Star Wars 501st An Imperial Commandos Novel – Has little to do with the 501st – and no it’s not a good book March 22, 2010Posted by showmescifi in scifi.
Tags: 501, 501st, Karen Traviss, science fiction, scifi, Star Wars, Vaders Fist
We’ve reviewed previous Star Wars Republic Commando before – most recently Order 66 -so we should have known what we were getting..
The 501st is the most legendary of all Stormtrooper legions – it is Vader’s Fist – the legion that Anakin/Darth Vader used to destroy the Jedi Temple.
So you’d think that a book called ‘ 501st’ would actually be about the 501st — but no that’s not the case with Karen Traviss’ book.
We get on scene with Vader – and the only part of the 501st in this whole book are two clone that are trying to desert. No big legion activity at all.
This book is just a continuation of the clone commander saga from Order 66 – and if you take it as such it’s not that bad a story. It’s all about how former Republic commandoes try and make a life for themselves on Mandalore while somehow trying to figure out how to reverse the aging process.
Kal ‘buir’ is a great heroic figure and we like him, the various clones – Niner, Darman in particular are great fun. The influx of Jedi in this book with Bardan, Kina Ha, Atis and Scout is also kinda of interesting.
But this is a book without a real ending and without real purpose – it’s just a bunch of ‘scenes’ stitched together – and that’s what makes this book so unsatisfying in the end. You keep reading hoping for something to happen or looking for some big action – but that isn’t what this book delivers.