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Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Inferno Squad Book Review

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Christie Golden strikes back with another winner.

Having previously penned one of the best new canon novels with “Star Wars: Dark Disciple,” Christie Golden is back with a new novel titled “Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Inferno Squad.” As some of you may or may not know the book is a lead in to the upcoming video game “Star Wars: Battlefront 2” which will continue the story of this novel. The book itself revolves around a loyal Imperial Senior Lt. named Iden Versio. She’s an accomplished Tie-Fighter pilot, her parents are both respected Imperials, and she is quickly rising up the Empire’s ranks. The central story finds Iden’s father creating an Imperial clean-up crew (so to speak) dubbed the Inferno Squad. The squad is comprised of Lt. Junior Grade Gideon Hask (a pilot and friend of Iden), Lt. Commander Del Meeko (an engineer), Lt. Seyn Marana (a Naval Intelligence Officer) and Iden Version herself. After embarking on a quick mission to retrieve a datachip, the squad gets their big mission which involves infiltrating a partisan group known as The Dreamers (who are following in the footsteps of Saw Gerrera). The squad members (who each have their own set of skills) are tasked with learning abou The Dreamers, befriending them, and eventually destroying the extremist rebels from within, but their mission proves easier said than done.

In “Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company,” author Alexander Freed struggled mightily to tell a story with largely new characters as the novel proved to be an unengaging slog. From the first 5 pages of ‘Inferno Squad,’ Christie Golden shows she knows how to tell a “Star Wars” story and create compelling new characters that you want to know more about. It doesn’t hurt that she’s also doing something a bit different with this novel in that it’s told from an Imperial POV. Granted, there are shades of “Lost Stars” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” here and there, but so what? One of the reasons this novel works so well is that it feels connected to the entire saga. There are so many rewarding ties to films, novels, and animated series here. It FEELS like a part of canon as any good SW novel should

‘Inferno Squad’ also deserves credit for being superbly written. It is primarily a character driven novel that revolves around Iden, her squad mates as well as some of the Dreamers. You feel like you are right there in the Dreamers encampment the way Golden describes everything. The only minor quibble I have with the characters is that the dynamic between Iden and Hask isn’t fully explored. Now, perhaps this will be addressed more in the video game, but whatever is going on between the two feels abandoned midway through the novel. Plot wise, it isn’t a very eventful novel, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a story about characters, ideologies, and a squad’s undercover mission. Make no mistake though, there’s no shortage of intensity here as Golden builds towards the conclusion.

Overall Thoughts: With “Star Wars: Dark Disciple” and now “Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Inferno Squad,” it’s clear Christie Golden is fast becoming a premier “Star Wars” author.

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July 29, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , ,

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