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Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars) Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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“Wow . . . This book is a must-read. Christie Golden just knocked it out of the park!”—The Geek’s Attic
“[A] great space thriller . . . full of action, drama and character.”—Rebels Report
About the Author
Christie Golden is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and more than a dozen short stories in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, several movie novelizations, the Warcraft novels Rise of the Horde, Lord of the Clans, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, and War Crimes, Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, as well as Star Wars: Dark Disciple and the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels Omen, Allies, and Ascension. In 2017, she was awarded the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers Faust Award and named a Grandmaster in recognition of over a quarter century of writing.
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While the premise itself is a tasty one – in the aftermath of the first Death Star’s destruction, a small squad of Imperial soldiers are tasked with infiltrating the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans – the overall execution feels disappointingly safe. Part of the blame falls on the constraints created by the new canon, something that has negatively impacted a lot of the more recent Star Wars novels. Much of “Inferno Squad” feels designed less to tell a compelling story and to connect dots that fit in snugly within the pre-prescribed lines of other, “bigger” Star Wars stories. While the Story Group’s desire to keep a clean, consistent new canon is appreciated, I wouldn’t mind if the authors of some of these new Star Wars stories broke from the existing broader narrative and told stories that were separate from the rest of the canon, especially if it meant that we got tales that felt less constrained and were more daring. For my money, it would go a long way towards a Star Wars universe that was more creatively fulfilling.
And yet, there IS stuff to appreciate here. Iden Versio, the novel’s main character, is one of the more interesting and layered new protagonists we’ve gotten in the new canon, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with her in the “Battlefront II” game. Golden is also no slouch when it comes to writing action sequences – there are at least three such scenes here that are real highlights.
Still felt like a star wars story, and still have many memorable moments, just be sure to know what you're getting yourself into with this book.
We all know what happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away above Yavin. As a massive attack raged in space around the Death Star, a Rebel pilot flew through the battle station's winding superstructure and destroyed the Empire's most powerful weapon. The Alliance celebrated as jubilation spread to the far corners of the galaxy.
But the destruction of the Death Star didn't just birth a New Hope for the Rebel Alliance, it formed the genesis of the Inferno Squad. And during this violent period of uncertainty and turmoil Inferno Squad set out to fulfill their destiny and bring Order, justice and peace to the galaxy soon at war.
Inferno Squad is an Imperial special-ops team, trained as both deadly starfighter pilots and elite commandos. Deeply committed to the rule of law, Inferno Squad is an Imperial shield against the chaotic threat represented by the Rebel Alliance. Fearless in the face of sedition, they strike unseen and then fade back into the darkness of deep space.
What I loved about Golden's work is that we see through the lens of the Inferno Squad, namely Iden Versio. A true and true Imperial commander. Though the movies and shows do give us a narrative from a certain point of view, this book shows us that not all heroes are fighting for the liberation of the galaxy: they're fighting for order and security. And as the lines of good and evil are blurred, we start to see that the Rebels are not entirely heroic and the Empire not entirely evil, for even Vader and Sidious believed in peace as a byproduct of control.
The narrative here is superb as it offers is an amazing tale of heroics and sacrifice and duty as we see these Imperial heroes face against the Terrorist Rebellion,
Namely Saw Guerrera's remaining Partisans. If you believe in the Empire and the Inferno Squad, this book is for you!
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I liked the story, but I definitely did not love it.