Review: X-Wing Mercy Kill – Aaron Allston

Hardcover: 416 pages
LucasBooks (August 7, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0345530594
ISBN-13: 978-0345530592
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Voort “Piggy” SaBinring – Mentally Enhanced Gamorrean Wraith Member.
Viull “Scut” Gorsat – An extolled Yuzhan Vong Wrait Member.


It’s 44 Years after the Battle of Yavin. Face Loren has found Voort “Piggy” SaBinring who is now teaching Mathematics. He convinces Voort to rejoin Wraith Squadron. The Mission to prove that General Thaal was part of the Lecersen Conspiracy. Goort must also face his own prejudices when confronted with a team member who is a Yuzhan Vong.


This was my first time reading one of the X-Wing novels though I have all the previous ones, I’d not found the time or inclination to read them. I’m certainly going to try to find the time to do so now. I’m not sure what they are like, but this one was a lot of fun to read. It was like a novelized version of an Oceans 11 Heist movie. There were disguises, scams, and intrigue. Just when you thought things were headed one way, the author switched courses on you.

I think the characters were well developed, and we get to see growth in some, especially in Voort. The situations seem about as real as you can get in a Star Wars novel but the characters are what brings one back time and time again as a fan. These characters feel real, they laugh, they love, they die.

I found Voort the most interesting of the characters, and we get to see him the most including in flashbacks to past missions, so as a reader we get a better understanding of him. It would be nice in future novels to explore some of the other characters inner demons more, particularly with Scut.

The audio book which is what provided this review is well put together.  The reader manages to alter his voice for various characters, you hear the subtle sounds in the background such as pipes hissing, doors opening, etc., along with the sounds you’d expect music, lightsabers, blaster fire.  All of these add depth to the book that you miss out on with just the written page.

I saw nothing objectionable outside the standard violence you’d see in a Star Wars movie. If I were to give it a rating, I’d give it a PG for teens/older readers.

If you loved the X-Wing Series, particularly the Wraith Squadron parts, then pick this up, or if you are just a Star Wars fan in general. I think you’d enjoy it. Be sure and stop by to let us know what you think.

About the Author

Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi books Outcast and Backlash; the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels Betrayal, Exile, and Fury; the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines adventures Rebel Dream and Rebel Stand; novels in the popular Star Wars X-Wing series; and the Doc Sidhe novels, which combine 1930s-style hero-pulps with Celtic myth. He is also a longtime game designer and in 2006 was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) Hall of Fame. He lives in Central Texas.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Richard at Random House for a review copy of this audio book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

4 Responses to “Review: X-Wing Mercy Kill – Aaron Allston”

  1. fabrandt Says:

    The moment I see Star Wars, I’m in!
    I have never read these novels either, but you make me want to pick one up!
    Good review.

  2. Rick Rhodes Says:

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  3. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Thanks Fab.

  4. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Rick Rhodes said:
    Thanks Fab.
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