Rogue Squadron

by Michael A. Stackpole
Series: Star Wars: X-Wing #1
416 pages, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Kristi

An entertaining space jockey tale with some content to be aware of.


Wedge Antilles, one of the heroes of the Battle of Endor (from "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi") reforms the elite X-Wing team Rogue Squadron as skirmishes continue against the remnants of the Galactic Empire. But when the team is set against the seemingly impregnable target code named Blackmoon, will any of them survive?


The good guys come from varied backgrounds. Some formerly worked for the oppressive government "The Empire". One is a smuggler. They tend to treat each other with respect and honesty and learn lessons when they make mistakes.

Spiritual Content

"The Force" is presented as a spiritual energy that allows adepts to access it in prophetic and telekinetic ways.


Some blood and guts and a large number of explosions. Most of the damage is inflicted on faceless Stormtroopers or enemy ships, but the good guys sustain some injuries too, and there is death on both sides.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Whiskey, ale, and other invented alcoholic drinks. The pilots hang out in some places that are clearly smoking and drinking establishments. They drink, and one of them becomes visibly drunk.

Sexual Content

There is talk about sex and lust, though nothing particulary explicit. A guy notices a woman's low-cut top. A couple of female characters intimate that they would be willing to spend the night with one of the pilots, but he declines. One of the women does share a room with this pilot for one night, but they do not share a bed.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Most of the swear words in this book are invented. D**n is also used.


This is an enjoyable, action-packed book. Those who enjoy descriptions of pitched space battles and hot-shot manouvres should be especially pleased, but there is a little bit of content that's not appropriate for younger readers.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 3.5
Written for Age: adult

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