Author: Karen Traviss
Jusik â€“ Healer Jedi/Mandalorian
Kal Skirata â€“
This novel takes place about 3 months after Order 66. Darman and Niner (who is now recovering from his spinal injury) are part of the Empireâ€™s Imperial Commando Units. In fact, theyâ€™ve been made a part of Darth Vaderâ€™s personal guard, the 501st. Kal and his â€œsonsâ€ are trying to build new lives on Mandalore, but Kal is determined to pull out Darman and Niner.
Iâ€™ve loved just about everyone of these Commando books. Karen Traviss always had a great way of looking at the military life of a squad of troopers. She did so in very realistic ways, you mourned when a soldier was lost, you were happy when one survived.
This novel, while it continues to build on the personalities of all those weâ€™ve met, lacks that adventure aspect in her other stories with these characters. There are a few combat sequences, but for the most part it feels to me like a Soldier on R&R type story. The action sequences that do exist are few and far between, and often times seem to be anti-climatic.
Sadly, this will probably be the last of the Omega Squad storyline novels. There seems to be some conflict involving this series, and the lifestyles of Mandalorians as depicted in The Clone Wars or elsewhere. It would be interesting to see what happens to Niner, Darman and the rest of the boys, but at this time it appears theyâ€™ll be permanently in limbo.
If you want to see what happens after Order 66, then you might want to pick this up. But I wouldnâ€™t read it expecting any great revelations. It was just so-so in my opinon. Whether thatâ€™s because of all the controversy, or because Ms. Traviss had nowhere to go with the characters, Iâ€™m not sure. I was rather disappointed though with the outcome of this book. It just didnâ€™t wrap up things to a satisfactory conclusion, at least not for me.