Corran Horn is deep in enemy territory, imprisoned on the Super Star Destroyer Lusankya. The mission to liberate Coruscant, the symbolic hub world of the galaxy, is a ticking time bomb of disease and death. At the heart of The Krytos Trap is the trial of Imperial pilot-turned-Rogue Tycho Celchu. With fellow Rogue pilot and Twi’lek lawyer Nawara Ben in his defense, they must prove his innocence of betraying the New Republic. At stake are countless lives on the planet of Coruscant, as well as the honor of Rogue Squadron itself.
The Rebels have taken Coruscant, but their problems are far from over. A killer virus called Krytos is wiping out the indigenous population, and a counter-revolution is exploding. At the center of the storm is the highly charged treason trial of Rebel hero Tycho Celchu. While agents provocateurs carry out their acts of terrorism, the fledging state can be defended only by the blood and courage of Rogue Squadron. As the X-wing fighters scramble to save the Rebellion, Corran Horn, given up for dead in Ysanne Isard's inescapable prison, discovers he alone holds the key to freeing Coruscant from the Empire!
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The Krytos Trap switches up the pace a bit from the previous two X-Wing novels. The majority of the novel focuses on two subplots that involve less action and more intrigue. However, my connection with the characters after the first two novels meant this book held my attention just as much as the others. Stackpole also includes plenty of action, and continues to masterfully weave in multi-book plotlines without ever making the book boring. Another great read in the X-Wing series, and one that will keep you turning the pages and wanting to read more of the series.
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The Krytos Trap, being the third installment of the X-Wing series, is yet another shift in storytelling from Stackpole. The first book in the series is a military book, the second is an espionage book, and this one is a mix of a high-profile court case and a prison escape. While that might sound like a big change, it's worthwhile because Stackpole really pulls it off in an entertaining manner. Also, if you've made it to this point in the series, you're clearly invested in the characters.
Overall, The Krytos Trap was the second best book in the series so far, just behind Rogue Squadron. The ending was on such an epic scale that it makes the entire book worthwhile!
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