Artist Mike Bryan really brought the feel of space dog-fighting action to this piece art.
The cover also has a very Cold War feel to it, with the ship being pursued by the X-Wing immediately reminding me of a camouflaged Soviet MiG fighter jet.
I am really curious as to what type of ship this is. It looks to have the cockpit and fuselage of an X-Wing. I am sure some more avid fan that I can identify this ship readily.
I also love the intersection of space and atmosphere in this piece of art.
Starwars.com has a publisher's summary to go along with the cover art:
Outcasts and misfits, spies and warriors, pilots and troublemakers — they’re Wraith Squadron. Founded decades ago by ace pilot Wedge Antilles, this elite intelligence unit, disbanded at the end of a catastrophic civil war, is reunited by former leader Face Loran to find out whether one of the galaxy’s most powerful military officers is a traitor… and whether anyone can stop him if he is. To succeed in their mission, the Wraiths must become thieves, pirates, imposters, forgers, and liars, staying just one step ahead of their enemies and the law!
Mercy Kill is due out August 7, 2012. I know what I am asking for as a Birthday present.