True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #3)
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True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando #3)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  2,651 ratings  ·  66 reviews
As the savage Clone Wars rage unchecked, the Republic’s deadliest warriors face the grim truth that the Separatists aren’t their only enemy–or even their worst.

In the Grand Army’s desperate fight to crush the Separatists, the secret special ops missions of its elite clone warriors have never been more critical . . . or more dangerous. A growing menace threatens Republic vi...more
Paperback, 451 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Del Rey
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Sep 29, 2008 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
Much better. Karen Traviss redeemed herself—and the Republic Commando series—with True Colors.

Characterization and plot were realistic and engaging. More threats; more consequences. Not surprisingly, Traviss captured the women's point of view, but she also seemed to grasp battlefield bonding. She took us into the minds of many characters: seeing themselves as outsiders and everyone else as "in", seeing their doubts, experiencing their angst.

Her weaknesses are "on the nose" writing and repetitio...more
Crystal Starr Light
The Cloned and the Restless
I loved Hard Contact, the first real Clone Wars novel (in my opinion), but was disappointed with the slogging pace, political and ethical diatribes, and the hefty, largely unexplored cast of Triple Zero. But I wasn't so disappointed that I didn't pick up "True Colors" when it came out last year.

The Clone War continues, and Skirata has vamped up his search for Ko Sai, a Kaminoan who may hold the keys to reversing the age acceleration in his rag-tag band of clones....more
Sep 09, 2011 Tina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fanatics
I really want to say 3.5 stars because I liked this one better than the last two, though it wasn't an amazing novel by any means. I'm just glad that all the characters I like were focused on (Fi, Sev, and Besany) and not so much focus was given to Skirata. Etain didn't degrade further into some baby-obsessed mother, which I was glad about, and Darman regained his personality from the first novel.

Given that I thought this one was better than the last one, I don't have too much to say about it as...more
The third installment of the Republic Commando has succeeded in usurping the _Darth Bane_ trilogy as my favorite storyline in the Extended Universe saga. The story follows our favorite squads, Delta and Omega, as they traverse the complex and underhanded political and social environment surrounding the clone wars.

Unlike the second book, Triple Zero, this novel doesn't focus on the character and relationship developments between Darman and Etain, but focuses on the development of the squad as a w...more
Mar 01, 2009 Espresso rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: science-fiction
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Jim C
My rating is 3.5 stars.

This novel is the third book in the series and the first two should be read to understand this story. This continues the story of clones during the clone wars. This book explores how the galaxy deals with the clones who are fighting their war.

I am enjoying this series in the expanded universe. This is not your typical EU story with lightsaber duels and space craft battles. This series explores the emotional side of something new introduced. It also explores issues that are...more
Feb 18, 2008 Roberta rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, Mando/Clone fans
The third in the Republic Commando series. The author is good at characterization, and in this one, we find out even more about how shafted the Clones are going to get by the Republic. If you can ignore the I loves me Mandalorians a bit much, the book is good. And yes, it doesn't get 4 stars because the Mandalorian love fest is a bit much.
Another great Republic Commando book. Karen Traviss continues with her strong and realistic development of all of the characters in the series. I didn't get the feeling of a climax in this book, however. It sort of fell flat at the end for me. Won't stop me from buying the next one, though...
Synopsis-Omega squad is back for another ocupation. This time they go to Graftikar to recon an invasion and to posibly find the MIA Alpha batch ARC. A-30 aka Sull. Etain(omega's favorite Jedi) is carrying a secret only a few people know about. Now Skirata and the null ARCs are all back and now, instead of blasting terrorest, there trying to find and capture one of the previous top scientists of Kamino, Kosai. Now is omega in over their head? Are they going to find the ARC AWOL? Will Etain's secr...more
The third book in this Republic Commando series is easily my favorite thus far. It has the most centrally developed ideas and emotional weight behind the characters. The build up over the course of the previous two installments has culminated in amazing payoff for a number of characters. The emotion that Karen Traviss infuses into the narrative is simply amazing. You really care about these people by this juncture, with the outcome for at least one character being nearly soul crushing in its sad...more
Brandon Rooney
I know what you're thinking; "A review of a Star Wars book?" For the sci-fi fan that doesn't want a novel laden with Jedi and Sith, this might be right up your alley. True Colors continues following the lives of two unique Commando squads, their sergeants, and those that are closely affected by their lives.

In this novel, part three of the four books released so far, Traviss presents a question to the Commandos; what happens to a clone after the war? This question comes very close to being answer...more
Nov 23, 2008 Chad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: star wars fans
This was far superior to the previous book in the Republic Commando series. Characters are given clear and interesting challenges to overcome, and the cast size is kept more manageable. Traviss' characterizations have improved, too. For the first time I genuinely felt like all four of the Omega clones have distinct personalities. A few points are beaten on with too much repetition (we shouldn't treat people like things, and Omega Squad is very Mandalorian, we get it!), and I do think the book wo...more
Through most of the book I expected my review to be "the loser Jedi is in this one less, and the parts without her are actually good". Then everything went Days of Our Lives, someone's in a coma, lots of men crying...

I think I will end the series here. With both of the Jedi characters abandoning the Order, and 2 squads of Republic commandos and a squad of ARC troopers all planning to abandon the Republic, all the characters in the series are readying to bail on their duties and commitments. So t...more
August Niehaus
It's been a good three years since I last read Traviss's Republic Commando books, and upon diving back into the world with "True Colors," I realized that was far too long. Traviss is incredibly deft with her treatment of the Star Wars universe - she makes the fantastic very real and accessible while still maintaining a very coherent feel with the rest of the canon. Her dialogue is a particular strength; all of the clones (okay, yes, I'll admit I have a huge soft spot for those guys, but despite...more
Picking up several months after Triple Zero, True Colors continues the soldier’s-eye account of the Clone Wars that make the Republic Commando series such an interesting addition to the Expanded Universe. Even more so than its predecessors, True Colors is heavily character- and plot-driven. This emphasis allows Karen Traviss to explore, even more than she does in the first two books, the two themes that dominate the series: the meaning and nature of loyalty and family, and the corruption of the...more
Damian Trasler
As always I enjoyed the ride. I like this slightly subversive view of the Star Wars universe, with the Jedi portrayed as manipulated, rather than omnipotent. There are the usual objections I have seen raised elsewhere - the view is entirely clone-centric, and the Mando words are present in italic on every page, but this is part of the fun for me.

My one gripe is feeling like I'm missing a chunk of the story. I read the whole series out of order, and have only just worked my way through the first...more
This is actually the 3rd book, but I reviewed them here.

This is actually pretty deep, intriguing stuff from a series based on video games based on popular sci-fi movies. (Although, if you don't like military tactics and action, you won't like this series.) I was simultaneously reading Allegiance which takes place 21-22 years after this, right after Episode 4. I hadn't given thought to how the clone army of Episode 3 becomes the human recruit army of the later episodes, or really even the Han So...more
Apr 08, 2014 Peter added it
Not my favorite book in the series, but an excellent read nonetheless. It engages the reader to such a degree that it ties them up in moral knots and questions where the universe of the series is going, but it raises questions about where the world we live in is headed as well.
Nov 23, 2008 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans
This third installment of the Republic Commando series is the most convoluted yet. As more data comes into view, the line between friend and foe blurs and everyone must band together to pull through.

Delta Squad is sent to capture the renegade Kaminoan geneticist Ko Sai, but little do they know that Kal and a few of the Nulls are after her too. Etain's pregnancy is made known to almost everyone, except the father himself and the rest of Omega squad. Only by reading the whole book can you discover...more
Ha! I found it!

Interesting conversation about brain death and ethics in a world with clones and such. Strangely timed that I found this book and got to that part in the middle of this whole California children's hospital thing.

The debate isn't whole because I don't know if brain death means the same thing in the Star Wars universe. Was there actually treatment available that was just being withheld because he's an expendable clone? Or did it mean what it means today?

It also brings up an interest...more
Karen Traviss really gets into the head of a soldier in this hard hitting military/ star wars series. Her deep understanding of the soldier and their thought process really makes you feel your there in the story.
Marsha Stokes
While I have enjoyed the Republic Commando books thus far because I greatly enjoy seeing how the Clone Troopers are unique individuals with hopes and dreams, I did feel like this was the weakest in the series so far.

I do enjoy the characters in the books (Darman especially), and that is why I keep reading them, but this book I thought suffered greatly in the plot area. It just felt like I was sort of reading a "day in the life" of a clone trooper, and small events would happen, but nothing very...more
Uppercase Reviews
4.8 stars

Third book out of four in the series Republic Commando. Skirata finally has information on Chief Scientist Ko-Sai whom he would love to kill but won't because he wants to slow down the clones aging process enough for them to have a normal life span. A few groups are after Ko-Sai and so Skirata and Delta team up to find her. it is a great book probably has obscenities in it and once again they are of unknown language and have no known definition given to us. I recommend it to every reade...more
Karen Travis continues the buildup to the fall of the Republic. As her characters from the two preceding novels continue their work to plans to work on behalf of the clones of the Grand Army of the Republic to bring then to safety and a better life, you can see the changes and clues which will lead up to the Republic's fall. More and more questions are raised about what is going on in the background. Readers familiar with the storyline (and let's face it, you're not likely to be reading this unl...more
I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed this book quite a bit, despite my typical dislike of Karen Traviss' other novels. The only thing keeping me from rating it at 5 stars is the constant "clones are people too :(" theme. I can understand the view, and it stands as a strong theme and motivation for the protagonists, but the first half of the novel is chapter after chapter of the non-clone characters lamenting the way clones are mistreated. I felt myself thinking "I got it the first 5 times. No need...more
Sad but predictable. Had to be what it was.
True colors gets a slightly darker step to the series. There are no major battles, or even really intense action scenes. But the characters start pondering about all the stuff that happened in the previous books and are forced to new decisions by new events that happen during the flow of the story. Really good book, 5/5 but in a different way from the other two. It's not everyday that you see General Zey openly criticizing the Jedi Order during an emotional outburst.
Of the three Republic Commando novels that I have read, this has been my favorite. Really interesting themes and questions she has covered. I liked the exploration of ethics regarding the use of the slave army of clones and the question of what happens when they are injured and can't serve the grand army of the republic anymore. Karen Traviss does a phenomenal job of writing the true grit of war. I love the fresh perspective on the star wars world that she brings.
joe mama
Jan 22, 2009 joe mama rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: peple
Recommended to joe by: me
Shelves: 2-quarter
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I liked the fact that this book "humanised" the clone troopers- something the movies couldn't do. Also, building up to order 66,
it was good to see characters actually noticing that something
fishy was going on (poor deluded Jedi). Sadly, the writing isn't crash hot, the repetition gets to be really annoying, but overall a good story.
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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, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Halo, Gears of War, and Star Wars work. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.
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