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  • 501st An Imperial Commando Novel StarWars
  • Karen Traviss
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  • 07 September 2019
  • 9780345511133

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501st An Imperial Commando Novel StarWars

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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 t. That's how tyranny succeeds When folks think it won't affect them Until it eventually does This book was selected in my Star Wars book of the month club Plus a good friend of mine gave me the book which meant I absolutely had to read it The Clone Wars has ended and the Republic is now the Empire Darman and Niner are stuck in Vader's 501st Vader's Fist Darman struggles with the events of the last book and both long to be home on Kyrimorout with Kal Skirata Atin Fi and the other rag tags that have assembled there as a haven Please note spoilers from Order 66 Star Wars Republic Commando may follow I Liked To keep myself streamlined I will split this up into three categories writing characters and plot Writing 1Karen Traviss' novels don't beat around the bush They deal with big universal themes which this time are bigotryprejudice complacency and fear aPrejudice permeates most of the Mandalorian characters and the Jedi of course Skirata can't accept Kina Ha for being a Kaminoan and Uthan for being a scientist trying to kill his clones The Kaminoan clones ridicule the Spaarti clones for being inferior The rising bias against the Jedi in the Empire the rivalry between Mandalore and the rest of the galaxyall are potraits of prejudice and intolerance Ny one of the least intolerant of the group puts it this way to the Null clones when they ridicule the Spaarti clones page 198 How can you dismiss them all like that when you're the first to say you're than your genes We also see in her eyes how ironic it is for Skirata to hate the Jedi when he happens to adopt many of the practices he criticizes in them see page 301 for a good uote bComplacency is what keeps the people from revolting Under the Empire the galaxy has grown to not care about her galactic brothers and sistersthose on Kashyyyk Gibad Camaasand many others The uote for the review said by Uthan on page 139 says this perfectly cFear a uote by Jusik best relays this page 290 Fear kept beings in line Fearmade you mistrust and suspect everyoneand divided people didn't form up into groups to rebel 2Once her novel starts to roll along particularly with the Niner and Darman scenes you thirst for How are Niner and Darman going to survive in the 501st Will anyone find out about the chip Niner has What about the new Spaarti clone in their suad How will the Corellian trained Ennen cope with the death of his suadmate It was hard to put down the book in these sections 3Traviss again provides other Expanded Universe references such as Jax Pavan and the Whiplash movement and Callista and the Altis' sect Plot 1The story of Niner and Darman in the 501st Vader's Fist is definitely the highlight of the book You get inside Vader's Fist to see the differences between the Imperial and Republic management the inclusion of the Spaarti clones the distrust and the underlying fear Plus they get to do a whole lot missions a whole lot Jedi hunting which means of what made Hard Contact so amazing and what has been lacking from most of the Republic Commando books and less sitting around and bad mouthing the Jedi 2Darman's personal battle of the death of Etain is particularly poignant I feel Traviss did a good job conveying his detached self and his grieving self and I adored how Niner looked out for him 3This novel is set in the Imperial era which is so undiscovered and unexplored It's nice to see the forays out into it 4The fear and suspicion mentioned in passing in the Jedi Twilight Star Wars Coruscant Nights I is actually at work in Coruscant in this novel In 501st clone commandos can feel the growing fear see how the Empire is coaxing people to tell on their neighbors all I can think of is the movie Brazil and basically keeping one eye open Characters 1My favorite characters now include Walon Vau Niner who gets a point of view YAY Ny sometimes Commander Roly Melusar and Maze I've mentioned why I've liked Walon Vau before uintessential Mando cold hard calculating and Maze too follows orders perfect ARC but I will detail on the others 2Niner is a particularly fascinating clone He didn't want to desert like all the others He felt it was his duty to stay in to fight the good fight Only when his other brothers were going to leave leaving him alone did he change his mind Through his reasonable cautious eyes we see the growing hatred and distrust of Jedi his care for his brother Darman and how he is growing to want a life outside yet still fearing it 3Nyreen is one of the few female characters Traviss has written that I actually like Although there are still parts of her that I am not fond of like how uickly she wants to become Mando and such I like how she was married before around Kal's age independent not so vehemently against the Jedi and just overall being different and uniue a voice of reason Through her eyes and her eyes alone we get a balance from the Mando heavy prejudice from the book and see how much Jedi Kal is like how what he does really isn't much different from them 4Lastly my brand new all time favorite is Commander Roly Melusar Man I can't say enough how much I like him Here we finally get an Imperial not out for power prestige money whatever but out there to get rid of Force users and dissenters for a reasonbecause he believes in the ideals of the Empire I Didn't Like You knew this was coming didn't you 1Mandos good Jedi bad Highly toned down from the Republic Commando books with the balancing view off Ny too bad she remains mostly silent on the matter to the Mandos but still prevalent none the less I could go on and on about this point but I don't really think I need to say The Jedi are most certainly not perfect but neither are the Mandalorians 2Good Mando wife It sickens me to see all the women of these commando books be stripped of anything of their own their own culture desires loves hopes and dreams and adopt without uestion or hesitation the Mando way Besany was a tax auditorand she goes to being good Mando housewife in less than 182 seconds Laseema same thing Jilka follows the same path as Besany and Laseema by falling for yet another of our clone boys Corr in a gag worthy romance Uthan is slipping and falling for Mij Gilamar and Nyreen appears to doing the same with Kal Why can't Traviss create strong women who don't feel the need to drop their own personality for one their husbands can take better Other than Parja none of the married women have jobs outside the home Uthan not being Mando nor married to Mij and the one woman who didn't follow the Mando way Kal's wife is treated with scorn and disdain for wanting her husband to be home I was a military kid I could go on about this topic for a while but I'll spare you It's an unfair way to paint women that they are only good if they are A married to Mandos B a good stay at home Mando wife andor C accept their husband's Mando ways without a ualm or thought about their own heritage and traditions 3Repetition Yet again Traviss has a few things she must make sure she says at least a dozen times in her novel How the Nulls were saved by Skirata as if the last three books didn't repeat that enough How much Scout reminds Kal of Etain how Kal hates Kaminoans and Jedi and Uthan how Atin and Laseema can't have biological kids which shouldn't really matter in an adoptive society like Mandalore how hypocritical the Jedi were how bad artuesii are how so and so can't believe how easy and uickly she most often she is accepting the Mando culture how so and so was surprised that she again most often she wouldn't be shocked or upset if he aka insert your Mando here killed someone etc etc etc While I understand that new readers may be unfamiliar with the characters and history the constant repetitions won't help them catch up This is not a book for the uninitiated I figure you cut out half the extraneous repetitions you lose about 150 pages 4Least Favorite characters aBesany who is mostly shoved into the background Yay However there is one scene where she appears just recently wakened and yet is said to look glamorous You ever see a woman just wake up Her hair is everywhere bSkirata whom I really have never liked since he appeared in Triple Zero Star Wars Republic Commando Book 2 I know he loves his boys I've heard it a billion times in between the pages but he is overly emotional always bawling or pouting or yelling or something ing cThe Nulls All perfect Gary Stus who can do no wrong Plus there are 6 interchangeable men Maybe if it were only Ordo I could stand them but having six indistinguishable perfect men is too much for me to handle 5Other uibbles aDarman's sudden change to want to return home felt out of left field bKad acts way off kilter for a toddler even a Force sensitive one cJusik having no attachment to his master Maybe I got spoiled with the ui GonObi Wan relationship from the Jedi Apprentice series dDid you hear Palpatine is a Sith Apparently everyone in this galaxy knows eToo much time spent on Kyrimorout aka Walton's Mountain In fact in the beginning I wanted to call the book The Skiratas after The Waltons because of all the time they spent at home doing homey things Isn't this a Star Wars novel fNo Dramatis Personae I've always had trouble figuring out who was what and this time it was even harder than usual DialogueSexual SituationsViolence Expect to confront the Mando curse word fierfek Other than that not much Little to none Other than perhaps Kad being the child of a liaison between Etain and Darman and that Altis' clan take lovers not much is made in this regard People die in the novel one by suicide not to spoil too much hopefully and one when attacked by a Jedi Niner and Darman see a lot of battle in this one Overall One hundred pages into it I was going to throw in the towel I just couldn't take the At Home on Kyrimorout any longer This was a commando novel where were the commandos doing something besides raising Star Wars chickens Thankfully the Niner and Darman story saved it and the Kyrimorout sections actually started to go somewhere besides to the barnyard Lots of good stuff happens in this book We get an inside view of the Empire see Jusik wonder about his Jedi heritage see the prejudices of the characters through a mostly unbiased eye Nyreen and learn of why the Empire lasted so long fear and complacency Plus there are some good Jedi chases and fights But a lot of filler happens too People talk endlessly about topics we've heard inside and out More anti Jedi bias More silly Kyrimorout happy family scenes And a LOT of characters fortunately most background Imperial Commando 501st is a good novel but I would not recommend reading it unless you have read the last four Republic Commando novels I tried to start without reading Order 66 and it was confusing And while it has its bumps if you don't mind a highly Mando bias I did you should enjoy

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O 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 suads–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’. This was not as strong as the previous Commando books and the series is starting to read like a Mandalorian ethnography Lighter on action and intrigue Karen Traviss has shifted the focus to personal drama and family dynamic To be honest it's starting to feel like a soap opera As Mandalore Turns or The Cloned and the Restless if you willWhile this book was a little slower than its bretheren I am looking forward to the next book and seeing how Darman pulls off his daring escape Hopefully this book was just bridging the gap between epic stories that I have come to expect from Ms Traviss

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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. So very annoying that the series ended prematurely with this book


About the Author: Karen Traviss

#1 New York Times best selling novelist scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award nominated Wess'har series and her work on Halo Gears of War Batman GI Joe and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans She's best known for military science fiction but GOING GREY and BLACK RUN the first books in her new techno thriller seri