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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.
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780606118972
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Star Wars: X-Wing Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding

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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, then snapped back into pinpoints and began to revolve slowly, transforming themselves into a tunnel of white light.  Corran fought the urge to use the stick to compensate for the roll.  In space, and especially hyperspace, up and down were relative.  How his ship moved through hyperspace didn't really matter—as long as it remained on the course Whistler had calculated and had attained sufficient velocity before entering hyperspace, he'd arrive intact.

Flying into a black hole would actually make this run easier.  Every pilot dreaded the Redemption run.  The scenario was based on an Imperial attack on evacuation ships back before the first Death Star had been destroyed. While the Redemption waited for three Medevac shuttles and the corvette Korolev to dock and off-load wounded, the Imperial frigate Warspite danced around the system and dumped TIE fighters and bombers out to do as much damage as they could.

The bombers, with a full load of missiles, could do a lot of damage. All the pilots called the Redemption scenario by another name: the Requiem scenario.  The Warspite would only deploy four starfighters and a half-dozen bombers—known in pilot slang as "eyeballs" and "dupes" respectively— but it would do so in a pattern that made it all but impossible for the pilots to save the Korolev.  The corvette was just one big target, and the TIE bombers had no trouble unloading all their missiles into it.

Stellar pinpoints elongated again as the fighter came out of hyperspace.  Off to the port side Corran saw the Redemption.  Moments later Whistler reported that the other fighters and all three Medevac shuttles had arrived. The fighters checked in and the first shuttle began its docking maneuver with the Redemption.

"Green One, this is Green Four."

"Go ahead, Four"

"By the book, or are we doing something fancy? "

Corran hesitated before answering.  By book, Nawara Ven had referred to the general wisdom about the scenario.  It stated that one pilot should play fleethund and race out to engage the first TIE flight while the other three fighters remained in close as backup.  As long as three fighters stayed at home, it appeared, the Warspite dropped ships off at a considerable distance from the Korolev.  When they didn't, it got bolder and the whole scenario became very bloody.

The problem with going by the book was that it wasn't a very good strategy.  It meant one pilot had to deal with five TIEs—two eyeballs and three dupes—all by himself, then turn around and engage five more.  Even with them coming in waves, the chances of being able to succeed against those odds were slim.

Doing it any other way was disastrous.  Besides, what loyal son of Corellia ever had any use for odds?

"By the book.  Keep the home fires burning and pick up after me."

"Done.  Good luck."

"Thanks." Corran reached up with his right hand and pressed it against the lucky charm he wore on a chain around his neck.  Though he could barely feel the coin through his gloves and the thick material of his flight suit, the familiar sensation of the metal resting against his breastbone brought a smile to his face.  It worked for you a lot, Dad, let's hope all its luck hasn't run out yet.

Isle openly acknowledged that he'd been depending quite a bit on luck to see him through the difficulties of settling in with the Alliance forces. Learning the slang took some work— moving from calling TIE starfighters "eyeballs" to calling Interceptors "squints" made a certain amount of sense, but many other terms had been born of logic that escaped him.  Everything about the Rebellion seemed odd in comparison to his previous life and fitting in had not been easy.

Nor will be winning this scenario.

The Korolev materialized and moved toward the Redemption, prompting Corran to begin his final check.  He'd mulled the scenario over in his mind time and time again.  In previous runs, when he served as a home guard to someone else's fleethund, he'd had Whistler record traces on the TIE timing patterns, flight styles, and attack vectors.  While different cadets flew the TIE half of the simulations, the craft dictated their performance and a lot of their initial run sequence had been preprogrammed.

A sharp squawk from Whistler alerted Corran to the Warspite's arrival. "Great, eleven kicks aft." Pulling the stick around to the right, Corran brought the X-wing into a wide turn.  At the end of it he punched the throttle up to full power.  Hitting another switch up to the right, he locked the S-foils into attack position.  "Green One engaging."

Rhysati's voice came cool and strong through the radio.  "Be all over them like drool on a Hutt."

"I'll do my best, Green Three." Corran smiled and waggled the X-wing as he flew back through the Alliance formation and out toward the Warspite. Whistler announced the appearance of three TIE bombers with a low tone, then brought the sound up as two TIE fighters joined them.

"Whistler, tag the bombers as targets one, two, and three." As the R2 unit complied with that order, Corran pushed shield power full to front and brought his laser targeting program up on the main monitor. With his left hand he adjusted the sighting calibration knob on the stick and got the two fighters. Good, looks like three klicks between the eyeballs and the bombers.

Corran's right hand again brushed the coin beneath his flight suit.  He took a deep breath, exhaled slowly, then settled his hand on the stick and let his thumb hover over the firing button.  At two klicks the heads-up display painted a yellow box around the lead TIE fighter.  The box went green as the fighter's image locked into the HUD's targeting cross and Whistler's shrill bleat filled the cockpit.  Corran's thumb hit the button, sending three bursts of laser bolts at the lead fighter.

The first set missed but the second and third blasted through the spherical cockpit.  The hexagonal solar panels snapped off and spun forward through space while the ion engines exploded into an expanding ball of incandescent gas.

Corran kicked the X-wing up in a ninety-degree snap-roll and sliced through the center of the explosion.  Laser fire from the second fighter lit up his forward shields, making it impossible for him to get a good visual line on the TIE. Whistler yowled, complaining about being a target.  Corran hurried a shot and knew he hit, but the TIE flashed past and continued on in at the Korolev.

Time to write a new chapter for the book on the Requiem scenario. Corran throttled hack almost all the way to zero and let the X-wing decelerate.  "Whistler, bring up target one."

The image of the first TIE bomber filled his monitor.  Corran switched over to proton torpedo target control.  The HUD changed to a larger box and Whistler began beeping as he worked supplying data to the targeting computer for a missile lock.

"Green One, your velocity is down to one percent.  Do you need help?"

"Negative, Green Two."

"Corran, what are you doing?"

"Making the book a short story." I hope.

The HUD went red and Whistler's tone became constant.  Corran punched the button and launched the first missile.  "Acquire target two." The HUD flashed yellow, then red, and the pilot launched the second missile.

Numbers scrolled away to zero as the missiles streaked in at their targets. Two kilometers away the first missile hit, shredding the first TIE bomber. Seconds later the second missile hit its target.  A novalike explosion lit the simulator's cockpit, then melted into the blackness of space.

"Acquire target three."

Even as he gave the order he knew the rate of closure between the bomber and his ship would make the last missile shot all but impossible.  "Cancel three." Corran throttled up again as the third bomber sailed past and brought his ship around.  He switched back to laser targeting and climbed right up on the bomber's stern

The dupe's pilot tried to evade him.  He juked the double-hulled ship to the left, then started a long turn to the right, but Corran was of no mind to lose him.  He cut his speed, which kept the bomber in front of him, then followed it in its turn.  As he leveled out again on its tail, he triggered two laser bursts and the targeting computer reported hull damage.

The bomber's right wing came up in a roll and Corran did the same thing.  Had he continued to fly level, the X-wing's lasers would have passed on either side of the bomber's fuselage, giving the bomber a few seconds more of life. Keeping the bomber centered in his crosshairs, Corran hit twice more and the bulky craft disintegrated before him.

Pushing his throttle to full, Corran scanned for the fighter he'd missed.  He found it two klicks out and going in toward the Korolev.  He also found five more TlEs coming in from the other side of the corvette, eighteen kilometers away.  Damn, tile bomber took more time than I had to give it.

He brought the torpedo targeting program back up and locked on to the remaining fighter.  The HUD seemed to take forever before it went red and acquired a lock.  Corran fired a missile and watched it blast through the fighter, then turned his attention to the new TlEs.

"Green One, do you want us to engage?"

Corran shook his head.  "Negative, Two.  Warspite is still here and could dump another flight." He sighed.  "Move to intercept the fighters, but don't go beyond a klick from the Korolev."

"On it."

Good, they can tie the fighters up while I dust these devils.  Corran studied the navigational data Whistler was giving him.  The Korolev, the bombers, and his X-wing formed a shrinking triangle.  If he flew directly at the bombers he would end up flying in an arc, which would take more time than he had and let them get close enough to launch their mis siles at the corvette. That would be less than useless as far as he was concerned.

"Whistler, plot me an intercept point six klicks out from the Korolev."

The R2 whistled blithely, as if that calculation was so simple even Corran should have been able to do it in his head.  Steering toward it, Corran saw he'd have just over a minute to deal with the bombers before they were in firing range on the Korolev.  Not enough time.

Flicking two switches, Corran redirected generator energy from recharging his shields and lasers into the engines.  It took the acceleration compensator a second to cycle up, so the ship's burst of speed pushed Corran back into the padding of his command seat.  Taxis better work.

"Green One, the Warspite has hyped.  Are we released to engage fighters?"

"Affirmative, Three.  Go get them." Corran frowned for a second, knowing his fellow pilots would make short work of the TIE fighters.  They would deny him a clean sweep, but he'd willingly trade two TlEs for the corvette.  Commander Antilles might have gotten them all himself, but then he's got two Death Stars painted on the side of his X-wing.

"Whistler, mark each of the bombers four, five, and six." Range to intercept was three Licks and he had added thirty seconds to his fighting time. "Acquire foun"

The targeting computer showed him to be coming in at a forty-five-degree angle to the flight path of his target, which meant he was way off target.  He quickly punched the generator back into recharging lasers and his shields, then pulled even more energy from his quartet of Incom 4L4 fusial thrust engines and shunted it into recharging his weapons and

The resource redirection brought his speed down.  Corran pulled back on the stick, easing the X-wing into a turn that brought him head-on into the bombers. Tapping the stick to the left, he centered the targeting box on the first of the dupes.

The HUD started yellow, then quickly went red.  Corran fired a missile. "Acquire five." The HUD started red and Whistler's keen echoed through the cockpit.  The Corellian fired a second missile.  "Acquire six."

Whistler screeched.

Corran looked down at his display.  Scrolling up the screen, sandwiched between the reports of mlssile hits on the three bombers, he saw a notation about Green Two.  "Green Two, report."

"He's gone, One."

"A fighter got him?"

"No time to chat..." The radio call from the Twi'lek in Green Four ended in a hiss of static.

"Rhysati? "

"Got one, Corran, but this last one is good."

"Hang on."

"I'll do my best."

"Whistler, acquire six."

The R2 unit hissed.  The last bomber had already shot past the intercept point and was bearing in on the Korolev.  The pilot had the widebodied craft slowly spinning, making it a difficult target for a missile lock.  The Korolev, being as big as it was, would present large enough of a target that even a rolling ship could get a lock on it.

And once he has that lock, the Korolev is so much space junk. Corran switched back to lasers and pushed his X-wing forward.  Even though two Licks separated them, he triggered a couple of laser blasts. He knew his chances of hitting were not good at that range, but the light from the bolts wou shoot past the TIE and give the pilot something to think about.  And I want him thinking about me, not that nerf-vette grazing there.

Corran redirected all power back into the engines and shot forward.  Two more laser blasts caused the TIE bomber to shy a bit, but it had pushed into target-acquisition range.  The ship's roll began to slow as the pilot fixated on his target, then as Corran brought his lasers to bear, the bomber jinked and cut away to port.

The Corellian's eyes narrowed.  Bror Jace has got to

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First Chapter

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, then snapped back into pinpoints and began to revolve slowly, transforming themselves into a tunnel of white light. Corran fought the urge to use the stick to compensate for the roll. In space, and especially hyperspace, up and down were relative. How his ship moved through hyperspace didn't really matter--as long as it remained on the course Whistler had calculated and had attained sufficient velocity before entering hyperspace, he'd arrive intact.

Flying into a black hole would actually make this run easier. Every pilot dreaded the Redemption run. The scenario was based on an Imperial attack on evacuation ships back before the first Death Star had been destroyed. While the Redemption waited for three Medevac shuttles and the corvette Korolev to dock and off-load wounded, the Imperial frigate Warspite danced around the system and dumped TIE fighters and bombers out to do as much damage as they could.

The bombers, with a full load of missiles, could do a lot of damage. All the pilots called the Redemption scenario by another name: the Requiem scenario. The Warspite would only deploy four starfighters and a half-dozen bombers--known in pilot slang as "eyeballs" and "dupes" respectively-- but it would do so in a pattern that made it all but impossible for the pilots to save the Korolev. The corvette was just one big target, and the TIE bombers had no trouble unloading all their missiles into it.

Stellar pinpoints elongated again as the fighter came out of hyperspace. Off to the port side Corran saw the Redemption. Moments later Whistler reported that the other fighters and all three Medevac shuttles had arrived. The fighters checked in and the first shuttle began its docking maneuver with the Redemption.

"Green One, this is Green Four."

"Go ahead, Four"

"By the book, or are we doing something fancy? "

Corran hesitated before answering. By book, Nawara Ven had referred to the general wisdom about the scenario. It stated that one pilot should play fleethund and race out to engage the first TIE flight while the other three fighters remained in close as backup. As long as three fighters stayed at home, it appeared, the Warspite dropped ships off at a considerable distance from the Korolev. When they didn't, it got bolder and the whole scenario became very bloody.

The problem with going by the book was that it wasn't a very good strategy. It meant one pilot had to deal with five TIEs--two eyeballs and three dupes--all by himself, then turn around and engage five more. Even with them coming in waves, the chances of being able to succeed against those odds were slim.

Doing it any other way was disastrous. Besides, what loyal son of Corellia ever had any use for odds?

"By the book. Keep the home fires burning and pick up after me."

"Done. Good luck."

"Thanks." Corran reached up with his right hand and pressed it against the lucky charm he wore on a chain around his neck. Though he could barely feel the coin through his gloves and the thick material of his flight suit, the familiar sensation of the metal resting against his breastbone brought a smile to his face. It worked for you a lot, Dad, let's hope all its luck hasn't run out yet.

Isle openly acknowledged that he'd been depending quite a bit on luck to see him through the difficulties of settling in with the Alliance forces. Learning the slang took some work-- moving from calling TIE starfighters "eyeballs" to calling Interceptors "squints" made a certain amount of sense, but many other terms had been born of logic that escaped him. Everything about the Rebellion seemed odd in comparison to his previous life and fitting in had not been easy.

Nor will be winning this scenario.

The Korolev materialized and moved toward the Redemption, prompting Corran to begin his final check. He'd mulled the scenario over in his mind time and time again. In previous runs, when he served as a home guard to someone else's fleethund, he'd had Whistler record traces on the TIE timing patterns, flight styles, and attack vectors. While different cadets flew the TIE half of the simulations, the craft dictated their performance and a lot of their initial run sequence had been preprogrammed.

A sharp squawk from Whistler alerted Corran to the Warspite's arrival. "Great, eleven kicks aft." Pulling the stick around to the right, Corran brought the X-wing into a wide turn. At the end of it he punched the throttle up to full power. Hitting another switch up to the right, he locked the S-foils into attack position. "Green One engaging."

Rhysati's voice came cool and strong through the radio. "Be all over them like drool on a Hutt."

"I'll do my best, Green Three." Corran smiled and waggled the X-wing as he flew back through the Alliance formation and out toward the Warspite. Whistler announced the appearance of three TIE bombers with a low tone, then brought the sound up as two TIE fighters joined them.

"Whistler, tag the bombers as targets one, two, and three." As the R2 unit complied with that order, Corran pushed shield power full to front and brought his laser targeting program up on the main monitor. With his left hand he adjusted the sighting calibration knob on the stick and got the two fighters. Good, looks like three klicks between the eyeballs and the bombers.

Corran's right hand again brushed the coin beneath his flight suit. He took a deep breath, exhaled slowly, then settled his hand on the stick and let his thumb hover over the firing button. At two klicks the heads-up display painted a yellow box around the lead TIE fighter. The box went green as the fighter's image locked into the HUD's targeting cross and Whistler's shrill bleat filled the cockpit. Corran's thumb hit the button, sending three bursts of laser bolts at the lead fighter.

The first set missed but the second and third blasted through the spherical cockpit. The hexagonal solar panels snapped off and spun forward through space while the ion engines exploded into an expanding ball of incandescent gas.

Corran kicked the X-wing up in a ninety-degree snap-roll and sliced through the center of the explosion. Laser fire from the second fighter lit up his forward shields, making it impossible for him to get a good visual line on the TIE. Whistler yowled, complaining about being a target. Corran hurried a shot and knew he hit, but the TIE flashed past and continued on in at the Korolev.



Time to write a new chapter for the book on the Requiem scenario. Corran throttled hack almost all the way to zero and let the X-wing decelerate. "Whistler, bring up target one."

The image of the first TIE bomber filled his monitor. Corran switched over to proton torpedo target control. The HUD changed to a larger box and Whistler began beeping as he worked supplying data to the targeting computer for a missile lock.

"Green One, your velocity is down to one percent. Do you need help?"

"Negative, Green Two."

"Corran, what are you doing?"

"Making the book a short story." I hope.

The HUD went red and Whistler's tone became constant. Corran punched the button and launched the first missile. "Acquire target two." The HUD flashed yellow, then red, and the pilot launched the second missile.

Numbers scrolled away to zero as the missiles streaked in at their targets. Two kilometers away the first missile hit, shredding the first TIE bomber. Seconds later the second missile hit its target. A novalike explosion lit the simulator's cockpit, then melted into the blackness of space.

"Acquire target three."

Even as he gave the order he knew the rate of closure between the bomber and his ship would make the last missile shot all but impossible. "Cancel three." Corran throttled up again as the third bomber sailed past and brought his ship around. He switched back to laser targeting and climbed right up on the bomber's stern

The dupe's pilot tried to evade him. He juked the double-hulled ship to the left, then started a long turn to the right, but Corran was of no mind to lose him. He cut his speed, which kept the bomber in front of him, then followed it in its turn. As he leveled out again on its tail, he triggered two laser bursts and the targeting computer reported hull damage.

The bomber's right wing came up in a roll and Corran did the same thing. Had he continued to fly level, the X-wing's lasers would have passed on either side of the bomber's fuselage, giving the bomber a few seconds more of life. Keeping the bomber centered in his crosshairs, Corran hit twice more and the bulky craft disintegrated before him.

Pushing his throttle to full, Corran scanned for the fighter he'd missed. He found it two klicks out and going in toward the Korolev. He also found five more TlEs coming in from the other side of the corvette, eighteen kilometers away. Damn, tile bomber took more time than I had to give it.

He brought the torpedo targeting program back up and locked on to the remaining fighter. The HUD seemed to take forever before it went red and acquired a lock. Corran fired a missile and watched it blast through the fighter, then turned his attention to the new TlEs.

"Green One, do you want us to engage?"

Corran shook his head. "Negative, Two. Warspite is still here and could dump another flight." He sighed. "Move to intercept the fighters, but don't go beyond a klick from the Korolev."

"On it."

Good, they can tie the fighters up while I dust these devils. Corran studied the navigational data Whistler was giving him. The Korolev, the bombers, and his X-wing formed a shrinking triangle. If he flew directly at the bombers he would end up flying in an arc, which would take more time than he had and let them get close enough to launch their mis siles at the corvette. That would be less than useless as far as he was concerned.

"Whistler, plot me an intercept point six klicks out from the Korolev."

The R2 whistled blithely, as if that calculation was so simple even Corran should have been able to do it in his head. Steering toward it, Corran saw he'd have just over a minute to deal with the bombers before they were in firing range on the Korolev. Not enough time.

Flicking two switches, Corran redirected generator energy from recharging his shields and lasers into the engines. It took the acceleration compensator a second to cycle up, so the ship's burst of speed pushed Corran back into the padding of his command seat. Taxis better work.

"Green One, the Warspite has hyped. Are we released to engage fighters?"

"Affirmative, Three. Go get them." Corran frowned for a second, knowing his fellow pilots would make short work of the TIE fighters. They would deny him a clean sweep, but he'd willingly trade two TlEs for the corvette. Commander Antilles might have gotten them all himself, but then he's got two Death Stars painted on the side of his X-wing.

"Whistler, mark each of the bombers four, five, and six." Range to intercept was three Licks and he had added thirty seconds to his fighting time. "Acquire foun"

The targeting computer showed him to be coming in at a forty-five-degree angle to the flight path of his target, which meant he was way off target. He quickly punched the generator back into recharging lasers and his shields, then pulled even more energy from his quartet of Incom 4L4 fusial thrust engines and shunted it into recharging his weapons and

The resource redirection brought his speed down. Corran pulled back on the stick, easing the X-wing into a turn that brought him head-on into the bombers. Tapping the stick to the left, he centered the targeting box on the first of the dupes.

The HUD started yellow, then quickly went red. Corran fired a missile. "Acquire five." The HUD started red and Whistler's keen echoed through the cockpit. The Corellian fired a second missile. "Acquire six."

Whistler screeched.

Corran looked down at his display. Scrolling up the screen, sandwiched between the reports of mlssile hits on the three bombers, he saw a notation about Green Two. "Green Two, report."

"He's gone, One."

"A fighter got him?"

"No time to chat..." The radio call from the Twi'lek in Green Four ended in a hiss of static.

"Rhysati? "

"Got one, Corran, but this last one is good."

"Hang on."

"I'll do my best."

"Whistler, acquire six."

The R2 unit hissed. The last bomber had already shot past the intercept point and was bearing in on the Korolev. The pilot had the widebodied craft slowly spinning, making it a difficult target for a missile lock. The Korolev, being as big as it was, would present large enough of a target that even a rolling ship could get a lock on it.

And once he has that lock, the Korolev is so much space junk. Corran switched back to lasers and pushed his X-wing forward. Even though two Licks separated them, he triggered a couple of laser blasts. He knew his chances of hitting were not good at that range, but the light from the bolts wou shoot past the TIE and give the pilot something to think about. And I want him thinking about me, not that nerf-vette grazing there.

Corran redirected all power back into the engines and shot forward. Two more laser blasts caused the TIE bomber to shy a bit, but it had pushed into target-acquisition range. The ship's roll began to slow as the pilot fixated on his target, then as Corran brought his lasers to bear, the bomber jinked and cut away to port.

The Corellian's eyes narrowed.

Excerpted from STAR WARS®: ROGUE SQUADRON by Michael A. Stackpole ®, TM, © 1995 by Lucasfilm, Ltd. Excerpted by permission of Bantam Books, a division of the Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    Stunning Book

    This book is good for Star Wars lovers. It has lots of action and continues the saga of the Star Wars trilogy. It has lots of daring characters, including the legendary Commander Wedge Antilles and a new pilot Corran Horn. So read this book and the rest in this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    I love this book.

    I like this book because it has suspense, comedy, and action. I also like it because it focuses on one person, it doesn't jump around.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Its great Its great

    And funny

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    A must read for anyone wanting deep Characters and Great Storyline

    Great intro to the X-Wing Series! Great detail in the space fights w/o bogging you down with too much detail. Had difficulty putting this one down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    sweeeeeeeeeet star wars flight book

    Awesome star wars book. Has all the excitement of a movie and you take it anywhere. I was glued to the pages and never put it down. I think that the best character was corran horn and yes he is cooler than luke and wedge and he has a determined attitude. I like him cuz you know him better than the main character of every first person book you've ever read. If you like the space battles in the movies, you'll find these just as exiting only with more detail and from the front line soldiers point of view. Adios empire!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    another winner from stackpole

    i loved this book thuis has got to be one of the greatest star waes novels iv ever read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron

    This book is a story about Corren Horn making his way to the top as a hero star fighter. The rebellion has already destroyed both death stars and gathered the best of the best star fighters for these missions to attack on the Empire. As the Rebellion fights for glory, the two Universal powers fight till the end. The chances are slim for the Rebellion seeing that their minimal forces have to wipe out an entire legion. There is little hope for the Rebellion, but in these series of fights they will have to be guided by the force. The characters of this story have destructive backgrounds. Most of the star fighters in the legion have been trialed for murder or were past smugglers when they learned to fly. Corren Horn is a past smuggler where he became a top flyer in his class. Other people in this squadron have to work to earn their way into this squadron, strongfully fighting for what they believe in. These fighters have strong hate for the Empire because they killed all of their fighter¿s families and others they love. Most of the fighters want revenge to destroy the Empire for good. The rebellion will not take anything but peace between the powers, seeing that they have been fighting for over two decades. As the Rebellion in the past hasn¿t failed, these fighters aren¿t Luke Skywalker. The last encounters with the Empire were lucky victories and the Empire will not accept defeat this time. As the Rebellion continues this war, even the force is dim and even shadowed because they know without a miracle, they can¿t beat an army or legion of this capacity. Most of the fighters don¿t think they deserve Rogue Squadron because of their hurtful backgrounds, but the Rebellion will take what they can get. The Rebellion wins on the tip of a needle, but the battle isn¿t over. Most are troubled because all the rebellion can do is sit and wait for the Empire to make their next move. The Rebellion pulls it off this time but will have to fight even harder when the next battle comes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    Is there a 6 star rating?

    I must say I didn't think they could make a book on a character that has little to no backstory let alone a whole series on him. This book is right up there on my top 10 favorite star wars books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    New Rouge Squad

    Wedge the famous X-Wing piolet who helped the Rebellion greatly, oraganizes a new Rouge Squadron for use against the remnants of The Empire. Along the way there is the expected action/adeventure. There is also friendship and romance, and once you finsish you will want to move onto the next book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    This book rules

    This is deffinitly the best book about star wars, it got alot of space battles and stuff that makes it good, this is the best book i ever read, and the characters are cool to.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    Once a great book, always agreat book.

    When I started reading this book when I was nine year old I didn't understand it. The sentances were put togather in a difficult way(thats what it seemed like back then). Now I am eleven years old and have read the book without any complications. It has 384 page in it(388 if you count the Epologue at the end). If you are a Star Wars Rougue Squadron fan like I am than I highly recommend this book too you. Reviewed by Robb Torseth

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    The greatest book ever

    StarWars X-wing Rogue Squadron is an action and adventure packed story. Imagine flying through space risking your own life and helping the poor, weak, and helpless. If you imagined that you are flying through space in an X-wing. StarWars X-wing Rogue Squadron is the first book in the new series X-wing. It is really great! This is one of those books you shouldn't pass up! StarWars X-wing Rogue Squadron is when a rebel hero Wedge Antilles tries to rebuild the Rogue Squadron. He searches throughout the universe to find the best rebel hero to join his squadron. Joining may be the biggest risk of your life. Have you ever flown an X-wing? If so this would be the best choice of books. I would recommend this book to people who take r

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    i havn't read this book yet, orederd it to the store very excite

    i havn't read this book yet, orederd it to the store very excited to read this novel tell you how it was when im finished reading it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Very good book!

    Couldn't put it down. As soon as i finished this one i dove into the next rogue squadron book. Had good action and did an awesome job describing the battles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    My grandson loved it

    My second grade grandson had to struggle with the advanced vocabulary but persevered because he LOVES Star Wars stories and this one was no exception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    A great start to the series.

    I think I've decided that I prefer Stackpole's characters behind the controls of a piece of science fiction hardware than wandering around in a fantasy world.

    I originally read this book on a family vacation over a decade ago, and decided to reread it after trying Talion: Revenant. I still enjoyed the book, although I think when I first added it to my goodreads list that I was remembering it through rose colored glasses. It does have a few problems, in my opinion due to the number of characters involved in the story. A cheat sheet is included at the start to help keep track of character names and where they're from. But it really breaks a person out of the moment when they need to go remind themselves about who just did what. I also forgot that the main character starts off as a little bit of a jerk.

    Over all, I still really enjoyed the book. Even if I'm having a harder time these days picturing the manuvers the starfighters are pulling off in my head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    X wing

    This book is so good i really liked it that i went ahead and got the whole series

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    Excellent Book

    Who thought you could devote an entire series to a character who appears a handful of times in the movie? I didn't - but I love it that they have. A wonderful blend of comedy, romance, and plenty of action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    amazing

    Rouge spaudron is back. who can forget this good of a book. and just imagine it's the first of the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    THE best SW novel

    No other Star Wars single novel or series touches these written by Michael Stackpole. Timothy Zahn's novels are good...but not as great as these. Books 1 thru 4 will keep your imagination and heart to the end. Alot of other things should be like that...

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