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The Clone Wars rage to their bloody climax. Treachery reigns. Treason takes courage. Commandos, Jedi, and the entire Galactic Republic must face the end of life as they know it . . . and the dreaded dawn of a new empire.

Even as the Clone Wars are about to reach an explosive climax, no one knows whether victory will favor the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) or the Separatists. But no matter who wins, the stakes are highest for elite Special Ops clones like the Republic Commandos in Omega and Delta squads–and the notorious renegade Advance Recon Commando troopers known as Null ARCs. And now even the deadliest weapon may not be powerful enough to defeat the real menace: the apocalyptic horror to be unleashed when Palpatine utters the chilling words The time has come. Execute Order 66. Translation: The Jedi have tried to stage a coup, and all must be shot on sight.

With their faith in the Republic and their loyalty to their Jedi allies put to the ultimate test, how will the men of Omega and Delta squads react to the most infamous command in galactic history?
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Karen Traviss is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of three previous Star Wars: Republic Commando novels: Hard Contact, Triple Zero, and True Colors; three Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels: Bloodlines, Revelation, and Sacrifice; as well as City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter, and a journalism lecturer. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Star Wars Insider. She lives in Devizes, England. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition. PrologueSo that’s me. So that’s how I once looked. We should all see ourselves from a stranger’s perspective at least once in our lives. There’s a Jedi walking toward me, all brown robes and earnest piety; no braid, so despite his youth he’s not a Padawan any longer. He’ll be commanding troops. At the very least, he’ll be on active service on his own. The war makes us veterans before our time. I want to grab him by the shoulders and ask if he thinks this is a just war, a war fought honorably, but he’ll panic if a Mandalorian in full armor accosts him–especially one he’ll sense is a Force-user like himself. Nobody else is taking much notice of me. Mandalorians on Coruscant are just foreigners, bounty hunters, one more bunch of economic migrants out of the many thousands of species who flock to the galaxy’s capital. Ah, the Jedi’s looking around the crowd. He can sense me. I’m lost in the crowd of shoppers and sightseers. It’s very strange–obscene, even–to see everyone going about their business on Coruscant as if we’re not in the second year of an ugly war. And for them, of course, they’re not. It’s someone else’s war in every sense–fought on other worlds, fought by other beings, fought by men who aren’t Coruscant citizens. Clone troopers aren’t anyone’s citizens. They have no legal rights. They’re objects. Chattel. Military assets. Nobody should stand back and let that happen, least of all a Jedi. I’m just a few meters from the Jedi now. He’s so serious, so committed.Yes, that was me, just months ago. A passerby glances his way and I sense her unease. When I walked around the city in my robes, I thought that others saw me as someone there to help them. Now I know different; they probably saw someone they didn’t trust, with powers they didn’t understand, someone they didn’t elect but who shaped their lives behind the scenes anyway. If they’d known how much I could shape their thoughts, too, they’d have fled from me. The Jedi passes close by, but I still don’t recognize him. He stares into the T-slit of my helmet as if I’ve grabbed him. I can feel his confusion as I walk on by–no, not just confusion: fear. A Force-using Mandalorian has to be on his list of worst nightmares. There was a time when it was on mine, too. Funny, that. Then I sense him turn. I feel him working his way back through the crowd toward me, burning with questions. Before he reaches out to tap my shoulder–and I have to give him credit for even trying–I turn to face him. He flinches. What he sees doesn’t match what he can feel. “What are you?” “A man who drew the line,” I say. “How about you?” “You’re General Jusik . . .” Is it that obvious? To a Jedi, yes, it is. I used to be Bardan Jusik. Everyone in the Jedi Order knows I finally went native. It’s the only response I know; complete surrender to a way of life–first Jedi, now Mandalorian–with every fiber of my being. My Jedi Masters didn’t raise me to live my life by halves. “Not any longer,” I say at last. “You walked out on us in the middle of a war–a war we have to fight.” He’s puzzled, resentful–scared. “How could you betray us like that?” I wonder who he means by we: Jedi, or clones? “I left because it’s wrong.” I shouldn’t have to tell him that. “Because you’re using a slave army to do it. Because there’s no point fighting one kind of evil if you replace it with your own brand.” Get specific. Get personal. Don’t give him a chance to look away from his conscience. “You, personally. You make that choice each morning. A belief you suspend when it suits you isn’t a belief. It’s a lie.” Oh, that stung. I feel his soul squirm. “I don’t like it any more than you do.” He seems oblivious of the stares of passersby. “But if I walk out, it won’t change the Council’s policy, or the course of the war.” “It’ll change your war,” I say. “But I suppose you’re only following orders. Right?” Everything that has happened in the galaxy–everything that ever will happen–is framework made up of countless connections of individual choices: yes or no, kill or spare, survive or die. They shape every moment for all eternity. One man’s decision matters. One being’s choices, moment by moment, connected to a network of billions of other choices, is all that existence is. “We need every general we can muster,” he says. Maybe the Jedi thinks he can appeal to my sense of guilt. “There’s a terrible darkness coming. I can feel it.” So can I. It’s vague and unfathomable, but it’s there, looming, like someone stalking me. “Then do something about your own darkness.” “Like joining a gang of mercenaries?” He looks over my armor with evident disgust. “Thugs. Savages.” “Before you choke on your own piety, Jedi, ask yourself who you’re fighting for.” Fierfek, I called him Jedi. My disconnection’s complete. His expression is one of quiet horror, and I walk away knowing I’ll never see him again, I know that. And this war will end in grief; I know that, too. I’ve made my choice. Unlike the clone troopers, I have one. And I choose to let the galaxy look after itself, and save those men that the rest of the civilized world relegates to the status of beasts. It’s the right thing to do. It’s what a Jedi should do. The day of reckoning is coming. Yes, I can feel that, as well. I can’t stop it, whatever it is; but I can defend those dearest to me. Choices. I had one. I made it.  --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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  • By E. S. on July 21, 2017

    Another brilliant novel in the series this series by Karen Traviss. (If you plan to read this book, make sure you read the other 3 prior novels in the series first, or it won't make much sense.) All of the books in this series have been page-turners for me. I keep meaning to stop at the end of a chapter and without meaning to I start the next one. Traviss does a great job confronting ethical issues raised by the use of a clone (slave) army that I was always unsettled by after the prequel films that use the clones. Her character development is spectacular. I became deeply attached to many of the characters over the course of the series, especially Kal Skirata. He's one of the best characters in the Star Wars universe. Omega squad offers the most in-depth look at what life for the clones would have been like. I absolutely love the Mandalorian culture Traviss created. Clone Wars absolutely ruined that. Her Mandalore feels right-- a frontier world. I love how passionate the Mandalorians are about their culture and their clans. These books go so far beyond anything done in the Clone Wars cartoon series and even though I watched the cartoon series first, I find myself much more attached to the version of events Karen Traviss has narrated. What she has written here is just so much deeper than anything in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, or Clone Wars. These books would have made a fantastic film series. I think the Star Wars franchise really dropped the ball here. It might not be official canon anymore, but it's canon to me.****************Spoilers Ahead*************************************************************************************The only reason I took off a star for Order 66 was that the circumstances leading to Etain's death felt rather contrived. It's hard dealing with the death of a character you've grown attached to, but if it has to happen I want the death to make sense. It just made no sense for Etain to stay on Coruscant. She should have left with Enacca as soon as they knew about Order 66. Failing that, it seems like she could have avoided the checkpoint or stayed in one place and let help come to her. I realize people make foolish choices that can have bad results in real life, but under the circumstances and with a child who needed her, it felt like Etain should have been more cautious.

  • By Tobi-Wan on October 20, 2011

    I was truly impressed with this entire series. It was a refreshing break from the normal Jedi/Sith drama and battle for the galaxy stuff. As an Army Vet I was impressed with the insight into the life of the clone troopers, as well as the ever present strain between politicians and the soldiers whose lives are effected by policy from those who never see combat and have no idea of it's nuances. I also really enjoyed learning more about Mandalorian culture. The KOTOR video games do a real smear campaign on this militaristic warrior culture that I always expected as biased. It was nice to see Mandalorian characters draw the comparisons between themselves and the Jedi, as well as in the end walking very Jedi like paths. I put the entire series at the top of my all time favorites list.The only down side is that the series was never finished. It is sad when corporate politics gets in the way of our entertainment, but that is the way of business all too often. I talked with the author, Karen Traviss, via email and she was a pleasant and honest conversationalist. A mixture of contract/pay issues as well as a reboot of official Star Wars canon and timeline led to the final book after "501st-Imperial Commando" never even being written. Alas this is not the first time that the Dark Lord George Lucas has forced his will and dominion over us loyal Fanboys. Unfortunately we have grown used to his meddlesome ways. At least we have the majority of this wonderful body of work and I certainly recommend this series to any Star Wars fan, as well as fans of miltary fiction in general. I promise you will not be disappointed. Karen Traviss, missioned accomlished (but not completed).

  • By Danial Hallock on July 29, 2013

    As the final chapter in the Republic Commando saga, Order 66 gives readers an insight into the gradual erosion of the Mando way of life within the GAR, the slow militarization of Triple Zero, and the explanation of why the new Stormtroopers are terrible.In this installment we get to witness Fi's recovery, Dar deal with the betrayal of finding out that he has a child, and the plans of Skirata come to a head as the Omega Squad begins to pull out of the Republic during the final battle between the Seps and Republic. There's a lot of (non canon) history within this book, and the story wraps up nicely before setting the stage for the frustratingly incomplete Imperial Commando series.Obviously, if you've read the other three books, then you'll have to pick this one up. If you haven't, then this book is worth starting the entire series to enjoy.

  • By Roger the Reader on February 16, 2016

    The Republic Commando series is one of the best Legends stories I've ever read. It's a must read for any fan of the saga. Though the way Order 66 occurs in this story does not line up with how it does in the new canon it doesn't soil the story. It's a great story with even greater characters and events.

  • By [email protected] on March 17, 2017

    Fans of Mandalorians, soldiers, Clones, or anything of the sort, will like this. Karen Traviss is by far my favorite author now due to her series on the Commandos :D

  • By Else Family on March 9, 2016

    It's too bad this is no longer cannon. The days were better before Disney was involved. They erased all of the novels that I grew up with. Enough of my soapbox, the Republic Commando series is great. I enjoy when they tie into other aspects of the universe such as the mandelorians and the other commando squads.

  • By Nate on November 12, 2016

    Karen Traviss is a great writer. I love this series. I just wish she would write more.

  • By Big John 72 on May 23, 2016

    All of Karen Traviss' books are fantastic! I really wish Disney/Lucasarts would recannonize her material. Her ability to tell the story from the ground troops point of view, the common soldier so to speak, is awesome!


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