Star Wars: Imperial Commando: 501st

Star Wars: Imperial Commando: 501st

by Karen Traviss
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Star Wars: Imperial Commando: 501st by Karen Traviss

The Clone Wars are over, but for those with reason to run from the new galactic Empire, the battle to survive has only just begun. . . .

The Jedi have been decimated in the Great Purge, and the Republic has fallen. Now the former Republic Commandos–the galaxy’s finest special forces troops, cloned from Jango Fett–find themselves on opposing sides and in very different armor. Some have deserted and fled to Mandalore with the mercenaries, renegade clone troopers, and rogue Jedi who make up Kal Skirata’s ragtag resistance to Imperial occupation. Others–including men from Delta and Omega squads–now serve as Imperial Commandos, a black ops unit within Vader’s own 501st Legion, tasked to hunt down fugitive Jedi and clone deserters. For Darman, grieving for his Jedi wife and separated from his son, it’s an agonizing test of loyalty. But he’s not the only one who’ll be forced to test the ties of brotherhood. On Mandalore, clone deserters and the planet’s own natives, who have no love for the Jedi, will have their most cherished beliefs challenged. In the savage new galactic order, old feuds may have to be set aside to unite against a far bigger threat, and nobody can take old loyalties for granted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345511133
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Series: Star Wars: Imperial Commando
Edition description: Original
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 136,507
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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harstan More than 1 year ago
The Clone Wars may have ended (see Star Wars Republic Commando quartet), but hostilities remain as the new Empire that emerged from the conflict presses the offense against the remnants of the Republic and the elimination of the surviving Jedi. Former allies face each other in combat as Republic Commandos are either in support of or opposed to the Empire. Many fled to Mandalore to join the resistance led by Kal Skirata, but Delta and Omega units converted into the Imperial Commando killing force under Vader's leadership with the mission to hunt and kill Jedi and Commando clone deserters. On Mandalore, the Republic Commando clone deserters, mercenaries, and natives distrust the fugitive Jedi who they blame for the catastrophe. Especially angry at the Jedi are the Commandos who know they will soon be fighting their brothers at arms. However, although they loathe the Jedi, they know they must set aside their hatred because the Imperial Empire is coming to eradicate all of them. To fully grasp what is going on, the reader needs to have read the four book Republic Commando series first; especially the last tale Order 66. The story line is a transition plot that sets up the changes in the galaxy with the Clone wars being over. No one stands out though Darmen the former Republic Commando is perhaps the most representative as he has no time to grieve and must choose which band of brothers he will fight alongside of against his former band of brothers. Fans of the saga will enjoy Karen Traviss' exciting entry, but newcomers will be lost in that far away galaxy. Harriet Klausner
Seeker_OWAT More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the whole series, but I feel frustrated. I want to know how things turn out for these characters
jackryan08 More than 1 year ago
Much like Episode II & V were transitional episodes for the movies, Imperial Commando provides the same action, suspense and drama that we have come to expect from the Star Wars Universe in that same transitional package. Order 66 (Book #4 Clone Commando) closed the chapter on the Clone Wars but served as a beginning to life in the Galactic Empire. Skirata & his band of clones, Jedi & others are attempting to settle in when their lives are constantly disrupted. An old "friend" returns, the homestead is getting crowded, there are growing concerns w/ the local community & Skirata might finally settle down (love interest there). Elsewhere Darman & Niner are teamed w/ new squad mates to seek out the remaining Jedi while they plan their final extraction. Darman is constantly pounded by the desire to be w/ his family & Kad, the loss of Etain & the mission of the new regime. The story concludes w/ "To Be Continued." Similar to Episode V which left our heroes broken & futures bleak but set the stage for an amazing new adventure, Imperial Commando does the same. Our heroes are in turmoil, their futures cloudy but great excitement & adventure lie ahead. Harstan provides an exceptional review of this book should you be looking for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series itself is a great one, but there is no proper ending I feel. I need to know what happens to Darman and all of the gang. So I love the books but I feel let down in the end because I (as stated in the title) need closure in the end!
Stumpyboner More than 1 year ago
The Republic Commando series is one of the most captivating series that I have ever read, and the best in the Star Wars Universe. With that said, 501st is the first among the books that seemed to bank on your love for the series, rather than your love for the story. I give the series my highest recomendation, but this book should defenitely be read after the predecessors.
Nightshade_XS More than 1 year ago
If you've read the previous Republic Commando Novels, than this Imperial Commando novel is a must. The twists and intense action that occurs will leave you at the edge of your seat. If you haven't read the previous books yet it is highly suggested that you do so otherwise it will leave you confused to what is happening without knowing the events that occured.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book. I only wish there was another one. The ending left hundreds of unanswered questions and open ends. By god, there better be another book coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good and I can't wait to read Alliegence.
Darcy Fausz More than 1 year ago
Great novel. Shows wut the commandos act like when they are really behind enemy lines. Never a dull moment. Great, no wait strike that, superb writing from the seemingly magical writer who brought you true color, order 66, triple zero, and hard contact, brings you 501st.
3greatkidsjsd More than 1 year ago
With the end of the Clone Wars comes a new era; the Empire. In this excellent continuation of the Republic Commando series, the characters face even more trials and tribulations than before. With family and friends dead, and others lost behind enemy lines, Clan Skirata faces some of the most important decisions it will ever make. I found this book to be fantastic. The plot was page turning, the characters intriguing, and the action fast-paced and thrilling. You will not be disappointed. To truly understand 501st, however, you must read the original series. The four books preceding this one all tie in to this new chapter in a great saga. Others who do not read those book will find themselves confused and wishing they had taken my advice. At the end of the day, though, no one will regret reading Imperial Commando: 501st.
TK-7236 More than 1 year ago
The story of the Republic Commandos of Omega and Delta squad, after Order 66 is initiated by the self proclaimed Emperor. For the majority of citizens, life hasn't changed much under the Empire, but for a few Mandalorian raised commandos, life has been chaotic. Niner and Darman are now Imperial Commnados and life on Mandalore with the clones is anything but dull with a few unexpected guests, and the clock of life still ticking down at an excelerated pace! Karen Traviss is one of the most talented authors I have ever read. She has the ability to get a reader involved in the story in a way that makes it hard to put the book down. Book 5 in the story of Omega squad and their brothers, is just as engaging as the first one, and I look forward to the next!
StarWarsNovelReaderTK-421 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful continuation of the Republic Commando series. You might feel a bit lost if you haven't read the books preceding it , so go check out those first. It dives into the mind of a certain character , and it was nicely done. I really got choked up at a few parts , and was shocked when someone did something. It could have had a bit more action , but it was filling enough. Fans of this series and newcomers should love it. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need another commando book!!!!
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This series has been amazing and gives you a better idea of what it kind of between episoide 3 and 4. This serise has had really good drama, action, adventure, some "a ha" moments and many more things. I am sure that Karren Traves is not making another book due to star wars the clone wars tv show and also because of the new star wars tv show star wars rebels. Yes I was very sad to know that this series was over, I do also know that there was going to be a little more to this book but karren had to stop short because of the star wars tv shows. By Duncan Kusant
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DARMAN IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was an amazing book, but COME ON!! I NEEDMORE OF DAR!!! If Karen Traviss is working on the next book, I needit fast!! The series is amazing in action, comedy, and drama (the drama might be a lot for some people like myself) and it needs to be spread to others who love Star Wars. I think they would love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this series continue? If so please tell me what the next book is. I want to see more of Dar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a story about the clones because all the jedi stories ar getting old this is a great series. These books focus on a close knit group of special ops clones their training sergent Kal Skirata and a couple of the first clones known as the Null Arcs. Over all great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad and poor.
Soti More than 1 year ago
Expanded universe novels are some of my favorite pastimes. I have read quite a few novels written by Karen Traviss and I feel this is her best. She has created characters that you grow to care very much about. I couldn't tell you how well she portrayed the life of a soldier, what I can tell you is that you will consider ideas and situations that most of us will fortunately never know. This series is full of emotion, and I look forward to the continuation. Make certain you start at the beginning, it can be confusing since the first four books in the series are titles Republic Commando however Barnes & Nobel helpfully titled this one RC #5.
craig139 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book to read as are all the other books in the series. Be aware that THIS IS THE LAST BOOK! Due to differences raised in the tv series "The Clone Wars", Ms. Travis was unable to continue writing about these characters. This decision is from 2009 and I am writing this in 2014. Sigh. Enjoy these books anyway!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only thing tthat stops five star rating is the cliffhanger ending. First book in the series, Hard Contact had least cliffhanger ending in all five books. Karen Travis actually great at ending a book- sucks at ending a series