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VINE VOICEon 10 March 2006
The main body of this book takes place a year after 'Attack Of The Clones' and deals with unauthorised counter-terrorist black ops at the very heart of the Republic, on Coruscant.
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.
Traviss is a very canny author, so it's more than likely much of what I felt about Kal was deliberately provoked, but I just didn't feel the character lived up to the hype provided by the clones.
Nevertheless, this is another excellent book exploring the less palatable side of war in the Star Wars galaxy, which never loses sight of the human cost involved.
And as a bonus, the short story 'Omega Squad: Targets' is included, set between 'Hard Contact' and 'Triple Zero' (and, oddly, containing a Kal Skirata that I did like).
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on 28 October 2014
Good book but the series is getting bad as the commandos are starting to only listen to their old Sargent and not command. He is using them as he own private army and im starting to dislike the series.
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on 13 May 2012
Having already read Hard Contact, I was eagerly awaiting the next book in Karen Traviss' series and it does not disappoint. Building on the success of her previous work, this book is punchier and edgier. The story is emotionally gripping, rich with moral questions and ethical philosophy, as well as thrilling action. A welcome break from the established Star Wars universe, this is one of the best books from the Universe of Episodes1-3. A must read for all Star Wars fans.

David Jae, author of Saga of the Stones: Episode 1 Zin'ao Rising
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on 17 October 2013
Well i'm a bit geeky but i do love the Star Wars novels i have lots of them now and i can quite happily sit and read them back to back
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on 17 March 2011
If you enjoyed hard contact, but found it a bit too 'action heavy', then this book is for you. The story is a lot deeper than the first book with more characters and dialogue and a few less explosions. There are still a lot of very enjoyable action scenes and it retains the same sense of humour, it just does so in a more mature way.
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.
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on 27 April 2007
Triple Zero will be a seminal work in the Star Wars universe, one that will be quoted and referenced for many years to come thanks to author Karen Traviss' development of Mandalorian culture, from customs and traditions to language.

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.
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on 23 May 2013
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. Travesty always writes Star Wars as though it's the post-9-11 real world, not fantasy, so naturally she wants to write about terrorism. What's unnatural is having a squad of Boba Fetts on police duty, laying about and whining. She has a carte blanche to send them off on the most fantastic adventure she can imagine and instead we get the Clone version of Loose Women.

I cannot understand why Karen Travis has such a following. She's a parasitic writer who takes other people's inventions and saps all the life out it. Star Wars is a franchise filled with action and fun; Gears of War is a franchise filled with action and fun. Travesty worms her way into both cash cows and delivers bloated books that feature neither action nor fun. I'd like to see her produce something off her own bat and see how well she does then (so long as I don't have to read the thing: I've suffered enough of her writing already).

Dealing with clones, it's a difficult thing to build up an impression of them as individuals and it's not something that Travis manages. Once off the page, Darman is the only one I can ever remember and that's because Etain has a thing for him.

The only halfway decent things are mean old Vau and his dog-anteater-thing pet, mostly because they're the only ones that don't just whinge all the time.

The one thing that I won't complain about where other anti-Travis reviewers do is the Mando language. I think it's fine for her to use her own jargon: the problem lies in the way these words are constantly italicised. It means they always jar with the text and so seem unnatural: it's like a big signpost saying "this word's made up!". This choice is an editorial one, so the writer's not to blame.

The only good thing I can say about this book is that it's not as bad as the next installment.
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on 8 May 2015
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 books
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on 6 October 2013
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!
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on 1 January 2008
Read both the Republic Commando books after playing the video game (which is a fantastic game to play). Karen has a natural ability when it comes to these kind of books. Some of the terminology used is used by modern day British Forces along with the humour you`d also expect.
Looking forward to reading the latest installment 'True Colours' which has already got some great reviews. All we need now is a follow on to the video game...........
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