I first read Rogue squadron in 1997 and so 20 years later (my god has it really been that long ) I thought I would give it another read to see if it holds up or not. As a story it was the first EU book not to feature the OT gang as the main cast. It will feature around a squadron of elite pilots, who make up Rogue Squadron. Basically it was Top Gun in space (without the homo-erotic subtext) , with Stackpole using the name from ESB (which I doubt Lucas saw as nothing more than a cool sounding name for a call sign) It was also a Prequel series to the then, current EU books that were going. So first question. Does it hold up. Well yes and no.I will go into it bit by bit and try and break down my reasoning. The actual space battles are well described by Stackpole who gives a great feel for the action. OTOH the Rebel ships seem to have mega powers and shields and the Imperial ships are just glorified death traps. Anyone who saw ANH knows they were evenly matched and the Rebel ships didn't have super shields. In fact it makes me wonder why the Imperials, particaruly when they are losing, were that stupid they didn't give there ships shields. It makes no logical sense for them not too. But I'm getting off track. Yes the battle scenes hold up, though it's less case of underdogs against the odds and more super cool guys blowing through all the losers. Then we get to the actual characters. Now in this instance Stackpole, managed to craft both a great character who was one of the most interesting of the old EU as well as one of the most painful. I'm talking about both Kirtan Loor and Corran Horn. Loor is a joy to read. A guy made aware of his own limitations both by others as well as himself but always trying to better himself. He goes through actual character devolpment during the course of this book. The other of course is Corran Horn. He's Tom Cruise in space, minus the couch jumping. He's also the authors alter ego, so not only is he the best pilot, complete with his own R2-D2 with an Ex cop past. But all the women love him too, from female co-pilots to female smugglers. He never loses or is out flown, yes there's a couple of straw man situations but he is never actually beaten, combined with his general obnoxiousness, he's really hard to read, simply because I want him taken down a peg and you know he won't be. There was an attempt to do a mystery box set up on whether he murdered someone or not as a chapter ended but that only last until the next page, where it's quickly tided up that I wondered why it was even introduced into the story it was that pointless. The other major character villain or villainess introduced is Yasnne Isard. It's early days but she seems to be competent and has a larger plan in store. Regards other characters they are ok but nothing really special that leap out and all fairly bland tbh. Now we get to dialogue and this is painful and definetly doesn't hold up. Characters, while winking at each other (a lot), give a lot of monologue speeches.Best comparison is the He-Man cartoon. They really do talk and act like that. But without Grumpy Skelator on Twitter to compensate. Example Wedge "The Empire is evil, so we have to fight it" Corran "Yeah and they're gonna find out how good we are" Whistler beeps in agreement. Everyone laughs and Corran winks at Mirax. Mirax blushes and flutters her eyebrows back. Ezri looks on jealously. Anyway now on to the plotting and story. It's mainly a slow build. We have Isards plan that's being developed as well as whether Tycho is a traitor or not plotline. This is set around the capture of Borelais which itself is set up for the Rebel advance to Courscant and Loor and his pursuit of Corran Horn. All in all no real complaints about that. Though it did fall into the He-Man setting when there was clearly an imperial trap set on the first Borelais attack. Which all the cool good guys knew was bad and which all the straw man good guys walked the Rebels into. It's like Stackpole thinks cool guys can't ever be wrong or experience failure otherwise they become losers. Hmm where have I seen something like that before... All in all though looking back after 20 years it's a mix of both good and bad that holds up. With the good out weighing the bad for me to continue to the next in the series. So what are other people's thoughts ?