Friday, September 12, 2014

Booknote: Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron-- Blood and Honor

Michael Stackpole, Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron-- Blood and Honor. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 1999.  ISBN: 9781569713877.

This is the story of Baron Soontir Fel. Fel is an Imperial TIE fighter ace, feared by the Rebel Alliance. He then gets captured by the Rebels, and he is faced with the decision to defect to the Rebellion.

The book has basically two parts. First part is Fel's story. During his interrogation, Fel tells his story: how he gets an appointment to the Imperial naval academy, his graduation, rise through the ranks. Fel's fortunes rise, and fall, and rise again as he is a hard worker, a good officer, and devoted to serving the Emperor. The second part deals with Fel's defection. He will defect on the condition the Rebels rescue his wife from the Empire before the Empire gets her. It falls to members of Rogue Squadron to do the rescue.

I found the first part to be interesting for the point of view of an Imperial pilot. Fel manages to become more than an expendable basic fighter pilot. You also get to see how some of the Imperial military works, including its frequent hypocrisy and corruption, elements that Fel despises. The second story seemed a bit convoluted at times. A child of the Fel house is kidnapped by mercenaries. However, the plot has some layers, which I don't think were as well executed. Keeping track here was not as easy, but there is some action.

Overall, I am giving this 3 out of 5 stars.

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