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[A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...]
Events that occur after Episode IV: A New Hope.

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This story was originally published in
Star Wars Insider #160:

Hardback Book
This story is included in:

[Star Wars Insider: The Fiction Collection - Volume 1]

The Fiction Collection:
Volume 1

Blade Squadron: Zero Hour
David J. Williams & Mark S. Williams
Titan Magazines

Story published as:
Magazine (2015)
Hardback Book (2021)

If you have read this story, please rate it:
1 review [Review score: 3 / 5]

Shortly after the Battle of Endor, the B-wing pilots of Blade Squadron who survived the battle are awarded Medals of Bravery. Braylen Stramm is promoted to Wing Commander in place of Adon Fox, who died during the battle. This complicates things with Commander Gina Moongong, a Blade Squadron pilot and Braylenís lover. They wonder if there will be a time when he has to choose between her and the squadron under his command. She insists that the war is over, but it is not. Leave is being canceled for Blade Squadron, and new recruits are joining. It is Ginaís job to break in three of them: Yori Dahn, Kordan Karls, and Cutter Poole. Wing Commander Braylen Stramm informs his lover and subordinate, Gina Moonsong, that Blade Squadron is being deployed to Malastare to break through an Imperial shield and take out a shield generator and the Imperial communications hub that it is guarding. Nearby sits the vacation palace of Moff Valco Pandion, but since they cannot be sure that he will be there during the attack, they are not authorized to attack the palace and put lives on the line to possibly take him out. Gina disagrees with that decision. When the attack finally commences, new recruit Jordan Karls dies during the initial breach of the shield, and Cutter Poole dies amid the firefight with Imperial defenses. Ginaís few fighters are able to draw attention long enough, though, for Braylenís group to take out the generator and the hub. Upon being ordered to withdraw, Gina disobeys orders, then she, recruit Yori Dahn, and Ginaís wingman, Fanty, destroy Pandionís palace, then set course to leave the atmosphere. Gina actually looks forward to Braylenís impending annoyance.

This story occurs approximately 4 years after Episode IV: A New Hope (just after the Battle of Endor).

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Review by Darth Kondorr, Poland, 2017:

Something about the missions of Blade Squadron does not satisfy me. They are an OK read, but they don't exactly draw me in. This time we get the theme of personal feelings versus professionalism.
Both donít always go well with each other, but in the typical Hollywood script, the recklessness of the more emotional partner is rewarded, so the rational thinker ends up looking stupid. I kinda was hoping for a change here, but no, all we got was one properly told story without much surprises.

Rating: 3 / 5

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