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[Clone Wars]
Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Order 66
BOOK STORY
Karen Traviss
Del Rey [US]; Orbit Books [UK]
Story published as:
Hardback Novel [US only] (2008)
Paperback Novel (2008, 2009)
e-Book (2011)

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Reviews:
1 review [Average review score: 5 / 5]

Synopsis:
ORDER 66

The Clone Wars rage to their bloody climax. Treachery reigns. Treason takes courage. Commandos, Jedi, and the entire Galactic Republic must face the end of life as they know it and the dreaded dawn of a new empire.
Even as the Clone Wars are about to reach an explosive climax, no one knows if victory will favour the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) or the Separatists. But no matter who wins, the stakes are highest for elite Special Ops clones like the Republic Commandos in Omega and Delta squads and the notorious renegade Advance Recon Commando troopers known as Null ARCs.
With Republic forces stretched to the max and casualties mounting, the last thing these beleaguered warriors need to hear is that Chancellor Palpatine is keeping vast armies of secret clone troops in reserve. Sergeant Skirata, a mentor to the clone commandos, has no intention of standing idly by while Palpatine sends them into battle like lambs to the slaughter. Skirata begins to plan the clones' escape from the GAR, but his heroic effort will be in vain unless he can reverse the clones' accelerated aging process. To pull that feat off, he will need the services of Separatist scientist Ovolot Qail Uthan, currently under lock and key in a GAR fortress prison. Caught in the treacherous dealings of their leaders, and locked in the battles of their lives, the disillusioned Null ARCs and Commandos nonetheless fight with everything they've got, determined to wrest victory from the Seps and save the galaxy.
But even the deadliest weapons may not be powerful enough to defeat the real menace. And nothing will stop the apocalyptic horror unleashed when Palpatine utters the chilling words: The time has come. Execute Order 66. Translation: The Jedi have tried to stage a coup, and all must be shot on sight.
With their faith in the Republic and their loyalty to their Jedi allies put to the ultimate test, how will the men of Omega and Delta squads react to the most infamous command in galactic history?


Chronology:
This story occurs 36 months after the Battle of Geonosis, approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:

Review by Pip, UK, 2008:
"The latest - and I sincerely hope not the last - in the Republic Commando series. If you haven't read the others, don't start here as the story will really own work if you understand who's who and why. I don't say this to discourage you, in fact for the opposite.
If you're a fan of Star Wars you'll know the title doesn't bode well in the scheme of things. The tension mounts in the book and the back story to some of the unanswered questions in the film get answered.
"The ending brought tears to my eyes - which is a rare thing for a book to do.
"I really hope Karen Traviss has got that pen in her hand for the next book or spin-offs..."
Rating:
5 / 5


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