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Star Wars: Shadow Fall (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Alphabet Squadron's hunt for the deadliest TIE fighters in the galaxy continues in this Star Wars adventure!
News of the New Republic's victory still reverberates through the galaxy. In its wake, the capital ships of the newly legitimized galactic government journey to the farthest stars, seeking out and crushing the remnants of imperial tyranny. But some old ghosts are harder to banish than others. And none are more dangerous than Shadow Wing.
Yrica Quell's ragtag Alphabet Squadron still leads the search for Shadow Wing, but they're no closer to their goal-and the pressure to find their quarry before it's too late has begun to shake them apart. Determined to finish the fight once and for all, Quell works with New Republic Intelligence's contentious Caern Adan and the legendary General Hera Syndulla to prepare the riskiest gambit of her starfighting career-a trap for Shadow Wing that could finish the chase once and for all.
But in the darkness, their enemy has evolved. Soran Keize, last of the Imperial aces, has stepped into the power vacuum at the head of Shadow Wing, reinvigorating the faltering unit in their hour of need. Once adrift in the aftershocks of the war, Keize has found meaning again, leading the lost soldiers of his unit through to safety. The only thing standing in his way? The most mismatched squadron in the New Republic Navy, led by his former mentee: the traitor Yrica Quell.
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Alphabet Squadron is a thrilling examination of the cost of war. . . . a combat novel that brings nuance and depth to the Galactic Civil War. ― The Verge
The dysfunctional, damaged aces of this new Starfighter Squadron are some of the most compelling new additions to the Star Wars canon in recent years. ― io9
Every fan who wants a taste of what the future of Star Wars has in store for us should read this novel. ― Star Wars News Net
Every pilot has a story in the galaxy far, far away, and the pilots of Alphabet Squadron have fascinating ones. ― Syfy Wire --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B08462W8F7
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (25 Jun. 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 3908 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 059315987X
- Best Sellers Rank: 134,573 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really liked the first book. Which made this book that much more disappointing for me. I appreciate character development, and characters being not just one sides, but for me all the characters seemed to not want to be there or simply go against their own nature simply because they could. One thing that really runs me the wrong way is i hate when there are a few characters, then just as i am getting into one characters story or they are in a perilous situation the chapter or section ends. Now I have to wait till all the other characters have been visited till get back to the story I was enthralled in. This happens a lot in the middle of this book.
The plotting in the book was way too over blown on the first quarter of the book. The strongest part of this book is when the battles start. The bond between soldiers, the sacrifice and duty. The other parts of the book I really liked were showing soldiers on both sides fighting for what the belive in, even if the main characters did not. Also I like the continuity of using characters from the other Disney Star Wars book and tv series.
Not the book I was expecting, or the direction I was expecting the book to go, but it get points for the final quarter and leaves the characters in a very interesting or uncertain place.
This definitely wasn't as smooth reading as the first book. There was just a lot of nitty gritty engagements that seemed endless and I wonder if that's what the author was trying to convey. You're really starting to see how the apparently endless war is affecting everyone, from the New Republic fighters, to the old Empire forces and ordinary civilians who are still caught in the crossfire. I'll be honest parts of this really resonated with me with what is going on in Ukraine and showed how soldier's priorities can cause so much misery and damage, no matter how sympathetic they may come across as your read their viewpoints.
There's a few subplots going on, what with Quell's secret known to Adan and Nath, and Chass having a massive crisis of faith in the middle of the book. More backstory is revealed of all the characters and we get a lot more time with Shadow Wing from Soran's POV. Parts of it were actually surprisingly emotional. There is a very random section towards the end with a Sith tower or something that really threw me. It involves Quell, Adan, and IT-O and was just very unexpected.
This took me a while to finish and felt very heavy and slow in places but overall I'm really enjoying this series and the direction it's taken. Definitely different to the rest of the new canon I've read and I'm looking forward to the concluding part.
It is the second part of a trilogy and continues to follow the key characters of the newly formed Alphabet Squadron. Unfortunately, the characters from the first volume were all pretty unlikeable and uninteresting. Their back stories were all rather dull and the defining characteristic of basically all of them was how much they moaned.
At least in the first book you were being introduced to these characters and the set up. Here they just continue to languish in their self-doubts and worries. They don’t arouse any empathy or sympathies. They fail to establish any type of connection with the reader and, as such, it is difficult to care what happens to any of them.
There are not even any strong villains/foes to arouse interest or inspire fear. The members of Shadow Wing are essentially faceless and their new leader, Soran, seems to suffer from many of the same annoying traits as the members of Alphabet Squadron. The Messenger, who is a droid that spends much of the time just standing like a statue, is easily the most interesting of the Imperial characters.
The result is string of space battles where you don’t really care what happens interspersed with a bunch of uninteresting and unlikeable characters whinging away to themselves as they go over the same old issues.
Things only change, somewhat, when the surviving characters end up being stranded on Troithe (a planet we’ve never heard of before but is meant to have once rivalled Coruscant as the capital of the galaxy???). Then the space fleet battles and dogfights are replaced by preparing for and getting back to more.
The Wyl Lark sequence where he struggles to develop leadership skills should be far more interesting and involved than it is. Somehow it just falls flat. Likewise, Chass’ experience trapped in a religious cult and possibly allying herself with a pilot from Shadow Wing also stuck there could have been really good, but just doesn’t deliver.
One benefit of the novel is that it ties in slightly to other parts of the Star Wars universe. The main example of this is probably the Sloane, one of the lead antagonists of the ‘Aftermath’ trilogy of books, who is occasionally referred to and even makes a brief cameo.
It’s a good choice to include Hera Syndulla and develop an older version of her character than we have seen in ‘Rebels’. However, she is absent for much of this novel and I wonder if this trilogy would have been a lot better if she were the main character and was involved in developing new fighter squadrons (perhaps, a little like Wedge Antilles was in the ‘X-wing’ series).
Aside for the actual story, the physical book is actually of quite poor quality. The cover seems to be deteriorating and flaking off although it has only been read once and not mistreated.
The book really kicks in about half way through. Alexander Freed is a very detailed war tactician, so this can be quite technical at points, BUT in saying that, I really warmed to the characters again and I can’t wait to see what happens to Yrica Quell next!!
Ps- more Rae Sloane please!