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This is a story of a marine in an army in which all the other non-commissioned personnel are identical to each other.

It is the first book of a series, which works best when read in the chronological sequence, which is currently:

1) The Clone Republic
2) Rogue Clone
3) The Clone Alliance (Ace Science Fiction)
4) The Clone Elite
5) The Clone Betrayal
6) The Clone Empire
7) The Clone Redemption (Due October 2011)

If you are planning to read the whole series, tackle this book, the "The Clone Republic," first because the subsequent books give away most of the mysteries which the central character, Wayson Harris, is trying to understand in the early part of the first one.

Indeed, although I have given links here to the later books for those who may want to order several of the books at once, I would advise against even reading eviews of the later books until you have read this one. It is difficult to describe "Rogue Clone" or the subsequent novels in the series without giving away a bit too much about this first one.

Steven Kent's novel, and it's sequels, include a number of features which have appeared in many other science fiction stories, but he usually manages to make them seem original.

There is an army of clones, a particularly huge spaceship, ethnic tensions between humans on distant planets, an oppressive central government which has grown out of modern democratic institutions but is no longer democratic, infighting between the space admirals and senators who rule the galaxy, a ruthless bounty hunter, a hero who has to come to terms with his real identity - you name the Star Wars/SF cliche and it's here, but Kent does manage to find new things to say about almost all of them.

In form the story is a bildungsroman narrated by the central character, Wayson Harris.

In the prologue Harris has been promoted to be an officer and been put in command of a platoon of marines holding an outpost on a distant planet, Ravenwood, which is about to be attacked. He does not expect himself or any of his men to survive. Describing his situation, he begins the book with the words "You picked a hell of a place to die, Marine."

Then the story goes back to his first posting as a private after leaving marine training school and he starts to narrate his history from there up to his arrival on Ravenwood.

Commissioned officers are recruited from volunteers with "normal" family backgrounds, but all of Wayson Harris's fellow enlisted marines and soldiers are clones who grew up in "orphanages." Harris himself also grew up in just such an "orphanage" but at the start of the book Wayson Harris, believes himself to be a genuine orphan rather than a clone. He has good reason to think this even though he knows that each of the clone soldiers is genetically programmed to see himself as slightly different from all the identical solders around him. It is rumoured that any clone who finds out that he is a clone is programmed to die.

Wayson Harris really is different from the identical standard clones around him. They are programmed to see themselves as having trivial differences such as slightly varied hair and eye colour - but Harris doesn't look like them at all and, for example, he is four inches taller. But as the story continues both Harris and the reader begin to wonder exactly who and what he really is. As the galaxy prepares for civil war. Harris soon discovers that he has both powerful friends and enemies and he is caught up in their plans for that war.

Well worth a read if you're into military SF. At the time of updating this review I have not yet read the whole series, but I strongly recommend those of the sequels which I have so far read, "Rogue Clone" and "The Clone Alliance."
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on 9 October 2007
I'm not sure what book that other guy read. One of the best parts of The Clone Republic was the way the characters developed. That's the point of the book, isn't it? It's about an army in which everyone looks alike and is made with the same DNA, yet they do not act or think alike.
Kent pulls that off quite well.
About this book being boring, it did drag a bit in the middle when the main character and his sidekick go on an unexpected vacation to Hawaii. That was a bit strange, but boring? The book was never boring, not even during that unnecessary side trip.
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Whilst this book is new to the UK market it was originally released in the US in 2006. Whilst written a few years before, the book is definitely one that is in vogue at the moment as clones take the centre stage in brutal bloody combat to reach the objectives that those in power want. Death tally's matter little and to be honest its this sort of hard core militaria mindset that really brings this book to life.

Told through the point of view of Harris, the lead character has a lot of facets that allow the reader to get hold of this bleak future with relative ease. Its works wonderfully well with cracking prose and were this a game I believe there would be a cult following in a very short time. (Which really isn't that surprising as the author did start out in the game industry.) All round a solid enough beginning for a series and whilst the ending left you on a cliffhanger, I am lucky enough to be starting book two shortly. I just hope that the momentum built up in the first is matched in the second.
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on 16 February 2010
Having read all four of the Clone series I just flicked through the reviews in Amazon and found one on here that slates the book.

So I looked at the authors the reviewer recommends. Linnea Sinclair books have covers where the central theme seems to be more Mills and Boon than SciFi. Mike Shepherd covers seems to be promoting female spacers and I am yet to try Ian Douglas.

The whole Clone series rocks and Wayson Harris isn't so much plastic as alone. I will say no more. The books are engaging and whilst they do follow a pattern I cannot recommend them highly enough if you wish to be entertained.
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on 2 August 2012
It starts off with a very interesting concept for a future in which Earth and its many off-world colonies are governed by a ruling body which is, in essence, the US government but with a more elitist structure and only a smidgeon of democratic function. It is backed by a military staffed almost entirely by clones, who grow up in military "orphanages" and led by a human (and mostly Earth-born) officer class. The story is told from the point of view of Wayson Harris, a recent graduate from one of these orphanages and the only orphan who was not a clone. On his first assignment he gets involved in a political plot which will dominate the remainder of the book and will see him earn some fast promotions, reveal unlikely allies but also the inevitable enemies. The big problem is that the story builds up to a big reveal, which happens barely half way through the book and it seems as if the story has spent itself at that point. What follows are long descriptions with only a minimal point to the story itself, a few more momentous events thrown in for good measure and an ending whose only purpose is setting up the sequel. Unfortunately by that time I was so disinterested I only skimmed through the final few chapters.
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While this book does tread a well worn path, it is sufficiently diverting not to be a waste of time.

This is a military/political sci-fi set in a future where the sss dominates much of the galaxy and produces vast numbers of clones to protect it's empire. Interestingly the clones are programmed not to recognise themselves as clones and also most have a self destruct button to avoid them going rogue.

The lead character of the story is brought up amongst the clones in an orphanage and joins the Marines working closely with the clones. The sss treats the clones as cannon fodder and some treat them as a mean to a political end all of which impacts on our hero, Harris, as he fights at the dirty end of the conflicts.

Okay, light on characterisation and the plot is not unique, but some of the ideas about the clones are interesting, as are their use by the various factions of the sss. Nothing spectacular about this, but nothing overly annoying either, it is a perfectly readable bit of sci-fi. I'll probably pick up the next one to be honest.
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on 26 June 2007
I cannot disagree more with the other reviewers they must have been reading a different book. I love Military Sci Fi but this book just didnt make the cut. The central character is plastic and I just couldn't be interested in what happens to him in this book or the next which I also bought. This books author was recommended as being like the Linnea Sinclair, Mike Shepherd and Ian Douglas. They are not, each of these authors books have engaging characters with lots of exciting events and interaction between characters.

If you're looking for something to put you to sleep you've found the book for you otherwise give it a miss.
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on 26 April 2006
A standard sci-fi military book. But with the nice angle of being written by one of the clones. Story left for a follow up which I look forward to
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