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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 #149 & #150 [US]
/ #125 & #126 [UK]:

Hardback Book
This story is included in:

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

The Fiction Collection:
Volume 1

Blade Squadron
David J. Williams & Mark S. Williams
Titan Magazines

Story published as:
Magazine (2014)
Hardback Book (2021)

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

While the Rebel Alliance fleet near Sullust is preparing for the Battle of Endor (one day before the actual attack), the B-wing pilots of Blade Squadron are preparing for a different yet related mission. Cadet Gina Moonsong (a former smuggler on Coruscant) practices in a simulator, using unorthodox tactics that annoy her commanding officer for the squadron, Lieutenant Braylen Stramm. The two argue over her tactics, including her making a biting comment at Braylen’s former position within the Imperial Navy. As it turns out, Gina’s own comments that the Wing Commander Adon Fox’s calculations in the simulation were off are correct. Fox defuses the situation between the two squadmates (and secret lovers), but Gina is almost immediately annoyed again when Fox announces that Admiral Gial Ackbar has ordered Blade Squadron to be part of a rearguard for the fleet’s lines of communications and such, rather than part of the direct assault on the second Death Star. That night, Braylen and Gina apologize to each other and spend the night together as usual.
The next day, in space near Endor, Admiral Jhared Montferrat, aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer Devastator, has stumbled upon a ship of “traders” that he believes may actually be Alliance agents. He orders the four crew members put out of the airlock to their deaths and their ship set adrift to be used as target practice. He then orders Commander Gradd, his top TIE pilot, to take his squadron out in TIE interceptors to fly outside the Devastator, ready for any impending Rebel attack. He has just given those orders when the Rebel fleet emerges from hyperspace.
As the Rebel fleet breaks formation upon finding that the Death Star’s shields are still up, Wing Commander Adon Fox orders Blade Squadron to engage the Devastator. With Fox as Blade Leader (differing from the others in an A-wing), Gina Moonsong as Blade Three, Braylen Stramm as Blade Two, and pilot Fanty as Blade Four, Blade Squadron engages Gradd’s TIE interceptors. Wing Commander Adon Fox’s wingman, Blade One, is destroyed shortly after the Death Star’s superlaser begins firing into the fleet, proving that it is fully operational. Fox then takes out Imperial pilot Commander Gradd. Just as the Death Star’s own shield comes down, Blades Two through Four manage to get close enough to the Devastator to blast its hyperdrive, causing a chain reaction to the ship’s generators. Adon Fox’s A-wing is intact but heavily damaged nearby, but rather than allowing the squadron to rescue him, he orders them into the fray, knowing that the war is far bigger than any one life. The remainder of Blade Squadron, led by Braylen Stramm, heads for the Death Star itself...

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

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Review by Darth Kondorr, Poland, 2017:

The attempt was made to fit quite much into this short story, but as is, it did not manage to really convey much. It tells the story of several characters on both sides of the conflict befor and during the battle of Endor, yet it neither manages to really introduce the characters, nor does it retell the complete battle from their points of view.
In its defence it at least manages to tell the two-sided story of the final hours of Vader's ex flagship, but there is not enough here, to really connect to the legacy of that ship or its crew. So instead of wasting time on the doomed, the story could have concentrated more on the good guys. Maybe we will be seeing Blade Squadron in future books as secondary characters and these short stories will be laying a foundation for us the care more about them.
Even though we know the final outcome of that battle, we do not get to know the exact fate of Blade Squadron, at least not in what was published on starwars.com, so this two-parter leaves us uncomfortably hanging.

Rating: 3 / 5

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