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Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars) Paperback – March 27, 2018
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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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Senior Lieutenant Iden Versio is a TIE fighter pilot aboard the Death Star. Charged with defending the battle station against the Rebel Alliance attack, she witnessed first-hand the destruction of the massive battle station. With no place to land, she heads for Yavin 4. Dodging Rebel forces, she manages to steal a ship and return safely to Imperial space. Once there, Iden's father, Admiral Garrick Versio, has decided to form an elite Imperial strike force.
Tasked with rooting out factions who have Imperial information, Inferno Squad is about to be sent on its most dangerous mission yet; infiltrating the Dreamers; a partisan group who follows the teachings of Saw Gerrera. It's up to Iden and her group to find out who among the Dreamers has the information the Empire seeks. Along the way, there will be missions with the partisans that will test the commitment of the Squad. Will Iden and her group succeed, or will the Dreamers sense what is going on?
I'm a big fan of the Star Wars novels, and "Inferno Squad" is a fine addition. The characters are well-developed, and the story line is full of action. I hope that there are other Inferno Squad novels in the works. Highly recommended.
Christie Golden is no stranger to Star Wars book fans, and Inferno Squad doesn't disappoint.
Centered around Iden Versio, the daughter of high ranking Imperial Admiral Garrick Versio and her team of agents who were hand picked to undertake special missions for the Empire. Inferno Squad is created following the disasters at the Battle of Scarif (Rogue One) and the Battle of Yavin (A New Hope) to seek out and destroy the remnants of Saw Guerra's partisan extremists.
This is one of the few Star Wars novels written from the standpoint of the Empire, they are people too. This isn't the same kind of gritty war time novel as Alexander Freed's Battlefront: Twilight Company, despite both being video game tie-ins. As a prelude to EA's upcoming video game, Inferno Squad does a good job of providing back story and motivations for the games main characters.
This book is recommended to anyone who likes Star Wars books.
Most of the book is centered around the squad's infiltration of the last remnants of Saw Gurrera's band of rebels, which is carrying out violent attacks against the Empire. I will not go into too much detail about the overall plot, but it is basically an origin story for the main characters, and definitely leaves open a possibility of more novels involving them down the line. The characters are also very much at the forefront of the second Battlefront game, which is set after the destruction of the second Death Star. The author does a very good job presenting the point of view of loyal Imperial soldiers, and their reaction to the events taking place, and how they see the rebels as terrorists who are trying to upset the order of the otherwise peaceful galaxy. The character of Iden is given particular depth in that she is very loyal to the Empire, but does not always agree with their methods. It definitely presents the question of which side in the fight had the moral high-ground.
The book checks in at just over 300 pages. It is a fairly easy read, and you can probably get through it pretty quickly. Depending on how fast you read of course. Like I said before, the "main" story as told in Rouge One and Episodes IV, V, and VI (because of when it is set, just events from Rouge One and Episode IV) are discussed in this book but are not the focus. If you can accept that then you will probably find the novel enjoyable. If you are looking for a good lightsaber duel or discussing Luke, Leia, or Han's activities between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back this will not be for you. If, like me, you collect the novels then you will get it regardless.