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True Colors (Star Wars: Republic Commando #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  4,043 Ratings  ·  98 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
ebook, 496 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey (first published October 30th 2007)
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Sep 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
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.
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: science-fiction
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Background: True Colors was written by Karen Traviss and published in October 2007. This is the 3rd book in Traviss's Republic Commando series. Her other Star Wars books include 3 of the Legacy of the Force novels. She also wrote several Halo and Gears of War novels, and some of her own original science fiction as well.

True Colors takes place 16+ months after the Battle of Geonosis, 21 years before the Battle of Yavin, and 3 months after the previous book, Triple
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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
Jan 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I have to do research and see if there is a follow up to this story because there is so much left unanswered.I think this one was my favorite of the three but I think it is only because I read the previous two books and felt an emotional attachment to the characters.They felt like family.I wanted an even happier ending but I am hoping someone picked this story up and continued forth.Karen Traviss is a really great author.I am going to have to look her up and see what else she has wri ...more
Erlend Bergsagel
More a 3,5.
The story is building itself towards something bigger
Andrew Conlon
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn son. The ethics are real.
I've already noted that I'm reading all of the Star Wars Expanded Universe books in chronological order. I figured it would be the best approach, story-wise, but it makes things weird as I get into the Clone Wars. So much was written about them since Lucas opted not to tell that story himself, and the books overlap so much that it's hard to keep them all straight. Karen Traviss' Republic Commando novels are a prime example, since they technically fall at different points across the timeline, eve ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review 2

Normally when people think of Star Wars they tend to think of Jedi, but there are still the clones that see little to no attention in the movies but in the books are expanded upon greatly as shown in the series, "Star Wars: Republic Commandos" by Karen Travis. "Star Wars: Republic Commando True Colors" is the third title in the Series and it picks up right were the last book left off with one character and in a completely different scenario for the other groups of characters that all sha
Jaime Krause
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot that goes on here. The lies that are told and information withheld from loved ones tears me apart, and made me drop the rating.

Kal has a side mission going on to find Ko Sai, a Kamino scientist gone missing, who can maybe help halt the rapid aging in the clones. All clones. But Kal's not the only one looking for her - Kaminoans, Separists, and Palpatine are among the groups looking for her. But events all culminate to the uncertainty of if clones will actually have a future. Soon
Josiah Hawkins
I've long been a fan of both the Republic Commando series and Karen Traviss' handling of the cannon and its characters. I have consistently loved the story lines presented in the books as they dont go along with the standard way of portraying the expanded universe like so many other books. I bring that up because I ended up being rather disappointed when I finally closed the back cover on what is the longest novel in the series so far.

The story is more of a philosophical examination of the clon
Michael Tidd
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: starwars
The Republic Commando series gets a bit better with True Colors. The first entry in the series, Hard Contact, set up the clone commando squad on a single mission, along with a single Jedi, focused enough to be a good read. The second entry, Triple Zero, was more of a confusing mess, as another jedi was thrown in, and squads, troopers, Nulls, and spies were tossed in. What's more confusing than 4 identical clone soldiers - well, adding another 12 or so does it. The commandos were an unstoppable f ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as action packed as the previous novel in the series, Triple Zero, and a little all over the place with the huge cast. However, the character development is immense. A perfect filler novel for the upcoming, and dreaded, Order 66.
Brandon Rooney
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Darryl Dobbs
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was long on ideology and short on action. As a stand-alone book, I would not recommend it. Yes, it was well written and yes the characters are well loved and interesting thanks to the prior two novels, but as a stand-alone it may not make sense. But this book, in the grand scheme of things, asks and answers some important questions. Important in the sense of the ‘believability’ of the Star Wars universe. You watched the movies and may have wondered about things like ethics. How could th ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim C
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story did something right which its predecessor didn't, and that was provide some level of gray morale ambiguity.
Unfortunately all of that is undone by Traviss's "My Mandos are Hollier Than Thou Jedi."

The last novel also had one of her own characters Ordo state that Obi-Wan Kenobi is a "gloryhound."
Nice to know where our writer stands in all of this.

Story does move away from Kal Skirata, and focuses more and Fi, while bringing back Darman, a good breath of fresh air. But all of that is once
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 and BLACK RUN, the first books in her new techno-thriller seri ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Star Wars: Republic Commando (5 books)
  • Hard Contact (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #1)
  • Triple Zero  (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #2)
  • Order 66: (Star Wars: Republic Commando, #4)
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