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The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad.

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire - no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?

©2017 Christie Golden (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Inferno Squad Squandered

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

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Good start

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

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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meh.

performance was flat but I don't know if that affects the story. the book was okay, not great but it's starwars so you'll buy it

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Plodding story with uneven narration

The overall story is slow moving and the title is a bit misleading. There's little action, and much of the book is spent trying to build inferno squad as sympathetic imperials on an impossible mission. A slow burn approach isnt nessesarily a bad thing, but the problem here is that outside of Iden Versio I didnt really care about the rest of the squad as characters, and I found some story elements very hard to believe even for Star Wars. The ending doesn't have a great payoff to save it and the overall story just falls flat thanks to characters and story beats I just didn't care about.

Janina Gavankar does an admirable job trying to narrate but at times her dialog reading was so cold and robotic it took me out of the story. I suspect this would have been a more enjoyable book without audio.

I'm a big fan of most of the new Star Wars canon on Audio but this one's a big miss.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not worth the money

I own and have read/listened to 57 Star Wars novels. This is by far and away the worst of the bunch. The narrator was flat and choppy. Often it was difficult to determine which character was speaking and to understand the emotion. At times she sounded too fast, to sharp, and too 'perfect' to be a human and sounded like a computer voice over.

The good news is that the story itself, wouldn't have benefited from a more talented narrator. I struggled to make it through. The story was predictable, slow, lacked character development and didn't at all help you feel the characters. There was no connection between the characters trials and tribulations with the reader/ listener. The story lacked cohesiveness and seemed to be all over the place. I didn't like one single character or their roles within the operations. All together the book was boring. I would not in anyway recommend this book, author, or narrator to a single person.
Any other star wars book will serve you well.

20 of 27 people found this review helpful

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loved it!

Great Story and Janina Gavankar does a great job of voice acting. Love the sound effects and music.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A thrilling tale from the Imperial point of view

Inferno Squad is standalone story, all you need to be familiar with is the Star Wars films (including Rogue One). It spins directly out of A New Hope, as the Empire forms an elite squad of Imperial agents to deal with the remainder of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Terrorism, moral ambiguity in a time of war, undercover Imperial agents, and lots of classic Star Wars action blend together in this thrilling story. The narrator is excellent, up there with Marc Thompson and Jonathan Davis.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Love It!

I really enjoyed the fact that they had the main character of the video game do the narration. You can tell she loves what she is doing, and is very passionate about the story!

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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underwhelming

struggled through this one. I enjoyed the first Battlefront and was excited for the sequel. this did not meet expectations. The voice acting and writing are cringy at times, and the story never feels like it goes anywhere. the characters feel so generic and uninspired. this is definitely my least favorite new canon star wars book. also not a fan of the voice acting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible story and horrid ending.

Supposed to be an espionage story in the Empire. Turns into an emotional cringe fest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful