Triple Zero

Mass Market Paperback  ç Triple Zero MOBI ´
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 393
  • Triple Zero
  • Karen Traviss
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 0345490096

About the Author: Karen Traviss

Mass Market Paperback ç Triple Zero MOBI ´ triple pdf, zero mobile, Triple ZeroTriple Zero eBook 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 series RINGER, are set in the real world of today A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England She s currently working on SACRIFICIAL RED, the third book in the Ringer series, and sequels to THE BEST OF US in the NOMAD series, a collaboration with Galaxy s Edge.


Triple ZeroMass Market Paperback ç Triple Zero MOBI ´ triple pdf, zero mobile, Triple ZeroTriple Zero eBookFollowing the eruption of the bloody Clone Wars at the battle of Geonosis, both sides remain deadlocked in a stalemate that can be broken only by elite warrior teams like Omega Squad, clone commandos with terrifying combat skills and a lethal arsenal For Omega Squad, deployed deep behind enemy lines, it s the same old special ops grind sabotage, espionage, ambush, and assassination But when Omega Squad is rushed to Coruscant, the war s most dangerous new hotspot, the commandos discover they re not the only ones penetrating the heart of the enemyA surge in Separatist attacks has been traced to a network of Sep terror cells in the Republic s capital, masterminded by a mole in Command Headquarters To identify and destroy a Separatist spy and terror network in a city full of civilians will require special talents and skills Not even the leadership of Jedi generals, along with the assistance of Delta squad and a certain notorious ARC trooper, can even the odds against the Republic Commandos And while success may not bring victory in the Clone Wars, failure means certain defeatAlso includes the bonus story Omega Squad Targets by Karen Traviss.

You may also like...

10 thoughts on “Triple Zero

  1. Stephen says:

    Finallya quality Star Wars novel that allows us fanboys and fangirls to hold our helmeted heads up high The Republic Commando series is what the Star Wars EU is supposed to be and it has me splooging and leaking happy like a sieve Ever since Timothy Zhan single handedly jumpstarted the Star Wars EU, most of the examples I ve read have left me somewhere between Meh and downright hacked off Only R.A Salvatore s Vector Prime had really warmed my cockles To that exclusive list of one, I no Finallya quality Star Wars novel that allows us fanboys and fangirls to hold our helmeted heads up high The Republic Commando series is what the Star Wars EU is supposed to be and it has me splooging and leaking happy like a sieve Ever since Timothy Zhan single handedly jumpstarted the Star Wars EU, most of the examples I ve read have left me somewhere between Meh and downright hacked off Only R.A Salvatore s Vector Prime had really warmed my cockles To that exclusive list of one, I now add the Republic Commando series which has set my cockles aflamea potentially life threatening condition if one happens to be dasypygal and hasn t kept their rump properly waxedbut I digressAfter reading the first of the Republic Commando novels, Hard Contact, I was negligent in failing to mention how genuinely impressed I was with both the story s concept and Ms Traviss execution Therefore, I ll try to make partial amends for my earlier oversight by tossing some her way now because she praising really is doing a WOW job with this series This is good solid SF in its own right, not just good compared to other Star Wars stories For better or worse, Ms Traviss stellar effort will keep me picking up Star Wars EU novels because she shows that, when done well, this can be among the greatest science fiction backyards in which to play Before I background the series and do the plot summary, I want to address two preconceptions I had going into this series in case others are thinking along similar lines When I picked up Hard Contact, I did so thinking that, at best, I was in for a light diversion and a fast, fun read 3 stars if it really worked hard Why First, it s Star Wars Now don t get me wrong, I love me some Star Wars and Star Trek, Babylon 5, Fireflyyes, go on and say itNERD and I ve read a handful of the tie in books that I ve enjoyed However, normally I read them with the expectation of a briskly paced, non neuron taxing story that is the literary equivalent to a burger and a beer or several They taste great and fill you up but beyond that are soon fairly forgettable Second, and MUCH worse in my opinion, is that this is a tie in novel for the video game,Star Wars Republic CommandoI ve never played the game and wasn t aware that this was a tie in series when I purchased Hard Contact so it s safe to say that you do not need to be familiar with the game to enjoy the book However, on the poor preconception scale, a video game tie in book for a popular video game that is also part of a major brand like Star Wars often usually almost always contains a major schlock factor because authors are just mailing it in to cash a check Well, in this case, my preconceptions werejustplainwrong I m here to tell you that Karen Traviss showed up with her A game, took a terrific premise and then wrote as good a Star Wars novel as I ve read Still fun, still briskly paced, but with some surprising character depth and a really, really good story SERIES BACKGROUND The series takes place in between the events of Star Wars II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars III The Revenge of the Sith and revolves around the fight between the Grand Army of the Republic made up of clones and the droid based army of the Separatists The series main characters are the most ubiquitous in the Star Wars universe i.e., the clone soldiers of the Grand Army of the Republic and yet, until now, have been mostly invisible as characters This series changes that The stories focus on Omega Squad, an elite group of clone commandos who are the black ops division of the Clone Army, handling assassinations, sabotage, espionage, etc These specialized clones have much greater fighting skills and intelligence as well asindividuality and a tremendous sense of loyalty towards their fellow soldiers However, despite rating uber on the badassery scale, Traviss manages to humanize these soldiers allowing the reader to care about them Part of this is accomplished through the immense loyalty they have for one another and the dangers they willing face to protect their comrades This emotional connection with the characters made a world of difference in my enjoyment of the story because the tension and drama became less vicarious and detached andpalpable and intimate PLOT SUMMARY This installment has Omega Squad on Coruscant having traced an upsurge in separatist attacks to the Republic s capital It appears the separatists may have a mole on the inside and are planning an attack that could devastate the capital and cripple the republic Traviss deftly lays out the plot and keeps the narrative tension pretty high In addition, the reader is also show, through a series of flashbacks, the brutal training of the commandos and how they way they were treated as littlethan fodder by the Republic chain of command This evoking of empathy for the characters upbringing added to my connection with the story THOUGHTS This is a terrific story series for SF fans even if they do not normally read Star Wars EU novels Karen Traviss is an excellent writer and if you haven t checked out her own series beginning with City of Pearl, I would strongly recommend that you do City of Pearl is light years ahead of most debut novels I ve read and I thought it was amazing As for Triple Zero, it s a wonderful story told by a skilled author with characters about whom you can really sink your heart into and care The fact that this novel is also set within the Star Wars universe is a nice bonus, but it is certainly not the crutch that it has been for lesser writers.4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  2. Crystal Starr Light says:

    I did not think that I would like Hard Contact I was afraid it would be another crappy Clone Wars novel along the lines of Jedi Trialand The Cestus Deception This is why it took me forever to purchase it But when I finally got around to reading it, I was extremely impressed Couple extraordinary characterization with an uncharted plot about clone commandos during the Clone Wars, and you have one of the best if not the best Clone Wars novels written So, when I saw there was a sequel, I di I did not think that I would like Hard Contact I was afraid it would be another crappy Clone Wars novel along the lines of Jedi Trialand The Cestus Deception This is why it took me forever to purchase it But when I finally got around to reading it, I was extremely impressed Couple extraordinary characterization with an uncharted plot about clone commandos during the Clone Wars, and you have one of the best if not the best Clone Wars novels written So, when I saw there was a sequel, I didn t think twice about purchasing.Plot A Separatist cell is discovered on Coruscant Delta Squad along with rival squad, Omega Squad, are sent to flush out the enemies and dispel the threat Further, Etain is reunited with Delta Squad and Kal Skirata joins the young clones he trained to aid them in their mission.WARNING Possible spoilers Good Karen Traviss is a good author She writes in a clear manner and appears to actually know what she is writing about she doesn t skip over the tough stuff and focus on the easy stuff.It s great to see our favorite clone squad, Delta Squad, along with another squad instead of the typical Anakin, Obi Wan, and gang Futher, it was cool to see the men who helped train the clones and to learnabout the enigmatic Mando culture I liked learning about the culture and enjoyed the characters using the language buton this later Etain, Skirata, Ordo, and Fi whom I greatly enjoyed reading about have good solid characters And the plot a terrorist cell was something we can easily associate with, especially after the events of 9 11.Bad The first chapter was good, but it quickly got drenched and bogged down in sluggish movement and introducing too many characters Six characters are either exceedingly minor such as Laseema, the unimportant Enacca, and Qibbu and make you wonder how they attained a slot in the Dramatis Personae Perhaps, it was to bearresemblance to the established Star Wars Universe.The plot is not convoluted disarming a terrorist cell yet Traviss does not seem to know how she wants to proceed The whole plot occurs over many pages that are mostly devoted to dialogue such as I feel guilty about making using these boys as slaves from Skirata and Etain The actual terrorist cell dismantling occurs over a very short period of time, which is cut up and placed in small doses between the large amounts of talking about what people are going to do.Which brings me to my next problem Etain She was mildly annoying in HC but now she is unbearable Leaving Darman in HC, I felt they wereof friends Now, after no contact other than Etain s perpetual reaching out to Darman in the Force which she either does or talks about doing each time anything is written in her view , Darman and Etain fling themselves at each other the moment they reunite What could have been a sweet, slow romance is ruined with the I couldn t stop thinking of you Me neither let s hop in bed routine And how she ends up pregnant please This happened in TCD and didn t work Now, it crops up here borderline plagiarism Does every stinking Clone Wars novel have to contain a battle romance although no where near as corny as Odie and Erk s romance in Jedi Trial and an illegitimate child Another problem I had with this book was paradoxically also one of the few things that I loved about this book the Mando Language and culture While I loved learning about the language and culture, I found the in text definition and the glossary repetitive I almost felt Traviss was treating me like a complete, incompetent idiot who is incapable of turning a couple of pages to the glossary Further, the in text definition slowed down the read and felt unnatural.Characters I longed to knowabout Atin, Vau, Jusik, even Niner from HC were mostly neglected Even Darman s feelings about his forbidden romance with Etain are ignored those would have been very interesting The entire Delta squad we know and love from HC was overlooked in an attempt to cover all 16 characters presented in the book.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Language is restricted primarily to made up Star Wars phrases Darman and Etain sleep with each other Violence is typical Star Wars fare.Overall All in all, this book does not live up to its predecessor, HC, but is no where near as bad as TCD or JT The plot is not bad The pacing is too slow, many of the characters are mere cardboard faces, and the Mando language is forcibly hammered into the reader s head The book could easily have been condensed from its 400 page format into somethingenjoyable

  3. Adam says:

    Well this was a disappointment All of the things I liked about Hard Contact are still here to a degree, but so dialed down or swamped by other weird stuff that I didn t end up enjoying this really at all In my HC review, I said I appreciated that the villain was presented as a down to earth, competent character with a comprehensible ethos at least, but that he played such a small role in the story he might as well not be there at all Apparently Traviss agreed, because this story just doesn t Well this was a disappointment All of the things I liked about Hard Contact are still here to a degree, but so dialed down or swamped by other weird stuff that I didn t end up enjoying this really at all In my HC review, I said I appreciated that the villain was presented as a down to earth, competent character with a comprehensible ethos at least, but that he played such a small role in the story he might as well not be there at all Apparently Traviss agreed, because this story just doesn t have antagonists at all There s the tiniest handwaving about how the enemy are a Separatist backed terror cell targetting clones on Coruscant, and that s it We never meet these terrorists, distinguish them as individuals, or even let them have any real agency or reaction to the actions the protagonists take They might as well be simulation targets The backstory about their motivation, affiliation, and targets serves the same purpose that making the macguffin in HC a virus that kills clones served in that book it removes any possible tension between the group s motivations save and care for clones and the orders they get from the Republic The command of the whole operation, including clone commandos, Null ARCs, and two Jedi, falls to a civilian, who apparently has carte blanche to use force in densely populated areas and seems to have no meaningful oversight from anyone in the military or government But that isn t a problem, because the civilian is Kal Skirata we ll come back to him.Another great thing about HC was that it s a very nose to the ground, procedural book Most of the book consists of the characters moving through micro scale terrain It doesn t describe it in the most lush or tangible detail, maybe, but you have a sense that the surroundings are there and present challenges and opportunities for soldiers to take advantage of In Triple Zero, all of that is gone There are a few moments when the geography of an action scene becomes really important, and it s super disorienting because that hasn t seemed to matter up til that point The environments are almost completely ignored Coruscant is, we are told several times, a vast and intimidating environment for the clones in several ways They have to avoid civilian casualties and keep a low profile, but they also have to remain incognito in social situations They have to act like normal people That s a great premise, except they don t, really There simply aren t actually civilians in this book Coruscant exists as a series of safehouses, dead drops, and reconnoitered battlezones The only people who show up are either informants, who are tortured and murdered, or naive soldiers and officers, who become allies as soon as they re brought up to speed on the squad s mission So with no villains, no superiors, no civilians, and no environment, this story feels very insular It has no stakes or plot to speak of The whole book is just the soldiers hanging out between and during missions Every piece of drama it has to offer comes within the squad The morals and norms of personal conduct that drive its conflicts are confined to the squad or at best, the clones collectively as a kind of extended squad This is where Traviss personal politics start to distort these books The fact is, terrorism on Coruscant doesn t fit into the nature of the Clone Wars at all And Traviss makes no effort to justify it The clones are just here and have this military authority for no apparent reason, and there is terrorism simply because Traviss wanted to write about soldiers fighting terrorists in an urban setting And she wanted to write about that in order to make the point that soldiers should be allowed to do whatever they feel they need to do to get the job done I just watched this Jacob Geller video the other day that argues the main political message of the new Call of Duty game is war poses difficult moral questions, and the answer to those questions is that you just need the violence to be done by the right person someone with the guts to hurt people when necessary but the inherent moral goodness to only hurt them when necessary Triple Zero doesn t even go that far The rest of the world exists so distantly that no consequences in a larger sense come into view at all It doesn t posture about the complex moral scenarios that soldiers find themselves in, doesn t present civilian oversight as naive and dangerous, doesn t do anything except uphold Kal Skirata as a paragon of soldierly virtue People complain about heroes who are too powerful being Gary Stus but Skirata is an even worse kind of self insert He s just always right, about everything, and the only conflicts in the story come when people question him or act in ways he wouldn t approve of And, unsurprisingly, for the most part they do neither These are clones, bred for obedience and raised from decanting by Kal They want desperately to please him, and they know exactly how to do it The Jedi, apparently two masterless strays he adopted, see him in the same glowing light All they want in this book is to please him It is frankly pathetic at times, and while as I said in HC , that s an interesting place to put a Jedi character psychologically, it feels real weird when Kal is also basically flawless and the only standard by which anything in the book is judged I got pretty excited when Etain and Darman s romance actually moved forward here But like, excited mostly in the oh yeah now there s a good idea for a book, way, knowing that was not this book If this book was a fish out of water story about clones trying to fit into civilian life, with and Etain Darman romance as its main plot, it could have been something really unique and fun For all its faults, Triple Zero still presents the clones in a fardown to earth and meaningful way than any other Clone Wars content If it had focused on these two aspects, TZ could have found a ton of powerful stuff in the clones situation humor, romance, and poignant tragedy Instead, Etain s romance view spoiler and pregnancy hide spoiler are framed as something she does to Darman, without his consent or participation Seriously, it almost exclusively comes up in scenes where he isn t present And then it ends in this insultingly post hoc confrontation, in which we learn that this subplot had stakes and implications that were never clear as it played out And sure, maybe some of those implications are interesting, and forcing Etain to grapple with questions she didn t consider in her impulsive action is good What dulls the impact is that Skirata mostly makes this about Etain acting independently from him If she d just spoken to him before she acted, he would have told her the right thing to do Now, she has to submit to adraconian solution view spoiler to literally agree to turn over her baby to him to raise as his own hide spoiler to get back in his good graces Like, Christ, what is going on here Is this some kind of cult The other main conflict is between Kal and his dark counterpart Vau The distance between these two men is so miniscule that it s often hard to tell if there s actually some principled reason they dislike each other, or if their conflict is just big dog territoriality As it turns out, Kal is mad because when Vau trained his boys, he was ambiguouslyviolent to them than Kal was to his own boys, in a way that makes Kal think Vau doesn t love them But of course according to Vau, he only did it because he cared about them The implication is that Kal s love is genuine while Vau s is abusive, even though they both technically abused the kids and participated in a larger genocidal system But from my perspective, the only real difference is where they drew the line on what kind of violence is acceptable in training child soldiers so it s hard to really root for him Instead, it seems like we should be rooting for the victim Atin , who tries to get his revenge on Vau in arguably the most climactic moment of the story Even that scene is defused almost instantly and the conflict is not meaningfully resolved

  4. Jared says:

    Star Wars Legends Project 118 Background Hard Contact was written by Karen Traviss and published in February 2006 Traviss has written several other Star Wars novels, mostly set during the Clone Wars but she also wrote 3 of the Legacy of the Force books Outside of Star Wars, she has written several Halo and Gears of War books, and half a dozen of her own science fiction novels Triple Zero takes place 1 year after the Battle of Geonosis, 21 years before the battle of Yavin And also 9 mo Star Wars Legends Project 118 Background Hard Contact was written by Karen Traviss and published in February 2006 Traviss has written several other Star Wars novels, mostly set during the Clone Wars but she also wrote 3 of the Legacy of the Force books Outside of Star Wars, she has written several Halo and Gears of War books, and half a dozen of her own science fiction novels Triple Zero takes place 1 year after the Battle of Geonosis, 21 years before the battle of Yavin And also 9 months after the previous book in the series, Hard Contact, my review The main characters are still the clone commandos of Omega Squadron and the now Jedi Knight Etain Tur Mukan, along with the Delta Squadron commandos from the Republic Commando video game, and the Mandalorian mercenary and commando trainer, Sergeant Kal Skirata The story takes place mostly on Coruscant.Summary Separatist terror cells are at work on Coruscant, targeting clone troopers with deadly efficiency, and the Republic seems helpless to stop them Driven only by concern for the safety of clone troops, Kal Skirata goads the Jedi command into giving him a free hand to take a small team off the grid to investigate, target, and destroy the terrorists with extreme prejudice In the process, the ties that bind his small clan of Mandalorian raised clone sons to each other and to him are tested and strengthened.Review Her first impression was that he would be a man whose bluff exterior was simply embarrassed machismo But Skirata wasn t embarrassed about his emotions at all He had the guts to wear his heart on his sleeve It was probably what made him eveneffective at killing he could love as hard as he could punch Not all of the writing in this book is as terrible as that excerpt might indicate, but overall Triple Zero is almost as bad as Hard Contact was good, mostly by taking everything that was great about it and running in the opposite direction When I talked about Hard Contact, I listed off 4 things about it that were great 1 the immersive, world building detail, 2 the way the story never opts to make things easy for the characters, giving as much attention to the antagonists as to the protagonists, 3 the real tension of having expendable but sympathetic characters in deadly danger, 4 the attention given to the moralities of war, particularly a war fought by essentially an army of slave soldiers created to die.All of that was essentially missing from this book Traviss presumably assumed that any reader would be familiar enough with Coruscant that she could get away with not describing anything about it aside from occasional references to lots of sky traffic I never got a good sense of the geography or any people aside from the major characters The villains in this if you can even call them that are almost totally ignored We never learn anything about them or their motivations or their plans Traviss drags the effort to find them way out with chapter after chapter of dull filler and ad nauseum repitition of ideas and even dialogue, but there is never any particular difficulty to the job from start to finish The story opens in the aftermath of a bombing, but there doesn t seem to be any particular urgency to get the terrorists before the next bomb goes off and there never is one or, it seems, even the threat of one The whole thing ends in a total anti climax followed by a long wind down as Traviss ties up or extends the real concern of the story .Because the main storyline of this novel couldn t beperfunctory, and it s an obvious excuse for Traviss to play around with characters and relationships that she is apparently farattached to than she ever gives us any reason to be Most of the major characters from the last book are sidelined here in favor of shiny, new characterson this in a moment Darman gets a significant subplot, but he feels like a minor character within it Of the original troopers, only Fi gets any real play, and he spends most of the book moping.Worst of all, the conversations about the morality of the Clone Wars that I so admired in the first book have twisted on their head into an amoral male brotherhood of the military fetishism in which any action torture, assassination, reckless endangerment of non military individuals is permissible in the name of looking out for yourself and your immediate circle of brothersand one token female Because yes, surprisingly, there is a surprising and unpleasant dose of patriarchal chauvinism rearing its ugly head here.Most of the book s flaws can be traced to a single source Kal Skirata Everything revolves around him and the little Mandalorian clan that he is building for himself out of the other major characters For some reason, practically everyone in the book is totally enthralled by Skirata at first sight and immediately feels an overwhelming sense of total, unquestioning loyalty to him and a desperate desire for his approval He is effectively a nobody in any power structure of the Republic, but he and his cronies can barge into the offices of generals and political power players and manipulate or strong arm them into whatever serves Clan Skirata s interests at the moment.Skirata himself is not a badly written or uninteresting character, per se He has a decent backstory and he is multi dimensional and basically consistent But he isn t anything like the paragon that everyone treats him as, nor is he that great of a person Which is a problem when you make him the moral center of the universe and the bellwether of all the other characters As a result, Traviss spends the whole novel cramming Skirata adulation down the reader s throat, and this reader was convinced pretty early on that no such admiration was warranted It s one and the most egregious one of many examples throughout the book where Traviss opts to tell rather than to show, and I know she s a better writer than this How and why did she get so infatuated with the Skirata character and let him overwhelm everything else this way To delve into any further detail at this point would involve spoilers, so I ll leave it at thatWell, perhaps I can dance around one particular thing that happens late in the story without giving anything away Another character approaches Skirata with a major piece of news, hoping for his happy approval He for reasons that seem inscrutable and totally arbitrary is enraged and almost abusive in his response, and the other character immediately begins to question themselves and fawn all over Skirata for what they can do to regain his approval Keep in mind that this bit of news is absolutely none of Skirata s concern whatsoever, but he proceeds to demand that he be given full control over the situation immediately, and the other character concedes The whole scene is grotesque and infuriating, and it encapsulated everything I hated about his character and the role he plays in the story and the other characters lives.Still, as much trouble as I had getting through this, I didn t hate everything about it Most of the ideas are pretty solid, even when the execution is poor The main plot was a good concept, and I love this idea of Mandalorian culture spreading through the ranks of the Republic s clone army because of Jango s legacy and the people he hired The opening chapters were also really good, where we re introduced to new characters and catch up with old characters This first section was also the only part with any excitement and tension Finally, I love that Traviss took the time to really try to make a Mandalorian language with rules that make sense, and then to sprinkle it naturally through conversations that sound like bilingual people sound when they re talking to each other But she does it in a way that s still easy for the reader to follow from context, and if you don t pick up a few words of it by the end, you re a di kut So there s that.At this point, I have a pretty bad feeling about the rest of this series, but I had a really good feeling at the end of the last book, so who knows at this point I ll hope for the best.D

  5. Danial says:

    In the second book in the Republic Commando series, we take a deeper look into Etain s growth from a failing, inconsequential, and pathetic padawan into a warrior who dons armor, weilds two lightsabers, and cares for her troops The focus of this book on Etain s personal development really gives readers their first look into a Jedi Knight that isn t single minded, boring, and completely self absorbed.Etain has to struggle with some very real problems in this novel, and she is forced to decide ju In the second book in the Republic Commando series, we take a deeper look into Etain s growth from a failing, inconsequential, and pathetic padawan into a warrior who dons armor, weilds two lightsabers, and cares for her troops The focus of this book on Etain s personal development really gives readers their first look into a Jedi Knight that isn t single minded, boring, and completely self absorbed.Etain has to struggle with some very real problems in this novel, and she is forced to decide just how far she s willing to allow the ends to justify the means to keep her troops safe Along the way, she also grows closer to a commando named Darman, and we see that relationship challenge the status quo for not only the Jedi and the commando, but the squad as a whole.The author does a great job in not only keeping you engaged in the story line counter terrorism operations , and the development of the two primary protagonists Etain and Darman , but also in defining what clone life was like during the Clone Wars Clone life was heavily influenced by Mandalorian society, so readers are given an opportunity to glean somehistory of the Mandalorians that isn t possible anywhere else except KOTOR.The first book of this series was pretty spot on, but it was an introduction, and book two really does a lot to carry the story forward I was a little concerned during the transition between the books, but the old gang was reunited through a series of unfortunate events, and the story arc picked up right where it left off.For those of you who have been reading my reviews as I work my way through the Star Wars Extended Universe from Dawn of the Jedi to the Thrawn Trilogy, you ll know that Darth Bane has been the gold standard in which I ve been gauging all other storylines Republic Commando is quickly shaping up to be a rival for that illustrious title.I ve still got twobooks to read in this series, but so far this is a can t miss story line

  6. Olivia says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I wanted to like this book a lotthan I actually did by the end of it Traviss is one of the better Star Wars authors and I really like her work in general Unfortunately, her Mary Sue lead Kal Skirata just killed the book for me TheI read, theI grew weary of everyone s worship of the man and his ridiculous self righteousness I wish the author had providednuance to the ethical question of the Republic s usage of clones in the war Instead, the message that is continually I wanted to like this book a lotthan I actually did by the end of it Traviss is one of the better Star Wars authors and I really like her work in general Unfortunately, her Mary Sue lead Kal Skirata just killed the book for me TheI read, theI grew weary of everyone s worship of the man and his ridiculous self righteousness I wish the author had providednuance to the ethical question of the Republic s usage of clones in the war Instead, the message that is continually crammed down the readers throat is All that is Mandalorian is great and wonderful all that is of the Republic is inferior and wrong By the time I got to Skirata s final dressing down of Etain for, gods forbid, daring to get pregnant, I was sick of the book and dead sick of Skirata He berates her for robbing Darman of choice, as though she is solely to blame for her pregnancy and then demands that the child be raised by himWTF We are supposed to believe that the Republic s control of the clones lives is bad, but that Skirata s control of his squads is good and nurturing, but I don t see much difference between the two He controls when Darman is informed about his impending fatherhood and exerts complete control over the unborn child s future within days of its conception Combine that with Skirata s immediate suspicion and apparent disdain for basically all the women in the book which he lovingly passed on to Ordo as welland wait, wasn t Mando culture supposed to be egalitarian across gender lines and I just can t give this book anythan two stars What a shame

  7. Matthew McAndrew says:

    Once again, Karen Traviss makes you not want to put the book down True to her style, she keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspenseful action scenes, entertaining dialogue and intriguing characters dealing with complicated moral issues And for bonus points, she put Delta Squad from the video game into this installment

  8. Iset says:

    What happened Triple Zero is such a mess I had such trouble getting into this In fact, I never did get into it.Maybe it was because the basic premise of the plot never gelled Hard Contact promised a commando story and did what it said on the tin a small force, dropped behind enemy lines in difficult and not entirely foreseen circumstances, adapting to circumstances and taking out an objective To suddenly have our commandos working to bring down a spy ring on Coruscant seemed entirely beyo What happened Triple Zero is such a mess I had such trouble getting into this In fact, I never did get into it.Maybe it was because the basic premise of the plot never gelled Hard Contact promised a commando story and did what it said on the tin a small force, dropped behind enemy lines in difficult and not entirely foreseen circumstances, adapting to circumstances and taking out an objective To suddenly have our commandos working to bring down a spy ring on Coruscant seemed entirely beyond their purview and not what I really signed up for when I picked up a book about commandos It s played very tropey as well the two rival teams grudgingly forced to work together, the individual members of Omega Squad being reduced down to stock stereotypes such as the comedian and the traumatised one, when before they seemed a lotsubtle and complex.And there are other problems as well, pointed out by other readers Skirata is a cool character but the level of blind adoration he receives even from characters who have never met him before and yet trip over themselves to worship at his pedestal seems entirely unjustified Etain and Darman s romance goes from 0 to 60 in a lightsecond Whoa A bitdevelopment and build up, please I couldn t root for them because I didn t believe in their lightning fast skip from distant friends to intense view spoiler baby drama hide spoiler.Traviss is really grinding the anti Jedi axe this time, but there s no real attempt to debate the issues That is, only one or two of her Jedi know the truth that using a clone army is wrong and will back each other up when defying the Order without a second thought There is no real attempt to debate these issues among the Jedi, no impulse on the part of Traviss Jedi to go back to the Order that has been their life and home and try to spread word of the need for this ethical debate because things have to change and the rest of the Order needs to realise it too They just walk away, confident in the knowledge that only they are the smartest Jedi on the block It doesn t ring true And I say that someone who thinks the Jedi restriction on love is stupid and it alongside the use of a clone army is something that could use a really good internal debate among the Jedi.I can see finally why Traviss has a reputation as a promoter of Mandalorian culture, as she finally introduces that aspect here It wasn t really present in Hard Contact, or any of the Clone Wars animated series novelisations from her There s even a glossary in the back But what does it matter when the book is a dull dud Besides, I have trouble buying the notion that the clones would ve been brought up with that much knowledge of it As a bought and paid for army, carefully and rigorously grown and raised, I can t imagine that any form of cultural allegiance would ve been encouraged or permitted And, surprisingly, I was expectinginsight into the thought processes and lives of previously established characters like Niner, Fi, and even Darman, but we really don t spend that much time in their heads at all.I was bored.2 out of 10

  9. Chief says:

    This book is not quite as good as Hard Contact the first book in this series but it was still an enjoyable read The plot is somewhat convoluted and is really secondary to Traviss s forced character development of the troopers and their Seargent, Skirata For those that have read Traviss s LoTF books, this book really delves into those characters that come back and you can see her big picture story arc coming together Unfortunately this book is where her personal hatred for the Jedi starts to This book is not quite as good as Hard Contact the first book in this series but it was still an enjoyable read The plot is somewhat convoluted and is really secondary to Traviss s forced character development of the troopers and their Seargent, Skirata For those that have read Traviss s LoTF books, this book really delves into those characters that come back and you can see her big picture story arc coming together Unfortunately this book is where her personal hatred for the Jedi starts to rear its ugly head Instead of showing how the clones and Jedi are similar in how they are raised, she tries to make the Jedi seem as bad and clueless as possible even unhuman, and make the clones seem like innocent victims of the Jedi s war The only Jedi she seems to like is one who s gone completely native, so to speak, and just wants to be one of the troopers.I hope this doesn t continue into the next book as much as Im afraid it does Traviss seems very self indulgent, and has done everything she possibly can to give the Star Wars universe their own Klingon race While I like seeing the real side of the clones, and giving them characterization, I don t buy into all the Mando culture spreading through the ranks, and frankly I have a hard time buying into Skirata s little club I don t think this is a bad book, and in fact it made me actually slightly interested in the Mando stuff Traviss forced into her LoTF books I do however believe that Traviss has trouble keeping her own strange biases out of the forefront of her wirting, and she veered away from her LucasFilm mandate so wildly that I have a hard time recommending her novels to anyone else Her personal actions in the latter days of her time with the SW universe further cement her in my crazy column If you read and liked Hard Contact this is a decent follow up that further s the characters but drags in spots and goes further than you probably want as far as looking into the lives of the clones

  10. Ron says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Most readers, myself included, like a happy ending In fact, J R R Tolkien suggested that a eucatastrophe an unexpected overcoming of seeming impossible peril is the best ending for a fantasy type story But Triple Zero s happy ending seemed pre ordained and inevitable The reader, much less the characters, hardly broke into a sweat It was too easy Complicated, yes, but easy.I understand the limitations Fan Fiction puts on the author, but Traviss merely followed the formula of Hard Co Most readers, myself included, like a happy ending In fact, J R R Tolkien suggested that a eucatastrophe an unexpected overcoming of seeming impossible peril is the best ending for a fantasy type story But Triple Zero s happy ending seemed pre ordained and inevitable The reader, much less the characters, hardly broke into a sweat It was too easy Complicated, yes, but easy.I understand the limitations Fan Fiction puts on the author, but Traviss merely followed the formula of Hard Contact and doubled the cast Faced with the inevitability of all her main characters surviving, Traviss tried to dish up a little internal conflict And it was good, but too easily resolved In fact, over and over, she has the loser whose point of view those scenes are always reported from agreeing with the winner.At least she could have made the external conflict seemthreatening, but her bad guys were often dismissed as amateurs by the good guysafter they d effortlessly blown them away.She has a good story it s the storytelling which needs to be pumped up.Okay, all that might be forgiven if it weren t for the sticky, sweet ending There was so much honey, the last pages of the book stuck together Everyone loves everyone the L word is used almost as much as in chic lit or at least accepts the others as buddies or brothers.Did appreciate the timeline, list of characters, and glossary The reader can learn Mando a to irritate those Klingon spouting trekkies