If you are looking for a quick read with all the action you expect from a Star Wars Novel, then Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company is the book for you. Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company is the first militarized Star Wars novel I have read in recent memory. When I say militarized, I mean it reads almost like a history book with personal accounts of the Twilight Company members. You may be thinking to yourself, why would I want to read a “historical” Star Wars Fiction? The easy answer is that this novel creates a picture grander than what the movies could portray of the Rebel Alliance. If you are a fan of the movies like me, you cannot wait to savor every morsel about the how the Rebel Alliance could destroy the might of the Galactic Empire. This novel delivers on every front in terms of pacing, action, and history of the Rebel Alliance.
Twilight Company follows the adventures of the 61st Mobile infantry from the destruction of the Death Star, through the battle of Hoth and thereafter. The official plot synopsis as follows:
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
With that all being said, this story is summarized best when you think of it as HBO’s Band of Brothers, set in the Star Wars universe.
I will not say much on the plot of this story, because it is rather thin and I wouldn’t want to spoil it. I will say, I thoroughly enjoyed this read mostly because it was quick and kept my attention. The main characters are interesting, however they are written to fit the Military stereotypes, of the common action movie. In this novel you follow Namir, a disgruntled war veteran, who only knows the life of war; you will understand his struggle with violence and why he wants to help this rebellion. The story of the 61st Mobile Infantry is that of a “rag-tag” company, that is to say the soldiers have varying personalities and it creates a vivid environment for the reader. Every player brings a different skill to the battle, from Bounty hunters, four-armed fighters and the new recruits. With the new recruit, you will continue to see the growth of the Company throughout the novel; this is important to note for the timeline of the book, and how far they (the 61st) impact the Rebel Alliance. With that being said, I believe the story could have been more interesting from a character development standpoint, I would have liked to spend more time with the inner-workings of Twilight Company and not the battles. On a side note, the story includes a few chapters from the view point of a Stormtrooper; however those are few and far between. I believe the author missed an opportunity by not including more chapters from the perspective of the Empire. Overall, this would be a good purchase for any military fan, or someone looking to understand how the Rebellion could destroy the Empire.
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