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 in basic terms simply began. . . .
The Jedi were decimated within the nice Purge, and the Republic has fallen. Now the previous Republic Commandos–the galaxy’s best detailed forces troops, cloned from Jango Fett–find themselves on opposing aspects and in very varied 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 career. 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 attempt of loyalty. yet he’s now not 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 loved ideals challenged. within the savage new galactic order, previous feuds could have to be put aside to unite opposed to a miles larger risk, and no-one can take outdated loyalties without any consideration.
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