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Karen Traviss
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1 Oct 2009 Star Wars (Book 125)
Young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, his new Padawan Asohka, and his Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, are on a mission to rescue the kidnapped son of Jabba the Hutt. But Count Dooku and the Separatists also want to rescue the baby Hutt -- because whoever succeeds in returning Jabba's son to him will gain the support of the Hutts in the war between the Republic and the Separatists.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099533197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099533191
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 11 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, and other major properties has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the real world of today. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England. She's currently writing the new G.I. Joe flagship comic series, and working on BLACK RUN, the sequel to GOING GREY.

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A new era of Star Wars begins in 2008 when Star Wars: The Clone Wars premieres as an all-new feature film -- followed by the television series debut -- and Century launches the publishing program with a tie-in novel written by #1 New York Times bestselling Star Wars author, Karen Traviss!

About the Author

British writer KAREN TRAVISS received critical acclaim for her first novels City of Pearl, Crossing

the Line, and The World Before, published by HarperCollins in the USA. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Karen has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter and a journalism lecturer. She has served in both the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army. A graduate of the Clarion East class of 2000, she has had short stories published in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and On Spec. She is also the author of Star Wars: Republic Commando: Hard Contact, Star Wars: Republic Commando: Triple Zero, Star Wars: Republic Commando: Order 66, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice and New York Times #1 bestseller Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Revelations and is beloved of stormtroopers everywhere.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it wrong that I fancy Ahsoka? 3 Mar 2010
Karen Traviss, the Queen of the Clones herself, brings us the novelization of The Clone Wars animated film.

Now this novel is only based on the film and, although the story line is the same, the scenes and dialogue are very different - more so than the novelizations of the other films. I'm not saying this is a bad thing; I'm simply pointing it out.

What I like most about reading the film novelizations is that we get to see more scenes that maybe got binned by the editors and we also get to see what the characters are thinking and more background to many of the scenes that we don't see in the film.

This is no exception and Traviss does a great job of focussing on the conflict within Anakin that is lost in the film. We see more of his darker thoughts and we start to get a real sense of his frustration with the Jedi Order and hatred brought on by memories of his past; something that I felt was lacking in many of the other books that involve him.

My only real complaint with this book is that Palpatine is revealed to us as the bad guy too early in my opinion. Now I know that we're all aware `he woz the one who done it' but I preferred the subtle hints and the revelation mid-way through `Revenge of the Sith' - it makes the story arc more dramatic in my humble opinion. A minor gripe but I have to find one really.

So, do I think this is a good book? Yes I do. It is well written and a nice light read. It certainly adds more to what is already a good film. My only real concern is that I find myself strangely attracted to Ahsoka Tano. Now this is bad for 3 reasons: Firstly she's a cartoon character, secondly she's an alien and thirdly she's only 14! I have been given the number of a very good psychiatrist and will be starting sessions next week.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More trooper action 25 Nov 2009
By Alaran
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Karen Traviss' success with her series of Republic Commando novels that began with Hard Contact has given her the oppurtunity to write one of the movie tie ins. In some ways, being the foremost expert on clone troopers, she is the ideal choice for this novelisation but unfortunately in other ways she is perhaps not suited to this kind of novel. The gritty realism and sense of despair that were the best elements of her previous Star Wars novels (including the Legacy of the Force ones) doesn't really have a place in this book which is essentially aimed at a younger audience than a lot of the Star Wars novels. Some of her usual style slips in with the internal thoughts of Anakin and Rex and the book is heavily weighted in favour of clone and military activity to the point where Amidala's sub-plot is virtually removed. In fact this is perhaps the biggest problem with the book. With Amidala and Ziro's roles played down it feels as if the novel speeds too rapidly to the end of the movie.

Overall though the book is well written and is what it has to be; a film tie in that has to appeal to all the kids who rushed to see it and bought all the toys. No doubt Karen will provide us with something more hard edged from the Star Wars universe in the near future.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Travesty does it again 23 May 2013
God, I hate Karen Travis. She's the Scrappy Do of Star Wars authors. All she had to do here was follow the plot of the film with a bit of character insight but we've got something that veers massively from the film and is clogged down with her usual dose of Jedi-bashing. I expected a light, breezy adventure, like the film: what I got instead was an utter chore.

A spin-off book of a spin-off film is a pretty pointless thing so adding bits should give it a bit more worth but this actually changes entire scenes. This isn't necessarily Travis's fault- there could have been plot changes after she was commissioned- but as this will only appeal to completists, releasing something that doesn't fit into the rest of the EU is unacceptable. A cynical cash in of the worst sort and utterly, utterly hateful. Just watch the film.
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