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The Clone Republic (Rogue Clone #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,707 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Earth, 2508 A.D. Humans have spread across the six arms of the Milky Way Galaxy. The Unified Authority controls Earth’s colonies with an iron fist and a powerful military—a military made up almost entirely of clones…Private first-class Wayson Harris was raised in a U.A. orphanage among thousands of clones born and bred to be the ultimate soldiers. But Harris isn’t like the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Ace (first published March 20th 2006)
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This story felt clumsily cobbled together and all the relationships between the characters felt superficial. When characters died I didn't feel anything and it didn't seem to me that the surviving characters felt much more. The story kicks off with a prologue that finds the MC in the year A.D. 2510, about to face likely death in some remote outpost on some dumpy planet. The rest of the book details the two years leading up to that point but a lot of it just wasn't that interesting. The whole sto ...more
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Mark Hebwood
Apr 05, 2015 Mark Hebwood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Damn. This started so well, and I thought I had found another space opera-type series I could really enjoy. The opening dialogue, which I read in the bookshop, drew me in immediately, in the way truly engaging thrillers do:

"Name?" The sergeant barked the question withouth bothering to look up from his desk. (p 13)

Fantastic. I was immediately in the story, and the fact that Wayson Harris, freshly baked space marine and key character, was portrayed through an "I-narrator" point of view made this e
Nov 27, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Vincent Hobbes
May 24, 2011 Vincent Hobbes rated it really liked it
Good book. This follows the life of a Marine in the future. If you like sci-fi (and not complicated), I suggest this. Currently reading the second book in the series.
Noah Frank
Jun 11, 2014 Noah Frank rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
First off, let me say that no, this book is not anything like "Star Wars." This book is fascinating to read, and after reading the rest of the series, Steven L. Kent has managed to become one of my favorite authors. This book tells the intriguing story of Wayson Harris, a Unified Authority marine fresh out of training. The book takes place in the 26th century, and the Unified Authority is a hyper-evolved plutocratic version of the United States. As Harris journeys across the various planets of t ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Gem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts: This is going to be a really tough review to write, mainly because this book wound me up for quite some time before I reached the end, and not really in a good way. Please remember that this is just my own opinion, and you will need to read the book yourself to form your own views. I am going to break this review down somewhat, to help me to articulate everything that I feel I need to. There is quite a lot for me to get through!

First Impressions... The idea of this novel struck me.
Apr 09, 2011 Roman rated it liked it
Another generic science fiction read. Character development is slow, it never seems as if any character is truly at odds with himself. All character conflicts of interest seem to be resolved by the 'oops, but I'm a clone and I'm programmed to act this way' method. I found the plot to be relatively straightforward, very predictable at points, but utterly unpredictable at others (like the first mention of the Atkins separatists), on a scale where I consider the sweet spot to be barely unpredictabl ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Keith rated it it was amazing
Did you enjoy Deathstalker? Vlad Taltos? Drizzt? Ender? This series is of that high of a caliber to rank in my five best of all time. This series is outstanding! While it is necessary to read them in order to properly follow the sequence of events, he goes into enough detail within the book to allow you to catch up or bring back to memory things that have transpired.

The premise: the military consists entirely of clone soliders, very expendable clone soldiers with no thought for self preservatio
Mar 12, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
Titan Books in the UK are currently catching up on a lot of authors that our US readers have already met: Jack Campbell, Kevin J Anderson and John Birmingham, for example.

Their latest conscript is Steven L Kent, whose nine book series has already been quite popular in the US. The Clone Republic, the first in the series, is standard mil-SF for those who want to upgrade from those clones in the Star Wars novels. These are books that cover similar ground but are much more adult in nature (and pleas
warren pyatt
Apr 04, 2015 warren pyatt rated it it was amazing
overall a very good book well written and good character and plot this book is awesome
May 05, 2010 Stefan rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Clone Republic was a thrilling work of science fiction. Stephen Kent reminded me why I so enjoyed military science fiction: good dialogue, a intelligent plot, memorable characters, and a interesting setting. The first page drew me into the story and I was hooked. The Clone Republic has the depth, excitement, and variety that so many science fiction novels lack.
Lee Ragans
Jan 01, 2011 Lee Ragans rated it really liked it
This is military Sci-Fi at its finest. If you like David Drake's Hammers Slammers then you will love this series. The author uses a nifty trick to explain the science behind his fiction and a good use of First Person to avoid having to explain every detail. Not amazing fiction, but very entertaining.
Sep 15, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
I believe I have read this book before. Pretty good military science-fiction. Has a lot of action but the main character gets a lot of attention pretty quickly. He goes from just out of basic to becoming a Lt. in about 2-3 years which I guess isn't so bad since OCS can generate an Lt in 90 days!

♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
There were a few issues right at the beginning, a good chunk due to info dumping and the characters being ridiculously dumb and naive, but after 2 years (in book time) the characters grew up a lot, and changed in ways I could certainly appreciate.
So yeah there were some issues but really, who cares!?! I had such a blast reading it and learning about its history and current issues trying to control the galaxy, the dynamics between the Clones and the Humans and the strife cause by its soldiers be
Joe AuBuchon
Oct 22, 2014 Joe AuBuchon rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-sci-fi
The officers are normal; the enlisted are clones; the clones don't know they're clones. If they figure it out, the clones suicide. Fun read.
Sep 21, 2014 Marcus rated it really liked it
This is a fun read. If you're looking for some entertaining military sci fi, this will do the trick.
Aug 02, 2012 Christina rated it it was ok
It starts off with a very interesting concept for a future in which Earth and its many off-world colonies are governed by a ruling body which is, in essence, the US government but with a more elitist structure and only a smidgeon of democratic function. It is backed by a military staffed almost entirely by clones, who grow up in military "orphanages" and led by a human (and mostly Earth-born) officer class. The story is told from the point of view of Wayson Harris, a recent graduate from one of ...more
Going by the Goodreads rating system 2 stars means "it was ok" and that's definitely sums this one up. ON the surface this sounds like it's going to be a pretty cool military science story. If you thought that, like I did, you would be wrong. The plot isn't that bad here or anything. It was the amateur mistakes that Marines with the benefit of 500 years more technology were making that troops today wouldn't even fall into. It was the complete mess the writer makes of the military rank system and ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Helen rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, military

Hmmm. I think I've spotted a possible plot twist (view spoiler)

Well, I got the plot twist. I think I was just a bit disappointed with this read. I was hoping for something along David Weber's style - epic battles, back stabbing politics and awesome characters. However, I found the Clone Republic to be just forgettable. I finished this a couple of days ago, and I'm already forgetting what happened.

So, it passed the time, but I'm probably not
Sho Serrano
May 12, 2016 Sho Serrano rated it it was amazing
I loved the science fiction in the book. Although the enemy of the book is Japan, the country I live in, it was a factual book. It takes a long time reading because of the specific settings you can't miss. There are some bloody action, it mostly focuses on Harrison a orphan finding facts and performing duty as a marine with clones. Overall it was the best science fiction book.
Jan 17, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable start to the series. Great view of war in the possible future. The book explores a number of concepts such as individuality, the religious soul, and exploring one's place in the world and manages to successfully mesh these with great action.
Martin Alasdair
I nearly stopped reading it after the first few pages given the wooden prose. Glad I didn't, turned out to be a pretty good read in the end in spite of some fairly underwhelming passages the good bits were good enough to keep me going, it also became something that was very readable and enjoyable. I'm not a fast reader, but I got through this at a fairly quick march.
Steven Allen
Feb 29, 2016 Steven Allen rated it liked it
Shelves: books-to-go, not-kept
Despite my earlier misgivings about this book being a Star Wars rip-off, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book an enjoyable read. Not terribly predictable and different enough from Star Wars that it was not obvious, with a decent story arc, including a nice variation in the "come-to-Jesus-moment."

The plot was not terribly predictable, with enough intrigue to keep me guessing. No graphic sex, but sex is implied, as a one night stand so if casual sex offends you - you might want to skip thi
Aug 05, 2012 Timothy rated it really liked it
I picked up the first three books of this series during the Borders going-out-of-business sale.

I enjoyed the story and have started reading the second one. Usually I try to split up the types of books but wanted to keep going with this story. I'm hoping in the second book, the main character is more heroic. He is supposed to be a super-soldier, and by the end of the book he's close, but I am still looking for grander results.

It was a fun read and I thought I had figured out the gimmick to how
Apr 18, 2015 Lani rated it it was ok
No, this is not Star Wars. I liked the idea of the book, but felt that it was a bit too disjointed in the writing for me to feel like the plot was a solid, driving force, hence the low rating.
Edmond Barrett
Nov 02, 2011 Edmond Barrett rated it did not like it
Dire, just dire.

Okay that's maybe a little unfair but only a little. There are some interesting ideas here and serious thought has clearly been given to the world building but unfortunately it is broadly wasted, all because of the central character.

Basically my problem is that the central character doesn't make any kind of running in this book. He merely goes with the flow. Every now and we get glimpses of the universe beyond where exciting thing seem to be happening but then we are dragged ba
Liam Smith
Sep 18, 2013 Liam Smith rated it it was ok
This book kept on having promising moments that pulled me in, but the long drawn and just plain dark stuff that happened in the mean time just wasn't for me.

Knowing the title of the series itself gave away a major plot point that's not revealed until about a third of the way into the book, and really not until the end.

Perhaps the sequel will be better, but I'm not sure I'll check it out. Granted, a lot of the best stuff was setting things up for the rest of the series so perhaps I should give i
Jason Murphy
Oct 17, 2015 Jason Murphy rated it it was ok
Thought the beginning was good, instantly worked out what was going to be the big reveal later on. Mostly lost interest in this book by the middle.
Apr 08, 2015 Rbarfuss rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not a book I'd highly recommend - but it was filler. I listened to it on audio book while on a long, solo drive, and it kept my mind occupied.
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Steven L. Kent is the author of the Rogue Clone series of Military Science Fiction novels as well as The Ultimate History of Video Games.

Born in California and raised in Hawaii, Kent served as a missionary for the LDS Church between the years of 1979 and 1981. During that time, he worked as a Spanish-speaking missionary serving migrant farm workers in southern Idaho.

While Kent has a Bachelor’s deg
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Other Books in the Series

Rogue Clone (10 books)
  • Rogue Clone (Rogue Clone, #2)
  • The Clone Alliance (Rogue Clone, #3)
  • The Clone Elite (Rogue Clone, #4)
  • The Clone Betrayal (Rogue Clone, #5)
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