As I've said elsewhere and often, He was my favorite EU author, who created rousing stories and clever plots, managed to write the most realistic EU characters I read without heading into ALL JEDI ALL THE TIME territory, and discussed the realities of loss without delving too deeply into angst. He also wrote the best Wedge. (Sorry Mr. Stackpole) Starfighters of Adumar will always be my favorite SW EU book, but Mercy Kill was one hell of a last hurrah. End of an era. Yub, Yub, Commander.