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Hard Contact (Star Wars: Republic Commando #1)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  4,553 ratings  ·  192 reviews
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. T
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by LucasBooks (first published October 26th 2004)
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When is a Star Wars novel not a Star Wars novel?

That seems to be one of the questions raised by Republic Commando: Hard Contact. On the surface, it very much seems to be one - you have a group of Commando clone troopers trying to rescue a young Jedi from a Mandalorian warrior, and the Clone Wars are very actively happening in the background of the novel's action. Despite these surface similarities, however, the novel bears very little in common with the rest of the Star Wars universe, and what
4.0 to 4.5 stars. This is an excellent example of a really good writer (which Karen Traviss certainly is) using the Star Wars universe as "background" but still taking the the time to tell a good story. If you were to remove the Star Wars elements from this book, it would still be a compelling read as the characters are fully fleshed out, the action scenes are very well written and the plot is excellent. It is books like this that show you what a rich, wonderful background the Star Wars universe ...more
Sep 24, 2008 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Star Wars or Sci-Fi Fan
Star Wars: republic Commando – Hard Contact is a great read for anybody who loves Star Wars books or Star Wars in general. The plot follows a squad of clone commandos and a Jedi Padawan as they carry out a mission on a farming planet. In this way, it is unlike most Star Wars books. It is a great military book, and shows how a four-person squad works together. The author uses imagery well to allow the reader to visualize the action and fighting. The book emphasizes working as a team a lot. It ke ...more
Crystal Starr Light
"Not all soldiers wear uniforms, ma'am"
Thanks to a Star Wars book club, I got to reread this amazing Clone Wars era novel!
Four clone commandos have been assigned an important task: land on Qiilura, apprehend scientist, Uthan, and destroy her work on biological agents targeted at clones. But a Mandalorian mercenary, the desperate natives, and a green Padawan might keep them from their objective.

What I Liked:
There is so much to love about this book, it's hard to decide where exactly to begin.
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Apr 01, 2008 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars universe fans
Shelves: owned
I wanted to read this book because I fell in love with Karen Traviss' wess'har novels, so was definitely looking forward to reading pretty much anything else she writes. I'm also a Star Wars fan, but haven't read much in the Star Wars universe as far as tie-in novels but for one by Timothy Zahn a *long* time ago.

It took me a long time to get into it - but once I did, I was drawn into Ms. Traviss' typical characterizations and didn't really want to put the book down. I don't, however, feel that t
Sep 26, 2008 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
Surprisingly subtle for a story whose basic purpose is to advertise a Star Wars game.

Not all blasters and light sabers. Character growth and change on several levels.

A second reading confirmed my opinion of this book's quality.
This was the first Star Wars novel I've enjoyed that wasn't centered around a force sensitive individual and it was a nice change of pace. The novel is the first of t he Republic Commando series which shows the continuance of the infamous Clone Wars from the point of view of the Republic Commandos, highly trained and highly equipped clones that do special operations for the Republic.

In this story, a squad of lone survivors is created to extract a scientist and her project (a biochem agent design
The premise: ganked from 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
Nov 12, 2007 Louis rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of star wars, thoughts about genetic engineering
Shelves: sciencefiction
What sets this apart from other military fiction is the emphasis on the relationship between the commando team members. To make the point, it starts by creating a commando team of clones that do not know each other and have been thrown together as a team. All professionals, but trained to regard teamwork as an essential part of working.

Hard contact has three story lines. The padawan who is learning what it means to be a leader and a jedi. The team that is learning how to gel, and having to pay a
My son recommended this one to me. Generally speaking, when a 5th grade boy recommends a book to you, it's a good idea to give it a read, and I'm glad that I did. Reminded me why I enjoyed sci fi to begin with--and gave me lots to think about. I particularly enjoyed the "quotes" at the beginnings of each chapter. On finishing the story, I found that I wanted to spend more time with these characters--and Eli tells me that I can do that very thing--in the next book.

Can't speak to how much/well th
Really, really great. So incredibly much more engaging an account of the Clone Wars than either of the Clone Wars TV cartoons. Traviss delves into the psychology and emotional relationship between clones and their Jedi commanders in a very meaningful and deep way. The story takes place just after the Battle of Geonosis, and we encounter Jedi and clones who have seen each other for the very first time, rather than the battle-hardened characters we see in other depictions of the Clone Wars. The in ...more
This book starts of with a bang as Darman, a clone commando, slides down into a crevice, blows open a door and starts shooting during the battle of Geonosis. 3 months later he finds himself being briefed for a capture mission on a farm planet named Quiilura with 3 new squadmates: Atin, Fi, and Niner.

Star Wars Republic Commando Hard Contact is a book written by Karen Traviss, it is the first in the Republic Commando series the others being Triple Zero, True Colors, and Order 66 and a book named I
Aaron G
In a rather ironic moment, Hard Contact is so far the Clone Wars novel that best exemplifies the common conception of the Wars--but it doesn't have the logo on the cover. As befits a novel based on a first-person shooter, Karen Travis's' Hard Contact is not a novel about sitting around and talking, as others have been. Much as Med Star was "a day in the strife" for the non-combatants in the war, Hard Contact does the same for another neglected group: the clones themselves. (Perhaps this is why t ...more
Marcin Kowalski
First off I was very surprised how similar these Clones are to the Clones in the TV-cartoon, considering how Mrs. Traviss left Star Wars writing behind her… with quite some bad blood over continuity issues… now it turned out she was one of the first victims of a galaxy wide reboot… (the first victim I know off was that awful Boba Fett origin… killed off by Episode II - I am not counting the Marvel stuff).

The Traviss-Clones talk and mostly behave like the Filoni-Clones…. The biggest difference ar
Karen Traviss wrote Star Wars Republic Commando Hard Contact purely for entertainment. However, the story is clearly an untold parallel in the Star Wars saga, containing none of the main characters that appear in the original books or movies. Therefore, this story is meant to illustrate another aspect of the battle between Jedi and Sith, the Republic and the CIS(Confederacy of Independent Systems). The other uses third-person omniscient to give feeling to the characters, yet she centers on two ...more
I have to be honest, I could never quite get behind the countless Star Wars EU novels when I was younger, although certainly not for a lack of trying on my part. Several of the series made it onto my bookshelf, but they never really got me, and so I didn't finish most of them.

Well, and then there is the Republic Commando series.

You wouldn't think that a book series based on a Star Wars videogame that's not even revolutionary in any way would make for an extraordinary reading experience, but shoc
Jane Higginson
I absolutley loved this book, I loved the friendship/brotherhood situation of the clones and I loved the developing relationship of darmen and the other troopers with jedi padawan etain and how they learned from each other. Thanks to my best friend I have the other books in the series..but havnt read them yet..sooooooo wish i could speed read like someone i wont name *coughsfelicadaycoughs* :P
Star Wars books generally don't appeal to me, particularly those set in the prequel timeline. But having heard good things about Karen Traviss I decided to give this one a try.
1. I really liked the way she depicted the clones and explored the concepts surrounding their purpose, individuality, and ancestry.
2. Darman and Etain were likeable characters. I wanted to read on and see if they would ever meet again.
3. The villain was not a force user.
4. The story/dialog was fairly clean considerin
Jim C
A novel that takes place during the Clone Wars. This one follows a squad of clone troopers as they land on a planet where a nanovirus is being developed that only affects clones. On this planet, they meet up with a padawan who has just lost her master and together they attempt the mission.

This is a very good book as it delves into the minds of clones as they wage a war for which they were developed for. I enjoyed this insight as it shows even though they are warriors bred for war, they are not m
I can't help it, I like this series. For all its flaws--and there are many--I love the characters and their personalities. I know I should be terribly upset about the remaking of these clones in Traviss's image--her obsession with all things Mandalorian is extreme--but it works for me and asks some important questions about the clones.
This book "Star wars Republic commando is a very thrilling book to read.
If you are like me and love Star Wars you may like this book as much as I liked it.
This book is all about the military side of Star Wars and if you like the commandos in Star Wars this book is for you.
I hope you like the book as much as I liked it.
Joey K.
You can always count on your brother to be there for you when you need him most. It is a dark time for The Republic, for there is an evil in the midst of The Jedi. The Senate and The Jedi have just gained a useful ally, The Clones of Kamino. Within the Clones, there are the commandos. There is one group of commandos that are faced with going to Qiilura to destroy a weapons depot, Niner, Fi, Atin, and Darman, but they find things along the way that will change them forever.

I thought this book w
Cian Beirdd
Four distinct "clone" personalities, a padawan who is neither self-assured nor particularly talented. Perhaps not fun if you enjoy the superhuman acrobatics of Sith and Jedi fighting each other, but it does level the playing field and it makes a simple special op more than a simple story. This is a war story, about men born to fight and die doing something they know may kill them. They do it with a heroism the Jedi can't have because they do it in total anonymity. If any clone dies on any given ...more
David Jin
I felt Karen Traviss' work slipped some for her sequels, but I really liked this one. The story was a bit shorter, and faster-paced. It stuck to what I wanted in a cool star wars spec ops mission, with a few plot twists and cool dynamics. I liked how the focus was clearly on the clones, but Traviss ended up becoming way too reverent of them in the sequels. bringing in way too many characters and weird culture themes, miring the series for what I should have been. No, it was best when the story w ...more
Jun 01, 2007 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: starwars
4 men against an army of droids, any ordinary man would have been destroyed, but these are not ordinary men they are... Clone Commandos. With a fast paced action packed story this novel has the makings of a hallmark Star Wars book.
May 03, 2007 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Some star wars fans
If the aspect of a clone army intrigued you - the moral issues with it mainly give the book a chance. Its based on video game but its still good. Like I said you have to like clone troopers to get into it.
What a great read! Karen Traviss is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. I went into this not knowing how I felt about the expanded Star Wars universe of the various novels available. My son kept recommending it to me so I finally gave it a try. So very glad that I did! I am a big fan of the Star Wars movies but, never was attracted to the books, that has changed with this introduction into that expanded universe. Having read Traviss' Gears of War books, I already knew that I would like ...more
I really appreciated the issues brought up about how the clone troops vary, how they relate to the Jedi, and how they are used. It put it all in a different perspective when Etain kept sensing Darman as a child since he is actually only 10 years old. Despite those interesting shades on the background of the characters the novel as a whole was nothing really special. Also a couple minor grips - the ending was overly sentimental for how the rest of the novel developed and Hokan (the Mandalorian ba ...more
This book is a fantastic take on the Star Wars universe. Focusing on clone commando grunts instead of high and mighty main series characters, this book is exceptionally intriguing and gritty. The clones are portrayed as being unique and capable professionals, with experiences that lead readers to become invested in them as individuals and feel sympathy. The Jedi encountered in this book are flawed and very human, a welcome relief from the stiff, aloof feel they have in other clone wars novels.
Denis Lamontagne
I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to get to the rest of the series. Let me say that I am a big Star Wars fan but I generally do not read Star Wars novels. What grabbed my attention to this series was the reviews that I had previously read regarding the series. In short - This is more of a military based book (series) that just happens to take place in the Star Wars universe. It is not all about Jedi this and Sith that. That is not the stuff I personally want to read - at least not at th ...more
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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, G.I. Joe, and other major franchises 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 re ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Star Wars: Republic Commando (5 books)
  • Triple Zero  (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #2)
  • True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3)
  • Order 66: (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #4)
  • 501st (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #5)
Sacrifice (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #5) Bloodlines (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #2) Revelation (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, #8) Triple Zero  (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #2) True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3)

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