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Avg. Rating: 4.5
Refreshing point of view of the Clone Wars
First, I would like to say that Medstar I: Battle Surgeons was an enjoyable read. I think it's refreshing to get different points of view of the same event, that being the Clone Wars. Medstar is essentially about the surgeons behind the lines of battle that tend to the wounded (clone troopers and local recruits), although a few intriguing side plots are added to the mix. The following are the key elements of the story.
1. The internal struggles of Jos Vondar, head surgeon of the unit. He is torn between the woman he loves and staying within the guidelines of his culture. Having a relationship with an "outsider" is forbidden and he would be ostracized from his family if he did so. Also, it is interesting to see his feelings about the clone troopers evolve from "cannon fodder" to thinking, feeling human beings. The book articulates this transition wonderfully.
2. A crooked Republic admiral trying to make a few bucks on the side.
3. Den Dhur, a Sullustan news reporter, behind the lines attempting to write something newsworthy and paying a personal vendetta while he's at it.
4. An unidentified double agent embedded in the mobile hospital working for the Black Sun criminal organization and the Separatists.
5. The return of I-5, the most human-like droid in the galaxy. Refer to Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. I couldn't help but smile when he entered the story.
6. And, of course, it wouldn't be Star Wars story if a Jedi weren't involved. Enter Barriss Offee, Padawan learner, sent to the mobile hospital to put her healing talents to good use.
Since this is a duology, a lot of things are left hanging, like the identity of the double agent. By process of elimination, I think I might know who it is, but hopefully Medstar II will answer that question.
The strength of this book definitely lies in the fact that most of the events are true to life and, at some level, we can all relate to. If you're the type that likes an action-packed Star Wars novel, you might want to pass on this one. Barriss only draws her lightsaber once throughout the entire story, which is actually illustrated on the cover of the book. However, if you want a change of pace and looking for a human-interest type of story, definitely pick up Medstar I. You won't be disappointed. May the Force be with you!
Read only if no other Star Wars book is available
Generally OK. But a weak series. Star Wars meets MASH in a "Tales of the Cantina" type character mesh. I gave it a 2 because something kept me going, mostly the wonder if anything at all was going to happen. The only thing more boring than this book, would be being a charcter in the book. If you want something really different from SW then this may be a 5-star for you.
Reaves, Michael Perry, Steve. Star Wars Medstar I: Battle Surgeons. New York: Ballantine Book, 2004.
In Medstar I the main character Jos is the head of surgeon staff on the planet of Drongar where the healing plant bota which was a plant that was only found on this one plant and could not be cultivated on any other plants. This plant was important because it can heal all species with no side effects. With a commander selling the bota to a mercenary black market group, a doctor fighting with himself, one doctor who should be off playing for a theater full of people, and a Jedi lost with no idea what she is suppose to be doing.
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