Star Wars: Republic Commando – Order 66 Review

The latest Republic Commando novel is a thrilling page-turner. Find out more …

Who’s it by:  Karen Traviss

Execute Order 66

"Execute Order 66"



What’s it about?


As a battle-scarred era nears its end, a shattering power play is about to stun the entire galaxy…and set in motion events that will alter destinies and resound throughout history.

With Republic forces stretched to the max and casualties mounting, the last thing these beleaguered warriors need to hear is that Chancellor Palpatine is keeping vast armies of secret clone troops in reserve. Sargeant Skirata, a mentor to the clone commandos, has no intention of standing idly by while Palpatine sends them into battle like lambs to the slaughter. Skirata begins to plan the clones’ escape from the GAR, but his heroic effort will be in vain unless he can reverse the clones’ accelerated aging process.

Nothing will stop the apocalyptic horror unleashed when Palpatine utters the chilling words The time has come. Execute Order 66. Translation: The Jedi have tried to stage a coup, and all must be shot on sight.

With their faith in the Republic and their loyalty to their Jedi allies put to the ultimate test, how will the men of Omega and Delta squads react to the most infamous command in galactic history? 

Review it:

First off, I’ve been loving the Republic Commando series. I was expecting a mediocre game tie-in for the first book but was blown away by both the story and writing style presented. The series continued in the same vein and has almost surpassed the X-Wing series as my favourite Star Wars novel series.

Karen’s own experiences of and research into the military really shine and help the realism of the plots. During any action scene it’s not hard to visualise the commandos going about their business. Having read numerous Chris Ryan novels and other SAS works, I’ve been really impressed by these sequences. Order 66 focusses more on the continuing character development than on action, however, but this is no bad thing. Never before have I felt trepidation when turning pages and waiting for the Clones to be ordered to “Execute Order 66” (I’m sure Aayla Secura was actually relieved it wasn’t Order 69!). The portreyal of every character in this series, and particularly this book has been superb and I found myself caring even about characters I didn’t like. Flawed Jedi, concerned mothers and girlfriends … Excellent stuff.

Order 66 is one of the finest Star Wars novels ever published and in my mind a superb book by any standard. Going through a checklist: Great Characters – Check. Well written drama – check. Realistic action – check. Ethical and moral debate – Check.

Seriously – check out this book, but more than that get the others too (Republic Commando, Hard Contact, True Colors and Tripple Zero). Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan but like good military thrillers, I’d recommend this series.

Rate it: 5 / 5

Dry Slaps: 0

Reviewer: WedgeDoc

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One comment

  1. star wars fan /

    I personally love the Star wars republic commando books. They are very well written and there is a huge punch to the gut near of order 66 if you have been reading the other books in this series. It is full of well described worlds and a very in depth look into the mando culture created be karen which makes this book even more able to visualize. The huge punch I was talking about earlier might make you cry if you get caught off gaurd, even for some of you guys.

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