Thursday, December 31, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Battlefront: Twilight Company (Star Wars) by Alexander Freed

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
Battlefront: Twilight Company (Star Wars) by Alexander Freed

Overall star rating --- 3.5

About the book:

Among the stars and across the vast expanses of space, the Galactic Civil War
rages. On the battlefields of multiple worlds in the Mid Rim, legions of ruthless stormtroopers—bent on crushing resistance to the Empire wherever it arises—are waging close and brutal combat against an armada of freedom fighters. In the streets and alleys of ravaged cities, the front-line forces of the Rebel Alliance are taking the fight to the enemy, pushing deeper into Imperial territory and grappling with the savage flesh-and-blood realities of war on the ground.

Leading the charge are the soldiers—men and women, human and nonhuman—of the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company. Hard-bitten, war-weary, and ferociously loyal to one another, the members of this renegade outfit doggedly survive where others perish, and defiance is their most powerful weapon against the deadliest odds. When orders come down for the rebels to fall back in the face of superior opposition numbers and firepower, Twilight reluctantly complies. Then an unlikely ally radically changes the strategic equation—and gives the Alliance’s hardest-fighting warriors a crucial chance to turn retreat into resurgence.

Orders or not, alone and outgunned but unbowed, Twilight Company locks, loads, and prepares to make its boldest maneuver—trading down-and-dirty battle in the trenches for a game-changing strike at the ultimate target: the very heart of the Empire’s military machine. 

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 --  26
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The events of this book take place after the first Star Wars movie, no. 4, and right at the beginning of the 5th Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes back.  If you're a Star Wars fan, then you should enjoy this book; it's a well written book. But, if you're not a Star Wars fan, or familiar with the first 3 movies, you might not enjoy the book. Also, if you don't like violence or battles in a book, then this book would definitely not be for you. Having said that, . . .

This is an excellently written book with engaging characters to follow, and a storyline that fits into just before and at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back. It starts out with a battle, and continues with battles throughout the book. Yes, Vader does make a brief appearance; too up close and personal for some of the characters. There is one character in the book that I think is Han Solo, and Princess Leia is mentioned. Does not have a happily ever after ending, but then hey, this is Star Wars, and we aren't to that point yet.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction, Star Wars
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- extreme, is a book about a galactic war

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