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[Epub] ↠ True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3) Author Karen Traviss – Brazilianportuguesetranslator.us

True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3) As The Savage Clone Wars Rage Unchecked, The Republic S Deadliest Warriors Face The Grim Truth That The Separatists Aren T Their Only Enemy Or Even Their WorstIn The Grand Army S Desperate Fight To Crush The Separatists, The Secret Special Ops Missions Of Its Elite Clone Warriors Have Never Been Critical Or Dangerous A Growing Menace Threatens Republic Victory, And The Members Of Omega Squad Make A Shocking Discovery That Shakes Their Very Loyalty As The Lines Continue To Blur Between Friend And Enemy, Citizens From Civilians And Sergeants To Jedi And Generals Find Themselves Up Against A New Foe The Doubt In Their Own Hearts And Minds The Truth Is A Fragile, Shifting Illusion And Only The Approaching Inferno Will Reveal Both Sides In Their True Colors

[Epub] ↠ True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3)  Author Karen Traviss – Brazilianportuguesetranslator.us
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  • 484 pages
  • True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3)
  • Karen Traviss
  • English
  • 24 June 2019
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    10 thoughts on “[Epub] ↠ True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3) Author Karen Traviss – Brazilianportuguesetranslator.us


  1. says:

    Much better Karen Traviss redeemed herself and the Republic Commando series with True Colors Characterization and plot were realistic and engaging More threatsconsequences Not surprisingly, Traviss captured the women s point of view, but she also seemed to grasp battlefield bonding She took us into the minds of many characters seeing themselves as outsiders and everyone else as in , seeing their doubts, experiencing their angst.Her weaknesses are on the nose writing and repetitio Much better Karen Traviss redeemed herself and the Republic Commando series with True Colors Characterization and plot were realistic and engaging More threatsconsequences Not surprisingly, Traviss captured the women s point of view, but she also seemed to grasp battlefield bonding She took us into the minds of many characters seeing themselves as outsiders and everyone else as in , seeing their doubts, experiencing their angst.Her weaknesses are on the nose writing and repetition Traviss spells out what the reader should already have picked up, then she tells us what we re to think of each development, then often she repeats herself For example, on the last two pages of the book, she tells us four times how thoroughly Mandalorian Omega team is compared to Delta Three times too many People shouldn t treat other people especially clones as things We got it She didn t have to beat us over the head with it Without the repetition the book could have been ten to twenty per cent shorter and that much better


  2. says:

    I really want to say 3.5 stars because I liked this one better than the last two, though it wasn t an amazing novel by any means I m just glad that all the characters I like were focused on Fi, Sev, and Besany and not so much focus was given to Skirata Etain didn t degrade further into some baby obsessed mother, which I was glad about, and Darman regained his personality from the first novel Given that I thought this one was better than the last one, I don t have too much to say about it as I really want to say 3.5 stars because I liked this one better than the last two, though it wasn t an amazing novel by any means I m just glad that all the characters I like were focused on Fi, Sev, and Besany and not so much focus was given to Skirata Etain didn t degrade further into some baby obsessed mother, which I was glad about, and Darman regained his personality from the first novel Given that I thought this one was better than the last one, I don t have too much to say about it aside from generic things like the writing was engaging through repetitive at times I can definitely attest that the plot was better, especially since everyone was moving around quite a bit This book took all the annoying things from Triple Zero and minimized them, I found, so I wasengrossed in the novel, instead of becoming aggravated at minor details I can t help but ask though, doesn t it take longer than a few hours to get from Mandalore to Coruscant Anyways, my opinion that Etain is an idiot was proven by Darman s reaction to Venku All I could think was Ha Told you so Seriously, Etain, what were you thinking It s unfortunate that you can t really read this novel before reading the other two, or I would suggest to people that they just read this one Onward to Order 66, I guess WAIT, I must addSTILL no passion in the romance, sad to say And not even a KISS yet Seriously, Traviss, do you want me to BEG


  3. says:

    The Cloned and the RestlessI loved Hard Contact, the first real Clone Wars novel in my opinion , but was disappointed with the slogging pace, political and ethical diatribes, and the hefty, largely unexplored cast of Triple Zero But I wasn t so disappointed that I didn t pick up True Colors when it came out last year.Plot The Clone War continues, and Skirata has vamped up his search for Ko Sai, a Kaminoan who may hold the keys to reversing the age acceleration in his rag tag band of clones The Cloned and the RestlessI loved Hard Contact, the first real Clone Wars novel in my opinion , but was disappointed with the slogging pace, political and ethical diatribes, and the hefty, largely unexplored cast of Triple Zero But I wasn t so disappointed that I didn t pick up True Colors when it came out last year.Plot The Clone War continues, and Skirata has vamped up his search for Ko Sai, a Kaminoan who may hold the keys to reversing the age acceleration in his rag tag band of clones But, Palpatine has ordered Delta squad to hunt after her too, along with a separate team from Kamino The race is on, and the question hovers inside each clone and those who love them will the clones ever be able to live a normal life And what will be their future after the war ends Good What made Triple Zero so much of a disappointment compared to Hard Contact was the fact that much of the action and great characters present in HC was missing in TZ But the same can t quite be said of True Colors At about the sixth chapter, TC picks up with an intense scene with Etain forcing the colonists of Qiilura to leave and pretty much maintains that speed throughout the book as Skirata and the Nulls search for Ko Sai before Delta Squad , and Omega Squad infiltrates another battlefront on Graftikar.Further, characters introduced in TZ getexploration, andopportunities exist to dig into the dirty subjects Etain, Skirata and Darman get the limelight, of course, but so do Ordo, Mereel, Sev, Besany, and my new personal favorite, Walon Vau, who is very interesting in TC as a cold killer with a methodical, almost unemotional outlook on life Fi s character gets stretched in an interesting manner And I think Traviss will go down in Star wars history as being the first to write using a Kaminoan character very nicely, may I add Good job, Karen These characters discuss meaty topics such as desertion, humanity, and life after the Clones Wars all in a logical, insightful manner that will exercise your mind And Delta Squad can always be depended upon for cracking a joke that will have you in stitches look out for when Fixer and Sev go diving.Lastly, I was never so happy to see that Traviss got the memo about the annoying double definitions that she did in TZ I like her exploration of Mando culture but hated how she would have her characters say something in Mando, translate it in English and then have it appear in the glossary at the end In TC, Traviss remedies this problem THANK YOU TRAVISS Bad While in some aspects TC is better than TZ, in others, it is much worse 1 For the first five chapters, the book reads like a soap opera Etain misses Darman Darman misses Etain Besany brags about boyfriend, Ordo when did this happenOrdo is clueless about Besany Fi feels left out in the romance department Skirata wants the girlfriends for all of his boys and is instantly concerned about Etain s pregnancy and health I was so close to giving up on it And in the last two chapters, the soap opera resumes with the birth of Etain s baby, Darman s reaction, etc oh, please.2 Certain things are repeated twelve too many times For example, count how many times each that Traviss has some character bring up a how Skirata saved the Nulls from the Kaminoans knife, b how the ARCs almost killed the clone kids to save them from the Separatists, c how much fill in the blank misses so and so , and d how badly the clones are being treated how invisible they are how they are being used etc Repetition isn t necessarily bad helps remind the reader but is excessive when donethan once a chapter Traviss does it as frequently as twice a page.3 There are way too many characters Frequent characters include two Mandalorians, three Jedi, eight commandos, one treasury agent, one clone commander, an ARCs, and three Nulls This does not include all the other people mentioned in the Dramatis Personae who have bit parts, such as Corr, Jaing, Maze, Rav Bralor a terrible female Mandalorian whose character could be summed up as Kick A GirlTM , and Jaller Obrim It gets to the point where I thought that Traviss had included everyone in the book including the Twi lek Pilot Traviss, remember HC There were 6 characters 4 commandos, Etain, and the bad guy Too many characters less characterization.4 The pacing was off The first 16 chapters cover about one week while the last four cover about a month It was as if Traviss wanted to hurry up and have Etain give birth She could have easily extended some of the action to cover a longer time or had Etain be closer to term in the beginning to compensate for the uneven pacing.5 And then, there were some scenes actions comments that really drove me nuts.a My personal favorite Besany the absolutely gorgeous woman rejected because of her beauty eyes roll pulls out a 25 cm 10 cake that she just happens to keep for guests she never has eyes roll and gives it to Mereel to give to Ordo Who keeps a cake this size for guests that never come How old is this thing And how did this cake come to Ordo without looking like crap b Etain looks three months pregnant but has, in her spare time during a war , accelerated her pregnancy so she is actually six months pregnant Any woman will tell you, if she is six months pregnant, she will look six months pregnant And how is it she can accelerate a pregnancy in the few hours she has off by a whole 3 months Andimportantly, how does a Jedi, who s not supposed to have these relationships, know how to do this c Skirata has his good points but is hard to relate to as he is perfect in any way He knows when to be harsh, when to coddle women, when to jump to concern when a baby kicks a completely normal phenomenon, Kaldidn t this guy have three kids Why doesn t he know this , is smarter than the entire Jedi Order, and is always right Gary Stu, anyone d Why are all Jedi that aren t Jusik and Etain bad guys I mean, if the Jedi isn t a Mandalorian wannabe Jusik or pregnant with a clone s baby Etain , they are out to kill all the clones and imprison them in slavery or are stupid, oblivious idiots Zey, Mace Windu It appears that Traviss loves her Mandalorians and hates the Jedi.e I don t understand how Fi could have been seriously damaged while Darman, only a few feet away comes away practically unscathed If someone would please explain that to me, I would be greatly appreciative.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence There is cursing, but it is in Mandalorian.Etain is pregnant with Darman s child It is insinuated that Besany would like to sleep with Ordo.Etain is hurt, and her pregnancy is threatened A war between civilians, and clones breaks out Several clones are harmed explosions, fire fights, and hand to hand combat A man is bit by another man The Nulls want to kill Ko Sai Pretty much what you would expect from a Star Wars novel.Overall Somewhat better than TZ, somewhat worse, TC has come back in some ways to what made HC a hit TC hasof the intense action, intrigue, gut splitting humor, and open discussions on what being a human is, who is eligible for gift of humanity, if clones can defect really interesting , what rights clones deserve, and what will happen to the soldiers if greatly injured or at the end of the war Still, melodrama, a huge largely stereotyped cast, and repetitiveness really make it hard to appreciate the good points Therefore, three stars, in a tie with TZ.NOTE The novel comes with a short story called Odds About the best thing I can say about this short story is Odd It seemsof a prelude or Chapter 1 than a full blown short story Not to say it wasn t interesting, just a poor short story


  4. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Another beautifully contrived novel in which all of the characters have a substantial arch and becomeunderstandable if notlovable The relationships between the clones and their training officers are clarified as are the interpersonal relationships between the clones Darman is still not told about his son which was disappointing to say the least, even if I understood the reason behind this.


  5. says:

    I m really enjoying this series, and i love my wonderful wife so much for getting it for me.No spoilers The series started out very simple, straight forward missions, the kind you d expect in any war story, but as the series continues, things get very challenging, simple missions suddenly becomecomplex and moral stances the characters never had to make are suddenly becoming troubling for the characters Can t wait to read the last book.


  6. says:

    Star Wars Legends Project 121 Background True Colors was written by Karen Traviss and published in October 2007 This is the 3rd book in Traviss s Republic Commando series Her other Star Wars books include 3 of the Legacy of the Force novels She also wrote several Halo and Gears of War novels, and some of her own original science fiction as well True Colors takes place 16 months after the Battle of Geonosis, 21 years before the Battle of Yavin, and 3 months after the previous book, Triple Star Wars Legends Project 121 Background True Colors was written by Karen Traviss and published in October 2007 This is the 3rd book in Traviss s Republic Commando series Her other Star Wars books include 3 of the Legacy of the Force novels She also wrote several Halo and Gears of War novels, and some of her own original science fiction as well True Colors takes place 16 months after the Battle of Geonosis, 21 years before the Battle of Yavin, and 3 months after the previous book, Triple Zero my review The main characters are the same group, Omega Squad and Delta Squad, their sergeants Kal Skirata and Walon Vau, Skirata s adopted Null ARC sons particularly Ordo and Mereel , Jedi Knights Etain Tur Mukan and Bardan Jusik, etc The action takes place all over the galaxy, but most significantly on Coruscant, Dorumaa, and Mandalore.Summary After their successful operation on Coruscant, Clan Skirata and their various allies are once again scattered across the galaxy in the thick of wartime special ops Etain has returned to Qiilura to oversee the removal of the human colonists, and stay far from the eyes of her fellow Jedi as she carries her and Darman s child to term Meanwhile, Skirata has managed to amass the fund he needs to pursue a target never far from his mind Ko Sai, Kamino s chief geneticist who has mysteriously disappeared and taken her research with her Skirata is determined to find her and force her to reverse the rapid aging process that denies the Republic s clone army a full lifespan But Skirata isn t the only interested party the Separatists want her, too, along with rival Arkanian cloners, and even Chancellor Palpatine himself And when Palpatine dispatches Delta Squad to pursue the hunt, Skirata and Vau find themselves up against the men they trained in a race with the highest possible stakes.Review I didn t know quite what to expect from a series called Republic Commando, but probably something a lot like what I got in Hard Contact, the first book in the series I certainly didn t expect what the series has become in the last two books, but I can t say it isn t an interesting direction to go The series isn t concerned with the war at all at this point, except insofar as its continuation jeopardizes the lives of everyone in the Republic s slave army but especially our main characters Increasingly, the characters actually on the front lines find themselves embroiled in morally compromising situations where it s barely apparent at all what makes the Republic the right side That much, at least, is a consistent throughline from the first book.Meanwhile, most of my biggest criticisms from the second novel, if not gone entirely, feel like less of a problem here To the extent that there is a primary antagonist, they get at least some character development Where Triple Zero felt like it was dragging 100 pages of plot out over 400 pages, this story moves at a reasonable clip It helps that there are multiple subplots spread out over characters in different locations, rather than a single group of characters and one plot That also helps dilute the exposure to my major annoyance with the overwhelming dose of Skirata fever from the last book His presence is a bitmuted in this book, and although many of my problems with him are still there, he was significantlybearable We re nowhere near back to the excellence of the first novel, mind you, though the world building, in particular, is much improved here.But a major problem I had with the second novel is, if anything, even worse in this one Traviss can t seem to help to reiterate information literally dozens upon dozens of times And once you notice it, it s not only incredibly grating, it erodes the illusion of other things that she seems to be doing well True Colors juggles over a dozen major characters, andthan half of them are clones, so she has to be really intentional about distinguishing them from each other And it seems at first glance like she does a pretty decent job of this, but because she tells us the same things about these characters over and over and over again every single time they re referenced, it s hard not to notice that she s really just given most of them a couple of distinguishing traits rather than an actual personality.Obviously one of the most annoying characters in this regard is Skirata, since most of the other characters talk about him or think about him constantly, even when he isn t present, and they always relay the same information about him How much he cares about his adopted clone sons, how he d do literally anything for them, and how much they all want to make him proud Skirata himself either thinks or says out loud that he d do anything for the clones and that he loves themthan anything probably once every 5 10 pages throughout the entire novel, and that s far from the only bit of information that is repeated dozens of times.Take the clone character Fi, for example, one of the most prominent of the clone characters Here s what we know about Fi He s a wisecracking motormouth who uses a stream of light hearted patter to drown out the deep bitterness he feels about not having a girlfriend We know this because we get specifically told about 20 times But also Darman is constantly thinking to himself how he d like to mention Etain, but shouldn t because it ll upset Fi that Darman has a girl and Fi doesn t And other characters who aren t even around Fi will jokingly threaten their grumpy comrades with time around Fi s constant ribbing.Another thing we know about Fi is that he once threw himself on a grenade to save a group of Coruscant police officers, and they all worship him for it This was referred to a couple dozen times in the last book, and it comes up again several times in this one, whether it s a Coruscant officer referencing it which they do literally anytime one of them walks through a scene or it s just another clone noting how sturdy their armor is as demonstrated by that time Fi jumped on a grenade by the way, did you know Fi once jumped on a grenade At one point, Jaller Obrim head of Coruscant s anti terrorism police unit , mentions the story in passing to Ordo s treasury agent girlfriend, Besany Wennen, which prompts her to observe that she had heard that story so many times now from so many CSF officers, and she contemplates that Fi is truly a hero, but notes as Ordo mentioned every time she used the phrase, Mandalorians had no word for hero When even the characters in your novel are pointing out how often you repeat the same information over and over, that s a serious issue.One other thing that has become increasingly grating is the status of the female characters in this series I wouldn t expect a series dedicated to clone commandos to have a lot of female characters, or expect them to take center stage, but I d also expect any author, and particularly a woman author, to know better than have every major female character end up as a clone character s girlfriend within a few chapters and then be primarily defined by that role Basically all we know about Besany is that she instantly saw Skirata as a replacement father figure for her own dead father despite being a full grown, independent woman who is extremely good at what she does , and she cares nothing for her own safety or her career if it means she can do something to help Ordo and the other clones, but mostly Ordo.Etain, who started the series as a fascinating, multi layered character, a barely competent, morally conflicted Jedi padawan trying to figure it all out, has morphed through every subordinate female stereotype based on her relationship with Skirata as surrogate father father in law, with Darman as a romantic interest, and as a mother to her son And then there are howlers like this Skirata tried to imagine her like a normal young girl of her age, doing mindless fluffy things like worrying about fashion But, you say, that s just Skirata thinking that, not the author herself I don t buy it First of all, Skirata is the moral center of this series universe, and whatever he says or thinks carries that weight on its back Second, as we are reminded a thousand or so times in the series thus far, Skirata is Mandalorian, and his society doesn t draw those kinds of gendered distinctions Mandalorian women are expected to be just as tough and warlike as the men There s no good excuse for Skirata to be thinking this about any woman, let alone a Jedi general who has proved herself again and again on the front lines of war for the better part of a year and a half by this point And that s just the most explicit expression of an attitude that pervades the entire novel.Overall, this was a decent read, particularly by comparison to the 2nd book, but it was a very long way from the heights promised by the 1st I m interested to know what happens with these characters across the rest of the series, but I m not on the edge of my seat waiting to pick up book 4.B


  7. says:

    The third installment of the Republic Commando has succeeded in usurping the _Darth Bane_ trilogy as my favorite storyline in the Extended Universe saga The story follows our favorite squads, Delta and Omega, as they traverse the complex and underhanded political and social environment surrounding the clone wars.Unlike the second book, Triple Zero, this novel doesn t focus on the character and relationship developments between Darman and Etain, but focuses on the development of the squad as a w The third installment of the Republic Commando has succeeded in usurping the _Darth Bane_ trilogy as my favorite storyline in the Extended Universe saga The story follows our favorite squads, Delta and Omega, as they traverse the complex and underhanded political and social environment surrounding the clone wars.Unlike the second book, Triple Zero, this novel doesn t focus on the character and relationship developments between Darman and Etain, but focuses on the development of the squad as a whole We get some pretty damning insight into how the developments between Darman and Etain affect Fi, and how the hyper intelligent Null Ordo struggles to make sense of basic dating.We saw this a little bit in Triple Zero as the commandos experienced civilized life on Courscant for the first time, but the author takes it to the next level in this installment by letting the clones experienceof the simple pleasures that civilians take for granted By watching their brothers experience small aspects of normal life, commandos in Omega and Delta squad are left feeling hollowed and empty.Further, as we seepoint of view looks into Delta squad, we begin to understand and appreciate the vast differences in the leadership styles of Vau and Skirata as well as the strengths and weaknesses found in both Delta squad, plagued by feelings of inadequacy and a lack of a father figure are left haunted, while Omega squad is left distracted and soft by their extra cirriculars.The book also touched, likely unintentionally, on some of the current social issues surrounding today s real world war on terror We re left watching wounded clone troopers fight the bureaucracy and inadequate medical care, and we catch multiple glimpses into the Republic s true colors as we learn that the Republic values these troopers only as soldiers.With no medical help outside triage, no transition plan set for after the war, and a growing gap between troopers and the civilians who no longer even see the war on their holovids , troopers and commandos are left to struggle to find their place in the scheme of combat The political arena is becoming increasingly mired, with battles fought on distant plants that house no real value to either side, orders are no longer taken at face value, and commandos are going AWOL.With no one in the galatic senate to fight for them, will Skirata be able to save them all Blog Twitter Facebook Google Plus


  8. says:

    The third in the Republic Commando series The author is good at characterization, and in this one, we find out evenabout how shafted the Clones are going to get by the Republic If you can ignore the I loves me Mandalorians a bit much, the book is good And yes, it doesn t get 4 stars because the Mandalorian love fest is a bit much.


  9. says:

    Another great Republic Commando book Karen Traviss continues with her strong and realistic development of all of the characters in the series I didn t get the feeling of a climax in this book, however It sort of fell flat at the end for me Won t stop me from buying the next one, though


  10. says:

    Picking up several months after Triple Zero, True Colors continues the soldier s eye account of the Clone Wars that make the Republic Commando series such an interesting addition to the Expanded Universe Evenso than its predecessors, True Colors is heavily character and plot driven This emphasis allows Karen Traviss to explore, eventhan she does in the first two books, the two themes that dominate the series the meaning and nature of loyalty and family, and the corruption of the Picking up several months after Triple Zero, True Colors continues the soldier s eye account of the Clone Wars that make the Republic Commando series such an interesting addition to the Expanded Universe Evenso than its predecessors, True Colors is heavily character and plot driven This emphasis allows Karen Traviss to explore, eventhan she does in the first two books, the two themes that dominate the series the meaning and nature of loyalty and family, and the corruption of the Republic of which the Clone Wars is both a manifestation and a catalyst True Colors is all about relationships, and there are a lot of them to keep track of First and foremost, of course, are the relationships of Omega and Delta squads, and the Null ARCs, amongst their members and to each other Then comes their relationship to the Grand Army of the Republic A frequent focus of the clones banter and discussion among themselves and their Mandalorian sergeants is their relationship or lack thereof to the Republic and its civilian population Another central relationship is the clones relationship to Walon Vau and Kal Skirata, the aforementioned Mandalorian warriors who trained them from childhood, and Vau s and Skirata s relationship with each other Vau and Skirata both serve as foster fathers to their boys, a bond which in the latter case becomes less and less foster as the story develops Then there is Vau and Skirata s relationship to their Jedi superiors, and the clones relationship to same In the form of Etain Tur Mukan, Bardan Jusik, and Arligan Zey, Traviss shows how frayed and tenuous the bonds between Jedi and the Jedi Order have become These relationships, especially as Etain and Bardan turn further away from the Jedi, are no less crucial to the plot Etain s relationship with the clone Darman, and that of the Treasury investigator, Besany Wennen, to the clone Ordo, serve as a kind of ballast to the story, indicating both how essential human relationships are and how dangerous Etain and Besany, and Jusik as well, are in one way or another strays It is little wonder that they latch on to the clones, with their strongly Mandalorian influenced acculturation of group and personal loyalty And if Traviss has a message about the nature of loyalty, it is that personal and group loyalty will always trump ties to larger,impersonal groupings Family above all The other main theme of the book is corruption Traviss never spells it out that bluntly, but she alludes to it over and over again There is a pervasive sense in the novel, expressed by one way or another by most of the characters, that the whole galaxy is falling apart, and that the fact that something like the Clone Wars could happen is a sure sign of how rotten things have become Traviss focuses on the treatment of the clones the symbol of this degradation The clones are human beings, yet for all intents and purposes they are slaves They have no rights and are effectively no better off than robots Indeed, late in the book it becomes clear that they might be worse off than robots, since robots at least may get repaired if they are salvageable the clones, though, learn that they are eminently disposable No one can figure out what sort of provisions have been made to care for injured clones, or what will happen to them once the war is over Skirata is determined to have his boys receive genetic treatment to undo the accelerated aging which was written into their genomes But what about all the others Even with his resources and determination, he can only do so much The rest of the Republic, though, can hardly be bothered, save one or two exceptions Worst of all are the Jedi, for whom the war is a sort of moral and philosophical nadir Near the end Jusik points out the obvious, that leading a slave army is the very antithesis of everything the Jedi stand for The fact that they lead it without complaining is the tragic indictment of their failure, the sign of how compromised they have truly become Whether the galaxy has taken the Jedi with it, or the Jedi s own degradation has caused the galaxy s, is likely a moot question Of course the reality is that Palpatine has maneuvered the galaxy and the Jedi into this position so that he can conquer the one and destroy the other But that knowledge is utterly unnecessary for the Jedi to know what they are doing is wrong The Jedi, like everyone else, are as weak and fallible as everyone else If there s a flaw to the novel, it is that not much happens There is some action, but not as much as one might expect in what is ostensibly a war novel Nor is there a real to the story The plot develops further and several strands are wrapped up Etain has her baby Jusik decides what side he s really on and the quest for the Kaminoan geneticist Ko Sai ends in success and failure But there s no big climax, no giant battle at the end The fates of our heroes are as uncertain at the end as they were at the beginning But perhaps that is the wrong way of looking at things What is important, at least for the clones, is that they are contemplating their fate This aspect of the story is dramatized quite well when Omega Squad encounters a clone who deserted and simply took up civilian life The clones are as enticed by that prospect as they are by fearful of it Perhaps it is better not to know anything about a life you can never have Traviss handles that theme with great sensitivity And that may well be her chief strength as a writer in this series her profound sympathy for soldiers She conveys their triumphs and travails with considerable humanity She captures their camaraderie, their fear, their courage, their disdain for their civilian leaders, ably On one level, one can read the book as a commentary on the relationship of the military to the civilian population it serves Traviss never preaches or trumpets indignation, but her conviction that the civilian population and its leaders do not serve as well as they ought the men and women who fight and die for them is apparent In the end, the clones can count on only themselves Little wonder, then, that ultimately they show the greatest loyalty to those who show the greatest loyalty to them.Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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