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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. T
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Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey (first published October 26th 2004)
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Ryan
Mar 31, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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Stephen
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
Michael
Sep 24, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Liz
Apr 01, 2008 Liz rated it liked it  ·  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
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Ron
Sep 26, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jorge Rosas
May 24, 2016 Jorge Rosas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first contact with the star wars expanded universe and this is a very good story with some profound deepness within, although there’s something off that will not allow it to be a five star book. Between the star wars and commando lexical the story is, sometimes, difficult to follow but well, it is a star wars commando book so that kind of words were supposed to be there; between IED, EP, decees, and so on the commandos express their integrity as such and for us to understand that ther ...more
Danial
May 28, 2015 Danial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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
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Shara
Jan 28, 2013 Shara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise: ganked from BN.com: 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
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Louis
Nov 12, 2007 Louis rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Ronda
Apr 29, 2009 Ronda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Darryl Dobbs
Apr 21, 2016 Darryl Dobbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For these Republic Commando books by Karen Traviss, it’s as though I left the Star Wars universe altogether. Sure, there are Jedi. And blasters. And (very little) space travel. But otherwise, these were primarily special forces military books. It was actually a nice change of pace. Traviss really knows her military jargon and how ‘strictly business’ commandos act and speak. It’s too bad these books would be hard to make into a TV movie since most of the characters look the same. You see, the boo ...more
David
Oct 31, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
This was good Star Wars stuff for those who like book set in the universe. I like the fact that the story didn't try to mess with the Luke and Leah part of the story-- but just dropped some new characters into the universe.

A few words about this setting:

Most of the action takes place on a backwater planet. The Commandos were Mandoloran Armor, which freaks out people who've dealt with Mercenaries wearing the same type of armor. The Commandos are all clones, cloned and created from Jango Fett.

Th
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Martin
Aug 04, 2015 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mitchell
May 21, 2015 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aaron G
Nov 17, 2014 Aaron G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alec
Apr 19, 2014 Alec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Thomas
In Hard Contact, a Jedi Padawan has been abandoned on a strange planet after her Master is killed, leaving her hiding from the local militia. She's not confident in her abilities, and when she encounters an elite clone trooper who is working to get back to his unit, she finds herself reluctantly pushed into the role of commander for the unit. She and the unit must work together to destroy a nanovirus being developed by the militia to target and kill the clone troopers without harming other human ...more
Johnny
Mar 08, 2015 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jane Higginson
Mar 31, 2012 Jane Higginson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Stephanie
May 27, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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.
Pros:
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
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Jim C
Apr 05, 2014 Jim C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jessie
Aug 31, 2010 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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.
Gregory
Oct 29, 2013 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 12, 2014 Joey K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cian Beirdd
Jan 16, 2014 Cian Beirdd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2015 David Jin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Chris
Jun 01, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Aaron
May 03, 2007 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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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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Star Wars: Republic Commando (5 books)
  • Triple Zero  (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #2)
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