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Books Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed

Discussion in 'Literature' started by GrandAdmiralJello , Oct 5, 2018.

  1. JediKnight75

    JediKnight75 Jedi Master star 4

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    Me too! I heard somewhere it would be a task force. One thought is that's about the size of each group carrying out Operative Cinder. Maybe we'll see more of that campaign? It is before Rax takes over and we've only seen on battle of Cinder. Alphabet Squadron could be chasing them to prevent the Imperials causing more.destruction. Or start with Cinder and the extend beyond.

    Alternatively, the task force could be under the command of a warlord independent from Rax. I like the idea of it being under the command of the Ruling Council. The council could be using the task force to hide and wait out the post Endor chaos. Or a new grand admiral trying to use hit an run tactics against the New Republic to rally more support. This could play into the battles of Nabboo.

    I do suspect this taskforce will meet up with a larger fleet, at some point, for a final battle
     
  2. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    Admirals
    Brigadier Generals
    Captains
    Despots
    Engineers
    Fleet Admirals
    Grand Moffs
    High Colonels
    ISB Agents
    Jello
    Knights of Ren
    Lieutenants
    Moffs
    Naval Officers

    etc, etc.
     
  3. Force Smuggler

    Force Smuggler Force Ghost star 7

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    From the novel Wraith Squadron. End of Chapter 9.
    2 full grown beings saying the above.
    How is Alphabet Squadron any worse than that?
     
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  4. JediKnight75

    JediKnight75 Jedi Master star 4

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    That quote is why I love the name. As soon as I heard it, I thought of the Wraith books.
     
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  5. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    Those were one-off jokes and not the title of a full novel?
     
  6. EmperorHorus

    EmperorHorus Jedi Knight star 4

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    **** yes! This is the kind of thing we need more of. Freed is excellent, easily the best of the new authors post Disney-buy out (or at least one of the 2 including Gray). Also found the weird. Assumed it was some toddler learning book or something.

    Anyway this is great. Really hope it becomes a series, but not holding out hope because I thought the same thing with his Battlefront novel but nothing ever came of that.
     
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  7. Noash_Retrac

    Noash_Retrac Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I wonder if they use five new pilots or decide to expand the history of a background pilot from the films:
    Candidates (both Canon and Legends names):
    - Wes Janson
    - Dorovio Bold
    - Kin Kian
    - Karie Neth
    - Jake Farrell
    - Ten Numb
    - Palso Thern
    - Tarrin Datch
    - Tarn Mison
    - Tycho Celchu
    - Keyan Farlander *

    * B-wing pilot in ROTJ only now.
     
  8. MrDarth0

    MrDarth0 Jedi Master star 4

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    Weird title, but interesting premise.

    With this and some of the other stuff coming up in the post-ROTJ era, it looks like there will be more Imperial remnant present around the galaxy post-Jakku than originally portrayed in previous media.
     
  9. DarthInternous

    DarthInternous Editor - Del Rey Star Wars star 3 VIP

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    I can quite assure everyone that the cover and copy for this book will make it abundantly clear it is NOT a child's learning book. Also the trim size, price point, length, and about a half dozen other features.

    Ive mentioned a few times "we're working on cool stuff. Good books take time etc.This is one of those projects...." Glad it is finally out in the world.
     
  10. my kind of scum

    my kind of scum Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I hope that Freed includes some cool aliens as main characters. I absolutely loved his use of the Besalisk character in Twilight... New canon feels really human-centric (moreso than the EU, it feels to me), so I am hoping to see more aliens in main roles, both in the films and the books...
     
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  11. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Why did you do that to me?

    WHY.

    If this remotely features Wedge, Tycho, Wes, and Keyan... I will implode.

    If it doesn’t.

    You will mysteriously implode.

    I can guarantee it.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  12. SilentGuy66

    SilentGuy66 Jedi Master star 4

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    Who knows maybe Alphabet squadron will start out being considered a joke by the fandom and actually evolve into a team of fully realised characters with a following worthy of Rogue Squadron...sort of like the opposite of what happened with Inferno Squad (Badum Tshh)
     
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  13. mnjedi

    mnjedi Jedi Master star 4

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    Super pumped for this, love the concept and Freed is a great author, Twilight Company is one of my favorite books in the NU.
     
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  14. nancipants

    nancipants Jedi Knight star 2

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    Inferno Squad is pretty great.
     
  15. Guidman

    Guidman PT Manager and Book/Trivia Host star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Sounds great, this one is at the top of the list of most anticipated books.
     
  16. Vthuil

    Vthuil Force Ghost star 5

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    If we're going to throw out pointlessly wild speculation about familiar pilots appearing, let's go full hog and hope this book retcons the pointless death of Hobbie. I mean, if you can bring back Darth Maul anything can happen.
     
  17. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

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    Instantaneous In-Sin-neration?
     
  18. nancipants

    nancipants Jedi Knight star 2

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    After seeing the first few episodes of Resistance, I REALLY hope Yeager is in this book.
     
  19. AdmiralNick22

    AdmiralNick22 Fleet Admiral of Literature star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    THIS. We know he was an active duty pilot with the NRDF through Jakku. I suspect he didn't retire right when the war ended. Maybe he stuck around for a bit in the service... ;)

    --Adm. Nick
     
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  20. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    I saw that.

    It would be a good joke if they came after me.
     
  21. Xander Vos

    Xander Vos Jedi Master star 4

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    Because they didn't name the series Dinner Squadron? No one's suggesting there shouldn't be humour, I think the title has largely been discussed from the perspective of it not drawing in new readers, or causing people to misunderstand what it's about.
     
  22. DarthInternous

    DarthInternous Editor - Del Rey Star Wars star 3 VIP

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    Maybe we'll do a con edition with a little spot of the cover made of whiteboard material and people can fill in their own squadron name.

    Anecdotally I'll share that in the 3 days of NYCC we discussed the book with people not a single person questioned whether it was a child's alphabet book or something other than what it is. Because books exist in context. (And we didnt even have a picture of the cover not final at the booth).

    Ps if you hate the title that's cool. I'm not trying to convince you to like it. If we do our jobs and create a good story the title is meaningless.
     
  23. Xander Vos

    Xander Vos Jedi Master star 4

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    I don't hate the title, I'm just concerned about the fact it won't attract casual readers, when really the aim should always be to get as many people reading the book as possible, no? I don't mean that should lead to all books being called "Super Fun Happy Slide goes to Coruscant" etc. but surely it should at least mean giving books interesting titles that will draw in the casual reader. I think it's why the Rogue Squadron books did so well despite featuring such a peripheral (in the context of the movies) cast. Because Rogue Squadron as a concept was THE main character in a way. Wraith Squadron was able to leverage off that because the Rogue Squadron books had done well.

    Who knows, if the final cover featured Wedge or something similar then it might alleviate the problem anyway.
     
  24. EmperorHorus

    EmperorHorus Jedi Knight star 4

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    That's an interesting attitude. I would have thought that in literature the title is massively important from a marketing standpoint. Or do you mean that marketing isn't your concern because that's someone else's job?
     
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  25. nancipants

    nancipants Jedi Knight star 2

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    I would imagine that the STAR WARS in the title will be enough to pull in casual readers. Also knowing that “Squadron” usually equals pilots.