I've read all the previous republic/imperial commando novels from Karen Traviss.
This one is again a real K. Traviss book. Lots and lots of dialogue. Lots and lots of emotion and character depth. The action has been cut down though. And it's not unexpected if you think about it. So much has happened to the clones and the jedi that make up clan Skirata. This book needs emotional 'closure' and stuff like that.
Is this bad? No not at all. If you like to read about the feelings, the fears, the doubts of a bunch of elite commandos and Mandalorians. Karen Traviss really creates her little world inside the Star Wars universe. Her little Star Wars corner, and over the last couple of years we really got to know (and love) the characters that make up that world.
Now the bad part.
She has stopped writing Star Wars novels. Yes you read that correct. The upcoming sequel to Imperial Commando 501th, that was supposed to be released sometime now, has been cancelled. In short, LucasArts made some changes to the Star Wars universe regarding Mandalorians, making it hard for Traviss to finish her last book of this serie.
So this is a book that is dying for an ending, and it will not come anytime soon.
Talk about ... well ... a waste actually.
I really enjoyed the book. Yes there is an awful lot of talking and emotional baggage, but that is to be expected. That is Traviss's style and that's what makes the series stand out.
Someone writes 'Nothing really happens' in their review. I tend to disagree. A lot of things happen. But not the shooting / blowing stuff up kind of things.
Do I recommend this title? If you've read the previous books, then yes this is a must read. But it will leave a bad taste in your mouth, because when you finish that last page, it's all over, and none of the answers you're dying for will be answered.