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The first novel in a new trilogy starring veteran New Republic pilots.
On the verge 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 Squad will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they’ve fought so hard to achieve.
About the Author
Alexander Freed is the author of Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company, Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Lost Suns, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and has written many short stories, comic books, and videogames. Born near Philadelphia, he endeavors to bring the city’s dour charm with him to his current home of Austin, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When looked at as a whole, Star Wars is not such a simple story of heroes defeating villains. In that vein, Alexander Freed weaves a tale that is both complex and illuminating. Sure, in the broad sense it’s about the forces of good fighting the forces of evil, but who are the people on both sides of the conflict? What happens to those who try to leave the Empire and forge a new life for themselves? What happens to the heroes who have to live with the casualties of war? Alphabet Squadron dives into those themes, and many more, as it explores the consequences of war and the choices we make. First and foremost, Alphabet Squadron is a book that centers on its characters. There’s the Imperial deserters, Yrica Quell and Nath Tensent, Rebel pilots Wyl Lark and Chass na Chadic, and the mysterious Kairos. They're led by Adan Caern, a member of New Republic intelligence who forms Alphabet Squadron in order to hunt down and neutralize the threat of Shadow Wing. Nearly halfway through, General Syndulla shows up and sticks around as the commander of the fleet Alphabet Squadron gets attached to. While she’s not a main character, she gets some page time and it’s something Star Wars Rebels fans will certainly enjoy. The villain of the story is Colonel Shakara, aka Grandmother, the commander of Shadow Wing. She’s an Imperial trying to keep the Empire alive despite the changing tide of the war. There are other characters and plot threads at work that keep the story interesting, as well as the general exploration of what happened after the battle of Endor. The book touches on Operation Cinder and the Emperor’s post-death wrath. It explores the weaknesses of the New Republic and the challenges before them. There’s also a nice little thread that reminds us of the heroism of Rebel heroes like Jyn Erso. But even with all of that, there’s always a character focus at play. If you’re not a fan of space battles and plot heavy tomes, then fear not, Alphabet Squadron may be just what you’re looking for. Yes, there are space battles, and there is a great story woven through the 416 pages in this novel, but all of that fails in comparison with the deep, intriguing character exploration that is at this book’s core. With an even handed approach to characters on both sides of the conflict, this story dives into the motivations, flaws and heroism that resides in us all. In the end, Alphabet Squadron tells an intriguing story, and builds up a solid cast for the books that will follow. I give it a five out of five.