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Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad Hardcover – 27 Jul 2017
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"exciting and thrilling" (Top Ten Films)
"Christie Golden deserves all the plaudits that come her way with this book" (Future of the Force)
"A must read if you play the Battlefront games" (Nudge)
"A tough and satisfying conclusion" (Star Wars Aficionado)
"The perfect lead-in to the Battlefront II video game" (SyFy Wire - year in review)
About the Author
Christie Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Star Wars: Dark Disciple and the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels Omen, Allies, and Ascension.
Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, Fable: Edge of the World, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, and multiple World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels, including World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight Aspects and StarCraft II: Devil’s Due.
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The novel is set, predominantly, after the destruction of the first Death Star. The formation of the eponymous squad designed to tackle rebel cells and their activities is one of the Empire’s reactions to the loss of their superweapon. In this way the novel acts as a prequel to the actual videogame. As a team of special operatives that include top pilots, there are echoes of Wraith and Rogue Squadrons (who operated in a similar way for the Rebel Alliance/Republic in novels now reclassified as non-canon).
After establishing the squad’s formation and covering some preliminary missions, the novel moves on to its main story where they need to infiltrate an extremist Rebel group who are all that seems to remain of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans after the Death Star attack on Jedha. Thus, the novel establishes connexions with both ‘Rogue One’ and ‘The Clone Wars’.
This is, therefore, a story from the perspectives of Imperials. The more obvious evil of Vader, Tarkin and Palpatine doesn’t play an overt role. These are Imperials who believe they are doing what is right and that the order of the Empire is best for the galaxy and it peoples. It is an area that has been covered before and better in several novels, ‘Lost Stars’ and ‘Leia: Princess of Alderaan’ recently.
The problem with this novel is that none of Inferno Squad particularly stir much empathy whereas many members of the extremist group they infiltrate do. Also, the angle of them questioning their objectives or what they were doing was skated over too much and could have done with a tad depth. The idea of undercover agents going so deep undercover that they start to associate and sympathise with their targets was also touched upon too lightly to prove thought provoking.
Overall, it’s just a little mediocre throughout, often treading over familiar ground and failing to capitalise on where it could have been a bit different. However, there are a couple of moments towards the end that make it worth it.
Inferno Squad is a prequel to the story we can play in campaign mode in the video game Battlefront II so I wasn't expecting huge things from the story, maybe just a little world building and backstory and we did get that but we got so much more as well. Although you can tell from the way the book end that there is certainly more to come it's still a good, enjoyable whole story. Inferno Squad takes place not long after the first Death Star is destroyed, which, being one of the only survivors we see from Iden's point of view. Due to the time line I did find this book was a little more enhanced having watched the Rouge One film as the Partisan's were originally led by Saw Guerra from the film, it's not essential to enjoying the story but it just adds an extra dimension (and pain!).
Being a Christie Golden book I was pleased to find the writing was just as great as I remember. Inferno Squad features different points of view from the four team members and I was pleased to find that each POV was almost immediately distinguishable. Events flowed together well and it was a nice change to find that I was very rarely jolted out of the narrative. There are some fantastic lines of dialogue to be found in this book and I made a note of a lot of quotes but sadly most of them are too spoiler entwined to post. One of my favorites as done so well though that it felt like a literal punch in the gut.
Each of the four team members of the Inferno Squad are introduced well, easy to visualise and get a feel for almost straight away. Through their interactions with each other and the members of the partisan's, the phrase "The best lies always hold a grain of truth" or something to that effect is used a lot and you can really see the team come through even while trying to infiltrate the enemy. They, like the Partisan's themselves are very easy to become attached to and although they are agents of "The Empire" they are still for the most part, good people which leads to some fantastic scenes of moral dilemma, some of which are utterly heart wrenching.
Recently (especially after Phasma) I've quite enjoyed reading books from the Imperial/First Order side of things. Quite often a lot of these characters just want peace and feel that if they do the hard/dirty work others won't have to. It's quite strange seeing the good aspects in those on the side of "the bad guys" but it seems to be a running trait in almost every Star Wars book I've read so far and a part I enjoy. The idea that not everyone is just good or bad and the very real notion that good people can do bad things for what they feel is the right reason and vice versa. The Partisan's as well are characters that are mostly very likable as well. We get to see a lot of these people when they are at their most vulnerable, we learn their passions and their weaknesses which make you feel very close to them, thus adding to the moral dilemma that I feel is completely central to this story.
This story feels less about the actual events that happen then about the progression and growth of it's characters. The events are interesting and help to give this book their "Star Wars feel" but I think it's the journey that every single one of these characters go on and the way you feel about each of them at the end that really makes this a great book, for me personally at least. The book on the whole is fantastic, it's entertaining, engaging and thought provoking, I love any book that can do that easily and not at the expense of good character development. Although I feel I may have preferred the actual "story" of Bloodline, I don't think I've become this attached to a group of characters in Star Wars outside of the films and even then maybe even more so in some cases. I look forward to playing the rest of the campaign and finding were Inferno Squad ends up at the end of it all. I would also like to request that Christie Golden write more books set in the Star Wars universe please!
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