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Wedge's Gamble (Star Wars: X-Wing Series, Book 2) (edition 1996)

by Michael A. Stackpole (Author)

Series: X-Wing (2), Star Wars (8), Star Wars Novels (7 ABY), Star Wars (6 ABY)

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Sleek, swift, and deadly, they are the X-wing fighters. And as the battle against the Empire rages across the vastness of space, the pilots risk both their lives and their machines for the cause of the Rebel Alliance. Now they must embark on a dangerous espionage mission, braving betrayal and death on the Imperial homeworld to smash the power of a ruthless foe! It is the evil heart of a battered and reeling Empire: Coruscant, the giant city-world from whose massive towers the Imperial High Command directs the war. The Rebels will invade this mighty citadel in a daring move to bring the Empire to its knees. But first Wedge Antilles and his X-wing pilots must infiltrate Coruscant to gain vital intelligence information. Capture means death, or worse--enslavement by the vicious leader known as "Iceheart," Ysanne Isard, now Emperor in all but name. And one of Rogue Squadron's own is already her slave, a traitor hidden behind a mask of innocence, working to betray both colleagues and the Rebellion itself.… (more)
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Title:Wedge's Gamble (Star Wars: X-Wing Series, Book 2)
Authors:Michael A. Stackpole (Author)
Info:Del Rey (1996), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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This was real fun. Yes, you need some suspension of disbelief for the plot and I would love for the characters to be a bit more fleshed out, but in the end, this is an action-adventure novel and I was immensely entertained reading it. And of course, there are the childhood memories, so I can't be totally objective here. ( )
  ImaginarySpace | May 3, 2021 |
It was inevitable that my recent immersion in the Star Wars Extended Universe/Legends media would lead me to Michael Stackpole's "X-Wing" series. Given the interconnected nature of the works, the references to events from it in Timothy Zahn's Hand of Thrawn duology left me wanting to read the characters and events mentioned. And the first book, [b:Rogue Squadron|513176|Rogue Squadron (Star Wars X-Wing, #1)|Michael A. Stackpole|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1327860341l/513176._SY75_.jpg|987443], was enjoyable enough as an inaugural volume that introduced some appealing characters while laying the groundwork for future volumes.

By contrast, Wedge's Gamble is something of a ominous letdown. With the New Republic preparing to take the strategically important planet of Coruscant, the pilots of Rogue Squadron are infiltrated onto it as part of an intelligence-gathering mission. This was the first warning sign for me, for while I get the need to keep the story focused on the main characters, the need for pilots to serve as covert operatives seemed more than a stretch. Yet this was a minor complain when set against the plan hatched by Ysanne Isard, the former head of Imperial Intelligence and the main antagonist of the series. Her scheme to spread a virus designed to sicken and kill missions of non-humans was far too mustache-twirling for my taste. For a series known for its complex and nuanced villains, having one engaged in such an overly-complicated effort to commit genocide while sowing political discord over medical supplies is something of a letdown. Though I'm hoping that the later volumes move past this, the fact that the fourth one is entitled [b:The Bacta War|513201|The Bacta War (Star Wars X-Wing, #4)|Michael A. Stackpole|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1327941683l/513201._SY75_.jpg|501178] suggests that the rest of Stackpole's series are going to be grounded in it, which is why I'm having trouble finding the motivation to pick up the next book. ( )
  MacDad | Mar 27, 2020 |
Michael A. Stackpole's X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble follows Rogue Squadron as it infiltrates Coruscant prior to the Rebel invasion to capture the city-world. Set six-and-a-half years after Return of the Jedi, this novel helps to bridge the events of Kathy Tyers' The Truce at Bakura and Dave Wolverton's The Courtship of Princess Leia. The Rogues themselves - Wedge Antilles, Tycho Celchu, Corran Horn, and Pash Cracken - are well-fleshed out as characters and the political intrigue within the Rebellion, made clear through the actions of Mon Mothma, Admiral Ackbar, and Borsk Fey'lya, adds to the overall story. Stackpole's alternating perspectives during the infiltration of Coruscant can be a bit confusing, but this disorientation echoes that felt by his characters who only know their own mission parameters in order to maintain operational security. Though Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy predated this novel by five years, Stackpole's story helps to explain how the Rebellion reached those later events. While Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm and decision to excise the previous Expanded Universe removes the canonical nature of this novel, it will still entertain Star Wars fans who read it. ( )
  DarthDeverell | May 26, 2017 |
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Title: Wedge's Gamble Series: X-Wing, Star Wars Author: Michael Stackpole Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars Genre: SFF Pages: 358 Synopsis: The New Republic MUST take over Coruscant if they want to truly be a Galactic Power. With that in mind, Rogue Squadron heads to Coruscant to scout out the lay of the land. However, due to scheming and politics, the invasion must begin NOW and it is up to Rogue Squadron to figure out how to peel the hard fruit that is Coruscant. And they are not unopposed. Ysanne Isard, the new Head of Security and Empress of the Empire in all but name, is preparing for the invasion and has brewed up a nasty plague to welcome the New Republic. And the traitor is still in the midst of Rogue Squadron, reporting to Kirtan Loor. Who can it be? My Thoughts: No one ever said that Star Wars books are finely crafted pieces of literature. But some are better than others and they all fall prey to the drama of Space Opera. This book was a bit fuller of said drama than the previous book, hence the 1/2star reduction. I mean, 12'ish people go to a planet that is one giant city of 3 trillion people and they have separate missions and they all end up together? Cue the eye rolling please. Corran lusts after the hot babe Erisi and knows deep down that they aren't for each other? But he and Mirax have so much in common so the seed of love is there? Cue the eye rolling again! Thankfully, there is a lot of speederbike fights, shoot outs and general adventure and mayhem to distract from the eye rolling'ness. One thing I do like is that even though Corran is the main character, Wedge Antilles has as big a part in the story as he does. I like finding out more about side movie characters. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
A disease that only attacks non-humans is causing strife and terror within the Rebel Alliance. Only Rogue Squadron stands against Director Isard's diabolical plot--but they too are riven by distrust of their XO, the former Imperial Tycho. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Sleek, swift, and deadly, they are the X-wing fighters. And as the battle against the Empire rages across the vastness of space, the pilots risk both their lives and their machines for the cause of the Rebel Alliance. Now they must embark on a dangerous espionage mission, braving betrayal and death on the Imperial homeworld to smash the power of a ruthless foe! It is the evil heart of a battered and reeling Empire: Coruscant, the giant city-world from whose massive towers the Imperial High Command directs the war. The Rebels will invade this mighty citadel in a daring move to bring the Empire to its knees. But first Wedge Antilles and his X-wing pilots must infiltrate Coruscant to gain vital intelligence information. Capture means death, or worse--enslavement by the vicious leader known as "Iceheart," Ysanne Isard, now Emperor in all but name. And one of Rogue Squadron's own is already her slave, a traitor hidden behind a mask of innocence, working to betray both colleagues and the Rebellion itself.

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