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No Prisoners (The Clone Wars #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,389 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
The Clone Wars rage on. As insurgent Separatists fight furiously to wrest control of the galaxy from the Republic, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine cunningly manipulates both sides for his own sinister purposes.

Torrent Company’s Captain Rex agrees to temporarily relieve Anakin Skywalker of Ahsoka, his ubiquitous–and insatiably curious–Padawan, by bringing her along on a routi
Paperback, 257 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
One of the best Star Wars books I've read (and I've read 79). Traviss gets right inside people and makes them live and you care about them.

Paradoxically, this story is so far out of the main stream of the SW universe that it's almost general science fiction. Though it has a few of the Big Names, they don't contribute much to the plot. Yes, it could have been more complicated and it could have been longer, but for the thoughtful reader it provides plenty to think about--which is something few oth
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
“The choice is always with us, demanding to be made with every action we take, even in peacetime”
Anakin has sent Ahsoka with Captain Rex as the two observe the testing of a new ship, the Leveller, commanded by Gilad Pellaeon. But things go awry when Hallena Devis, a Republic spy and Pellaeon's lover, is captured on Fath.

I Liked:
There is quite a bit to like about this little novel. One of the things that really stood out to me was the characters. I enjoyed seeing our “old” friends, Gil Pellaeon a
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those Who Don't Mind a Little Attachment in Their Lives
Shelves: guerra-estelare
Generally excellent, even though I get the impression that Traviss really wanted to tell the story of Gil and Hallena, but needed to include Anakin, Rex and Ahsoka to maintain continuity with the TV series. The character of Altis and his followers were also very intriguing, I'd love to find out more about how they spent the War.
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
If fans were ever wondering what happened to Callista “Ming” Masana, and weren’t satisfied with her cameo in Order 66 (or are sitting in front of basement computers writing oodles and oodles of self-indulgent fanfiction), she’s back as one of the supporting characters in the latest Clone Wars installment No Prisoners in which Gilad Pellaeon takes center stage. His motives are questioned, his military prowess tested, and worst of all, the judge of his character is none other than himself.

Karen Tr
Ahsoka, Rex and a bunch of green clone troopers join forces with Captain Pellaeon to rescue a Republic intelligence officer who's also Pellaeon's lover.

Although this story is pretty inconsequential to the Star Wars Legends canon, it is nonetheless very readable. The introduction of Altis' attachment-positive Jedi sect gives some interest, and backstory to the character of Callista (who was introduced years earlier as a love interest for Luke Skywalker in the ghastly Children of the Jedi by Barba
Apr 11, 2009 rated it liked it
No Prisoners is a slight novel. It's 257 pages and had the plot been more elaborate or with the addition of a twist the book could at least weighed in at 300 pages. It's not the page count that bothers me. It's that I paid $20 for this trade paperback.

Now that that's out of the way, I confess as I read No Prisoners I remembered I how much I enjoy Traviss' take on this period and I really like what she's done for The Clone Wars series so far.

The introduction of an alternative Jedi school makes fo
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, Clone Wars fans, Jedi fans
Her Clone Wars era books just rock! This book has a solid plot; kind of ordinary or so it seems. Captain Pellaeon is taking his ship, Leveler on a shakedown cruise to get the kinks out. Naturally, he doesn't get left alone. First, he has Captain Rex and a few of his men (not the whole company) on board along with Ahsoka (Anakin has gone home to get some quality time with Padme and thrust her on Rex). Then, a group of Jedi in favor of attachment led by Master Altis that includes Callista and her ...more
Anime Mage
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars-books
Honestly...out of all the Star Wars: The Clone Wars books in this series, this one was definitely the weakest. I still liked the book, just not as much as the Wild Space, Stealth, and Siege. It just doesn't seem as memorable as the other books in this series. I like how this book developed the other factions of the Jedi Order. The action was written very well. Also the portrayal of the main characters was spot on. They even bring back certain characters from the EU into this...which was really c ...more
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As always, Karen Traviss (who once told me that Walt Disney was "a Nazi b*****d," by the way) proves why she's such a great author in the Star Wars universe. Nobody writes the Clone Wars era most realistically, and humanly, than she does. Her characters recognize the absurdity of a conflict involving mysteriously discovered soldiers who were bred and programmed to fight and likely die with no consent in the matter. I always enjoy a book that points out the extreme short-sightedness and convenien ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I haven't been a big fan of this entire era, let alone the series, but this book was far better than the rest. Don't get me wrong, it's not spectacular, but it points out some of the big glaring holes in the prequel SW universe. Also, it's the only book I've read so far that gives any plausible explanation for Anakin's quick fall to the dark side. Still don't think it was well done, but at least this book tried.
Luke Charles
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this was the best Star Wars book I have ever read. Admittedly I have only read a few but I thought that the characterizations in this novel were superb. This book makes you think about the life of a clone trooper and makes you asks serious questions about the Jedi order. Good action but what makes this a superior book is the questions it raises . Enjoy!
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, sci-fi
This book focused less on the war than on the questions and perspectives that arose in response to the violence. Mostly, though, it focused on the issue of attachment and the fact that it's forbidden for Jedi to form attachments. I loved meeting Altis and his group of Jedi; they were what the mainstream Jedi should've been, with a true focus on helping those in need and allowing themselves to fall in love and form attachments that strengthen and nourish them. It was interesting to see both Ahsok ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
It's funny to read this now, and see that it was written in the early days of the Clone Wars cartoon, back before Disney bought them out, and brought out all the new material that made the EU obsolete. It's also odd to have brand new padawan Ahsoka, being so used to her from the end of Clone Wars and her appearances on Rebels. She feels kind of out of character, but I guess it fits with how she was during the initial Clone Wars movie. Even Rex seems slightly off, though I appreciate that he seem ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love all of Karen Traviss's Star Wars books
This story is about attachment, and how it affects soldiers. The Jedi aren't supposed to be soldiers, but their training and philosophies suggest they were, long before the Clone Wars began. Attachment gets in the way of soldiers making the right decisions for the greater good, so the Jedi teach that attachment can lead to the Dark Side. We already know that this is true of Anakin, but is it a false premise? He seeks that attachment, yes, but does he fall because of that attachment, or because h ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This is the third tie-in novel with the ongoing cartoon series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I really enjoyed Ms. Traviss’ novelization of the movie as it enhanced my viewing by supplying deeper motivations and background to the characters. So I was looking forward her second entry into this storyline. For the most part I enjoyed this novel but it lacked the character insight and felt more like I was watching a TV episode

The theme of this story is the effect of attachment to other people. Specific
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of Karen's later Star Wars books, but will please fans of her Republic Commando series as here she does what she does best – takes a bunch of unknown characters including Jedi knights, clone troopers, a battleship captain and a spy, and chronicles a very short span of their activity in the clone wars, where the good guys are supposed to be the Republic and the bad guys are the separatists. Yes, OK, we do have Annakin Skywalker, his Padawan Ahsoka and clone Captain Rex from the animat ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, star-wars
This book was supremely mediocre. If you're wanting to read this for Anakin, Ahsoka, and Rex, don't bother. They play minor roles and most of it are EU characters/OCs. This is the first EU book I've read, so whether these nonshow characters first appeared in other books is unimportant to me. I should be able to pick up this book and be interested, but I wasn't. You'd think when writing a book with the show's characters, you'd know the readers are probably more interested in them than anybody els ...more
Eric Sullenberger
After the prior book in "The Clone Wars" series was disappointing this one was such a delight. More than anything this is a book that seems to do retconning well. Before the prequel triolgy there were many Expanded Universe novels that referenced the past, and specifically the Clone Wars era. The prequel movies screwed up a lot of that and for a while it seemed like Lucas Books/Del Rey were just going to ignore it all and little attempt was made to retcon the Bantam books. Then post-Clone Wars m ...more
This seems like a very rushed novel for one of my favorite SW authors, Karen Traviss. At 257 pages, it's a rather short work (although, depending on the word count, that could be misleading). Many characters appear to pop up out of nowhere and some characters' actions are not even explained. Ahsoka, Anakin Skywalker's padawan, seems too petrified for a character that is usually so proactive in both the T.V. show and in other novels. Granted, she has run into rather interesting characters, but he ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
After reading other Star Wars works, by Karen Traviss, I felt that I wanted to read this- not because it's very good, but because it is part of the Star Wars universe. To me, having the word Star Wars on the front cover would give it an automatic five stars, but this one is not going to go in my favorites shelf. That doesn't mean it's not good (I rated it five), but it's not the best Star Wars book I've read.

As the Clone Wars rages on, Rex agrees to relieve Anakin of his Padawan Ahsoka for awhi
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thematic
I believe that this is considered a Legends story now and with the focus now completely off the Clone Wars era, I'm sad to have discovered this book so late because I enjoyed every word.

If I had to sum up the themes and stakes of the Star Wars prequels in one word, it would be 'disillusionment'. If I had a few more words, I would say 'go read No Prisoners by Karen Traviss'.

I initially read it craving more Captain Rex and Ahsoka than the TV show offered so when I was hit with Altisian Jedi philos
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars-novels
This wasn't that amazing of a novel, in my opinion. A Republic Intelligence agent gets trapped on a planet and Gilad Pellaeon sends his ship, undergoing much needed repairs, to help along with Captain Rex, Ashoka, 6 Clones, and some not so ordinary Jedi.

I found the novel to be very boring. There wasn't much to the novel as was rushed at 257 pages. I thought it could have been much better--epically based on a lot of the well known characters that were used from across the Expanded Universe and fr
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a new initiate into the world of Star Wars novels. Honestly, I only picked this one up because I'm an (unashamed) fan of the animated TV series. I thought I'd find more of the same: a lighthearted, good guy versus bad guy, blast-some-droids action novel chock full of witty one liners. I never thought this book would actually make me think.

I was wrong. Karen Traviss is not afraid to ask the hard questions. What do the clone troopers really think of their places in life? Has the Republic lost
Jim C
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
My rating is 3.5 stars.

This book tells the story of a spy who is on a planet when the Separatists arrive. She puts out a distress signal and Anakin, Ahsoka, Rex, and others race to rescue her.

This is an entertaining, quick read. The author does a terrific job with the characters and I had no problem with their portrayal. The highlight of this book was the portrayal of Callista and her connection with machines. It was a very nice tie in with this character as we see her fate in the earlier publis
Darryl Dobbs
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story is about Torrent Company (Captain Rex, et al) and Ahsoka going to rescue a captured spy while Anakin Skywalker sneaks a few days with his secret wife Padme. But the real reason for this novel is to explore that love and the inner turmoil that Anakin is feeling. Why are the Jedi against love? Love is an asset, not a liability. It creates passion, which can be both good and bad, but the good outweighs the bad. Or so thinks Anakin. His resentment of the Jedi order for this ‘rule’ is furth ...more
Mike Smith
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Author Karen Traviss is perhaps better known to Star Wars fans as the writer of the "Republic Commando" series of novels. This "Clone Wars" novel is based on characters and situations from the animated TV series of the same name. The presentation and marketing of this book might make you think it's aimed at teenage readers, but like her other Star Wars stories, this one contains some very thought-provoking dilemmas for the heroes. When is violence justified, if ever? What is the purpose of life? ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, 2013-adult
This was an interesting book. I think it was almost done as a way to explain Callista's background and how her Jedi development conflicted with what is shown in the prequels. I didn't realize she was going to be part of the story. Having Pelleon as part of the story was a bit odd because it didn't seem like he should have been old enough to have served in the clone wars, especially as a Captain. A naval captain is rather high ranking despite what the author does when she has Pelleon and Rex (arm ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting and revealing prequel introduction to Callista Ming, which ultimately fails in its ability to confront Anakin with the Altisian Jedis. It is certainly one of the better Clone Wars novels ever released, but strays down a story line which deserves its own book and could have been the best character study possible for Anakin: i.e. how does Anakin act and respond when confronted with the opportunity to meet Jedi Master Altis, former friend of Qui-Gon and outside sect leader of Jedis t ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first quarter of the book was alright in its setup, but thereafter I got bored very quickly and did not end up caring about what happened to the various factions or characters. The idea of other Force-users with a different philosophy was mildly interesting, and I had a ‘oh, so that’s the link’ moment with (view spoiler).

However, my rating for the book is because I did not care for the story tol
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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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“Good grief, Rex, doesn't Skywalker tell his underlings to put clothes on? What does he think this is, a cruise liner?"
It was at times like this that Rex savoured the true value of his bucket. He silenced his helmet audio for a moment with a quick eye movement, roared with laughter, and then switched the speaker back on.
"Would you like me to ask him, sir?"
"Rex, you're enjoying this..."
"Me, sir? Never, sir.”
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