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The Bacta War

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The Bacta War
X Wing [4]
Stackpole, Michael A.
Random House Publishing Group (2011)
Tags:
Star Wars, X Wing, Rogue Squadron series, 6.5-13 ABY
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When the Alliance Fleet mounts a major campaign against a deadly warlord, tyrant Ysanne Isard has taken control of Thyferra, intending to use its supply of medicinal bacta to destabilize and destroy the New Republic. Undermanned, deprived of Alliance support, Rogue Squadron must oppose Isard's plans, defeat her Star Destroyer fleet, and free Thyferra from her rule in a winner-take-all battle against a seemingly superior force.
Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the
Star Wars
expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular
Star Wars
books of the last thirty years!

DIE-WING DEATH

Ooryl triggered a double burst of laser fire, sending two scarlet bolts lancing through the lead Die-wing’s ball cockpit. Nothing exploded, though leaking atmosphere did combust and flare for a moment. The Die-wing hurtled on through space, but began to level out from the looping climb in which it had been engaged. That move invited a second shot, but the first had clearly killed the pilot, leaving the ship to fly on with no intelligence at the controls.

Unfortunately for him, the Die-wing’s wingman failed to realize his partner had died. Flying in perfect formation, he began to level out, too. Ooryl’s sideslip dropped him square on that fighter’s aft. Before the pilot could begin to maneuver, Ooryl fired two laser bursts at him. The first shredded the port nacelle, lacing it with fire before ripping it apart. The second shot weakened the link between the remaining nacelle and the cockpit. The engine ripped free, rocketing off toward Chorax’s sun, while the ball flew on out of control.

A small explosion wreathed the top of the cockpit with fire. A round plug shot upward; then the pilot followed, riding a command couch backed by a rocket booster. It carried the pilot clear of the doomed ship and out into space. The command couch gave the pilot marginal control over his fate—he was no longer bound for deep space in a runaway fighter—but without a pickup in a ship within a half hour, he’d suffocate or freeze to death.

STAR WARS: THE BACTA WAR
A Bantam Spectra Book / February 1997

SPECTRA and the portrayal of a boxed “s” are trademarks of Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

®, ™ & © 1997 by Lucasfilm Ltd.
All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
Cover art by Paul Youll.
Cover art copyright © 1997 by Lucasfilm Ltd.
No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. For information address: Bantam Books.

eISBN: 978-0-307-79624-0

Bantam Books are published by Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc. Its trademark, consisting of the words “Bantam Books” and the portrayal of a rooster, is Registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. Marca Registrada. Bantam Books, 1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019.

v3.1

D
EDICATION

To
Denis Lawson
The original Wedge Antilles.

A
CKNOWLEDGMENTS

The author would like to thank the following people for their various contributions to this book:

Janna Silverstein, Tom Dupree, and Ricia Mainhardt for getting me into this mess.

Sue Rostoni and Lucy Autrey Wilson for letting me get away with all they have in this universe.

Kevin J. Anderson, Kathy Tyers, Bill Smith, Bill Slavicsek, Peter Schweighofer, Michael Kogge, and Dave Wolverton for the material they created and the advice they offered.

Timothy Zahn for being a wonderful co-conspirator and vetting chapters so quickly.

Paul Youll for the stunning covers on the books.

Lawrence Holland and Edward Kilham for the
X-wing
and
TIE Fighter
computer games.

Chris Taylor for pointing out to me which ship Tycho was flying in
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
and Gail Mihara for pointing out controversies I might want to avoid.

My parents; my sister, Kerin; my brother, Patrick; and his wife, Joy, for their encouragement (and endless efforts to face my other books out on bookstore shelves).

Dennis L. McKiernan, Jennifer Roberson, and especially Elizabeth T. Danforth for listening to bits of this story as it was being written and enduring such abuse with smiles and a supportive manner.

Contents

Cover

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

About the Author

Also by This Author

Introduction to the
Star Wars
Expanded Universe

Excerpt from
Star Wars: X-Wing: Wraith Squadron

Introduction to the Old Republic Era

Introduction to the Rise of the Empire Era

Introduction to the Rebellion Era

Introduction to the New Republic Era

Introduction to the New Jedi Order Era

Introduction to the Legacy Era

Star Wars
Novels Timeline

D
RAMATIS
P
ERSONAE
T
HE
R
OGUES

C
OMMANDER
W
EDGE
A
NTILLES
(human male from Corellia)

C
APTAIN
T
YCHO
C
ELCHU
(human male from Alderaan)

C
APTAIN
A
RIL
N
UNB
(Sullustan female from Sullust)

L
IEUTENANT
C
ORRAN
H
ORN
(human male from Corellia)

O
ORYL
Q
RYGG
(Gand male from Gand)

N
AWARA
V
EN
(Twi’lek male from Ryloth)

R
HYSATI
Y
NR
(human female from Bespin)

G
AVIN
D
ARKLIGHTER
(human male from Tatooine)

R
IV
S
HIEL
(Shistavanen male from Uvena III)

A
SYR
S
EI’LAR
(Bothan female from Bothawui)

I
NYRI
F
ORGE
(human female from Kessel)

I
ELLA
W
ESSIRI
(human female from Corellia)

W
INTER
(human female from Alderaan)

E
LSCOL
L
ORO
(human female from Cilpar)

Z
RAII
(Verpine male from Roche G42)

M-3PO
(Emtrey; protocol and regulations droid)

W
HISTLER
(Corran’s R2 astromech)

M
YNOCK
(Wedge’s R5 astromech)

A
LLIANCE
M
ILITARY

A
DMIRAL
A
CKBAR
(Mon Calamari male from Mon Calamari)

C
APTAIN
P
ASH
C
RACKEN
(human male from Contruum)

A
LLIANCE
I
NTELLIGENCE

G
ENERAL
A
IREN
C
RACKEN
(human male from Contruum)

C
REW OF THE
P
ULSAR
S
KATE

M
IRAX
T
ERRIK
(human female from Corellia)

L
IAT
T
SAYV
(Sullustan male from Sullust)

T
HYFERRAN
F
ORCES

Y
SANNE
I
SARD
, D
IRECTOR OF
I
MPERIAL
I
NTELLIGENCE
(human female from Coruscant)

F
LIRY
V
ORRU
(human male from Corellia)

E
RISI
D
LARIT
(human female from Thyferra)

1

Somehow the dead of night amplified the lightsaber’s hiss, allowing it to fill the room. The blade’s silvery light frosted the furniture and gave birth to impenetrable shadows. The blade drifted back and forth, prompting the shadows to waver and shift as if fleeing from the light.

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