Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF)


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  • 12 October 2020
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    Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF) Finallya uality Star Wars novel that allows us fanboys and fangirls to hold our helmeted heads up high The Republic Commando series i

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    Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF) Karen Traviss ¸ 9 read review Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero I did not think that I would like Hard Contact I was afraid it would be another crappy Clone Wars novel along the

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    Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF) 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 le

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    review Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero characters Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¸ Karen Traviss Karen Traviss ¸ 9 read I wanted to like this book a lot than 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 The I read the I grew weary of everyone's worship of the man and his ridiculous self righteousness I wish the author had provided nuance to the ethical uestion of the Republic's usage of clones in the war In

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    review Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero Karen Traviss ¸ 9 read characters Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¸ Karen Traviss 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

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    Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF) In the second book in the Republic Commando series we take a deeper look into Etain's growth from a failing inconseuential 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 absorbedEtain has to struggle with some very real proble

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    Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF) 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 Suad from the video game into this installment

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    Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF) characters Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¸ Karen Traviss Karen Traviss ¸ 9 read What happened? Triple Zero is such a mess I had such trouble getting into this In fact I never did get into itMaybe it was because the basic p

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    Karen Traviss ¸ 9 read characters Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¸ Karen Traviss Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF) This book is not uite 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 trooper

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    Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero (PDF) Karen Traviss ¸ 9 read review Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero 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 o

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review Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero review Ò 9 Ity full of civilians will reuire special talents and skills Not even the leadership of Jedi generals along with the assistance of Delta suad 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 Suad Targets by Karen Traviss. This book is not uite 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 troopersI 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 A Faint Cold Fear 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 Sweet Mandarin picture story arc coming together Unfortunately this book is where her Sweet Mandarin 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 The Lost Heart of Asia 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 troopersI 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 The Secret Life And Brutal Death Of Mamie Thurman 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 The Tavern on Maple Street 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 The Automatic Millionaire A Powerful One Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich probably want as far as looking into the lives of the clones

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review Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero review Ò 9 Following 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 Suad clone commandos with terrifying combat skills and a lethal arsenal For Omega Suad deployed deep behind enemy lines it's the same old special ops grind sabotage espionage ambush and assassination Bu. 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 himAnother 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 suad 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 suad The morals and norms of personal conduct that drive its conflicts are confined to the suad or at best the clones collectively as a kind of extended suad 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 uestions and the answer to those uestions 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 conseuences 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 uestion 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 uniue and fun For all its faults Triple Zero still presents the clones in a far down 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 spoilerand pregnancy hide spoiler I Was A Stranger presented as a down to earth competent character with a comprehensible ethos at least but that he Rescuing Gus 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 Poirot Investigates protagonists take They might as well be simulation targets The backstory about their motivation affiliation and targets serves the same Class of 92 purpose that making the macguffin in HC a virus that kills clones served in that book it removes any The Lives of Stay at Home Fathers 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 Portrait of a Starter populated areas and seems to have no meaningful oversight from anyone in the military or government But that isn t a How We Die Reflections on Lifes Final Chapter by Sherwin B Nuland Summary Study Guide problem because the civilian is Kal Skirata we ll come back to himAnother great thing about HC was that it s a very nose to the ground How the West Was Lost 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 Gone 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 Choosing Lovers for Justine Nexus Classics 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 1000 Awesome Writing Prompts profile but they also have to remain incognito in social situations They have to act like normal Ringside A Treasury of Boxing Reportage people That s a great Beautiful Creatures 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 Moonrise 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 suad s mission So with no villains no superiors no civilians and no environment this story feels very insular It has no stakes or Moonrise plot to speak of The whole book is just the soldiers hanging out between and during missions Every Restful Sleep The Complete MindBody Program for Overcoming Insomnia piece of drama it has to offer comes within the suad The morals and norms of Fallen Angel The Passion of Fausto Coppi personal conduct that drive its conflicts are confined to the suad or at best the clones collectively as a kind of extended suad This is where Traviss Hello Snow Melanie Kroupa Books personal After Tamerlane The Rise and Fall of Global Empires 1400 2000 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 A Little Dinner Before the Play 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 Alien Alpha etesh #1 political message of the new Call of Duty game is war Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty poses difficult moral uestions and the answer to those uestions is that you just need the violence to be done by the right William I person someone with the guts to hurt Yuganta The End of an Epoch 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 conseuences in a larger sense come into view at all It doesn t Paperboy posture about the complex moral scenarios that soldiers find themselves in doesn t Once a Wicked Lady A Biography of Margaret Lockwood present civilian oversight as naive and dangerous doesn t do anything except uphold Kal Skirata as a بوابات أرض العدم paragon of soldierly virtue People complain about heroes who are too Forbidden Reading Nexus 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 A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line people uestion him or act in ways he wouldn t approve of And unsurprisingly for the most A Northern Line Minute The Northern Line part they do neither These are clones bred for obedience and raised from decanting by Kal They want desperately to Beautiful Ghosts 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 Future Focus please him It is frankly So What If I'm Broken pathetic at times and while as I said in HC that s an interesting Major Problems in American Urban History Major Problems in American History Series place to A Year in 120 Recipes put a Jedi character Fobbit 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 F Scott Fitzgerald 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 Forever My Love plot it could have been something really uniue and fun For all its faults Triple Zero still The Devil Hath Been Raised A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692 presents the clones in a far down 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 Devil's Red Nickel Cj Floyd Mystery Series powerful stuff in the clones situation humor romance and Boudica The Life and Legends of Britain's Warrior ueen poignant tragedy Instead Etain s romance view 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review Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero Star Wars Republic Commando Triple Zero review Ò 9 T when Omega Suad 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 Headuarters To identify and destroy a Separatist spy and terror network in a c. 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 Suadron and the now Jedi Knight Etain Tur Mukan along with the Delta Suadron commandos from the Republic Commando video game and the Mandalorian mercenary and commando trainer Sergeant Kal Skirata The story takes place mostly on CoruscantSummary 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 strengthenedReview 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 even effective at killing he could love as hard as he could punchNot 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 dieAll 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 be perfunctory and it s an obvious excuse for Traviss to play around with characters and relationships that she is apparently far attached 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 characters on 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 mopingWorst 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 brothers and one token female Because yes surprisingly there is a surprising and unpleasant dose of patriarchal chauvinism rearing its ugly head hereMost 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 unuestioning 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 momentSkirata 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 wayTo delve into any further detail at this point would involve spoilers so I ll leave it at that Well 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 uestion 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 grotesue and infuriating and it encapsulated everything I hated about his character and the role he plays in the story and the other characters livesStill 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 thatAt 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 bestD The Lives of Stay at Home Fathers 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 Headuarters To identify and destroy a Separatist spy and terror network in a c. Star Wars Legends Project 118 Background Hard Contact was written by Karen Traviss and Portrait of a Starter 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 How We Die Reflections on Lifes Final Chapter by Sherwin B Nuland Summary Study Guide place 1 year after the Battle of Geonosis 21 years before the battle of Yavin And also 9 months after the How the West Was Lost previous book in the series Hard Contact my review The main characters are still the clone commandos of Omega Suadron and the now Jedi Knight Etain Tur Mukan along with the Delta Suadron commandos from the Republic Commando video game and the Mandalorian mercenary and commando trainer Sergeant Kal Skirata The story takes Gone place mostly on CoruscantSummary 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 Choosing Lovers for Justine Nexus Classics prejudice In the 1000 Awesome Writing Prompts process the ties that bind his small clan of Mandalorian raised clone sons to each other and to him are tested and strengthenedReview 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 Ringside A Treasury of Boxing Reportage probably what made him even effective at killing he could love as hard as he could Beautiful Creatures punchNot 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 Moonrise protagonists 3 the real tension of having expendable but sympathetic characters in deadly danger 4 the attention given to the moralities of war Moonrise particularly a war fought by essentially an army of slave soldiers created to dieAll of that was essentially missing from this book Traviss Restful Sleep The Complete MindBody Program for Overcoming Insomnia 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 Fallen Angel The Passion of Fausto Coppi 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 Hello Snow Melanie Kroupa Books 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 After Tamerlane The Rise and Fall of Global Empires 1400 2000 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 A Little Dinner Before the Play 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 be Alien Alpha etesh #1 perfunctory and it s an obvious excuse for Traviss to Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty play around with characters and relationships that she is apparently far attached 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 characters on 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 William I play and he spends most of the book mopingWorst 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 Yuganta The End of an Epoch permissible in the name of looking out for yourself and your immediate circle of brothers and one token female Because yes surprisingly there is a surprising and unpleasant dose of Paperboy patriarchal chauvinism rearing its ugly head hereMost 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 Once a Wicked Lady A Biography of Margaret Lockwood practically everyone in the book is totally enthralled by Skirata at first sight and immediately feels an overwhelming sense of total unuestioning loyalty to him and a desperate desire for his approval He is effectively a nobody in any بوابات أرض العدم power structure of the Republic but he and his cronies can barge into the offices of generals and Forbidden Reading Nexus political A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line power A Northern Line Minute The Northern Line players and manipulate or strong arm them into whatever serves Clan Skirata s interests at the momentSkirata himself is not a badly written or uninteresting character Beautiful Ghosts per se He has a decent backstory and he is multi dimensional and basically consistent But he isn t anything like the Future Focus paragon that everyone treats him as nor is he that great of a So What If I'm Broken person Which is a Major Problems in American Urban History Major Problems in American History Series 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 A Year in 120 Recipes 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 wayTo delve into any further detail at this Fobbit point would involve spoilers so I ll leave it at that Well F Scott Fitzgerald perhaps I can dance around one Forever My Love particular thing that happens late in the story without giving anything away Another character approaches Skirata with a major The Devil Hath Been Raised A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692 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 uestion 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 Devil's Red Nickel Cj Floyd Mystery Series proceeds to demand that he be given full control over the situation immediately and the other character concedes The whole scene is grotesue and infuriating and it encapsulated everything I hated about his character and the role he Boudica The Life and Legends of Britain's Warrior ueen plays in the story and the other characters livesStill as much trouble as I had getting through this I didn t hate everything about it Most of the ideas are The Witch in the Cherry Tree pretty solid even when the execution is Social Class in Contemporary Japan poor The main Alien Invaders 2 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 Clubland UK 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 The Billion Dollar Boy 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 Hunger Valley 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 Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience pick up a few words of it by the end you re a di kut So there s thatAt this The Book of Tapas point I have a The Brother Gardeners Botany Empire and the Birth of an Obsession 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 Le Vin de solitude point I ll hope for the bestD