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Alphabet Squadron (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, #1) (edició 2019)

de Alexander Freed

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The first novel in a new trilogy starring veteran New Republic pilots! On the brink of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic Star Wars adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.   The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters' shantytown--until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron.   Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign.   The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy, and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn't as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squadron will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they've fought so hard to achieve. Part of a Marvel and Del Rey crossover event, Alphabet Squadron is the counterpart to Marvel's TIE Fighter miniseries, which follows the exploits of Shadow Wing as they scheme to thwart the New Republic.… (més)
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Títol:Alphabet Squadron (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, #1)
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Alphabet Squadron - Alexander Freed

The New Republic are in the ascendency and after The Battle of Endor, the Empire is scattered with factions trying to take control or to follow the Emperors final instructions.

For Yrica Quell, that isn’t her problem anymore, she is a defector and one that is trying to get back into the cockpit. Luckily for her, well if you can call it lucky, Caern Adan a New Republic Spy Master needs some ex-imperial help. This man is really on the wrong side, every thing about him screams Imperial! Whilst Quell is not exactly the ideal Rebel, she’s more interested in flying. But they are joined by a crack team, actually no they’re not. There’s Nath Tensent, another ex-Imperial, who is generally only concerned about himself, even when he cares for others, they are still well below him on his agenda. Wyl Lark, an idealistic and excellent pilot, to be fair he’s a pretty good addition to any team, except he has some serious home issues. Chass na Chadic another rebel pilot, who loves her music, and is pretty much suicidal other than that! Finally there is Kairos, we don’t know much about Kairos, except she’s homicidal and non-communicative.

And here in lies my problem, I really don’t care for the team they have assembled, I am fully aware that the idea is that this is a team of misfits and they aren’t meant to be your team of clean cut heroes, but in the Star Wars Universe I love, even the most irascible pilot has redeeming qualities, for these lot it is difficult to root for them rather than hope they get self-imploding over with!

However, it is a fine Star Wars story, the action is fast paced and incredibly descriptive, the tale is well-crafted and adds elements of danger and new worlds to this Universe. The Commanding Officer – General Syndulla will earn her place alongside Admiral Ackbar and General Crix Madine.

The idea behind the name of Alphabet Squadron’s name and make-up is excellent and brings together some of the finest and most iconic vehicles. If you love the Star Wars Universe you will enjoy this story. I enjoyed this story, I just didn’t care about the characters, except for Syndulla and Wyl and that is so important for me when reading. I will read the next book, this is one out of three, but am really hoping that everyone goes on a bit more of a personality journey in the next one. ( )
  GWReviewDabbler | Aug 8, 2020 |
It takes a little while to keep all of the characters straight in your head, there are a lot of them, but it was worth sticking with. A story set soon after the events of the movie Return of the Jedi, or "The Battle of Endor" in SW novelspeak :-) it's all about the forming of a new group of pilots for the New Republic, the government that has formed from the victorious Rebel Alliance. The Empire may have fallen, but there are still many Imperial forces still out there, wreaking damage on New Republic planets and ships, trying to keep the Empire alive. We start with an Intelligence officer who recruits Yrica Quell, a former Imperial pilot, who used to be in the "Shadow Wing," a particularly ruthless and effective squadron of TIE Fighter pilots, to help him form a new squadron to go after the Shadow Wing. They end up five pilots with very different backgrounds, all flying five different kinds of ships, which is very unique in fighter squadrons--usually you have all X-Wings or all B-Wings, etc. And they all have lots of personality quirks and issues, and personal baggage, each desiring revenge against Shadow Wing or justice for fallen comrades killed by Shadow Wing. It's really interesting to see how they all eventually coalesce into a working unit and establish rapport with each other, despite their differences. Lots of flying scenes, of course, and battles both with starships and with inner demons. Good book. As always, I wish there was just one Jedi in it somewhere, but that's a different kind of SW book. :-) Sets up nicely for a sequel too, of course, but major plotlines are all brought to a close. ( )
  GoldieBug | Apr 22, 2020 |
Whoa. Gritty - more real than I expected.

Freed gives us the story of the forming of a motley crew - the eponymous "Alphabet Squadron," of the title. Drawing on decades of the GFFA, he creates a breathtakingly moving story of the swirl motives and backgrounds driving the team.

Funny - after finishing this, I went back to reading "Second Foundation," the classic by Asimov. While Asimov is certainly groundbreaking, I was surprised by how ... two-dimensional his book seemed in contrast. (Not a slam on Asimov - just a recognition of the depth of what Freed crafted,( ( )
  mrklingon | Dec 3, 2019 |
Folks, this is the best Star Wars pilot book that exists, period. End of story. It's so good. The plot is tight without feeling like it moves too fast, all the characters are so nuanced and frankly wildly well-developed, and the FLYING. Honestly even as a person who enjoyed the Rogue Squadron series, I find flying sequences kind of hard to read, but this has the BEST PILOTING SEQUENCE IN ANY PIECE OF STAR WARS MEDIA THAT HAS EVER EXISTED, HANDS DOWN. I'm sorry for the caps lock but it's true. Seriously, this might be my favorite new canon book I've read so far; it's so, so good and I can't wait for this story to continue. ( )
  aijmiller | Jul 18, 2019 |
Alexander Freed’s Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron picks up after the events of Operation Cinder, as discussed in Greg Rucka’s Star Wars: Shattered Empire comics. Yrica Quell, a pilot in the Empire’s 204th Fighter Wing, nicknamed “Shadow Wing,” defects to the fledgling New Republic after receiving her orders to purge a world as part of Operation Cinder. She finds herself in a staging area for processing Imperial defectors called Traitor’s Remorse, where New Republic Intelligence officer Caern Adan offers her a chance to find and neutralize the threat of her former squadron. Adan tasks IT-O, a reprogrammed torture droid, and Kairos, a alien of unknown origin, to keep an eye on Quell. Their numbers grow as the working group recruits Nath Tensent, Wyl Lark, and Chass na Chadic, all of whom are the last surviving members of squadrons that fought against Shadow Wing. Together, they each fly a different starfighter, giving the novel its name: Quell pilots an X-wing, Tensent a Y-wing, Lark an A-wing, Chadic a B-wing, and Kairos a U-wing (pg. 201). Adan oversees the group, though he’s not a pilot and is wary around Quell.

Freed includes General Hera Syndulla, from Star Wars Rebels, who misses the old days flying the Ghost with her family (pg. 170). While her role in the New Republic has grown since then, she enjoyed the more hands-on approach and doesn’t like the growing bureaucracy. Meanwhile, Freed shifts focus to Colonel Shakara Nuress, the commander of Shadow Wing, who has worked to create a stronghold for her surviving Imperial forces in the hopes of getting revenge for the Empire after Palpatine’s death. As a true believer in the Empire, she attempts to find a middle ground between the in-fighting occurring amongst the surviving Imperial hierarchy over leadership and territory. One of the Emperor’s wraith droids personally gave her the command to initiate Operation Cinder (pg. 186). Freed previously wrote Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company and the novelization of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so he has experience handling ensemble war narratives. That experience serves him well in this work, where he must get readers invested in characters that have not previously appeared in Star Wars fiction, explain their backstories, and show how they come together as a team.

The novel’s cover describes the book as “A Marvel & Del Rey Crossover Event,” making it a first for the franchise. While previous novels and comics occasionally referenced each other – like Kevin J. Anderson’s Jedi Academy novel trilogy referencing Tom Veitch’s Dark Empire comics, or John Ostrander’s Star Wars: Legacy comics referencing events from the New Jedi Order novel series, or even Jeremy Barlow’s Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir adapting an unproduced story from Star Wars: The Clone Wars – this is the first story that crosses over between the canonical Marvel comics and the canon novels. The book includes an excerpt from Marvel’s Star Wars: TIE Fighter, written by Jody Houser with art by Roge Antonio and Michael Dowling, exploring Shadow Wing prior to the fall of the Empire. Freed ends his acknowledgments writing, “One down. Two to go…” (pg. 411), so this should be the first of a trilogy, likely filling a role similar to the X-Wing books in the old Expanded Universe. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Jul 2, 2019 |
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The first novel in a new trilogy starring veteran New Republic pilots! On the brink of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic Star Wars adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.   The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters' shantytown--until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron.   Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign.   The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy, and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn't as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squadron will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they've fought so hard to achieve. Part of a Marvel and Del Rey crossover event, Alphabet Squadron is the counterpart to Marvel's TIE Fighter miniseries, which follows the exploits of Shadow Wing as they scheme to thwart the New Republic.

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