Star Wars Republic Commando Hard Contact review ´ 105

Karen Traviss Ç 5 review

Eir enemies The commandos are outnumbered and outgunned deep behind enemy lines with no backup–and working with strangers instead of trusted teammates Matters don’t improve when Darman the suad’s demolitions expert gets separated from the others during planetfall Even Darman’s apparent good luck in meeting an inexperienced Padawan vanishes o Star Wars republic Commando – Hard Contact is a great read for anybody who loves Star Wars books or Star Wars in general The plot follows a suad of clone commandos and a Jedi Padawan as they carry out a mission on a farming planet In this way it is unlike most Star Wars books It is a great military book and shows how a four person suad works together The author uses imagery well to allow the reader to visualize the action and fighting The book emphasizes working as a team a lot It keeps repeating the importance even in the dialogue “Gdans work as a team That’s what enables them to take prey that’s many times their size A point I think that would not be lost on men such as yourselves” However it doesn’t just focus on military Throughout the book the characters relationships with each other grow as they get to know each other and the author does a great job of portraying that through the character’s actions The characters also connect to the reader with their various personalities and thoughts I found this book to be a very interesting read with a lot of action It was very enjoyable and I think and Science Fiction or Star Wars fan would like it as well Essential but Unplanned yourselves” However it doesn’t just focus on military Throughout the book the characters relationships with each other grow as they get to know each other and the author does a great job of portraying that through the character’s actions The characters also connect to the reader with their various personalities and thoughts I found this book to be a very interesting read with a lot of action It was very enjoyable and I think and Science Fiction or Star Wars fan would like it as well

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Star Wars Republic Commando Hard Contact

Nce Etain admits to her woeful inexperienceFor the separated clone commandos and stranded Jedi a long dangerous journey lies ahead through hostile territory brimming with Trandoshan slavers Separatists and suspicious natives A single misstep could mean discovery and death It’s a virtual suicide mission for anyone–anyone except Republic Commandos Talk about not judging a book by its cover Neither the title nor the cover art prepared me for this beautiful story full of well rendered thoughtfully constructed 3 dimensional characters and an at times heartbreaking at times funny adventure You don't have to have played the game this is a tie in to in order to enjoy and fully understand this book I'll definitely read the next in the series

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As the Clone Wars rage victory or defeat lies in the hands of elite suads that take on the toughest assignments in the galaxy–stone cold soldiers who go where no one else would to do what no one else could On a mission to sabotage a chemical weapon research facility on a Separatist held planet four clone troopers operate under the very noses of th I admit before I started my Star Wars binge I had than a few prejudices about tie ins just ask all my friends who had to listen to me whining about the tie in rFantasy Bingo suare for months on end I heard bad things about uality And I just never saw the point Sure I have played video games that had tie ins before but I've never really cared about video game lore But Star Wars has left me with a few specific itches I desperately want scratched no matter how plus a desperate need for Tie ins fanfic tv series canon or non canon give me all of itLuckily Hard Contact is a damn good book that went above and beyond my expectations I came in for an easy read with clone troopers and Mandalorian culture which it was and stayed for the thorough examination of how fucked up the concept of a clone army really is and the wonderful at times even adorable interactions between the characters In other words it was an absolute delight and I can easily see myself devouring the rest of the seriesThe plot is simple Four clone commandos whose previous suad members were killed are assembled into a new suad and sent on a mission to destroy a facility where a virus targeting clones is being developed On their way they get separated and Darman has a run in with a stranded extremely inexperienced Padawan who is forced to become their commander because she is a Jedi and they were made to obey JediIf you ever wondered why nobody in the preuels ever pointed at the clone troopers and started wondering how the Republic can still call themselves the good guys and do this if you didn't like how they were dehumanised blaster fodderwell then this is definitely the book for you As a call out it's downright brutalTraviss takes the concept of what happens when you use people as disposable to its logical conclusion She doesn't exactly have a delicate touch about it she shows us first and then tells as well just to hammer the point home but for once I didn't mind a lack of subtlety I had to see someone notice the same issues I noticed the point desperately had to be made plus I have a huge weakness for stories humanising and giving voice to the faceless minor characters and I got all of that in spades Darman gets the most character development out of the bunch with Atin close behind but they're all very clearly not identical And they have a great dynamic It reminded me a little of the Bridgeburners or the Bonehunters from The Malazan Book of the Fallen another series that focuses on soldiersAll of this goes double if you also want stories that don't paint Jedi as flawless paragons Etain the Padawan forced into a commander role is a wonderful character and I love her to bits She's woefully inexperienced reeling from the death of her master far from fully trained far from the best Force or lightsaber user and insecure about it all on top of it but dammit she tries her absolute best She cares perhaps too much for a Jedi And she learns fast Her interactions with Darman are oddly heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time and definitely the highlight of the book for meAnd then there are little snippets of Mandalorian culture interspersed throughout Given my entry point into Star Wars I have an obvious fondness for Mandos Here it mostly shows up in two forms the POV of the main antagonist Hokan who is a Mandalorian and the clone commandos themselves who were trained by Mandalorians Hokan himself is interesting very much not evil for the sake of evil and antagonists who are not evil for the sake of evil are awesome He's as disturbed by the concept of clones of one of his own people no less as the reader though obviously his solution to the problem is way too extreme And he definitely doesn't see them as people But the motivation? The motivation makes perfect sense Unfortunately I thought he was a little wasted in the second half when his POVs stopped being as interspersed with his views and opinions and generally him as a character and became almost completely about tactics and exposition But aside from that and a rather unfortunate nickname for the Trandoshans used in one of the last chapters see content warning section below no real complaintsIt's just such a wonderfully character focused book Sure there's plenty of action and explosions The writing style is very simple and straightforward and it's not even remotely slow paced But in my reviews of the movies and discussion around them I have gone on and on about how action is meaningless without slow moments that establish why you should care and here the balance was perfect though unlike with movies I'm all about slow moments when it comes to books I may be than a little blind to its flaws but what the hell It entertained me it provided the worldbuilding I wanted it made me think it even broke my heart a little What else could I ever possibly want?Enjoyment 55Execution 45Recommended to fellow Star Wars fans who don't care about canon anyone who thinks the Mandalorians are cool those who wondered if nobody in the preuels saw how fucked up the concept of clone troopers is fans of military SFF the found family trope or character focused books anyone looking for a fast and easy read those who wonder how can a book manage to combine fucked up and adorableNot recommended to those who dislike the idea of Jedi being flawed those who dislike made up swearwords though to be fair at least Mando'a is a proper conlang plus see content warnings below Content warnings Attempted rape at the beginning Also it contains an extremely unfortunate nickname for the Trandoshans that is very similar to a slur It only appears in one scene near the end and I genuinely believe it was not intended to offend or cause harm besides the book was published in 2004 which is why I did not reduce the rating but it threw me out of the story and deserves a strong warning for those who reuire it regardless More reviews on my blog To Other Worlds


10 thoughts on “Star Wars Republic Commando Hard Contact

  1. says:

    When is a Star Wars novel not a Star Wars novel? That seems to be one of the uestions raised by Republic Commando Hard Contact On the surface it very much seems to be one you have a group of Commando clone troopers trying to rescue a young Jedi from a Mandalorian warrior and the Clone Wars are very actively happening in the background of the novel's action Despite these surface similarities however the novel bears very little in common with the rest of the Star Wars universe and what is the house style of the EU Expanded Universe novels in general If a few names and titles had have been changed this could have very easily been an 'original fiction' title rather than a tie in novel For all of the stories that have been written in the Star Wars universe most of them have focused very heavily on the 'Star' portion of the title with little if any focus done on the 'Wars' part Hard Contact changes that by delivering a story of military sci fi focusing on an elite group of Commando clonesThroughout the course of the novel Traviss does a very good job of developing all of her clone soldiers as distinct individuals In other parts of the Clone Wars saga the clones exist or less as cyphers; in addition to sharing a genetic code it appeared that they all shared a character or lack thereof One of the themes that Traviss explores is the idea of finding both a culture and an individual identity and the difficulties that would be associated with that when there are millions of others who share both your physical form and most of your personal past returnreturnI generally try not to be a snob when it comes to liscenced material but in the past year I've read a few that were really a chore to get through Hard Contact is the exact opposite of that; with or without the Star Wars name attached to it it was a really enjoyable piece of fiction writing


  2. says:

    I admit before I started my Star Wars binge I had than a few prejudices about tie ins just ask all my friends who had to listen to me whining about the tie in rFantasy Bingo suare for months on end I heard bad things about uality And I just never saw the point Sure I have played video games that had tie ins before but I've never really cared about video game lore But Star Wars has left me with a few specific itches I desperately want scratched no matter how plus a desperate need for Tie ins fanfic tv series canon or non canon give me all of itLuckily Hard Contact is a damn good book that went above and beyond my expectations I came in for an easy read with clone troopers and Mandalorian culture which it was and stayed for the thorough examination of how fucked up the concept of a clone army really is and the wonderful at times even adorable interactions between the characters In other words it was an absolute delight and I can easily see myself devouring the rest of the seriesThe plot is simple Four clone commandos whose previous suad members were killed are assembled into a new suad and sent on a mission to destroy a facility where a virus targeting clones is being developed On their way they get separated and Darman has a run in with a stranded extremely inexperienced Padawan who is forced to become their commander because she is a Jedi and they were made to obey JediIf you ever wondered why nobody in the preuels ever pointed at the clone troopers and started wondering how the Republic can still call themselves the good guys and do this if you didn't like how they were dehumanised blaster fodderwell then this is definitely the book for you As a call out it's downright brutalTraviss takes the concept of what happens when you use people as disposable to its logical conclusion She doesn't exactly have a delicate touch about it she shows us first and then tells as well just to hammer the point home but for once I didn't mind a lack of subtlety I had to see someone notice the same issues I noticed the point desperately had to be made plus I have a huge weakness for stories humanising and giving voice to the faceless minor characters and I got all of that in spades Darman gets the most character development out of the bunch with Atin close behind but they're all very clearly not identical And they have a great dynamic It reminded me a little of the Bridgeburners or the Bonehunters from The Malazan Book of the Fallen another series that focuses on soldiersAll of this goes double if you also want stories that don't paint Jedi as flawless paragons Etain the Padawan forced into a commander role is a wonderful character and I love her to bits She's woefully inexperienced reeling from the death of her master far from fully trained far from the best Force or lightsaber user and insecure about it all on top of it but dammit she tries her absolute best She cares perhaps too much for a Jedi And she learns fast Her interactions with Darman are oddly heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time and definitely the highlight of the book for meAnd then there are little snippets of Mandalorian culture interspersed throughout Given my entry point into Star Wars I have an obvious fondness for Mandos Here it mostly shows up in two forms the POV of the main antagonist Hokan who is a Mandalorian and the clone commandos themselves who were trained by Mandalorians Hokan himself is interesting very much not evil for the sake of evil and antagonists who are not evil for the sake of evil are awesome He's as disturbed by the concept of clones of one of his own people no less as the reader though obviously his solution to the problem is way too extreme And he definitely doesn't see them as people But the motivation? The motivation makes perfect sense Unfortunately I thought he was a little wasted in the second half when his POVs stopped being as interspersed with his views and opinions and generally him as a character and became almost completely about tactics and exposition But aside from that and a rather unfortunate nickname for the Trandoshans used in one of the last chapters see content warning section below no real complaintsIt's just such a wonderfully character focused book Sure there's plenty of action and explosions The writing style is very simple and straightforward and it's not even remotely slow paced But in my reviews of the movies and discussion around them I have gone on and on about how action is meaningless without slow moments that establish why you should care and here the balance was perfect though unlike with movies I'm all about slow moments when it comes to books I may be than a little blind to its flaws but what the hell It entertained me it provided the worldbuilding I wanted it made me think it even broke my heart a little What else could I ever possibly want?Enjoyment 55Execution 45Recommended to fellow Star Wars fans who don't care about canon anyone who thinks the Mandalorians are cool those who wondered if nobody in the preuels saw how fucked up the concept of clone troopers is fans of military SFF the found family trope or character focused books anyone looking for a fast and easy read those who wonder how can a book manage to combine fucked up and adorableNot recommended to those who dislike the idea of Jedi being flawed those who dislike made up swearwords though to be fair at least Mando'a is a proper conlang plus see content warnings below Content warnings Attempted rape at the beginning Also it contains an extremely unfortunate nickname for the Trandoshans that is very similar to a slur It only appears in one scene near the end and I genuinely believe it was not intended to offend or cause harm besides the book was published in 2004 which is why I did not reduce the rating but it threw me out of the story and deserves a strong warning for those who reuire it regardless More reviews on my blog To Other Worlds


  3. says:

    40 to 45 stars This is an excellent example of a really good writer which Karen Traviss certainly is using the Star Wars universe as background but still taking the the time to tell a good story If you were to remove the Star Wars elements from this book it would still be a compelling read as the characters are fully fleshed out the action scenes are very well written and the plot is excellent It is books like this that show you what a rich wonderful background the Star Wars universe can provide It also makes you angry that so many writers just mail it in knowing that the Star Wars brand will sell itself Highly recommended


  4. says:

    Not all soldiers wear uniforms ma'amThanks to a Star Wars book club I got to reread this amazing Clone Wars era novelFour clone commandos have been assigned an important task land on iilura apprehend scientist Uthan and destroy her work on biological agents targeted at clones But a Mandalorian mercenary the desperate natives and a green Padawan might keep them from their objectiveWhat I LikedThere is so much to love about this book it's hard to decide where exactly to beginI guess I should start at the beginning the characters So many books even or maybe especially? Star Wars ones tend to generalize The sleuth is usually down and out but incredibly smart The scientists are either sexy sassy ladies or complete dorky nerds Jedi are omnipotent all seeing The bad guys are plum out of a children's book replete with giggling over their latest plot device which is lame lame lame Personally I am sick of this I want to see REAL people People who are like me So so at their jobs average in looks maybe not uite happy with themselves and not because they don't have any friends being supermodel material after all cue eye roll trying so hard to figure out why the heck they are thereAnd then Karen Traviss starts writing Star Wars First off THANK YOU DEL REY Karen Traviss is a superb intelligent writer and the perfect fit for the Republic Commando novels She can do what so many others fail at particularly in this book she writes about real peopleHokan is a mercenary He is not a giggling bad guy but an intelligent well planned Mandalorian who doesn't kill because it's fun but for a purpose He even shows a fondness and appreciation for a subordinate something sorely lacking in other novelsEtain Tur Mukan is probably one of the best written Jedi in the universe Seriously here is a woman with a conflict She has no idea what to do doesn't even think she can do it if she could and isn't a super Jedi either She doubts she uestions she is unsure In fact she totally blows up at Darman when he calls her commander and is later chewed out by Jinart This is rarely done in the Star Wars universe and is a breath of fresh air in a sewer plantThen the clones Karen Traviss gets the award for making each clone identical yet separate Niner is a no bones leader Fi is sensitive worried about the feelings of each member Atin buries his thoughts behind mechanical euipment Darman is amazing tender yet tough Through him we see the uniue balance of hardened warrior and childlike innocence something one would never have expected from clones bred for the sole purpose of killing anotherThe other characters Jinart Uthan etc are similarly well done but in a much smaller scale since they are of background charactersMoving on from characterization the number of characters is perfect We have as primary characters 4 clones one Jedi and one Mandalorian Jinart the Weeuay the other Jedi and Uthan being secondary There is just enough time to develop each character not too much to interrupt the action and plot One complaint I had about Death Star was its huge cast It was challenging to get close to any of the characters when there were 20 or so of them Karen Traviss keeps the cast small so the audience can grow close to them It works perfectlyI feel the balance in Hard Contact characters Mando'a history philosophical musings on the usage of clones and the actual plot of the story is perfect KT spends enough time to make you feel for the characters get acuainted to the Mandalorian lifestyle which had never before been revealed ponder the humanity of the clones though this got to be a little much at times see below and do what commandos are supposed to do Fight The action in the story is prominent cementing its Star Wars iness but while it is a big part of the book KT doesn't cut back on characterAnother small favorite comes when Hokan mentions to Uthan another ho hum lady not some sexy vixan Thank you again KT about Hard Contact I love it when the author slips in the title of her book somewhere in the actual book I know it can't always be done but this was totally awesomeWhat I Didn't LikeIt was very challenging to visualize the Gurlanins They are vaguely described as having a snout being black and reminding me of either wolves or panthers Other than that their shapeshifting their appearance is cloaked in mystery making it hard to imagine the actual creatureAnother problem I had was towards the end At this point I felt the message of clones being real people was too heavy handed Etain mentions it at least twice in the last ten pages besides the conversations previous I understand the concept and appreciate KT making the effort to talk about something this controversial but I think she could have backed off a bitFinally I do not appreciate Etain's being practically commended for defying a superior officer when she is demanding the Laati stay on iilura until Fi and Niner return from their mission Anywhere else she would have been courtmarshalled for defying General Zey's orders I understand this is a fiction novel; however I feel that the scene could have been modified so as not to seemingly promote this fantastical scenarioDialogueSexual SituationsViolenceStar Wars dialogue in the form of fierfekA Weeuay attempts to rape Etain Other similar acts are referred to circumspectlyThis is a story about commandos and battle There are tons of battles lots of gun fights deaths explosions etc While most aren't gory in nature they do existConclusionsAmazing KT has done for the Star Wars Clone Wars era and for the Star Wars universe in general what many of the other novels The Cestus Decpetion and Jedi Trial could only dream of doing In Hard Contact the audience is transported into the middle of a commando mission There is no doubt about the authenticity the realness of the surroundings weapons actionsKT not only has created one of if not the best action novels but she has also done the unbelievable she has created a Mando'a culture catapulted the clones into humans and has portrayed Jedi in a real life senseWith these amazing accomplishments under her belt it would be impossible for me to give this novel anything less than a 5 stars even with the minor road bumps


  5. says:

    Star Wars republic Commando – Hard Contact is a great read for anybody who loves Star Wars books or Star Wars in general The plot follows a suad of clone commandos and a Jedi Padawan as they carry out a mission on a farming planet In this way it is unlike most Star Wars books It is a great military book and shows how a four person suad works together The author uses imagery well to allow the reader to visualize the action and fighting The book emphasizes working as a team a lot It keeps repeating the importance even in the dialogue “Gdans work as a team That’s what enables them to take prey that’s many times their size A point I think that would not be lost on men such as yourselves” However it doesn’t just focus on military Throughout the book the characters relationships with each other grow as they get to know each other and the author does a great job of portraying that through the character’s actions The characters also connect to the reader with their various personalities and thoughts I found this book to be a very interesting read with a lot of action It was very enjoyable and I think and Science Fiction or Star Wars fan would like it as well


  6. says:

    I’ve never read a Star Wars book before so I don’t know if this one is pretty typical for how it goes but I really enjoyed it It was far grittier than I expected and the combat was described with surprising realism The commandos faced hunger fatigue bad intel all on top of the actual fighting This wasn’t like the movie where a single Jedi can take down an entire regiment of droidsHere we had 4 regular men and a young Padawan fighting tooth and nail literally to beat overwhelming odds and accomplish the mission By the end of it though mission accomplishment is still important you can tell they’re no longer fighting for the Republic or any grand ideals They fight for each other and that’s as real as it getsThe author also did an incredible job adding military terminology and uips and that’s rare Their conversations and interactions never felt cheesy or forced So this one gets 5 stars from me I might have to get the next book in this particular series


  7. says:

    Star Wars novels are my preferred brand of junk food reading I don't use that term because there's anything wrong with them; I used to consume them multiple times weekly But it's franchise tie in fiction I know roughly what to expect and I know there's a good chance I'll enjoy it which makes it a good pick for cold rainy weekends Hard Contact is interesting because its a deviation from the ol' Light vs Dark Jedi vs Sith conflict Set shortly after the battle of Geonosis it follows a suad of four Republic Commandos special ops Clone Troopers It's a decent mil SF book but the real conflict here is moral The clones think the Jedi are infallible; the Jedi don't know what to do about this brainwashed army they've been handled You get to read this on both sides There's also the backstory of the clones themselves with some fairly well done character voicesBy far the greatest reason I can recommend this is that it takes the whole 'clone wars' situation seriously It's easy not to think about it too hard in the movies and the Clone Wars TV series though entertaining fails to hit the correct tone This though is gritty without being gratuitous and unflinchingly serious about what it takes to make a clone army and what the results would beA few minor issues1 Jacket description says chemical weapon book contents say nanovirus Execution is iffy either way Basically it's a doomsday macguffin2 No matter how brutal the training the clones went through was you cannot convince me that Niner 'didn't know how to scream' These guys are still human; that's a major point of the book even3 The antagonist has got a couple of hangups over the idea of 'going soft' especially with regard to women He spends a lot of time reassuring himself that he's still a brutal shabuir of a Mandalorian even if he didn't kill somebody4 There are a couple things that really haven't aged well mainly an unfortunate shortening of Trandoshan and specism re the alien Weeuay charactersAction y junk food for a rainy weekend Recommended to Star Wars fans interested in mixing things up a little


  8. says:

    Talk about not judging a book by its cover Neither the title nor the cover art prepared me for this beautiful story full of well rendered thoughtfully constructed 3 dimensional characters and an at times heartbreaking at times funny adventure You don't have to have played the game this is a tie in to in order to enjoy and fully understand this book I'll definitely read the next in the series


  9. says:

    This is my first contact with the star wars expanded universe and this is a very good story with some profound deepness within although there’s something off that will not allow it to be a five star book Between the star wars and commando lexical the story is sometimes difficult to follow but well it is a star wars commando book so that kind of words were supposed to be there; between IED EP decees and so on the commandos express their integrity as such and for us to understand that there’s a character who’s at the same level as the reader so we can understand of what are they talking about We discover the horrors of war and the things that make you an individual even if you’re expendable your commanding officers and jedi masters treat you as cheap and anonymous property on how is to be an individual when everyone around you it’s you literally There are also some extremely valuable lessons to be learned from the commandos and their instructors on life group thinking and leadership I really want to read the other books


  10. says:

    I'll admit all of the drama surrounding Karen Traviss has steered me away from these books I've heard that she's ridiculously anti Jedi and makes them out to be villains and her track record of writing military fiction has made me think the RC books wouldn't be my favorites in the world However while this is only my first exposure I think this book is truly phenomenal The Clone Wars does a lot to show off how individualized clones really are but not to this extent Each character clone and non clone alike feels very real and dynamic I think her portrayal of the Jedi in this book is definitely thought provoking and makes the reader think about their role in the war and how it might be opposed to Jedi ideology but they're far from the villains They're just nuanced than they're generally made out to be I think I'm very excited to continue with the seriesNitpicks I don't like a lot of the names for thingspeople that Traviss chose all that much and late in the book she felt that it was appropriate to use a transphobic slur as a nickname for Trandoshans I really could've done without that


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