Before the Invid Storm is a novel written by Jack McKinney, and released on March 2, 1996. The novel follows the aftermath of The Second Robotech War and features Dana Sterling and the survivors of the devastating war with the Robotech Masters. The book was first published by Del Rey.
|“|| The second Robotech War ended without victors. The Masters had been defeated, but the Army of the Southern Cross had suffered devastating losses, with Earth's cities reduced to rubble.
Then a heavily armed warship arrived from Tirol and instantly became the object of intense rivalries. To the survivors of the United Earth Government, it was a spear they could hurl into the Invid Sensor Nebula. To the decimated Southern Cross forces, it was the weapon they needed to use against the impending Invid invasion. For the Starchildren it represented escape from their planetary prison, and the Shimada Family wanted it neutralized before it sabotaged their hopes for a peaceful solution.
But no one knew just how dangerous the ship could be. No one, that is, except for its commander, Colonel Jonathan Wolff of the rag tag freedom fighters known as the Sentinels, and Dana Sterling, heroine of the war with the Masters. And Dana had her own agenda... Set between The Final Nightmare and Invid Invasion, BEFORE THE INVID STORM reveals the struggle for control of the dreadnought from Tirol.
- In the novel, the surviving clones of the Robotech Masters end up as refugees, each one slowly dying from lack of Protoculture. Dana Sterling in desperation to save Musica's people, hijacks a Garfish-class Cruiser to take the refugees back to Tirol.
- Dana Sterling, aside from having a fling with Angelo Dante in previous novels, has an intimate relationship with Jonathan Wolff.
- One of the key events to occur in the story was the arrival of a Robotech Factory Satellite, meant to shore up Earth's defenses. The entire station was obliterated by the Invid Regis upon her arrival to the planet at the end of the novel. This event is also depicted in the Classic Robotech comic series Robotech: Invid War.