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Battlefront: Twilight Company (Star Wars) by Alexander Freed
Cover Artist: Aaron McBride
Review by Jon Guenther
LucasBooks Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345511218
Date: 03 November 2015 List Price $28.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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With Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company, I'm happy to report the adult line of Star Wars novels following the official canon as approved by the Lucasfilm Story Group is now 3 and 2 with me (at least for the five books I've read). This really comes as little surprise given the experience of the author, Alexander M. Freed, who has not only a wallop of experience as a writer but unique viewpoint being heavily involved with the video game industry.

As the title implies, this is based on the highly anticipated video game, which is slated for release around the same time as the novel. It should not be misunderstood this is a novelization of the video game from which it draws its namesake. This is the story that involves two main characters: Namir, a sergeant in the Rebel infantry Twilight Company, and Imperial governor Everi Chalis, which some observant readers might recognize as introduced by John Jackson Miller (Rise of the Empire compilation). The story mostly takes place during some of the key events of the Rebellion after the destruction of the first Death Star, but I'll skip details at the risk of spoilers.

There are a good number of elements here that ring true with the Star Wars mythology. For starters, the basic story of good vs. evil but with the great shades of gray between them that always make us question our humanity and sacrifice in wartime. I often found myself rooting for the heroes while simultaneously sympathetic to the villains. There are plenty of humans, aliens and droids, of course, but this book is unique I think due mostly to its tone: part Star Wars, part Platoon. Thankfully, the book reads as a novel and not the novelization of a video game script.

There were some stylistic irritants in the book that kind of ground on me, like flashbacks to different points in the life of one main character. It's not they weren't without purpose but I felt they could easily have been woven into the present drama without losing any of their impact. Still, I found the experience enjoyable and felt compelled to keep reading.

Ultimately, Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company is well-written and told with enough of the Star Wars style I'm happy to give it a contented nod of approval and recommendation.

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