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Star Wars Republic Commando #4: Order 66

Star Wars Republic Commando #4: Order 66

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by Karen Traviss

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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 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?

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Random House Publishing Group
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Star Wars: Republic Commando Series , #4
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So 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. 

Meet the Author

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First let me say that your review while somewhat inaccurate was very well spoken. However i most heartily DISAGREE with your assement! karen traviss has done with her writing something that should have been done almost from the begining, She has put a human face on the faceless. The clone troopers are in the movie are portrayed as little better than the droid forces that they were fighting! But here comes Karen Traviss who come out and says loud and clear what the other writers would only hint at, that the republic at large sees the clones as little better than slaves. Even the jedi themselves (with a few notable exceptions) don't see the clones as human the way that u or i are. What I find refreshing about Karen's writing is that it puts a real face on the star wars universe (warts, moles pimples and all). Where the jedi are not always the good guys, That mandalorians are more than just mercs and bounty hunters and that one of the mandos and a a pair of jedi knights (one of them pregnant by a clone soldier) seem to be the only ones who really see the clones a human beings who are being selfishly used. Lets also not forget that the real bad guy, Palpatine aka darth sidious is the whole reason that the clone army exists in the first place playing both sides against the middle. So in conclusion i think your review was somewhat harsh on the writing of a very talented author. I recomend to all who read this review to read the entire republic commando series, It's a very well written story and it's a story real enough for all to relate to.

Peter Oakley
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Order 66 and I have to say it was worth the wait. As this is the first novel to tell the story from the clones point of view, I thinkk it exceptionally telling when one of the Jedi tries to explain their coup against a democratically elected Chancellors by saying 'He´s a Sith!' and the clone (Captain Maze) answers 'What´s a Sith?' showing the clones really were just pawns in a bigger game being played by both Palpatine and to a lesser extent, Jango Fett. The character developement in this novel is particularly good, as we see professional soldiers struggle with doing their duty to a government they have no tie to (never took an oath, no contract) and deserting to look for a better full life. I really liked the dialogue between Null and Alpha ARC troopers as a device to show the stark difference in how each views his lot in life. An excellent book all around!
toejam503 More than 1 year ago
excellent characterization, helps to understand the differance between the good guys and the bad guys and the corruption between the similarites.
RevZ63 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Traviss writes well but is slow and boring. She creates a story that is too much like real life, long periods of no action, slow and dragging along with short periods of action. It should be more action and actions and less "touchy-feely" exploration. I read to get the touchy feely, thoughts of the characters and so on but there are better ways to do it. I am reading L.A. Banks and she does a great job of that, she carries you along. With Traviss you have to fight to get there. I had an acquaintance decide to stop reading the whole SW series (his loss) because of her books. I am glad she got the work but there are far better writers for the SW galaxy than she. Overall Order 66 is a good book and answers some questions and fills in some holes. I do think that the surrounding galaxy events are missed somewhat. I can not detail them here but they come to mind as I read. I wish someone would seriously address the other force users in the SW galaxy, not as adversaries only and off their planets as well as force sensitives who were never trained, there had to be some. The Jedi do not look good in this book and that is good as it makes them as people more "human" especially with their institutional blindness to the total situation and to the duping of Skywalker, can one be too good? There has to be something about the Clones that got away, what happened, did were more kids born, any force sensitive? What happened to them. A galaxy full of stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing and action in this series is phenomenal. Also, the feels q.q
STARFIREPROTOCALL More than 1 year ago
ORDER 66 I looked at this book cover and thought it would be about a lot of clone troopers and or commandos that would be “slotting” Jedi who the clones thought tried to overrun the senate and try to rule in absolute power. Based on background knowledge of what ORDER 66 means from Star Wars movies I’ve watched and thought that the Jedi would be shot on spot for what they have done. This books is fiction. The book is about how clones will desert and a lot of political stuff. There are a lot of main characters and they are elite forces that are called commandos and Null ARCs that are talking about how corrupt the Jedi council and trying to get a cure for an accelerated aging for the clones. The book is kind of sad, but it is a good book. It doesn’t have as much fighting as the first book did, but when action happened it was more intimidating. The book was mostly about how bad the Chancellor is and how he was doing bad stuff. I didn’t like it very much because it was all about secrecy and how to desert and stuff like that. It was mostly about political junk that was boring and it was sad and depressing. If you like trauma, you should read the book. It was not as interesting as I thought it would be, so I liked it before I knew what was going to happen and I don’t like the book very much any more. I think that KAREN TRAVISS tried too hard to not make it like the other books but failed. I do not recommend reading this book. It’s very hard to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite simply better than a cheddar dinosaur. One of my all time favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sucks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is war games here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for my ring/ gun/ sword
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell me what youd think wouldve happened if Order 66 failed.What problems would the failure make?comment above me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shab, this is a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Traviss has made a really good book.
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Read it now!
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ryan1234500 More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the Republic Commando series. Books two and three were great reads and I really enjoyed the fleshing out of the Clone and Mandalorian cultures. This entry was just as good as the others. I much prefer Travis's version of the clones than the one we got on the Clone Wars and in the original Clone Wars multimedia project. It's too bad that the heroes of this series were the kind of "antihero criminals who are looking out for their own" types. I didn't really enjoy that aspect of this book. Knowing though that Book 6 was cancelled due to a pretty public falling out between the Star Wars powers that be and the author made me less excited about this story though. When I reached the end of the novel, which was a great ending, it seemed like a better point to jump off this series than the end of Book 5, so I guess I'm done with the Commando books. Unless Imperial Commando 2 is ever released and wraps up this storyline better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realy good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great near ending book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good but more story than action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, even the tragic ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lets go commando.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To quigonreborn. Really?!! Its just a book. It adds some much needed realism to the star wars universe and adds some more emotion. Don't get me wrong I am obsessed with star wars, but this was a much needed addition and didn't deserve an outburst like yours. These novels added a much deserved story to the clones who were basically played out as cyborgs being played with by master puppeteer darth sidious.