As the Clone Wars rage, victory or defeat lies in the hands of elite squads that take on the toughest assignments in the galaxy stone-cold soldiers who go where one else would, to do what one else could. . . . On a mission to sabotage a chemical weapon research facility on a Separatist-held planet, four clone troopers operate under the very ses of their enemies. The commandos are outnumbered and outgunned, deep behind enemy lines with backup and working with strangers instead of trusted teammates. Matters don t improve when Darman, the squad s demolitions expert, gets separated from the others during planetfall. Even Darman s apparent good luck in meeting an inexperienced Padawan vanishes once Etain admits to her woeful inexperience. For the separated clone commandos and stranded Jedi, a long, dangerous journey lies ahead, through hostile territory brimming with Trandoshan slavers, Separatists, and suspicious natives. A single misstep could mean discovery . . . and death. It s a virtual suicide mission for anyone anyone except Republic Commandos.
A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, KAREN TRAVISS has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter, and a journalism lecturer. She has served in both the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army. Since her graduation from the Clarion East class of 2000, her short stories have appeared in Asimov s, Realms of Fantasy, and On Spec. Her first novel, City of Pearl, was published in 2004 to critical acclaim; her second novel is Crossing the Line.