X-Wing: Rogue Squadron
Adult Novel
Legends

X-Wing: Rogue Squadron

Author:
Michael Stackpole
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In his first entry into the groundbreaking X-Wing Series, Michael Stackpole tells the story of Wedge Antilles reforming the legendary Rogue Squadron. This series was the first of the EU that did not feature the “Big Three” of Han, Luke, and Leia. Instead, we are introduced to original characters such as fan-favorites Tycho Celchu, Corran Horn, and Mirax Terrik. Taking place two years following the destruction of the second Death Star, this story focuses on Wedge as he takes on a mission with his newly constructed squadron during the midst of the Galactic Civil War. X-Wing: Rogue Squadron not only sets the stage for the rest series, but also lays major groundwork for the entire Legends EU that follows.

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They are the X-wing fighters: sleek, swift, and deadly. 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 in 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 and 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 of the heavily-fortified Imperial stronghold of Black Moon, even the bravest must wonder if any at all will survive.

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I had heard whispers of what a great book Rogue Squadron was for a long time, but I had no idea until I picked it up for myself! I absolutely devoured it! It manages to take the exciting space battles and dogfights from the movies and make you feel as if you're one of the pilots. You feel every snap, roll, and juke of the X-wings, as well as every victory and every defeat that they help decide. Along the way, you inevitably grow invested in all the members of Rogue Squadron from Wedge Antilles down to Ooryl. This book will particularly interest those who like military-style novels or books about the blossoming New Republic government. While it is entertaining enough as a stand-alone, the cliffhanger ending will leave you desperate to get your hand on the rest of the admittedly lengthy series.

- Charles Hanckel

Rogue Squadron is a good read for fans that wish that Luke's Death Star run had just a bit more military involvement attached to it. While the action of the book is fun and the characters are relatively fleshed out, I unfortunately found myself getting a bit bogged down by the pure volume of military terminology and officer chatter. Once you're in the cockpit alongside Wedge, Corran, and the rest of the Rogues, the book can fly, but I wish the momentum was bit more consistent throughout.

- Eric Eilersen

This first volume of the X Wing series is without a doubt a substantial wealth of lore in the grand scheme of the Expanded Universe. While some stories feel confined within their respective covers, Rogue Squadron feels like a part of something much bigger. Even though I would recommend this novel to fans who want to see more of that Rebel camaraderie, it doesn’t quite make my list of personal favorites. Corran Horn didn’t resonate with me and some of the dialogue didn’t quite hold my attention, but the amount of content you get (including some amazing action sequences) is hard to pass up.

- Heather Goldman

- Karl Sander

- Meg Dowell

- Stacey White

- Corey Helton

- Andrew Bell

Rogue Squadron is the old-school Legends universe at its finest. Stackpole ventured out into the unknown by creating a brand-new Star Wars adventure without using any of the main OT characters. It's got complex space battles, petty rivalries, long-game story arcs, character development, espionage, and even saucy romance! These are totally worth the read if you're thinking about diving into a Legends book.

- Jared Mayes

- Wes Jenkins

X-Wing: Rogue Squadron is an incredible first installment to an incredible series. Michael Stackpole is an expert at balancing space battle scenes, character development, and political intrigue. Rogue Squadron establishes the lovable characters of the squadron. Now, reading this book is an investment – it sets up a number of conflicts and plot points that are not resolved until later in the series. If you pick this up, you won't be able to stop until you've made it through the series. Once I picked up Rogue Squadron, though, I knew that was an investment I'd happily make. It's a fantastic book, especially for those that are fans of space battles and classic Star Wars action.

- Nathan Emery

- Trevor Davey

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Technical Specs

Publisher:
Del Rey
Release Date:
January 1, 1996
ISBN:
Page Count:
388
Issues Collected:
Audiobook
Narrator(s):
Henry Thomas

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January 1, 1996
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January 1, 1996
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