Wraith Squadron

by Aaron Allston
Series: Star Wars: X-Wing #5
403 pages, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Kristi

Entertaining and amusing, but a lot of swearing.


When Commander Wedge Antilles decides to create a covert-action unit of X-wing pilots, he pulls its members from the castoffs and rejects no other unit wants. Pulling them together into a coherent, capable unit will be challenging enough, but when the squadron's base is attacked, the new Wraiths soon find themselves forced to impersonate the crew of an enemy warship. Can they succeed?


Mention is made of the good guys freeing known criminals during an earlier campaign. Suicide is also mentioned.

Spiritual Content

The Force, an all-present spiritual...well, force, is assumed to exist by most characters in this series.


There is some military action and starfighting. One character blasts a hole in the ceiling during an operation and accidentally hits the commanding officer of the enemy ship, sticking the dead man to the ceiling. Some of his ashes fall from the ceiling in a later scene.

Drug and Alcohol Content

A still is mentioned. Vape, a robot, serves drinks to the pilots.

Sexual Content

One character states, "You just want to jump into bed with me." An Imperial officer considers an extramarital relationship with one of his officers.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

There's more swearing in this volume than most Star Wars books. 'D**n', 'd***it', 'h*lls of the Sith', 'bas***ds', 'shut up', and 'h*ll' are used. Nakedness is mentioned.


While this story is an entertaining and humorous jaunt through the Star Wars universe, the book suffered from more swearing than I had expected.

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

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