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No Prisoners
Karen Traviss
Del Rey [US]; Arrow Books [UK]
Story published as:
Trade Paperback Novel [US] (2009)
Hardback Novel [UK only] (2009)
Audio Book (2009)
Paperback Novel [UK only] (2010)
e-Book (2011)

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1 review [Average review score: 4 / 5]

The Clone Wars rage on. As insurgent Separatists fight furiously to wrest control of the galaxy from the Republic, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine cunningly manipulates both sides for his own sinister purposes.
Torrent Company’s Captain Rex agrees to temporarily relieve Anakin Skywalker of Ahsoka, his ubiquitous–and insatiably curious–Padawan, by bringing her along on a routine three-day shakedown cruise aboard Captain Gilad Pellaeon’s newly refitted assault ship. But the training run becomes an active–and dangerous–rescue mission when Republic undercover agent Hallena Devis goes missing in the middle of a Separatist invasion.
Dispatched to a distant world to aid a local dictator facing a revolution, Hallena finds herself surrounded by angry freedom fighters and questioning the Republic’s methods–and motives. Summoned to rescue the missing operative who is also his secret love, Pellaeon–sworn to protect the Republic over all–is torn between duty and desire. And Ahsoka, sent in with Rex and six untested clone troopers to extract Hallena, encounters a new and different Jedi philosophy, which shakes the foundation of her upbringing to the core. As danger and intrigue intensify, the loyalties and convictions of all involved will be tested.

This story occurs approximately 22 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Bones, UK, 2010:

"I was a little disappointed when I first laid eyes on No Prisoners; 257 pages is meagre compared to Karen Traviss' other offerings (The Clone Wars novelisation notwithstanding). I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find it quite an enjoyable read. It is very much true to Traviss' writing style which is deeply introspective, examining the proceedings from different characters' points of view. As ever with Traviss there is a strong focus on the clone troopers, but she explores more angles here than just her Mando boys. There are interesting thoughts and reactions from the Republic agent stranded on a dangerously politically unstable planet, as well as getting a very satisfying look at Pellaeon in his early career days. She also handles Ahsoka Tano particularly well. I found her portrayal in the animated TV series more than a little unappealing and as a character she pushed all the wrong buttons. However, in Traviss' hands, Ahsoka becomes less of an argumentative brat who always seems to know better than her elders and more a wide-eyed Padawan who is eager to impress and makes inevitable mistakes to accompany her successes.
"The main shortcoming of this book lies in the reasoning behind its slender proportions: there is no real antagonist to the story and as such the whole thing feels more like an expanded novella or short story than a full-fledged novel in its own right. That is not to say that it doesn't deserve to be called a novel, as there is much to recommend it, but without that constant threat from a malevolent (or otherwise) force, the story feels a little insubstantial and almost anticlimactic. Admittedly it is set against civil unrest and open rebellion, but a lot of the story takes place on the fringes of the coup.
"Regardless, No Prisoners is well worth a read. It is remarkably thought-provoking for such a short novel and is more one to be savoured pensively than devoured compulsively."

Rating: 4 / 5

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