Adult Novel

Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel

Karen Traviss
Sep 16, 2008
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19 BBY
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Reign of the Empire

The job of the clone troopers is simple: destroy the enemy at all costs. But as the war wages on and its atrocities add up, some clones start question their purpose and plan to lay down their arms altogether. Suddenly, a seemingly simple command from Chancellor Palpatine ruins those plans and also leaves them wondering exactly who the enemy is that they’re supposed to destroy.

Karen Traviss—who has proved more than capable of placing the reader inside the helmet of a trooper—is once again successful with this novel. The pain and suspense of the Order 66 scene in Revenge of the Sith is somehow stretched the entire length of the novel. Readers who have followed the Republic Commandos series can’t miss this part of the story!

Publisher's Summary

After the fierce combat of Hard Contact, Triple Zero, and True Colors comes the spectacular culmination of New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss’s gripping Republic Commando series. As a battle-scarred era nears its end, a shattering power play is about to stun the entire galaxy . . . and set in motion events that will alter destinies and resound throughout history.

Even as the Clone Wars are about to reach an explosive climax, no one knows if 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.

With Republic forces stretched to the max and casualties mounting, the last thing these beleaguered warriors need to hear is that Chancellor Palpatine is keeping vast armies of secret clone troops in reserve. Sergeant Skirata, a mentor to the clone commandos, has no intention of standing idly by while Palpatine sends them into battle like lambs to the slaughter. Skirata begins to plan the clones’ escape from the GAR, but his heroic effort will be in vain unless he can reverse the clones’ accelerated aging process.

Caught in the treacherous dealings of their leaders, and locked in the battles of their lives, the disillusioned Null ARCs and Commandos nonetheless fight with everything they’ve got, determined to wrest victory from the Seps and save the galaxy.

But even the deadliest weapons may not be powerful enough to defeat the real menace. And nothing will stop the apocalyptic horror 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? All the breathtaking action, suspense, and intrigue of Karen Traviss’s Republic Commando series comes alive in Star Wars: Order 66.

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Jared Mayes - Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
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This is as good a Legends novel as one can ask for. After a tedious first 100 pages, it quickly became a page-turner I absolutely could not put down. Traviss built an incredible cast of characters and set them up for an emotional boiling point as the clones, Jedi, and Mandalorians approach the infamous Order 66. Please send help to pick me up off the floor after finishing this one.
Meg Dowell - Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel - Adult Novel
Meg Dowell
Considering Revenge of the Sith is my favorite Star Wars movie (and novelization), it's no surprise that I found Order 66, the fourth book in the Republic Commando series, absolutely heartbreaking ... in the best way possible. You know what's coming. What you don't know is how it's going to affect the characters you have come to know and adore at this point. Are the commandos going to turn on their generals? Are they finally going to free themselves from what is, essentially, slavery? I'm not ashamed to admit that I did cry through the final chapters of this story. That just leaves one more question -- and one more book -- to consider: Where do Skirata and his family go from here?

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