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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]

Wraith Squadron
AuthorAaron Allston
CountryUnited States
Canon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Spectra
Publication date
March 1, 1998
Media typePaperback
Preceded byThe Bacta War 
Followed byIron Fist 


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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