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Hard Contact ❮Ebook❯ ➩ Hard Contact Author Karen Traviss – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk As the Clone Wars rage, victory or defeat lies in the hands of elite squads that take on the toughest assignments in the galaxy stone cold soldiers who go where no one else would, to do what no one el As the Clone Wars rage, victory or defeat lies in the hands of elite squads that take on the toughest assignments in the galaxy stone cold soldiers who go where no one else would, to do what no one else couldOn a mission to sabotage a chemical weapon research facility on a Separatist held planet, four clone troopers operate under the very noses of their enemies The commandos are outnumbered and outgunned, deep behind enemy lines with no backup and working with strangers instead of trusted teammates Matters don t improve when Darman, the squad s demolitions expert, gets separated from the others during planetfall Even Darman s apparent good luck in meeting an inexperienced Padawan vanishes once Etain admits to her woeful inexperienceFor the separated clone commandos and stranded Jedi, a long, dangerous journey lies ahead, through hostile territory brimming with Trandoshan slavers, Separatists, and suspicious natives A single misstep could mean discovery and death It s a virtual suicide mission for anyone anyone except Republic Commandos.


About the Author: Karen Traviss

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, GI 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 series RINGER, are set in the real world of today A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England She s currently working on SACRIFICIAL RED, the third book in the Ringer series, and sequels to THE BEST OF US in the NOMAD series, a collaboration with Galaxy s Edge.



10 thoughts on “Hard Contact

  1. Ryan Ryan says:

    When is a Star Wars novel not a Star Wars novel That seems to be one of the questions raised by Republic Commando Hard Contact On the surface, it very much seems to be one you have a group of Commando clone troopers trying to rescue a young Jedi from a Mandalorian warrior, and the Clone Wars are very actively happening in the background of the novel s action Despite these surface similarities, however, the novel bears very little in common with the rest of the Star Wars universe, and what When is a Star Wars novel not a Star Wars novel That seems to be one of the questions raised by Republic Commando Hard Contact On the surface, it very much seems to be one you have a group of Commando clone troopers trying to rescue a young Jedi from a Mandalorian warrior, and the Clone Wars are very actively happening in the background of the novel s action Despite these surface similarities, however, the novel bears very little in common with the rest of the Star Wars universe, and what is the house style of the EU Expanded Universe novels in general If a few names and titles had have been changed, this could have very easily been an original fiction title, rather than a tie in novel For all of the stories that have been written in the Star Wars universe, most of them have focused very heavily on the Star portion of the title, with little if any focus done on the Wars part Hard Contact changes that by delivering a story of military sci fi, focusing on an elite group of Commando clones.Throughout the course of the novel, Traviss does a very good job of developing all of her clone soldiers as distinct individuals In other parts of the Clone Wars saga, the clones existor less as cyphers in addition to sharing a genetic code, it appeared that they all shared a character or lack thereof One of the themes that Traviss explores is the idea of finding both a culture and an individual identity, and the difficulties that would be associated with that, when there are millions of others who share both your physical form and most of your personal past return return I generally try not to be a snob when it comes to liscenced material, but in the past year I ve read a few that were really a chore to get through Hard Contact is the exact opposite of that with or without the Star Wars name attached to it, it was a really enjoyable piece of fiction writing


  2. wanderer (Para) wanderer (Para) says:

    I admit, before I started my Star Wars binge I hadthan a few prejudices about tie ins just ask all my friends who had to listen to me whining about the tie in r Fantasy Bingo square for months on end I heard bad things about quality And I just never saw the point Sure I have played video games that had tie ins before, but I ve never really cared about video game lore But Star Wars has left me with a few specific itches I desperately want scratched, no matter how, plus a desperate nee I admit, before I started my Star Wars binge I hadthan a few prejudices about tie ins just ask all my friends who had to listen to me whining about the tie in r Fantasy Bingo square for months on end I heard bad things about quality And I just never saw the point Sure I have played video games that had tie ins before, but I ve never really cared about video game lore But Star Wars has left me with a few specific itches I desperately want scratched, no matter how, plus a desperate need forTie ins, fanfic, tv series, canon or non canon, give me all of it.Luckily, Hard Contact is a damn good book that went above and beyond my expectations I came in for an easy read with clone troopers and Mandalorian culture which it was and stayed for the thorough examination of how fucked up the concept of a clone army really is and the wonderful at times even adorable interactions between the characters In other words, it was an absolute delight and I can easily see myself devouring the rest of the series.The plot is simple Four clone commandos whose previous squad members were killed are assembled into a new squad and sent on a mission to destroy a facility where a virus targeting clones is being developed On their way, they get separated and Darman has a run in with a stranded, extremely inexperienced Padawan who is forced to become their commander because she is a Jedi and they were made to obey Jedi.If you ever wondered why nobody in the prequels ever pointed at the clone troopers and started wondering how the Republic can still call themselves the good guys and do this, if you didn t like how they were dehumanised blaster fodderwell, then this is definitely the book for you As a call out it s downright brutal.Traviss takes the concept of what happens when you use people as disposable to its logical conclusion She doesn t exactly have a delicate touch about it, she shows us first and then tells as well just to hammer the point home, but for once, I didn t mind a lack of subtlety I had to see someone notice the same issues I noticed, the point desperately had to be made, plus I have a huge weakness for stories humanising and giving voice to the faceless minor characters, and I got all of that in spades Darman gets the most character development out of the bunch, with Atin close behind, but they re all very clearly not identical And they have a great dynamic It reminded me a little of the Bridgeburners or the Bonehunters from The Malazan Book of the Fallen, another series that focuses on soldiers.All of this goes double if you also want stories that don t paint Jedi as flawless paragons Etain, the Padawan forced into a commander role, is a wonderful character and I love her to bits She s woefully inexperienced, reeling from the death of her master, far from fully trained, far from the best Force or lightsaber user, and insecure about it all on top of it, but dammit, she tries her absolute best She cares, perhaps too much for a Jedi And she learns fast Her interactions with Darman are oddly heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, and definitely the highlight of the book for me.And then there are little snippets of Mandalorian culture interspersed throughout Given my entry point into Star Wars, I have an obvious fondness for Mandos Here it mostly shows up in two forms the POV of the main antagonist Hokan, who is a Mandalorian, and the clone commandos themselves, who were trained by Mandalorians Hokan himself is interesting, very much not evil for the sake of evil and antagonists who are not evil for the sake of evil are awesome He s as disturbed by the concept of clones of one of his own people, no less as the reader, though obviously his solution to the problem is way too extreme And he definitely doesn t see them as people But the motivation The motivation makes perfect sense Unfortunately, I thought he was a little wasted in the second half when his POVs stopped being as interspersed with his views and opinions and generally him as a character and became almost completely about tactics and exposition But aside from that, and a rather unfortunate nickname for the Trandoshans used in one of the last chapters see content warning section below , no real complaints.It s just such a wonderfully character focused book Sure, there s plenty of action and explosions The writing style is very simple and straightforward and it s not even remotely slow paced But in my reviews of the movies and discussion around them, I have gone on and on about how action is meaningless without slow moments that establish why you should care and here the balance was perfect though unlike with movies, I m all about slow moments when it comes to books I may bethan a little blind to its flaws, but what the hell It entertained me, it provided the worldbuilding I wanted, it made me think, it even broke my heart a little What else could I ever possibly want Enjoyment 5 5Execution 4 5Recommended to fellow Star Wars fans who don t care about canon, anyone who thinks the Mandalorians are cool, those who wondered if nobody in the prequels saw how fucked up the concept of clone troopers is, fans of military SFF, the found family trope, or character focused books, anyone looking for a fast and easy read, those who wonder how can a book manage to combine fucked up and adorable Not recommended to those who dislike the idea of Jedi being flawed, those who dislike made up swearwords though to be fair, at least Mando a is a proper conlang , plus see content warnings below Content warnings Attempted rape at the beginning Also, it contains an extremely unfortunate nickname for the Trandoshans that is very similar to a slur It only appears in one scene near the end and I genuinely believe it was not intended to offend or cause harm besides, the book was published in 2004 which is why I did not reduce the rating but it threw me out of the story and deserves a strong warning for those who require it regardless More reviews on my blog, To Other Worlds.


  3. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    Not all soldiers wear uniforms, ma am Thanks to a Star Wars book club, I got to reread this amazing Clone Wars era novel Four clone commandos have been assigned an important task land on Qiilura, apprehend scientist, Uthan, and destroy her work on biological agents targeted at clones But a Mandalorian mercenary, the desperate natives, and a green Padawan might keep them from their objective.What I Liked There is so much to love about this book, it s hard to decide where exactly to begin.I gue Not all soldiers wear uniforms, ma am Thanks to a Star Wars book club, I got to reread this amazing Clone Wars era novel Four clone commandos have been assigned an important task land on Qiilura, apprehend scientist, Uthan, and destroy her work on biological agents targeted at clones But a Mandalorian mercenary, the desperate natives, and a green Padawan might keep them from their objective.What I Liked There is so much to love about this book, it s hard to decide where exactly to begin.I guess I should start at the beginning the characters So many books even or maybe especially Star Wars ones tend to generalize The sleuth is usually down and out but incredibly smart The scientists are either sexy, sassy, ladies or complete dorky nerds Jedi are omnipotent, all seeing The bad guys are plum out of a children s book replete with giggling over their latest plot device, which is lame, lame, lame Personally, I am sick of this I want to see REAL people People who are like me So so at their jobs, average in looks, maybe not quite happy with themselves and not because they don t have any friends, being supermodel material after all cue eye roll , trying so hard to figure out why the heck they are there.And then Karen Traviss starts writing Star Wars First off, THANK YOU DEL REY Karen Traviss is a superb, intelligent writer and the perfect fit for the Republic Commando novels She can do what so many others fail at particularly in this book she writes about real people.Hokan is a mercenary He is not a giggling bad guy, but an intelligent, well planned Mandalorian who doesn t kill because it s fun but for a purpose He even shows a fondness and appreciation for a subordinate something sorely lacking in other novels.Etain Tur Mukan is probably one of the best written Jedi in the universe Seriously, here is a woman with a conflict She has no idea what to do, doesn t even think she can do it if she could, and isn t a super Jedi either She doubts, she questions, she is unsure In fact, she totally blows up at Darman when he calls her commander and is later chewed out by Jinart This is rarely done in the Star Wars universe and is a breath of fresh air in a sewer plant.Then, the clones Karen Traviss gets the award for making each clone identical yet separate Niner is a no bones leader Fi issensitive,worried about the feelings of each member Atin buries his thoughts behind mechanical equipment Darman is amazing, tender yet tough Through him, we see the unique balance of hardened warrior and childlike innocence, something one would never have expected from clones bred for the sole purpose of killing another.The other characters Jinart, Uthan, etc are similarly well done, but in a much smaller scale, since they areof background characters.Moving on from characterization, the number of characters is perfect We have, as primary characters, 4 clones, one Jedi, and one Mandalorian Jinart, the Weequay, the other Jedi, and Uthan being secondary There is just enough time to develop each character, not too much to interrupt the action and plot One complaint I had about Death Star was its huge cast It was challenging to get close to any of the characters when there were 20 or so of them Karen Traviss keeps the cast small so the audience can grow close to them It works perfectly.I feel the balance in Hard Contact characters, Mando a history, philosophical musings on the usage of clones and the actual plot of the story is perfect KT spends enough time to make you feel for the characters, get acquainted to the Mandalorian lifestyle which had never before been revealed , ponder the humanity of the clones though this got to be a little much at times see below , and do what commandos are supposed to do Fight The action in the story is prominent, cementing its Star Wars iness, but while it is a big part of the book, KT doesn t cut back on character.Another small favorite comes when Hokan mentions to Uthan another ho hum lady, not some sexy vixan Thank you again, KT about Hard Contact I love it when the author slips in the title of her book somewhere in the actual book I know it can t always be done, but this was totally awesome What I Didn t LikeIt was very challenging to visualize the Gurlanins They are vaguely described as having a snout, being black, and reminding me of either wolves or panthers Other than that, their shapeshifting, their appearance is cloaked in mystery, making it hard to imagine the actual creature.Another problem I had was towards the end At this point, I felt the message of clones being real people was too heavy handed Etain mentions it at least twice in the last ten pages besides the conversations previous I understand the concept and appreciate KT making the effort to talk about something this controversial, but I think she could have backed off a bit.Finally, I do not appreciate Etain s being practically commended for defying a superior officer when she is demanding the Laati stay on Qiilura until Fi and Niner return from their mission Anywhere else, she would have been courtmarshalled for defying General Zey s orders I understand this is a fiction novel however, I feel that the scene could have been modified so as not to seemingly promote this fantastical scenario.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Star Wars dialogue in the form of fierfek.A Weequay attempts to rape Etain Other similar acts are referred to circumspectly.This is a story about commandos and battle There are tons of battles, lots of gun fights, deaths, explosions, etc While most aren t gory in nature, they do exist.Conclusions Amazing KT has done for the Star Wars Clone Wars era and for the Star Wars universe in general what many of the other novels The Cestus Decpetion and Jedi Trial could only dream of doing In Hard Contact, the audience is transported into the middle of a commando mission There is no doubt about the authenticity, the realness of the surroundings, weapons, actions.KT not only has created one of if not the best action novels, but she has also done the unbelievable she has created a Mando a culture, catapulted the clones into humans, and has portrayed Jedi in a real life sense.With these amazing accomplishments under her belt, it would be impossible for me to give this novel anything less than a 5 stars, even with the minor road bumps


  4. Stephen Stephen says:

    4.0 to 4.5 stars This is an excellent example of a really good writer which Karen Traviss certainly is using the Star Wars universe as background but still taking the the time to tell a good story If you were to remove the Star Wars elements from this book, it would still be a compelling read as the characters are fully fleshed out, the action scenes are very well written and the plot is excellent It is books like this that show you what a rich, wonderful background the Star Wars universe 4.0 to 4.5 stars This is an excellent example of a really good writer which Karen Traviss certainly is using the Star Wars universe as background but still taking the the time to tell a good story If you were to remove the Star Wars elements from this book, it would still be a compelling read as the characters are fully fleshed out, the action scenes are very well written and the plot is excellent It is books like this that show you what a rich, wonderful background the Star Wars universe can provide It also makes you angry that so many writers just mail it in knowing that the Star Wars brand will sell itself Highly recommended


  5. Michael Michael says:

    Star Wars republic Commando Hard Contact is a great read for anybody who loves Star Wars books or Star Wars in general The plot follows a squad of clone commandos and a Jedi Padawan as they carry out a mission on a farming planet In this way, it is unlike most Star Wars books It is a great military book, and shows how a four person squad works together The author uses imagery well to allow the reader to visualize the action and fighting The book emphasizes working as a team a lot It ke Star Wars republic Commando Hard Contact is a great read for anybody who loves Star Wars books or Star Wars in general The plot follows a squad of clone commandos and a Jedi Padawan as they carry out a mission on a farming planet In this way, it is unlike most Star Wars books It is a great military book, and shows how a four person squad works together The author uses imagery well to allow the reader to visualize the action and fighting The book emphasizes working as a team a lot It keeps repeating the importance, even in the dialogue Gdans work as a team That s what enables them to take prey that s many times their size A point, I think, that would not be lost on men such as yourselves However, it doesn t just focus on military Throughout the book, the characters relationships with each other grow as they get to know each other, and the author does a great job of portraying that through the character s actions The characters also connect to the reader with their various personalities and thoughts I found this book to be a very interesting read, with a lot of action It was very enjoyable, and I think and Science Fiction or Star Wars fan would like it as well


  6. Emilia Barnes Emilia Barnes says:

    Talk about not judging a book by its cover Neither the title nor the cover art prepared me for this beautiful story, full of well rendered, thoughtfully constructed 3 dimensional characters and an at times heartbreaking, at times funny adventure You don t have to have played the game this is a tie in to, in order to enjoy and fully understand this book I ll definitely read the next in the series.


  7. Samantha (AK) Samantha (AK) says:

    Star Wars novels are my preferred brand of junk food reading I don t use that term because there s anything wrong with them I used to consume them multiple times weekly But it s franchise tie in fiction I know roughly what to expect, and I know there s a good chance I ll enjoy it, which makes it a good pick for cold, rainy weekends Hard Contact is interesting, because its a deviation from the ol Light vs Dark, Jedi vs Sith conflict Set shortly after the battle of Geonosis, it follows a Star Wars novels are my preferred brand of junk food reading I don t use that term because there s anything wrong with them I used to consume them multiple times weekly But it s franchise tie in fiction I know roughly what to expect, and I know there s a good chance I ll enjoy it, which makes it a good pick for cold, rainy weekends Hard Contact is interesting, because its a deviation from the ol Light vs Dark, Jedi vs Sith conflict Set shortly after the battle of Geonosis, it follows a squad of four Republic Commandos special ops Clone Troopers It s a decent mil SF book, but the real conflict here is moral The clones think the Jedi are infallible the Jedi don t know what to do about this brainwashed army they ve been handled You get to read this on both sides There s also the backstory of the clones themselves, with some fairly well done character voices.By far the greatest reason I can recommend this is that it takes the whole clone wars situation seriously It s easy not to think about it too hard in the movies, and the Clone Wars TV series though entertaining fails to hit the correct tone This, though, is gritty without being gratuitous, and unflinchingly serious about what it takes to make a clone army, and what the results would be.A few minor issues 1 Jacket description says chemical weapon, book contents say nanovirus Execution is iffy either way Basically it s a doomsday macguffin.2 No matter how brutal the training the clones went through was, you cannot convince me that Niner didn t know how to scream These guys are still human that s a major point of the book, even3 The antagonist has got a couple of hangups over the idea of going soft, especially with regard to women He spends a lot of time reassuring himself that he s still a brutal shabuir of a Mandalorian even if he didn t kill somebody.4 There are a couple things that really haven t aged well, mainly an unfortunate shortening of Trandoshan and specism re the alien Weequay charactersAction y junk food for a rainy weekend Recommended to Star Wars fans interested in mixing things up a little


  8. Jorge Rosas Jorge Rosas says:

    This is my first contact with the star wars expanded universe and this is a very good story with some profound deepness within, although there s something off that will not allow it to be a five star book Between the star wars and commando lexical the story is, sometimes, difficult to follow but well, it is a star wars commando book so that kind of words were supposed to be there between IED, EP, decees, and so on the commandos express their integrity as such and for us to understand that ther This is my first contact with the star wars expanded universe and this is a very good story with some profound deepness within, although there s something off that will not allow it to be a five star book Between the star wars and commando lexical the story is, sometimes, difficult to follow but well, it is a star wars commando book so that kind of words were supposed to be there between IED, EP, decees, and so on the commandos express their integrity as such and for us to understand that there s a character who s at the same level as the reader, so we can understand of what are they talking about We discover the horrors of war and the things that make you an individual even if you re expendable, your commanding officers and jedi masters treat you as cheap and anonymous property, on how is to be an individual when everyone around you it s you, literally There are also some extremely valuable lessons to be learned from the commandos and their instructors on life, group thinking and leadership I really want to read the other books


  9. Liz Liz says:

    I wanted to read this book because I fell in love with Karen Traviss wess har novels, so was definitely looking forward to reading pretty much anything else she writes I m also a Star Wars fan, but haven t read much in the Star Wars universe as far as tie in novels but for one by Timothy Zahn a long time ago.It took me a long time to get into it but once I did, I was drawn into Ms Traviss typical characterizations and didn t really want to put the book down I don t, however, feel that t I wanted to read this book because I fell in love with Karen Traviss wess har novels, so was definitely looking forward to reading pretty much anything else she writes I m also a Star Wars fan, but haven t read much in the Star Wars universe as far as tie in novels but for one by Timothy Zahn a long time ago.It took me a long time to get into it but once I did, I was drawn into Ms Traviss typical characterizations and didn t really want to put the book down I don t, however, feel that this book was nearly as good asCity of Pearlthe first book in her wess har novels.so comparing first books I feel this was not as rich in environment or in characterization.Would I read it again, though chuckle Likely Would I read on in the series Definitely


  10. Cal Cal says:

    Pretty good read, but I feel like it s still missing something Again, refers to the hard issues and morality of it all, but doesn t take a real bite into it which is disappointing Maybe in the next ones Also my complaint with Traviss still stands, she uses a lot of subtle sexist language toward female characters, and I dont think a clone who has no experience of the outside culture of the world would ever call a female enemy sweetheart i mean, that makes no sense And when a woman scient Pretty good read, but I feel like it s still missing something Again, refers to the hard issues and morality of it all, but doesn t take a real bite into it which is disappointing Maybe in the next ones Also my complaint with Traviss still stands, she uses a lot of subtle sexist language toward female characters, and I dont think a clone who has no experience of the outside culture of the world would ever call a female enemy sweetheart i mean, that makes no sense And when a woman scientist we had never even encountered before was laying on the ground wounded or dead I can t remember the narrative from a commando pov was like she certainly wasn t pretty any REALLY Meh this kind of stuff really gets on my nerves, clones haven t been raised in the objectifying culture of the outside world


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