Review Of Republic Commando: Order 66
I thought that, at times, the plot seemed a little disjointed; Karen Traviss's lack of location descriptions reinforced that slight confusion. I should be able to better follow when I reread the book in a week or two.
The beginning of the book was fast-paced, yet sans real action. We have Darman's squad, yes, but his battle was stuck in the middle of other happenings and I couldn't really gauge its importance.
Now for the pros.
Numero uno: The book was awesome.
Republic Commando: Order 66 delves further into clone troopers' lives than any media I've read or watched before. The addition of Mandalorian culture was a nice touch; it's awesome to read about Null-class clones in action. I felt the puzzle pieces given throughout the book as to Palpatine's secret agenda all fit together nicely, another strong point of the plot.
Apart from the lack of location descriptions, Karen Traviss really has a nice writing style that I plan to emulate somewhat; I love how she handles dialogue and characterization. An added bonus is that she actually served in militaristic capabilities: She served in both the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army, so she must know something about military activities.
My favorite character is probably Fi, just ahead of Ordo and Darman.
My overall rating: 9/10. It's great, but you have to read through to the end to really get into it.
In other news, I hate how the Imperial Commando series was cancelled because of canon issues with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In all honesty Karen Traviss goes into far more detail about clone culture than the TV series; so why would they choose the TV series over her writing?