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Rogue Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing, #1) 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

!!> PDF ✫ Rogue Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing, #1)  ✓ Author Michael A. Stackpole – Justinfoline.us
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  • 386 pages
  • Rogue Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing, #1)
  • Michael A. Stackpole
  • English
  • 22 June 2017
  • 0553568019

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  1. says:

    As I ve chronicled elsewhere, the end of my once indiscriminate love of everything Star Wars roughly coincided with my graduation from high school and the deepening of my appreciation forcomplex, philosophical literature I did, however, carry a handful of my favorite Expanded Universe books along with me to college, and Michael Stackpole s and later Aaron Allston s X wing series was among them Over the years they d gotten a few rereads, but lately it had been awhile since I d spent an As I ve chronicled elsewhere, the end of my once indiscriminate love of everything Star Wars roughly coincided with my graduation from high school and the deepening of my appreciation forcomplex, philosophical literature I did, however, carry a handful of my favorite Expanded Universe books along with me to college, and Michael Stackpole s and later Aaron Allston s X wing series was among them Over the years they d gotten a few rereads, but lately it had been awhile since I d spent any significant time in the galaxy far, far away This changed recently when my brother decided he wanted to run a play by email Star Wars RPG, and though that never really got off the ground, it did inspire me to start another project of my own set in that universe At one point in said project I needed to check a reference, and rather than cruise over to Wookieepedia, for some reason I pulled this book off the shelf Flipping through the pages brought back old memories, so, both to indulge these and to capture the ambience for my own work, I decided to read it As I did, I was reminded of everything that a Star Wars story could be, if only its creators wereconcerned with their characters and the richly fertile world they inhabit than with the potential marketing implications One of my greatest delights in reading the Expanded Universe material, and I m sure I m not alone in this regard, was the care the authors took to respect the creations of those who had gone before Taking the three films as gospel, they proceeded to dutifully enmesh their own stories in the ever widening web of characters, planets, and plotlines so that the whole universe maintained an indelible, cohesive feel You could pick up almost any Star Wars book and be instantly transported to the place you well knew from the screen Since the advent of the prequels, this is no longer the case, but that s a diatribe for another review Let me give an example of how Stackpole succeeds Early on in the book, as Wedge Antilles the only man with two Death Stars painted on his fighter sets about reorganizing the famed Rogue Squadron, his new recruits are undergoing simulated exercises, including the Redemption scenario Stackpole uses this scene as an opportunity to introduce us to several of the main characters, but also to interject some exciting space combat into the novel s opening stages Old school fans will, however, recognize the mission Corran and his squadron mates are flying from the original X Wing computer game, right down to the formations of the enemy fighters that one gave me fits as a kid I never could beat it without cheating It s little inclusions like this, when authors geek out about the same things that we do, that make us geek out evenMore than anything else, it s this loss of cohesion, of the sense of some shared private connection, that so puts me off today s Star Wars offerings Fortunately there are books like this one, where that original thrill can still be found It is by no means complex, but it neither purports nor needs to be The characters, though not founts of deep personal wisdom, are fully realized andthan sufficient to secure our active investment Not that Stackpole is wholly mum on deeper issues Wedge and especially Corran struggle, through deftly inserted internal monologue, to reconcile their personal convictions with the actions their military service requires them to take Even the bad guys are believable their evil actions spring from inherently human vices like pride or insecurity, not completely spurious devices like dreams of the death of a loved one And on the whole the story succeeds because of its characters The high flying action of space combat is fun, certainly, but of its own it does not a good story make The plot, serving as it does to introduce an entire series, is serviceable and engaging but not particularly compelling of itself We care because of the characters We re drawn to Corran and Wedge and Gavin the same way that all those years ago we were drawn to that towheaded kid who liked to bullseye womp rats in his T 16 in Beggar s Canyon, and the brash but lovable smuggler with the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and the walking carpet for a sidekick And this is Stackpole s triumphthan simply taking us back to that place among the stars that we know so well, he has added his own enduring piece to the legacy one that, no matter where else my interests may lead, will always hold a place in my memory


  2. says:

    Good Star Wars fun.Michael Stackpole s 1996 Star Wars expansion novel provides a great deal of meaningful backstory and detail for fans of the Star Wars films and universe.Set a few years after the battle of Endor, when the Rebel Alliance has defeated both Death Stars and what s left of the Empire is on the ropes, Stackpole continues the story and from the perspective of some of the minor players from the films, but fun characters to explore Wedge Antilles and Admiral Ackbar are provided front Good Star Wars fun.Michael Stackpole s 1996 Star Wars expansion novel provides a great deal of meaningful backstory and detail for fans of the Star Wars films and universe.Set a few years after the battle of Endor, when the Rebel Alliance has defeated both Death Stars and what s left of the Empire is on the ropes, Stackpole continues the story and from the perspective of some of the minor players from the films, but fun characters to explore Wedge Antilles and Admiral Ackbar are provided front stage treatment and the author introduces new characters to the ongoing SW storyline.Stackpole is something of a humanist, but we still get a lot of technical information about X Wings and Y wings and the science behind much of the Lucas magic Enjoyable for fans, and I am one, but I might have liked thiswhen I was in HS and he could easily and graciously have chopped 100 pages off to make this a tighter and better story Still, good conversation topic fodder for the next Comic Con


  3. says:

    Gonna take you right into the Danger Zone Top Gun for Star Wars fanatics It s two years after the events in Return of the Jedi and Wedge Antilles is recreating the infamous Rogue Squadron He gathers together the best of the best Corran Horn, Corellian ex Cor Sec, Nawarra Ven, Twi Lek attorney, Ooryl Qorg, a Gand pilot, Bror Jace, an arrogant Thyferran ace andAnd then there is Tycho Celchu, a Rebel pilot who was once a prisoner of the Empireand may be a spy NOTE Based on audiobo Gonna take you right into the Danger Zone Top Gun for Star Wars fanatics It s two years after the events in Return of the Jedi and Wedge Antilles is recreating the infamous Rogue Squadron He gathers together the best of the best Corran Horn, Corellian ex Cor Sec, Nawarra Ven, Twi Lek attorney, Ooryl Qorg, a Gand pilot, Bror Jace, an arrogant Thyferran ace andAnd then there is Tycho Celchu, a Rebel pilot who was once a prisoner of the Empireand may be a spy NOTE Based on audiobook and novel I Liked Stackpole has created an array of interesting new characters characters who could die at any moment and only reading later books lets me know if they still live He brings to life Wedge Antilles, who basically only had cameos in the movies He creates a fascinating new character, Tycho Celchu, someone who might be either psychotic or a spy he s one of my favorites He walks us through the life of Corran, former CorSec with a history his good luck charm is a Jedi medallion Through Corran, we get a taste of the culture of Corellia the ale, the food, how the Jedi wereit s huge fun Since the Empire is still pretty strong, we need to have new Imperial villains, so Stackpole provides us with Ysanne Iceheart Ishard and Kirtan Loor This early on, Ishard is mostly in the background, but Loor is an interesting villain, from Imperial Intelligence, bearing remarkable resemblance to Grand Moff Tarkin Loor strikes a good balance between being cunning, evil, and human he makes a mistake that Ishard points out to him Being the first of a series, this book has a lot of set up characters, mood, plot It s all done very well, much better than some series I ve read We are introduced to the characters, their behaviors Corran initially is quite the arrogant loner , and the villains The mood is light, with some heavy duty piloting The plot is far reaching I ve read some of the later books, so I have an idea what happens and realistically studies what happens to the Rebellion after, how the Rebellion becomes established on Coruscant and was the Empire really defeated at Endor And this is minor, but I still love it continuity Stackpole includes references to Zsinj, Bakura, andI love an author who does research I Didn t Like Space battles and dog fights can be very confusing, determining who is going what way doing what when Gavin Darklighter is yet another native of that supposedly far away, backwards planet, Tatooine There are a lot of pilots and some of them are harder to remember or identify than others Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Sithspawn Sexual tension arises between Corran and Mirax and Corran and the Erisi Thyferran female pilot Overall An enjoyable start to a good series, Rogue Squadron keeps things exciting with new characters and a different niche dogfighting a la Top Gun This is one of the better Bantam novels out there, perfect for some nice, light reading


  4. says:

    The pilots of the elite Rogue Squadron get their own series in these novels by Michael Stackpole These books were a great part of my adolescence, and as such, I have a lot of praise for them.In Rogue Squadron, Wedge Antilles, Rebel hero and founding member is tasked with building a brand new Rogue Squadron to act not only as an elite fighting force, but also as a symbol of the New Republic and their continuing fight against the remnants of the Empire led by Director of Imperial Intelligence, The pilots of the elite Rogue Squadron get their own series in these novels by Michael Stackpole These books were a great part of my adolescence, and as such, I have a lot of praise for them.In Rogue Squadron, Wedge Antilles, Rebel hero and founding member is tasked with building a brand new Rogue Squadron to act not only as an elite fighting force, but also as a symbol of the New Republic and their continuing fight against the remnants of the Empire led by Director of Imperial Intelligence, Ysanne Isard.The story is told from the perspective of hotshot pilot and former member of Corellian Security CorSec , Corran Horn and his nemesis, Kirtan Loor, who has an unhealthy fixation on Corran.Loor s above mentioned fixation on Corran soon extends to the rest of the Squadron when Isard tasks him with their destruction as Rogue Squadron begins to make a push for Coruscant, the former seat of the Empire, which will validate them as the legitimate galactic government and encourage worlds that have not already to throw off the yoke of Imperial oppression and join the New Republic.Wedge is the canon character draw for this series, with Admiral Ackbar and Princess Leia also making appearances, but Wedge takes a back seat to the new pilots, which I think is as it should be.The story is well written, fast paced, and a general quick read with the same kinds of space battles that Star Wars is known for.Because Corran is the focus of this book, you don t really get to really know the other members of Rogue Squadron very well in this book, which is a bit of a shame I understand it s hard to focus on twelve characters, and some of them do get their own moments to shine later on.Anyone familiar with the X Wing comic book series, also written by Stackpole will recognize Mirax Terrik and enjoy her inclusion in the books Rogue Squadron serves as a great first book and springboard into the rest of the series, and I certainly recommend it to any Star Wars fan, especially the ones who loved the space battles in the movies


  5. says:

    Okay I can t remember the plot at all But I do remember that I really enjoyed reading this series despite being a bit sceptical on the outset ventured into it based on gushing reviews from a friend I wouldn t know how it holds up right now though Tempted to do a re read but TBR pile so win LOL.


  6. says:

    Oh, wow That s a very good way to start a review off, isn t it I had forgotten just how excellent these books are In spite of the fact that I love I, Jedi and have read it repeatedly, I just haven t gotten around to re reading Corran s original series since the first time in 99.The X Wing series is one of the best ideas for a series anyone has ever had It came out in 1996, with well over a dozen predecessors which meant that its early place in the timeline the next step in the timeline Oh, wow That s a very good way to start a review off, isn t it I had forgotten just how excellent these books are In spite of the fact that I love I, Jedi and have read it repeatedly, I just haven t gotten around to re reading Corran s original series since the first time in 99.The X Wing series is one of the best ideas for a series anyone has ever had It came out in 1996, with well over a dozen predecessors which meant that its early place in the timeline the next step in the timeline after Truce at Bakura was well bolstered by Stackpole s knowledge of surrounding events Various warlords and villains receive their first mentions here, making for comfortable after the fact foreshadowing The only disadvantage was Stackpole s getting influenced toward a racist empire, but that s somewhat immaterial.Two and a half years after Return of the Jedi, to be precise year 01144 , Wedge Antilles, hero of the rebellion, decides to re form the famous squadron that brought down the second Death Star The best pilots the Alliance has to offer or the best and most politically expedient pilots are brought together under Wedge s direction to take Rogue Squadron from legendary status to imp vaping terrors.Corran Horn is one such pilot, a former officer with CorSec with a complex past and unusual clear headedness But if you read I, Jedi first, be aware that this is a young and brash Corran just starting off with the Alliance without friends or allies yet.Other pilots include Gavin Darklighter, a cousin of the famous Biggs Jace and Erisi, a couple of Thyferran pilots from opposing factions in the bacta trade and Orryl Qyrgg, a Gand and one of my favorite people ever They re being trained to be the best of the best of the best by Wedge, who is facing plenty of politically charged obstacles like the ongoing persecution of his XO Tycho Celchu, another hero of Endor who is under suspicion due to his harrowing time as an Imperial POW.All of these elements lone wolf pilots being forged into a single deadly unit without all the homoerotic volleyball of Top Gun plus political interference from top brass, potential traitors and spies in the unit, and one quirky protocol droid are stirred together in a cauldron of the early New Republic environment aka, the alliance wants to claim Imperial Center Coruscant away from the Empire.It s a thrilling premise with strong, dynamic characters written in Stackpole s typical forthright style I don t have a lot of interest in combat, but his dogfights and descriptions of air force life are compelling and exciting There can be a blurred line between exposition and padding, but with this particular series nine books in all, and possibly originally planned forthe exposition is a vital part of the structure s development Stackpole sketches out his characters until you know them and care about them, and intersperses hints and pieces from other books until the web between realcanon is a solid, binding thing It s just good novels.There s no doubt whatever about the X Wing series place in realcanon, and this book is a firecracker to start the series off with I m actually glad I only read the first four back in 99, because I haven t had a fresh realcanon book to look forward to in a long time, and now I have half a series This review via The Rebel Librarian


  7. says:

    When I think back about the first time I read this book, I m overwhelmed with nostalgia I read this book way back in the late ninties, when I was nothan 11 or 12 As soon as my Dad got the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition VHS set in 96 or 97, I was hooked, and immediately started spending saving up my allowance and spending it on the variety of Star Wars novels which, while clearly written for readers somewhat above the third grade level, captured my imagination And few of those novels When I think back about the first time I read this book, I m overwhelmed with nostalgia I read this book way back in the late ninties, when I was nothan 11 or 12 As soon as my Dad got the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition VHS set in 96 or 97, I was hooked, and immediately started spending saving up my allowance and spending it on the variety of Star Wars novels which, while clearly written for readers somewhat above the third grade level, captured my imagination And few of those novels captured my imagination the way Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston s X Wing series Always somewhat of a nerd, I devoured these books every chance I could find In school I frequently had a book propped open in my desk so I could snatch a sentence or two in between paying close attention to every word that came out of the teacher s mouth During recess, I would lean against the school building and read until the bell summoned us back inside When I wasn t busy reading, I would spend recess racing around the school yard, dogfighting imaginary TIE Fighters and Star Destroyers and various other spacecraft gleaned from the pages of the novels or my well read copy of Star Wars The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels I was fascinated by the characters and the world of the stories In the days before wikipedia, I poured over the pages of the novels, taking detailed notes in order to determine the call sign of each Rogue Squadron pilot and their wingman, and to decipher the pilots slang terms eyeball, bright, squint, etc All of this may seem unnecessarily obsessive to a rational adult mind, but as an eager pre adolescent caught up in the wonder of the galaxy far far away for the first time, it was a testament to the power of the story Stackpole and ultimately George Lucas created It s books like this one that make me wish I hadn t gotten rid of all of my old Star Wars books Yeah, they took up a lot of space on my already overcrowded shelves, and it s true I had never gone back to re read most of them in years, but all these years later it feels like a crime to have sold all those childhood memories for a mere 20 at a garage sale Of course I have all of the published novels on my Kobo e reader, but sometimes I wish I could run my fingers through those pages again, smell the paper, and feel the texture of the memories captured between the covers All of these fond memories have me very excited for the August release of Mercy Kill, the first new X Wing novel in 13 years Here s hoping that for some young, impressionable reader out there, this book will continue the tradition started by Rogue Squadron, opening his or her imagination to a galaxy where daring aces do battle with menacing villains, brave heroes make selfless sacrifices, and good always triumps over evil.UPDATE Since writing this review, I ve started going back and tracking down used copies of as many Star Wars novels as I can, rebuilding my collection so I can go back and revist those memories I haven t finished catching up in the timeline so I can read Mercy Kill, but I m looking forward to itthan ever.AUDIO BOOK REVIEW I recently had the chance to listen to the abridged audio book of Rogue Squadron, and while I really enjoyed listening to the story with all the sound effects and music that make the Star Wars audio books such a great experience, I really missed a lot of the material that was cut out during the abridging process Also, the sound effects are clearlythan ten years older than the effects you can hear inrecent audio books, and it was a little distracting when the pilots voices were distorted to make it sound like a radio message Overall I still really enjoyed it, but I would NOT recommend it as an alternative to reading the full books Maybe when I get to Star Wars X Wing Mercy Kill I ll check out the unabridged audio version of that one


  8. says:

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros Star Wars algo bem recente para mim, tanto que fui COME AR a assistir aos filmes nesse ano de 2016, e s a partir da que me atualizei com o epis dio VII e Rogue One na semana passada.Como n o poderia ser diferente, viciei E a vontade de ler algo do universo expandido aumentou, portanto decidi come ar a ler Esquadr o Rogue, lan amento mais recente da editora Aleph.Quase 3 anos ap s a destrui o da segunda Estrela da Morte e das mortes de Darth Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros Star Wars algo bem recente para mim, tanto que fui COME AR a assistir aos filmes nesse ano de 2016, e s a partir da que me atualizei com o epis dio VII e Rogue One na semana passada.Como n o poderia ser diferente, viciei E a vontade de ler algo do universo expandido aumentou, portanto decidi come ar a ler Esquadr o Rogue, lan amento mais recente da editora Aleph.Quase 3 anos ap s a destrui o da segunda Estrela da Morte e das mortes de Darth Vader e do Imperador Palpatine, o enfraquecimento do Imp rio percept vel Ao mesmo tempo, for as imperiais ainda existem e planejam mais contra ataques para tirar a Nova Rep blica do poderInevit veis como os impostos e lentos como a burocracia, eles vieram E nessa hora que uma nova gera o de pilotos de X wing come a a ser treinada por nada mais nada menos que Wedge Antilles, sobrevivente das duas corridas contra as temidas Estrelas da Morte.Acompanharemos principalmente a vida do tenente corelliano Corran Horn, que acaba se mostrando um excelente piloto, mas sem conseguir deixar para tr s o seu passado meio obscuro A princ pio sua rela o com os demais pilotos n o das melhores, mas os la os ir o se estreitar um pouco ao longo das 352 p ginas de Esquadr o Rogue, que passam voando, j adianto aos leitores.Alguns dos cap tulos do livro s o dedicados miss es de treinamento, onde todos precisam aprender na marra o que significa fazer parte do esquadr o e qual o seu lugar dentro dele Sacrificar se para que o companheiro sobreviva uma atitude nobre, mas o comandante Antilles n o quer que nenhum piloto tenha o mesmo destino dos seus amigos durante as batalhas anteriores.Para aqueles que acreditavam que somente os melhores pilotos podiam ingressar no Esquadr o, ledo engano A politicagem tamb m vai rolar solta quando membros de diversos planetas s o indicados em troca de favores O Esquadr o Rogue deixou de ser apenas mais uma unidade no meio de tantas outras e agora um s mbolo poderoso e implac vel da luta dos rebeldes contra o Imp rioWedge, voc o melhor que n s temos Isso pode n o impressionar voc , mas tem um monte de pilotos do Imp rio l fora que perdem parte do sono noite porque t m pesadelos com voc na cola deles Al m de seguirmos os pontos de vista dos pilotos Wedge Antilles e Corran Horn, tamb m temos a vis o do outro lado Kirtan Loor, agente da intelig ncia imperial, o encarregado pela agora diretora imperial Ysanne Isard de dar cabo do Esquadr o Rogue e acabar com essa amea a, deixando assim o caminho livre para o Imp rio reconquistar a gal xia Foi esclarecedor ter esse outro ponto de vista, ainda mais que Kirtan n o um personagem detest vel e tem suas qualidades.Aos leitores preocupados com uma poss vel linguagem t cnica durante as miss es e treinamentos, podem ficar tranquilos o vocabul rio usado por Stackpole simples e f cil de se pegar ap s alguns cap tulos, sem contar que a tradu o de Alex Mandarino ficou muito boa A leitura flui t o suavemente que, quando percebi, j estava terminando essa obra mpar e empolgante.As lutas entre os X wings e os TIE Fighters s o de arrepiar, adrenalina pura Fica a a recomenda o desse baita livro, tenho certeza que os f s de Star Wars ir o curtir muito Se voc quiser se sentir um Luke Skywalker da vida destruindo a Estrela da Morte, tiro certeiro


  9. says:

    Seinfeld was the show about nothing. And this is the book about nothing 400 pages of talking, exposition, training simulations, 1 dimensional characters and NO STORY.Getting to the end of this was brutal Every word of it I forced myself through Every single page I was counting forward to where the chapter finished just so I could stop At 300 pages, I gave up and read another book then figured I should come back and finish it But it was hard work.Every character is 1 dimensional with no dep Seinfeld was the show about nothing. And this is the book about nothing 400 pages of talking, exposition, training simulations, 1 dimensional characters and NO STORY.Getting to the end of this was brutal Every word of it I forced myself through Every single page I was counting forward to where the chapter finished just so I could stop At 300 pages, I gave up and read another book then figured I should come back and finish it But it was hard work.Every character is 1 dimensional with no depth, no personality and really nothing to differentiate them from anyone else The chemistry between characters is just ridiculous with two different women throwing themselves sexually at Corran for no real reason whatsoever except that that seems to be their only purpose in the story.The action is non existent The opening action sequence is a virtual training run Oh the excitement Every fifty pages or so they fight some tie fighters Who knows why In between is just a whole bunch of talking from bland characters.The action to exposition ratio is 1 8 Honestly, one thing happens for half a page and they spend the next 3 pages explaining step by step how and what they had done.And honestly, nothing happens Nothing at all From start to finish they go on a few different flights and shoot some tie fighters I ll be skipping the next 3 and giving the Aaron Alston Wraith Squadron books a go because Stackpole has no idea how to write story, characters or action


  10. says:

    I succumbed to boredom and failed to finish this book I made it all the way to page 95 at that stage in a book, I should be thoroughly engaged There should be an interesting conflict, some tension Stackpole manages to immediately defuse almost every tense situation , or interesting characters, or somethinganything But no, the dialogue was bland and uninteresting, the characters mushed together in my mind except for wunderkind Corran Horn, the unfortunate protagonist, who just plain irri I succumbed to boredom and failed to finish this book I made it all the way to page 95 at that stage in a book, I should be thoroughly engaged There should be an interesting conflict, some tension Stackpole manages to immediately defuse almost every tense situation , or interesting characters, or somethinganything But no, the dialogue was bland and uninteresting, the characters mushed together in my mind except for wunderkind Corran Horn, the unfortunate protagonist, who just plain irritated me , the exposition backstory was clumsily handled, and I just couldn t muster any excitement for what was happening Seriously, how interesting can missions in a training simulator get And page after page of stupid flying battlesughdumb, just dumb.My brother told me this was a good book, and I will heartily disagree with him next time I see him sometime in 2012 This may even be noogie worthy.I would recommend this book for folks who have a jimmy fix for Star Wars Otherwise, just pass on by

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