Triple Zero (Star Wars: Republic Commando) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Feb 2006
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The second novel based on the bestselling Star Wars: Republic Commando video game. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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"As the Clone Wars rage, victory or defeat lies in the hands of elite squads that take on the toughest assignments in the galaxy-stone-cold soldiers who go where no one else would, to do what no one else could. . . .
On a mission to sabotage a chemical weapon research facility on a Separatist-held planet, four clone troopers operate under the very noses of their enemies. The commandos are outnumbered and outgunned, deep behind enemy lines with no backup-and working with strangers instead of trusted teammates. Matters don't improve when Darman, the squad's demolitions expert, gets separated from the others during planetfall. Even Darman's apparent good luck in meeting an inexperienced Padawan vanishes once Etain admits to her woeful inexperience.
For the separated clone commandos and stranded Jedi, a long, dangerous journey lies ahead, through hostile territory brimming with Trandoshan slavers, Separatists, and suspicious natives. A single misstep could mean discovery . . . and death. It's a virtual suicide mission for anyone-anyone except Republic Commandos.
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If you want a feel for what this book is like, then imagine all the gritty realism and grim humour of 'Hard Contact' mixed with that sense of an unorthodox team from the Wraith Squadron novels.
Perhaps this book's best element is the diverse range of characters that form the Republic team (even though most of them are clones). There's Omega Squad, of course, but also Delta Squad, fresh from the second campaign of the 'Republic Commando' game. Representing the Jedi are the eager-to-please Bardan Jusik and Etain Tur-Mukan, both now Jedi Knights and Generals. Etain plays the important role of being the one who is constantly trying to find the balance between necessity and morality and questioning how that fits into the Jedi's understanding of the dark side. Oddly the character that endeared himself to me the most is the ordinary infantry clone, Corr, who finds himself caught up with the commandos. The most interesting new characters are the Null ARCs, a group of super-clones who aren't entirely stable and who only answer to their father figure, Sergeant Kal Skirata.
Skirata and the other Mandalorian trainer, Walon Vau, were the only thing that I didn't love about this book. We are constantly bombarded with positive feeling towards Skirata and negative towards Vau, but when it came down to it I found the former entirely unlikeable and the latter easy to respect. Whenever you're starting to like and understand Kal, he vents a furious attack on Etain which is unfair and unjustified.Read more ›
David Jae, author of Saga of the Stones: Episode 1 Zin'ao Rising
Also if you are a fan of the game (which I'm not, I've never played it) you might be interested to know that the characters from the game are in the book. I have no idea how similar delta squad is in the book to the game, but they do seem to be an enjoyable bunch of characters. Throughout the book there is a very enjoyable rivalry between the two squads.
If you haven't read the first book, this would be were I would recomend starting. I you have, but didn't enjoy it, I would strongly recomend giving the series another chance. If you liked the first one, then I suspect you'll like this too.
Unfortunately, Triple Zero may not be remembered as a particularly great book.
Nothing much seems to happen over the course of 400 pages. There's a long and often confusing build-up to introduce the 16 main characters (10 commando clones, 2 null clones, 2 sergeants, 2 Jedi), and the meat of the story involves tracking nameless, faceless, motivation-less and therefore ultimately uninteresting villains. As a former reporter on the military and member of the armed forces, Traviss obviously knows her stuff and the breadth of detail is impressive, but in the end tiresome.
Which is a shame as she has proven herself very skilled at developing character. When she allows herself to do that in Triple Zero, the story starts to shine. Sadly, those moments are few and far between. The most compelling subplot [SPOILER] involves the slow unfolding of romance between a Jedi padawan and one of the clones, a pair I hope Traviss has the opportunity to revisit in the not too distant future. [END SPOILER]
If you liked Traviss' first commando novel, Hard Contact, or if you like her Wess'Har War series (recommended if you've just come to her through Star Wars), you may still not like Triple Zero.
ADDENDUM: There is a coda, of sorts, a short story called "Odds" from Karen Traviss revisiting the commandos of Triple Zero in Star Wars Insider magazine #87 (May/June 2006). In their continuing hunt for Kaminoan cloning engineer Ko Sai, the commandos discover a piece of a holo transmission showing Palpatine dealing directly with the Kaminoans to establish cloning facilities on Coruscant. There is no mention of the pregnant Jedi.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took me 2 days to read it. First book got me so hooked to the story... I needed more of it. Soon i'll order the next volumes. I recommend all of them. Just really great booksPublished 14 months ago by teo
Very good sequel to Hard Contact and a more in depth story!, i was a bit confused at times but never the less still good!Published on 6 Oct. 2013 by Ciaran
The Clone Wars are in full swing and our elite squad of special ops clones is...sitting on Coruscant waiting for some ambiguous terrorist threat. Read morePublished on 23 May 2013 by Cylon Says
It has been a while since I read this book, and I am not very good at remembering stuff. But I do rememebr this, it was a truly awesome book, infact anything by Karen Traviss is... Read morePublished on 30 April 2010 by Mark Kaye