By Karen Traviss
The Clone Wars are over, yet for people with cause to run from the recent galactic Empire, the conflict to outlive has simply simply all started. . . .
The Jedi were decimated within the nice Purge, and the Republic has fallen. Now the previous Republic Commandos–the galaxy’s most interesting specified forces troops, cloned from Jango Fett–find themselves on opposing facets and in very diversified armor. a few have abandoned and fled to Mandalore with the mercenaries, renegade clone soldiers, and rogue Jedi who make up Kal Skirata’s ragtag resistance to Imperial profession. Others–including males from Delta and Omega squads–now function Imperial Commandos, a black ops unit inside Vader’s personal 501st Legion, tasked to seek down fugitive Jedi and clone deserters. For Darman, grieving for his Jedi spouse and separated from his son, it’s an agonizing try out of loyalty. yet he’s no longer the single one who’ll be pressured to check the binds of brotherhood. On Mandalore, clone deserters and the planet’s personal natives, who've no love for the Jedi, could have their such a lot adored ideals challenged. within the savage new galactic order, previous feuds can have to be put aside to unite opposed to a miles larger possibility, and no-one can take outdated loyalties with no consideration.
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