Wraith Squadron

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Wraith Squadron
Author Aaron Allston
Country United States
Language English
Series X-Wing
Canon C
Subject Star Wars
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Bantam Spectra
Publication date
March 1, 1998
Media type Paperback
Pages 403
ISBN 0-553-57894-4
Preceded by The Bacta War
Followed by Iron Fist

Wraith Squadron (1998) is the fifth of ten books in the Star Wars: X-wing series of novels. It was written by Aaron Allston.[1]


Wedge Antilles, fresh back from the Bacta War on Thyferra, decides to make a new fighter squadron/commando team. While pitching the idea to Admiral Ackbar, he proposes a way to build the squadron without any cost to the New Republic: he'll use screw-ups, wash-outs, and pilots who are a hair's breadth of being kicked out of Starfighter Command—the pilots that no one else will take. Whilst Rogue Squadron was compiled from elite pilots with ground fighting expertise as a secondary, this new squadron was to be consisted of expert ground combatants with piloting skills as a secondary.

Antilles, with help from Wes Janson, scrounges up a team that comes to be known as Wraith Squadron:

  • Jesmin Ackbar, communications expert and the niece of Admiral Ackbar
  • Hohass "Runt" Ekwesh, a Thakwaash with multiple personalities
  • Garik "Face" Loran, a former Imperial child-recruitment actor
  • Voort "Piggy" SaBinring, a Gamorrean pilot
  • Kell Tainer, the son of a Rebel pilot that Janson was forced to kill and a demolitions expert
  • Myn Donos, the sole surviving pilot of an Imperial ambush to his Talon squadron
  • Ton Phanan, former doctor and part mechanical
  • Falynn Sandskimmer, vehicle specialist from Tatooine with chronic insolence
  • Tyria Sarkin, former Antari Ranger from Toprawa with minor Force abilities
  • Eurrsk "Grinder" Thri'ag, an expert code slicer and prankster

During a routine patrol, the squadron is ambushed by a new invention of Zsinj, EMP/ion mines that leave the whole squadron dead in space. They set a trap to ambush the Night Caller, which is so successful that they seize intact security codes and holonet communications with Warlord, and refit the ship to serve as a Trojan Horse for Zsinj.

At the end of the plot, the Wraiths are part of a force that attacks Admiral Trigit, destroying his ship. One of the escapees, Gara Petothel, the mastermind behind the destruction of Talon Squadron, assumes a cover identity of Lara Notsil, a prisoner of Trigit.


X-Wing: Wraith Squadron reached 15 on the New York Times bestseller list on February 22, 1998.[2]


  1. ^ David and Steve, "Review of X-Wing - Wraith Squadron", TheForce.Net.
  2. ^ "Paperback Best Sellers: February 22, 1998". New York Times. February 22, 1998. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 

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