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[This story occurs during the Legacy of the Force era]
Events that occur between 40 and 43 years after the Battle of Yavin.

[ Riptide ]

Paperback Novel
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Paul S. Kemp
Del Rey [US]
Arrow Books
Story published as:
Paperback Novel (2011)
e-Book (2011)

If you have read this book, please rate it:
1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

When a ship full of Sith warriors arrived in Galactic Alliance space, the fight to destroy it accidentally uncovered a deadly menace: a long-hidden group of clones, secretly created as insidious weapons capable of wielding the Force and heedless of the differences between light side and dark side. Now the clones have escaped and evidence suggests they are flawed by genetic disease and violent madness.
Jedi Knight Jaden Korr pursues the clones, hoping to heal them but prepared to destroy them. What he doesn't know is that Sith agents are hot on his heels, determined not only to recover the clones for their Master but to capture Jaden for their own dark-side purposes. In a life-or-death battle, Jaden will confront a shocking reality that will rock him to his core and bring him face-to-face with the question of what makes a man... and a Jedi.

This story occurs approximately 42 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Bones, UK, 2012:

"Riptide, the sequel to Paul Kemp's Crosscurrent, follows Jaden Korr and his associates as he tracks the Force-sensitive clones he discovered during the previous novel, a plot point that was very clearly left wide open for this inevitable follow-up.
For me, the best part of this book was the struggle of the clones. Despite being effectively "bad guys", Kemp's writing made me empathise with their plight and genuinely wish for them to succeed, particularly Soldier, who I found a very satisfying character. Korr, Marr and Khedryn were, I felt, less well handled. Too much effort was spent showing how they melded as a group and how relaxed they were with each other. It seemed forced and unnatural at times.
The Umbaran was an intriguing enough character, and the choice of species was very appropriate. However, his "unique" ability wasn't really unique at all. Perhaps in terms of humanoids, but certainly the ability to sever Force connections has been done and done and done.
Another gripe I had was the way characters managed to figure things out so quickly. Khedryn, for example, a man with almost no knowledge of the Force whatsoever, is able, after a single viewing, to accurately discern the Umbaran's ability. It seemed implausible. Hurried plot points such as this also contribute to the scant girth of the book.
Nevertheless the pacing is generally good, the story line compelling enough and, although a touch predictable in places, there is a twist at the end that I didn't see coming.
Not a bad book by any stretch, but it certainly isn't one of the greats. Enjoyable enough."

Rating: 3 / 5

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