|Del Rey [US]; Orbit
|Story published as:
Paperback Novel (2007)
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In the Grand Army's desperate
fight to crush the Separatists, the secret special ops
missions of its elite clone warriors have never been
more critical... or more dangerous. A growing menace
threatens Republic victory, and the members of Omega
Squad make a discovery that shakes their loyalty.
As the lines continue to blur between friend and enemy,
citizens -- from civilians and sergeants to Jedi and
generals -- find themselves up against a new foe: the
doubt in their hearts and minds. The truth is a fragile,
shifting illusion and only the approaching inferno will
reveal both sides in their true colors.
This book contains the short story Odds.
This story occurs 15 months after the Battle of Geonosis,
approximately 20 and a half years before the Battle of
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by Bones, UK, 2011:
"True Colours, the third volume in the Republic
Commando series, is a monster of a book. It has five main
plot lines, all of which interact with one another at some point,
and yet none of them are actually the focus of the book.
"There are many things that happen in True Colours:
Skirata et al. hunt Kaminoan geneticist Ko Sai; Delta Squad do the
same; Etain monitors the evacuation of Qiilura; Besany uncovers
sinister shadows of the true nature of the war; Omega Squad track a
rogue ARC and assist with a coup of Gaftikar. With all of this
incredibly detailed and well-manoeuvred action going on, it is
humbling to realise that all of it is merely a vessel for the
book’s over-arching purpose. Traviss does what she does best in
allowing her characters to voice their thoughts and opinions about a
variety of different things. In doing so, she creates such
well-rounded characters, all of whom see the war from a slightly
different perspective, yet all with a common grounding in their
interaction with the clone soldiers. We see both Omega and Delta
Squads in Darman and Sev, allowing a deeper comparison of the two.
We see relationships growing through Etain, Besany and Ordo. We see
an intense juxtaposition of Skirata and Vau – two men who differ
in opinion on so many things, yet who both care a great deal about
the soldiers that they trained. The point of this book is to look at
allegiance and priority – the “true colours” of the title.
During the course of the book, the seven PoV characters, as well as
several others, reveal something of their loyalty to a variety of
different causes, whether political, scientific, personal or just
"As previously stated, the plot of the book is not the main
element, but that doesn’t stop it from being, quite simply,
astounding. The complexity of the events, coupled with some
stunningly shocking moments in the second half, make it a thrilling
"The only apparent flaw with this book is that it doesn’t
work well as a stand-alone novel. It would be very difficult to
appreciate it fully without having read the previous two novels, and
it certainly doesn’t provide any sort of definite ending, with the
events continually pointing to the ominous future that all Star Wars
fans know is coming.
"There is so much going on in this book – so much to find and
savour – that it makes for truly compulsive reading. Just make
sure you’ve read its predecessors first."
Rating: 5 / 5