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This review is from: Hard Contact: Star Wars (Republic Commando) (Mass Market Paperback)I have read just about every Star Wars book available, but this one stands out.
Everything worked - the characters were compelling, the story was coherent and exciting and very believable. I absolutely loved Traviss' writing style: it allowed a peek into the minds of many different characters with no outside judgments or ulterior motives. This book dealt with morality of cloning in a very satisfying, yet enjoyable, way. It was also nice to see a story where the 'plan' is not only told to the reader before it's executed (rather than having the formulation of the plan "offscreen", as often happens), but the characters must make on-the-spot changes to it ("no plan survives contact with the enemy"). I think that made the story more realistic and helped to involve the reader more.
This book was marketed as a game tie-in book (to the video game Republic Commando), but it really stands on its own. In fact, the only similarity between this book and the game is they both have commandos - the actual characters and the plots are separate.
Overall, there's very little I think could have been better in this book - it possibly could have been a little longer, as some scenes seemed a bit rushed. But it's nice to see a well-written book that doesn't center around the main movie characters, yet is undeniably 'Star Wars' in feel.