Legends
Adult Novel

Imperial Commando: 501st

By
Karen Traviss
Released
Oct 27, 2009
Artwork by
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Takes place in
19 BBY
In the
Reign of the Empire
era
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Order 66 may have unified the galaxy under the Empire’s control, but it split members of the clone army. Just weeks after the order was carried out, former brothers-in-arms now find themselves on opposite sides. Will they ultimately choose to serve their Emperor or their ex-comrades, the Jedi? And just how far are they willing to go in the process?

While the Jedi may have gotten the worst of it, Karen Traviss manages to brilliantly portray the struggle of the clones following Order 66. This book serves as a fitting end to her run with the Republic Commandos.

Publisher's Summary

The Clone Wars are over, but for those with reason to run from the new galactic Empire, the battle to survive has only just begun. . . .

The Jedi have been decimated in the Great Purge, and the Republic has fallen. Now the former Republic Commandos–the galaxy’s finest special forces troops, cloned from Jango Fett–find themselves on opposing sides and in very different armor. Some have deserted and fled to Mandalore with the mercenaries, renegade clone troopers, and rogue Jedi who make up Kal Skirata’s ragtag resistance to Imperial occupation. Others–including men from Delta and Omega squads–now serve as Imperial Commandos, a black ops unit within Vader’s own 501st Legion, tasked to hunt down fugitive Jedi and clone deserters. For Darman, grieving for his Jedi wife and separated from his son, it’s an agonizing test of loyalty. But he’s not the only one who’ll be forced to test the ties of brotherhood. On Mandalore, clone deserters and the planet’s own natives, who have no love for the Jedi, will have their most cherished beliefs challenged. In the savage new galactic order, old feuds may have to be set aside to unite against a far bigger threat, and nobody can take old loyalties for granted.

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Jared Mayes - Imperial Commando: 501st - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
501st is a top-tier Legends novel, but it suffers from Karen Traviss's premature exit from writing Star Wars books. She does a masterful job in character creation. By the time you've made it to the fifth book in the series, these characters as real as can be. She explores moral ambiguities in thought-provoking ways and it able to break your heart like none other. This was an excellent series and I highly recommend it!
Meg Dowell - Imperial Commando: 501st - Adult Novel
Meg Dowell
Editor-in-Chief
In all honesty, this book would have gotten a higher rating from me if it weren't the last in the series - because it wasn't supposed to be; the books were never finished. I think knowing this going in really affected my reading experience. It's still a great book, don't get me wrong -- it doesn't all end when Palpatine gives his infamous contingency order in the previous book. But when you get to the end, it does feel very unfinished, and that's tough. We do meet plenty of interesting new characters in this book, though, and this makes it worth the read. Just because it's the end doesn't mean it's a worse read. If you've made it this far in the series, I'd definitely recommend finishing it out. In some ways, you won't be disappointed.

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