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I'm a huge fan of Star Wars novels. I love the voice acting and especially the music intertwined with the different sounds of the Star Wars universe. So when I heard Inferno Squad would give us a look from the perspective of the Empire AND set up Battlefront II I was excited. Unfortunately, this book misses out on what I think was most important. And ultimately falls flat.
The opening Act is incredible. It puts the listener in one of the most iconic moments of the Star Wars universe but you see it through the eyes of an imperial tie fighter pilot. From there, the book transitions to the formation of Inferno Squad, an elite group of imperial operatives. Unfortunately, this elite group goes on some of the most uninteresting missions of all time. If you think they're going to be going in behind enemy lines, hitting the rebels where it hurts the most, and getting into intense Star ship fights with their state of the art starship then think again. The majority of this book is the Squad going undercover, trying to find out where the Dreamers are getting their information to coordinate their attacks. It's drawn out, boring, and does nothing for character development. The main character, Aiden, is made to be a strong female lead, but by the end, she seems like someone who should have never been given charge of Inferno Squad. I actually am upset that I read this book now because it will give me a negative outlook on her character in the Battlefront II campaign. Hopefully the story in the game will be better. In the end, this book suffers from what some of the other Star Wars novels suffer from -- telling a story that has no impact on the reader's knowledge of the Star Wars universe. The voiceover were great for the women characters and confusing for the men, but she did the best she could. Skip this one if you can
22 of 24 people found this review helpful
I really wanted to appreciate the view from the Imperial side and I did at first. Personally, the second and third acts sort of fell flat for me. Maybe I walked in wanting too much but I was hoping for a team coming together and instead I got wrapped up in minor conflicts. I appreciate the team and what it will become though
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