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 purely 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 diverse 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 so much adored ideals challenged. within the savage new galactic order, outdated feuds can have to be put aside to unite opposed to a miles larger chance, and no-one can take outdated loyalties with no consideration.
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It's just that I can't reconcile this false religion with my conscience. " Ardmore considered his words before replying. "Alec," he said at length, in a grave voice, "I think I can appreciate your viewpoint. I wouldn't want to ask any man to do anything against his own conscience. As a matter of fact, we would not have adopted the cloak of a religion had we seen any other practical way to fight for the United States. " "Most of your work as a priest of this church would be to help the helpless.
You shouldn't have, Jeff: The priests of Mota do not hitch-hike. " "Well, what do they do? " Thomas' face showed irritation most unusual in him. "Sorry. I shouldn't second-guess you. " asked Wilkie. " "Night doesn't mean anything to radar, Bob. " "I don't think so. We have an almost unlimited amount of power at our disposal – sometimes it scares me when I try to think how much. " "Giving notice to the enemy that there is still someone around capable of hanky-panky with electronics? " Wilkie shut up, crestfallen.
Tattoo and plastic surgery," the other returned. " "Mine's Ardmore. " They shook hands. "Very glad, I should say. " "Well, we can certainly use you. It's a scratch organization. " He turned away. "Places, gentlemen. Second act. Check each other's make-up. Wilkie, see to it that Howe and Downer are out of sight. " They started to comply. Downer touched Ardmore's sleeve. "Just a moment, Major. " "Eh? H-m-m-m – you've got something there. " "I'm willing to do it, if it's useful," Downer replied soberly.