-Wing.
- On page 311 of the first run of the book, Gil Bastra is incorrectly written as Gus Bastra.
- Jek Porkins is incorrectly said to have crashed into the Death Star due to being unable to pull out of a dive. In actuality, he was shot down by the station’s turbolaser turrets.
- This book is unusual for a Star Wars tie-in in that Corran Horn uses the word “bastards” in one scene. The only real-world obscenities in most Star Wars novels are the words “damn” and “hell”.
So far we have these book covered in this Challenge:
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2)
Star Wars Book Challenge 1: Winner Lose All (Star Wars Legends)
Star Wars Book Challenge 1.5: Han Solo at Stars’ End (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1)
Star Wars Book Challenge 2: Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars Universe)
Star Wars Book Challenge 2.5: Prophets of the Dark Side (Star Wars: Jedi Prince #6)
Star Wars Book Challenge 3: Star Wars: Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends)
Star Wars Book Challenge 3.5: Han Solo’s Revenge (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #2)
Star Wars Book Challenge 4: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #3)
Star Wars Book Challenge 5: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars: Novelizations #5)
Star Wars Book Challenge 6: Razor’s Edge (Empire and Rebellion #1)
Star Wars Book Challenge 6.5: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
So on Jan. 15ht 2017 we will have number 8 in this challenge Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)!! Plus I’m sure I’ll post another “.5” story about Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina.