As the official audiobook reviewer for Coffee With Kenobi, it is my job to stay informed and provide a thorough review of each audiobook as it is released. Battlefront II: Inferno Squad narrated by Janina Gavankar is no exception. She is the image and voice used to create the main character for Battlefront II. I just finished watching season four of the Sleepy Hollow television series and watched the extended interview of Gavankar provided by The Star Wars Show.
We as fans of The Saga, quite frequently have been asked to welcome new talent into our galaxy. As I understand it, the idea that Janina Gavankar was, not only chosen as the main character for the new Battlefront II video game but was also invited to read this audiobook was so encouraging to me. Not only is she talented, but she is a fan! She is expressing her fandom and ability with such grace. She has allowed her passion and enthusiasm for Star Wars to shine through her performance. Iden Versio is the newest edition to the Star Wars cast of thousands and she is cool!
This novel opens at the tail end of The Battle of Yavin. Versio is a highly skilled tie-pilot and is one of the few survivors of the destruction of the first Death Star. Her father, Garrick Versio is now an admiral. In the wake of this defeat, the Empire commissions Iden Versio and a squad of special-ops style soldiers to weed out an Imperial leak and the group to which that leak is providing information. The group is called “The Dreamers”, extremist inspired by Saw Garrera’s group of “Partisans”. This resistance faction is very clearly differentiating themselves from the Rebellion and is led by a man called “The Mentor”. As the story moves along I found that the combination of superb story telling, character development by Christie Golden and the narrating talent of Janina Gavankar were the perfect match. Within a short period of time, I was invested in the story and characters and that feeling never left.
Each member of Inferno Squad took on a different alias and infiltrated the Dreamers from different avenues. One as a slave, some as a family seeking revenge and Iden Versio as a defector. The tension this causes throughout the story was so thick. At any moment the squad could have been exposed. Versio had to earn the trust of the group and convince them she was a true defector. There were twists and turns that I will leave for you as the reader to discover. But when you do it’s gonna be pretty cool! The most important thing, in my opinion, is Christie Golden took risks and we are the ones that get rewarded. I am well into my second pass through the book and am hooked all over again. I still lament the lost potential of Christie Golden authoring the rumored “Sword of the Jedi” series, which may or may not have been planned. My goodness, that would have been incredible! Legends Library listeners would have been so excited to read that story!
At this point, it is almost ridiculous to mention the fact that the audiobook was of the best quality. But because we keep receiving such top notch entertainment from them we have to point to the production of the book. It is everything we have come to expect from Penguin Random House, the best! I highly recommend this book and wish a Battlefront 2.5 would be written, but I guess that is what the game is for.
You can purchase the audiobook of Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad here.
Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing the audiobook for review purposes.Powered by Sidelines