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Mercy Kill: Star Wars (X-Wing) (Star Wars: X-Wing - Legends) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

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7. August 2012 Star Wars: X-Wing - Legends
The intrepid spies, pilots, and sharpshooters of Wraith Squadron are back in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which transpires just after the events of the Fate of the Jedi series!
 
Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand—for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission.
 
A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor—and license to do so by any and all means—the Wraiths will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers . . . and targets, as they put their guts, their guns, and their riskiest game plan to the test against the most lethal of adversaries.

“A rare entry point for newbies to the Star Wars expanded universe.”—Kirkus Reviews

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: LucasBooks (7. August 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345530594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345530592
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,2 x 16,3 x 3,5 cm
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“A rare entry point for newbies to the Star Wars expanded universe.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi books Conviction, 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, including Mercy Kill; 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.

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Klingt makaber, ist es aber nicht. Die Wraiths sind zurück und das gewohnt stark.

Zusammenfassung mit Spoilern:

Garik „Face“ Loran ruft die Wraiths wieder ins Leben. Die Mitglieder: Voort "Piggy" saBinring, Myri Antilles und Trey Courser, Bhindi Drayson, Jesmin Tainer, Turman Durra, und Viull "Scut" Gorsa. Die Mission: das Rätsel um die Lecersen-Verschwörung zu lösen.

Das Team zieht los und teilt sich auf, stößt nach einigen Abenteuern mit interessanten Informationen wieder zusammen auf Vandor 3. Hier finden sie einen Schwarzmarkt-Ring, aufgebaut von Thaal und einer Elite-Einheit. Während sie das geheime Lager untersuchen, erleben sie eine Überraschung. Ein zweite Wraiths- Team bestehend aus: Sharr Latt, Thaymes Fodrick, Drikall Bessarah, Wran Narcassan, und Huhunna. Face hat also zweit Teams gegründet. Oder etwas nicht? Die beiden Teams werden entdeckt und auf der Flucht geschieht das Unfassbare passiert: Bhindi wird angeschossen und stirbt.

Immer wieder reisen wir in der Zeit zurück und bekommen Rückblenden aus der Zeit des Yuuzhan Vong Krieges geboten. Hier finden wir den Grund für den Titel „Mercy Kill“. Kennt ihr noch Knirps? Ja genau der. Auf einer Mission wird dieser zusammen mit Sandskimmer von den Vong angegriffen. Piggy steht als Back-Up bereit, doch kann er nicht verhindern, das Sandskimmer stirbt. Knirps wird von einem Amphi-Stab gebissen und liegt im sterben. Sein letzter Wunsch: er möchte nicht in die Hände der Vong fallen, den die haben ein Gegengift. Piggy erfüllt ihm diesen Wunsch: ein Mercy Kill. Durch dieses Trauma ist er nicht mehr der Alte und möchte nur noch Voort genannt werden.
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Der Zweite Galaktische Bürgerkrieg ist geschlagen, der jüngste Putschversuch altimperialer Militärs abgewendet und die Gefahr durch einen verlorenen Stamm von Sith Lords und das Macht-Wesen Abeloth gebannt.

Dennoch konnte man nicht aller Verschwörer aus den höchsten Rängen des Militärs der Galaktischen Allianz habhaft werden. Einer der korrupten Generäle hat es bis jetzt geschafft, dass alle Ermittlungen gegen ihn im Sande verliefen. Grund genug für diesen Job eine der erfolgreichsten Spezialeinheiten der Allianz aus dem Ruhestand zu holen, das Wraith Squadron soll es richten und General Face Loran gibt sich in persönliche Gefahr ein neues Team mit teils altbekannten Gesichtern aufzustellen...

~ Lieber zu spät als nie? ~

Ein Jahrzehnt nach Enemy Lines und 13 Jahre nach dem letzten echten X-Wing-Roman mit den Wraiths (diese besiegelten 1999 auch das Ende der Bantam-Ära in der Geschichte der Star Wars-Romane) schaffte es Mercy Kill 2012 einen damit bereits 10 Jahre alten Wunsch der Fangemeinde zu erfüllen. Endlich wieder ein X-Wing-Roman! Oder eher: Leider jetzt gerade ein X-Wing-Roman?

Aaron Allston hat 2014 diese Welt verlassen und war mitunter einer der aktivsten Autoren des Franchises seit der Jahrhundertwende. Doch Allstons Glanzzeiten als Autor lagen in den 90ern als er mit Michael Stackpole den legendären und kultigen X-Wing-Zyklus schuf. Dabei wird der weniger auf Selbstverwirklichung bedachte Allston mit seiner Trilogie um die Gespensterstaffel gerne als der bessere der beiden Autoren genannt, auch wenn Stackpole eine ganze Reihe von X-Wing-Comics in Zusammenarbeit schuf und praktisch die gesamte Lore um die Rogue Squadron aufbaute.

Allston war auch mir lieber.
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Another victim of the bloated thing the EU has become. Some good scenes and nifty details, and (too few) Allston-worthy dialogues do not make a book. None of the new characters have any depth. And I'm tired of meeting the children of famous characters all over the place, it's getting quite unreal. At least there weren't Jedi's at every corner, which would be refreshing it there was any tempo in the plot. The people behind the EU have pretty much lost the contact to their original fan base. Time to bury the whole thing.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not your father's X-Wing 7. August 2012
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This book has been heavily advertised as the return of the popular X-Wing series. However, it isn't quite a glorious return to the glory days of the 1990s. Rather, it's heavily influenced by what the Star Wars Expanded Universe has become in recent years. It's not all bad, but it's also important to realize before picking up this book.

First, this book relies HEAVILY on recent EU novels. If you haven't kept track of the recent books (and I admit I haven't - I stopped reading after New Jedi Order) some of this stuff might be really confusing. Daala as chief of state, the Imperials still alive and well, a purge of Jedi. Alliston does attempt to bring readers up to speed a bit, but it's a very different galaxy and one that I personally find less interesting and less suited than the previous X-Wing novels set against a still powerful Empire. Also, it's important to know the details of the EU to understand the plot because it focuses on a conspiracy attempt that happened during the post-NJO with constant references to post-NJO events as motivations.

The setting also means that this X-Wing novel doesn't feature Wedge Antilles, the backbone of the previous X-Wing novels, much less the other pilots from the Original Trilogy like Janson and Tycho Celchu. In the original X-Wing novels, Wedge served as the connection to the movies. One of the joys was seeing this popular character in action. In Mercy Kill, by and large it's the next generation of hotshot pilots, including Wedge's daughter. Some are sons or daughters of previous Wraith Squadron members, but given that the last novel came out over a decade ago you'd be forgiven for not even remember who they are. If you don't already know these characters, you might find it hard to really care for them (although there are a few I really like).

If these problems don't bother you much, or if you're steeped in EU lore, Aaron Alliston actually wrote a pretty interesting story. Alliston follows one of the veteran Wraith Squadron members, "Piggy" Voort, as he's pulled in for one more mission. Voort is super-intelligent Gamorrean, but don't let that fool you - he's not in there for comedic relief. Voort has been scarred by the Yuuzhan Vong war and the book actually builds quite an interesting character for him as war continues to haunt him.

The other thing I like about the book is the clever espionage escapades. Wraith Squadron is more than just flying X-Wings and Alliston did a great job coming up with complex and surprising scenarios for the team. The fast pacing and limiting Piggy's knowledge to a "need-to-know" basis makes these scenes fun and suspenseful to read - possibly some of the best Star Wars action I've read in a while. At it's best, it's like reading James Bond or Oceans 11 in space.

Overall, my preference for an X-Wing novel would be something set during the time of the Original Trilogy, where we can see Wedge and the other X-Wing legends take on the Empire. I understand Aaron Alliston himself has written a lot in the FotJ era so this period might be dear to him, but the story was just too far removed from the characters we know and love from the original X-Wing. Still, he tells a story with fun twists and surprisingly rich character development. As such, I find it very difficult to rate this novel because I think what you get out of it really depends on how immersed you are in the EU. For me, it was about 3.75 stars - a good read, but not up to the level of the original X-Wing novels.

UPDATE (11/22/12):

So, I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of Tim Zahn's Scoundrels, and for various reasons it forced me to revise my review of Mercy Kill. Mercy Kill was supposed to be the Star Wars espionage thriller of the year. However, after reading Scoundrels, this pales in comparison. I'd originally given the slow pacing and lack of gripping plot twists as part of the espionage genre. However, Scoundrels shows how to do this sort of thing right. By contrast, with Mercy Kill, I think part of the problem is that it's tough to care about the plot. We don't get any major characters from the films and the idea of flushing a general out is just too tangential to anything important. Second, the characters in Wraith Squadron act like a bunch of immature goofballs. Some goofing off is fine, but joking about having to go to pee or calling somebody "Poop Dog" ranks amongst the worst of Jar-Jar Binks' humor. Scoundrels sets a new standard for genre-defying Star Wars and I only wish Mercy Kill had captured some of that intensity.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book Expanded Universe fans needed 20. August 2012
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Allston seems to enjoy doing the impossible with characters, but that's maybe underselling just what he accomplished with Mercy Kill. Perhaps I'm the only person that felt this way about the book, but I think Mercy Kill did something that I didn't believe any author would ever be able to do. In this book, you have a story that links together and pays homage to three distinct eras in the Expanded Universe. All the while, Allston handles the realities and impacts of these eras with tremendous grace for both that material and the fans of those tales. It's proof that even with as messy as things have gotten in the EU, a talented author can craft a novel that acknowledges and respects the characters and stories others have worked on and a wide array of fans with different loves and favorite elements.

It's proof that a supremely skilled author can take twenty years worth of Expanded Universe material and backstory and create a wonderfully compelling novel.

Mercy Kill is everything I have been asking (pleading) for in an Expanded Universe novel. It's self-contained and steps away from the Apocalypse of the Week in favor of a more intimate and fun plot. It diversifies the cast. It's a book that illustrates you don't have to be a male Jedi to be a hero and to get the job done. There's levity, there's drama, there's action, there's heartbreak. It's a perfect tonal match for what drew me into Star Wars all those years ago.

In my mind, this was the precise book this fandom needed. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) for Del Rey and Lucasfilm licensing, they've reopened Pandora's Box. This is the book the fandom needed, but it's only a start. We need more like this. More gripping and fun adventures. More levity. More diverse characters. More novels that scream Star Wars.

The thirteen year wait between X-Wing books was worth it, but here's to hoping we won't be waiting that long for the next installment.
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As odd as it might sound, my initial impression of Mercy Kill was "this isn't a dumb book." What I mean by that is that there's a lot more to it than just a fun Star Wars action and adventure. There's meaning here. Characters are created with frustrating flaws, but Allston maintains an interest that implores the reader to questions why. There's an underlying compulsion to look deeper and find the truth, be it with the characters or the plot. There's a sense of depth there that's very nice. Sure, on the surface there's some fun action but beneath that is the good stuff.

There's a lot of layers to Mercy Kill. On top is a mission to find evidence of General Thaal's crimes. Enveloping that is some fun, action twisting spy schemes and Wraith humor. There are a lot of good elements that make the book an enjoyable Star Wars story, but Allston doesn't stop there. Below the surface plot and Wraith action is a character drama that adds a lot of emotional weight to the story. This may be an X-Wing novel and a Wraith book, but at it's heart, it's a story about Piggy.

It's not often that we get to see minor Expanded Universe characters explored in such detail. Piggy was a fun and interesting character in the old Wraith books and in the Rebel Lines duology during the NJO. However, I never in my wildest dreams expected him to get his own book. Not only that, but Allston takes that fan character and uses him to explore a plot line entrenched with emotion. This isn't the story of a super funny, talking Gamorrean who can fly. This is a story about a veteran of the Yuuzhan Vong war whose been pulled in for one more mission. He's suffered in war. He has ghosts that haunt him. Allston sheds some light on the soldiers of the EU and the guilt and grief they must deal with. He illustrates the effects these wars have on the people, and he also shows what they must go through to deal with it.

Overall, I loved how the simple idea of a Wraith book became something much more complex, and yet still accomplished both tasks. This is a novel that's fun and is also one that makes you think. Together it's pure entertainment on the page.
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Von Andrew Pruette - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Michael Stackpole's first four X-Wing novels set a very high standard in Star Wars fiction: interesting new characters, well-written space battles, and intricate plots which upheld the spirit of adventure from the films. It was a tough act to follow but Aaron Allston did a superb job with his X-Wing stories focused on Wraith Squadron. The Wraiths were more a band of misfits than the Rogues and Mr. Allston showed an immediate ability to interject significant humor into their escapades. Ewoks, Gamorreans: it was hard to predict what unexpected species might show up next. In the dozens and dozens of Star Wars novels published since 1991, the X-Wing series continues to be part of the gold standard of stories that keep the spirit and flame of the films alive.

This X-Wing legacy, combined with my fatigue from plowing through the three giant series set chronologically just before Mercy Kill (the New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi), raised my excitement level tremendously high for this book. While I quite enjoyed reading it and laughed out loud at some of the banter and situations, it wasn't quite on par with what's come before. The story is set 43 years after Return of the Jedi and there are not many familiar characters. I'm generally pleased to meet new folks in these books after so many stories have been written but a fair number of the protagonists in Mercy Kill didn't register much of an impact. One who does register is Voort "Piggy" saBinring, the genetically-enhanced Gamorrean genius who was part of the formative years of Wraith Squadron. Voort is struggling with a deeply-rooted grief from a trauma during the Yuuzhan Vong war. The two big series set after the New Jedi Order didn't spend much time on the repercussions of the Vong conflict and it's great to see Mr. Allston tackle the subject. Voort's past trauma is enflamed by a new team member who turns out to be a Yuuzhan Vong. Both are damaged people and their relationship in the book is one of its highlights as each learns from the other.

Voort's team also features Myri Antilles, younger daughter of familiar character Wedge, along with several people with ties to the team of old. Turman, a Clawdite shape-shifter, has numerous entertaining moments as he is forced to play the front man on multiple missions. A second team joins the story halfway through and I will be honest: at that point I lost track of who some of the involved Wraiths were, especially since they are referred to by their real names, their numerical designations, and joke nicknames all intermingled. The sprawl in characters weakened the second half of the story as almost no one had a chance to benefit from much characterization.

Mercy Kill's plot picks up on a leftover strand from Fate of the Jedi: old character Garik "Face" Loran shows up to task Voort and company with investigating General Stavin Thaal as a potential member of the Lecersen Conspiracy. Readers of Fate of the Jedi will know Thaal's role in Moff Lecersen's schemes and Mr. Allston does not present information from his viewpoint except at the climax. It's a good concept for a stealth mission for the Rogues: however, it can be hard at times to feel involved in its outcome, as Thaal's fate after the epic struggles in Fate of the Jedi seems rather a footnote.

The book focuses more on ground-based sneaking around than starfighter combat, which it features relatively little of. The objectives of the Wraiths are doled out in sparing parcels and the reader is generally left guessing as to why they are taking the particular actions that are portrayed. Generally the meaning of a scene is revealed at the end and the plot advances onward to the next briefly-confusing sequence. Occasionally I found the manner in which information was doled out frustrating, but at the same time it put me in the mind of one of the rookie members of the team, struggling to keep up with the leaders' plans. Everything comes plenty clear at the climax and overall the story is satisfying.

Mercy Kill delivers a solid and welcome dose of Star Wars-flavored fun and manages to bring forward the X-Wing vibe of old into the dramatically altered universe of a few decades later. There are several superb moments of humor (Embassy-Who-Climbs had me chortling out loud). The book wasn't a page turner but there is some sound development of Voort saBinring to accompany the intrigue. Readers who haven't experienced the three sprawling series set before it may wish at a minimum to find a summary of the key events so as to place the details of Mercy Kill into proper context.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Aaron Allston's "Forced" return 13. Januar 2013
Von Richard P. Skagerberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'll get straight to the point, since a lot of other reviews here would be a thousand times more helpful if you want "Specifics"

The book feels like Aaron Allston was forced to write this while a gun was held to his head. I felt the book didn't flow anywhere nearly as cleanly as the others. I, myself, was losing interest in several places where it should have been quite interesting.

In the very beginning of the book, Allston himself sounds like he had NO DESIRE to write this.
""Longtime readers of the X-Wing series have persisted for years in asking me, Del Rey, Lucasfilm, and possibly passing strangers, "When will there be another X-Wing novel? - The answer is "now" and I suspect that a lot of the credit for Mercy Kill goes to your dogged and tireless insistence that this project should happen. THanks, guys."

So ultimately, how I would judge this, IF you are asking for an opinion:

A. EU fan? Love Lore? READ IT! (for the price amazon offers, you couldn't possibly go wrong. Even for a decorative shelf item)
B. New to Star Wars? DON'T READ IT!(Read the novels through from the beginning, at least the X-wing Novels. You'll get lost quickly)

You really can't go wrong, a lot of the stuff mentioned happened already in previous books so it's more of a filler-book. Not truly meant to go anywhere.
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