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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Kemp's Best Book Yet

Riptide is an entertaining adventure that picks at the deeper channels of the reader's mind. Like all Star Wars books, it has action and adventure. Jedi Jaden Korr travels with his spacer companions as they hunt down a batch of renegade clones. Lightsabers, blasters, an...
Riptide is an entertaining adventure that picks at the deeper channels of the reader's mind. Like all Star Wars books, it has action and adventure. Jedi Jaden Korr travels with his spacer companions as they hunt down a batch of renegade clones. Lightsabers, blasters, and vibroblades draw blood on all sides as the game of cat-and-mouse leads to its climax. Kemp spices it up by throwing in a third party, much like the Anzati in Crosscurrent. Yet he doesn't stop there. Throughout the book, Kemp provokes the reader with tantalizing intellectual threads that add a whole new layer of depth to the novel.

At the center of the story is Jaden Korr. In Crosscurrent, Jaden dealt with time traveling Jedi, Sith, and a moon inhabited by crazed Force-sensitive clones. Now he's training the Cerean spacer Marr to be a Jedi, and cleaning up the mess that eluded him on the frozen moon. While the clones have a head start, Jaden finds the help he needs with his new companions.

Marr and Khedryn play significant roles in the story. As Jaden's apprentice, Marr trains in the ways of the Force and learns new responsibilities that weigh heavily upon him. Meanwhile Khedryn is left feeling like a fifth wheel in the group. Not having any Force abilities, he has only his natural talents and strength of character to rely upon. He also finds himself in a dangerous playing field. Jaden is already a powerful Jedi. Now that Marr is learning to use his own Force abilities, Khedryn has to keep up or stay behind. A good chunk of the story is dedicated to the characters finding their place in the ever changing galaxy.

On the other side of the fence, Kemp creates some very creative villains to keep everyone busy. Among the insane clones is one that stands apart; the Prime. There is also the third angle in the plot played by the One Sith. In Crosscurrent they sent an Anzati. This time they send a pair of Umbarans who, like the Prime, stand apart from their peers. The instability of the clones creates a shifting unity between them. With the One Sith and Jaden's bunch added in, it makes for a chaotic recipe. In the end the Umbarans and the Prime have to find their place, just like Khedyrn.

One of the central, underlying themes in the book is that people are not equations. Kemp attacks the argument from various angles with all of the characters. The matter of biology is represented by the clones. Bred by cold, impassionate Imperial scientists to be weapons, they seem destined to be agents of chaos and evil. The dark side has been engineered into them. On the side of choice, there is Jaden. He chose the light even when tempted by the allure of the dark. The Umbarans are also agents of choice, though they chose the dark. The clones, however, were not given choice, and it is only in their new found freedom that the real equation of life is put to the test. Is the sum of all beings merely the combination of their biology and the choices they've made?

From start to finish, Riptide is an engaging journey that will suck you in and leave you spinning. If you liked Crosscurrent, you'll love Riptide. The pacing and focus of the tale surpasses it's predecessor. The story weaves characters and action, emotions and curiosity, to create a thoroughly enjoying book. On top of that, Riptide presents a lot of topics begging for discussion. One of Kemp's final plays in the novel is enough to haunt readers into the wee hours of the night.

posted by Skuldren on October 26, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great Star Wars book for those who like to have all new players in the story

Great Star Wars book for those who like to have all new players in the story. All the main characters are unknowns. Story was good. Won't disappoint SW fans, like Red Harvest did.

posted by Reading_Rogue on June 1, 2012

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Kemp's Best Book Yet

    Riptide is an entertaining adventure that picks at the deeper channels of the reader's mind. Like all Star Wars books, it has action and adventure. Jedi Jaden Korr travels with his spacer companions as they hunt down a batch of renegade clones. Lightsabers, blasters, and vibroblades draw blood on all sides as the game of cat-and-mouse leads to its climax. Kemp spices it up by throwing in a third party, much like the Anzati in Crosscurrent. Yet he doesn't stop there. Throughout the book, Kemp provokes the reader with tantalizing intellectual threads that add a whole new layer of depth to the novel.

    At the center of the story is Jaden Korr. In Crosscurrent, Jaden dealt with time traveling Jedi, Sith, and a moon inhabited by crazed Force-sensitive clones. Now he's training the Cerean spacer Marr to be a Jedi, and cleaning up the mess that eluded him on the frozen moon. While the clones have a head start, Jaden finds the help he needs with his new companions.

    Marr and Khedryn play significant roles in the story. As Jaden's apprentice, Marr trains in the ways of the Force and learns new responsibilities that weigh heavily upon him. Meanwhile Khedryn is left feeling like a fifth wheel in the group. Not having any Force abilities, he has only his natural talents and strength of character to rely upon. He also finds himself in a dangerous playing field. Jaden is already a powerful Jedi. Now that Marr is learning to use his own Force abilities, Khedryn has to keep up or stay behind. A good chunk of the story is dedicated to the characters finding their place in the ever changing galaxy.

    On the other side of the fence, Kemp creates some very creative villains to keep everyone busy. Among the insane clones is one that stands apart; the Prime. There is also the third angle in the plot played by the One Sith. In Crosscurrent they sent an Anzati. This time they send a pair of Umbarans who, like the Prime, stand apart from their peers. The instability of the clones creates a shifting unity between them. With the One Sith and Jaden's bunch added in, it makes for a chaotic recipe. In the end the Umbarans and the Prime have to find their place, just like Khedyrn.

    One of the central, underlying themes in the book is that people are not equations. Kemp attacks the argument from various angles with all of the characters. The matter of biology is represented by the clones. Bred by cold, impassionate Imperial scientists to be weapons, they seem destined to be agents of chaos and evil. The dark side has been engineered into them. On the side of choice, there is Jaden. He chose the light even when tempted by the allure of the dark. The Umbarans are also agents of choice, though they chose the dark. The clones, however, were not given choice, and it is only in their new found freedom that the real equation of life is put to the test. Is the sum of all beings merely the combination of their biology and the choices they've made?

    From start to finish, Riptide is an engaging journey that will suck you in and leave you spinning. If you liked Crosscurrent, you'll love Riptide. The pacing and focus of the tale surpasses it's predecessor. The story weaves characters and action, emotions and curiosity, to create a thoroughly enjoying book. On top of that, Riptide presents a lot of topics begging for discussion. One of Kemp's final plays in the novel is enough to haunt readers into the wee hours of the night.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Great Star Wars book for those who like to have all new players in the story

    Great Star Wars book for those who like to have all new players in the story. All the main characters are unknowns. Story was good. Won't disappoint SW fans, like Red Harvest did.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    this book looks epic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Highly recommended - For the collector

    I have almost every paparback book that has come out, slow reader. This is not out yet.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Cool

    I am first this book looks epic

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Star Wars meets philosophy

    Star Wars:Riptide continues where CrossCurrent ended. A ship of mad clones escape a secret Thrawn Era cloning facility followed closely by Jaden Korr, his new apprentice Marr, and Captain Khedryn Faal. The mad clones forgo a mental and biological illness a plague they believe will be cured by an entity know to them as "Mother." Unknown to all the One Sith have an interest in one of the clones, the last of the Thrawn scientist's experiments The Prime (Solider). All three factions converge and deliver a great story.

    Kemp's novel is truly Star Wars meets Philosophy. The core theme of Riptide seems to nature vs. nurture and the power of choice. Jaden Korr having been tempted to the darkside but rejecting it embodies The Light, the twin Umbaran of the One Sith are archetypes of The Darkside. For both parties, choice is what defines them. But what of the clones? They were lab bred using Jedi-Sith DNA to become assassins for an Empire that no longer exists. Are they pred-destined to the Darkiside? Should they be killed as if they are Sith. What is their purpose now? Star Wars gets existential.

    "People are not equations."

    Riptide delievers. Through philosophical questioning to awesome action sequences the novel will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Kemp has a shocking conclusion in store that will have your mind racing with possibilities. Enjoy!rs

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    So-so for the Star Wars universe of books.

    Just an okay read. Nothing special.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Abrupt ending

    Left too many unanswered questions. Ended way too abruptly.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    "I Love It!! ( Time Travelling + Star Wars? ) ¿ ? = Senses Shattering Story!!!"

    "Major-Mind-Blowing Action & Cleverly Crafted Characterazation Combine In This Spectacular Sequal!!" [ Although Without All the Annoying Alliteration! ] ……………………Rogue al'Thor @ X-BOXLIVE………………

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    Don't know

    You keep asking for a review for a book you have not sent me yet!!! Please wait for a review ---- after I receive the book.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    this book looks epic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book looks epic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Doctor

    I wish i actully owned this aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Who ever says star trek is dumb

    THEN WHY DOSE IT HAVE ITS OWN CATACOREY???????

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Sion

    I know. *Leans against the wall looking out over the city.* I can't figure it out either, but it is. We share the same energy, I can feel it when we are near. *Turns and walks down the hall.* I must go. *You look after me but when you blink and open your eyes again i'm gone.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Jason

    Creepy*walks down the hallway*how did he do that?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    I liked the book, though I had only rhe sample. Still, I like the book. It's cool.

    It is cool. What else should I say about it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Cool

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    F

    Ggggggfgggg
    Fuc!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    An improvement upon Crosscurrent, which had its moments. In Cros

    An improvement upon Crosscurrent, which had its moments. In Crosscurrent, what seemed like the main storyline (with the Sith ship) was just meh, while the far-more-interesting storyline was what revolved around Khedryn-Jaden-Marr. In this book, the author left off the distracting second plotline and the entire book focuses on the continuation of the three main character's adventure ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    ??????

    Why is this under star trek? - Sarah

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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