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Imperial Commando: 501st by Karen Traviss
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Imperial Commando: 501st

by Karen Traviss

Series: Star Wars

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Picks right up from the Republic Commando books.
Two of the clones get stuck in the 501st, the rest go to Mandalore. Lots of angst and Jedi hating and some seriously twisted thinking. Might as well be a soap opera with all the drama.

Update-no more Commando books by Traviss. Or by anyone. Sigh. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I felt that the last two volumes of the Republic Commando series hadn't been up to scratch with the earlier ones, but now that the series has been relaunched as Imperial Commando, it seems to have returned to form. Seeing Traviss's enormous cast of characters navigating the Imperial world is fascinating: they spent so much time and energy trying to escape the Republic and the Clone Wars, that now that they've accomplished it and both of those things came to an end, they don't know what to do next. It's especially nice to see Kal Skirata struggling with moral questions for once, as Captain Maze turns up with a survivor of Order 66. My favorite plotline, however, was Niner and Darman's continued service in the 501st Legion, Imperial Commando Special Unit, Squad 40. Maybe not much happened, but Traviss draws extremely compelling portraits of both characters: the man who lost everything he knew, and the man who feels compelled to protect him. The book was gripping stuff; I rocketed straight through it. I'm disappointed that Traviss has elected to leave the Star Wars world, though tentatively hopeful that the Imperial Commando books will evidently continue anyway. Hopefully the various threads introduced here are tied up just as expertly by whoever takes over.

If you poke around the Internet, TheForce.Net especially, you can find a lot of criticism leveled at Traviss-- heck, I've been guilty of it myself. And though I usually think the critics have valid, irrefutable points, I often find I just don't care: I enjoy her books regardless, because they're so tremendously well-written. But there is one thing that really irks me, and that's her use of female characters. She continuously introduces women who swoon over the clones (or other Mandalorian characters) and leave everything they know to be with them: never does a clone leave his world to enter the woman's. I also have to question the maturity of anyone who falls for the emotionally-stunted, overly-macho Fett clones, especially the ARCs. But even more problematic is the fact that once a female character has been paired up with a male one, they pretty much cease to exist: Besany Wennen is a nonentity in this novel now that she's married Ordo, for example, spending her few appearances cooking. This is more than you can say for some of the other clones' wives; I forgot that Atin had even married Laseema until I ran across the fact on Wookieepedia.
  Stevil2001 | Feb 7, 2010 |
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For the 501st Dune Sea Garrison and Tom’s Mando Mercs
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I regret to report that a number of security threats to the new Empire remain unresolved.
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The Clone Wars are over, but for those with reason to run from the new galactic Empire, the battle to survive has only just begun....

The Jedi have been decimated in the Great Purge, and the Republic has fallen. Now the former Republic Commandos-the galaxy's finest special forces troops, cloned from Jango Fett-find themselves on opposing sides and in very different armor. Some have deserted and fled to Mandalore with the mercenaries, renegade clone troopers, and rogue Jedi who make up Kal Skirata's ragtag resistance to Imperial occupation. Others-including men from Delta and Omega squads-now serve as Imperial Commandos, a black ops unit within Vader's own 501st Legion, tasked to hunt down fugitive Jedi and clone deserters.

For Darman, grieving for his Jedi wife and separated from his son, it's an agonizing test of loyalty. But he's not the only one who'll be forced to test the ties of brotherhood. On Mandalore, clone deserters and the planet's own natives, who have no love for the Jedi, will have their most cherished beliefs challenged. In the savage new galactic order, old feuds may have to be set aside to unite against a far bigger threat, and nobody can take old loyalties for granted.
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"The Jedi have been decimated in the Great Purge, and the Republic has fallen. Now the former Republic Commandos--the galaxy's finest special forces troops, cloned from Jango Fett--find themselves on opposing sides and in very different armor. Some have deserted and fled to Mandalone with the mercenaries, renegade clone troopers, and rogue Jedi who make up Kal Skirata's ragtag resistance to Imperial occupation. Others--including men from Delta and Omega squads--now serve as Imperial Commandos, a black ops unit within Vader's own 501st Legion, tasked to hunt down fugitive Jedi and clone deserters. For Darman, grieving for his Jedi wife and separated from his son, it's an agonizing test of loyalty. But he's not the only one who'll be forced to test the ties of brotherhood. On Mandalone, clone deserters and the planet's own natives, who have no love for the Jedi, will have their most cherished beliefs challenged. In the savage new galactic order, old feuds may have to be set aside to unite against a far bigger threat, and nobody can take old loyalties for granted."--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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