No, I’m not talking about the classic Star Wars flight sim. Rather, I’m referring to the series of novels that just happen to share that title. Star Wars: X-Wing has been an on-going series featuring the writing of Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston, which follow several squadrons of X-Wing pilots as they battle the Empire, and its remnants after its fall. The series actually consists of ten separate novels, the first four — written by Stackpole — focus on the members of the infamous Rogue Squadron, while the later focus on the efforts of the Wraith Squadron as they battle the enemies of the New Republic. The latest novel in the series, Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill, was released this week and continues Wraith Squadron’s story following the events of the Fate of the Jedi novels. Mercy Kill serves as a spin-off of the final installment in that series, Apocalypse.
Personally, I can’t wait for Timothy Zhan’s Scoundrels, set for release this December. Still, Mercy Kill seems like a decent way to kill some time. While I can understand the hesitation to read some of these later Star Wars novels — especially considering their events take place so far after the films — but I should note that most of these authors do a fantastic job of bringing the readers up to speed with current events with their narratives. Better yet, the book is also available as an unabridged audio book for those of you who’d rather just sit back and listen. You can find a copy of Mercy Kill at your local book store, or pick it up via Amazon for just $17.82.