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Rogue Squadron: Star Wars (x-wing)

by Michael A. Stackpole

Random House Publishing Group | January 1, 1996 | Mass Market Paperbound

Rogue Squadron: Star Wars (x-wing) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10.
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. . . . 

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.85 × 4.17 × 0.87 in

Published: January 1, 1996

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553568019

ISBN - 13: 9780553568011

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Old Fashioned Star Wars Nostalgia 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 no more than 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.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliving the Past The first novel of the X-wing series lived up to my expectations; it was gradn, changing, daring and fun. Wedge Antillies is a great returning character from the original triology, and a new commer to us, Corran Horn, is just as fun to be with. Bringing back Rogue Squadron might seem easy but lots of challenges await them. I enjoyed this novel because the ever-returning-factor-of-invincibility is gone! Yes, people can die and people who are close to us as well. This novel is excelent for that. Of course, there is humor, romance, courage and danger but hey, what would a Star Wars novel be without all of that? Oh the whole, the novel was great. It's fun to see how pilots deal with difficult times and I simply cannot wait to read the next book in the X-Wing series.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Good One for Wedge Antilles fans If you love reading about X-wings, space battles, TIEs blowing up, the lovable Wedge Antilles, this is the book for you!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Top Gun goes lunar!! Wow....what a great read!! I am by no means a die-hard Star Wars fan, but I've loved the movies. I had been wanting to start reading the novels for a while but was intimidated by the sheer volume of series that is out there.....I didn't want to start with just any book and have no idea who the characters are or what the references to previous books were all about.....so I decided to start with the X-Wing series book 1. I must say.....I was IMPRESSED!!! The storyline is similar to the movie "Top Gun" in that it takes you through the trials & tribulations of fighter pilots struggling to vanquish the enemy. It also includes a smaller storyline for a few characters on the evil side. Great book....highly recommended!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. Pretty good plot characters etc. for a Star Wars novel. True to its name it focuses mainly on rogue squadron, an X-Wing squadron and pretty much ignores A-Wings, B-Wings and Y-wings. Although it has a great plot, some bits can be a bit confusing.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! A must read for all Star Wars fans. This is the beginning of a 9 book series, which may seem long, but is really good and worth buying. If you're getting tired of Luke, and just want a plausible book, (no superweapons,) with a good story, buy this book. It's great!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Star Wars: Rogue Squadron - #1 Straight Across In my opinion Star Wars: Rogue Squadron by Micheal A. Stackpole is the most amazing novel written in recent history. Stackpole developes minor characters into major presences in the galaxy far far away. . . His knowledge of available technologies in the galaxy is unmatched among other authors. Stackpole's novels in the X-Wing series will bring a whole new meaning to the word action.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthwhile I thought this book was really good, although it does slow to a crawl in some parts(such as the middle 200 pages). Example of what I mean: I started this book 2 years before I finished it. If lots of action is what keeps you reading, I wouldn't readily recommend this book. It is, in the end, worth reading.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Star Wars X-wing: Rogue Squadron This is book is the first in the X-wing series, when the Rebellion hero, Wedge Antilles rebuild the legendary, Rogue Squadron. They go on an impossible quest, the starting of the end , their objective, plow a way to Coruscant so that their forces may passed unharmed. Their destination, Borlaeis...
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A review of Rogue Squadron This exciting book starts off the trilling adventure of Wedge Antillies who recreates the famous Rogue Squadron. When the expirienced pilots are assembled to create a second rogue squadron they are assined to a mission who's code name is Black Moon. Their first atempt to take the imperial base was compleetly failed. Then one of the astromechs that went to Black Moon formulates a plan to capture the imperial base. When The rogues go back to Black Moon rogue leader Wedge Antillies and his wingman Corran Hon have to compleet another treench run in a twisting and curving canyon to compleet the misson with TIE fighters on their tails. Will they suceed? Who knows? So read the book Rogue Squadron and find out!
Date published: 2013-10-24

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Rogue Squadron: Star Wars (x-wing)

by Michael A. Stackpole

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 6.85 × 4.17 × 0.87 in

Published: January 1, 1996

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553568019

ISBN - 13: 9780553568011

Read from the Book

You''re good, Corran, but you''re no Luke Skywalker.   Corran Horn''s cheek still burned at the memory of Commander Antilles''s evaluation of his last simulator exercise.  The line had been a simple comment, not meant to be cruel nor delivered that way, but it cut deep into Corran.   I''ve never tried to suggest I''m that good of a pilot. He shook his head.   No, you just wanted it to be self-evident and easily recognized by everyone around you.   Reaching out he flicked the starter switches for the X-wing simulator''s engines.  "Green One has four starts and is go." All around him in the cockpit various switches, buttons, and monitors flashed to life.  "Primary and secondary power is at full." Ooryl Qrygg, his Gand wingman, reported similar start-up success in a high-pitched voice.  "Green Two is operational." Green Three and Four checked in, then the external screens came alive projecting an empty starfield.  "Whistler, have you finished the navigation calculations?" The green and white R2 unit seated behind Corran hooted, then the navdata spilled out over.  Corran''s main monitor He punched a button sending the same coordinates out to the other pilots in Green Flight.  "Go to light speed and rendezvous on the Redemption." As Corran engaged the X-wing''s hyperdrive, the stars elongated themselves into white cylinders
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From the Publisher

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. . . . 

About the Author

Michael A. Stackpole started his career as a role-playing and computer game designer before turning to writing. He lives in Arizona.

From Our Editors

The first of an exciting series inspired by the blockbuster computer game, X-Wing, this new Star Wars series features Rebel hero Wedge Antilles, who rebuilds the legendary Rogue Squadron with the most skilled and daring X-Wing pilots--hard-bitten warriors ready to die for their cause. Original
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