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Jedi Healer: Star Wars (Medstar, Book II) (Star Wars - Legends) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Reaves , Steve Perry
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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While the Clone Wars wreak havoc throughout the galaxy, the situation on the far world of Drongar is desperate, as Republic forces engage in a fierce fight with the Separatists. . . .

The threatened enemy offensive begins as the Separatists employ legions of droids into their attack. Even with reinforcements, the flesh and blood of the Republic forces are just no match for battle droids’ durasteel. Nowhere is this point more painfully clear than in the steaming Jasserak jungle, where the doctors and nurses of a small med unit face an impossible situation. As the dead and wounded start to pile up, surgeons Jos Vandar and Kornell “Uli” Divini know that time is running out.

Even the Jedi abilities of Padawan Barriss Offee have been stretched to the limit. Ahead lies a test for Barriss that could very well lead to her death– and that of countless others. For the conflict is growing–and for this obscure mobile med unit, there’s only one resolution. Shocking, bold, unprecedented, it’s the only option Jos and his colleagues really have. The unthinkable has become the inevitable. Whether it kills them or not remains to be seen.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!


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While the Clone Wars wreak havoc throughout the galaxy, the situation on the far world of Drongar is desperate, as Republic forces engage in a fierce fight with the Separatists. . . .

The threatened enemy offensive begins as the Separatists employ legions of droids into their attack. Even with reinforcements, the flesh and blood of the Republic forces are just no match for battle droids' durasteel. Nowhere is this point more painfully clear than in the steaming Jasserak jungle, where the doctors and nurses of a small med unit face an impossible situation. As the dead and wounded start to pile up, surgeons Jos Vandar and Kornell "Uli" Divini know that time is running out.

Even the Jedi abilities of Padawan Barriss Offee have been stretched to the limit. Ahead lies a test for Barriss that could very well lead to her death–and that of countless others. For the conflict is growing–and for this obscure mobile med unit, there's only one resolution. Shocking, bold, unprecedented, it's the only option Jos and his colleagues really have. The unthinkable has become the inevitable. Whether it kills them or not remains to be seen.

About the Author

Michael Reaves won an Emmy Award for writing on Batman: The Animated Series in 1993. He has worked for Spielberg’s DreamWorks, among other studios, and is the author of several fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers. He is the author of the bestselling Star Wars novel Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. He is also the author of Hell on Earth and, along with John Pelan, edited the Shadows Over Baker Street anthology. Michael Reaves lives in Los Angeles.

Steve Perry
was born and raised in the Deep South and has lived in Louisiana, California, Washington, and Oregon. He is currently the science fiction, fantasy, and horror book reviewer for The Oregonian. Perry has sold dozens of stories to magazines and anthologies, as well as a considerable number of novels, animated teleplays, nonfiction articles, reviews, and essays. He wrote for Batman: The Animated Series during its first Emmy Award—winning season, authored the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, and also did the bestselling novelization for the summer blockbuster movie Men in Black.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3730 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345463110
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (December 6, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKKTE
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, great characters. February 24, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Medstar II was slightly better than Medstar I. The obvious references to MASH were toned down a bit, but there were still times I tried to match the characters in Jedi Healer to their counterparts in the MASH tv series.

The plot thickens significantly in this book, as the loose ends from the first half of the duology begin to get tied up. The characters are very easy to get attached to, and their personalities come through in shining colors. The authors do a good job of pulling you into the story. Without giving too much away, the resolution of the issue with the spy in the camp was very well written and the subterfuge practiced by the different bad guys was pleasant to read. Although it was simple to figure out who the spy was before it was definitively revealed, it was interesting to see the characters go through the deductive process. My only complain was that it seemed that Bariss should have been able to figure it out much sooner, and didn't take some simple logical steps earlier in the story. But it was interesting none the less.

My only other complaint was that there seemed to be an inordinate number of aliens that I was unfamiliar with. I kept having to go online to look them up, because they weren't adequately described in the book.

In this duology I've grown really attached to the characters. It's almost sad to continue to read about all the Jedi, knowing what is going to happen to them in the upcoming movie....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong effort in the Star Wars Universe February 20, 2005
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This book is the second in the Medstar duology and brings a nice conclusion to a good first effort by Michael Reaves. This novel obviously does not stand by itself, but if you read and enjoyed Medstar I, this is a must read. Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mostly satisfying November 15, 2004
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"Jedi Healer" is the second and concluding volume in the "Medstar" duology. It continues the story of the surgeons we met in "Battle Surgeons". They remain on the planet Drongar working in the Star Wars version of a M.A.S.H. unit. One particular storyline continues from the first book, and that is the fact that there is a spy working on Drongar against the Republic. This spy is a double-agent in that he (or she) is working both for the Separatists (the group led by Count Dooku) and also for the Black Sun criminal organization. Since the goal is the same for both groups, at the moment, there is no conflict. There is, however, double the risk for the spy. It is never said who the spy is, or what gender, so there has been some guessing games going on since "Battle Surgeons". With the only true export from Drongar being the fragile miracle drug, "Bota", the spy is finding ways to divert bota from the Republic.

Along with the spy portion of the story is the main story of the surgeons. They live their lives, do their jobs, try to cope with life on the incredibly hot and muggy Drongar, and question why they are doing what they are doing. To go along with the cast of characters from the first book (Jos Vandar, Tolk, Jedi Apprentice Barriss Offee, I-Five) we are introduced to the young surgeon Uli Divini, who is taking the place of the killed surgeon Zan Yant. Uli is very confident, very skilled, and very untested. Jos questions whether Uli will be able to handle the work, though it is quickly evident that he can. There are two conflicts in this book. The first is in the new relationship of Jos and Tolk. It is a relationship which is forbidden by their culture. The second is figuring out who the spy is before the spy can cause any more damage.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alas, Medstar, I though I knew ye... October 14, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jedi Healer is not a bad book. That said, it's not a particularly good one, either.

Let me explain. I loved the first Medstar novel, Battle Surgeons. It let us see others involved in the Clone Wars, not just the Jedi and stormtroopers-to-be. But while that book was excellent, and had a great setup for Jedi Healer, the latter just fell apart.

The title character, the Jedi healer, Bariss? Reduced to a subplot, along with the actual fighting (which did have a role in the first book). The whole purpose of the fighting is undone, rendering the events of the novels pointless. And the reveal of the spy (continued from the first novel) involves too much false setup and no hints as to the real culprit.

That said, I'm still looking forward to Reaves's upcoming Star Wars trilogy, since these two have both proven their potential elsewhere; Jedi Healer simply isn't a showcase for them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid conclusion to the duology November 7, 2006
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The Medstar Duology is the only multi-book series in the prequel era published to date. Medstar II: Jedi Healer picks up the story one week after the events of the first novel and brings the tale to a satisfying conclusion. I'm not clear why this story in particular was chosen to be split into two books, when a slightly edited version could have been condensed to a single volume, but this is a curiosity rather than a complaint. The extra breathing room permits a story that features some slices-of-life a tighter focus likely would have precluded.

Uli Divini, a barely out of school but highly skilled doctor, arrives at the Rimsoo early in this book to replace the main character lost at the end of book one. Uli adds youthful energy and naivete to the mix, as well as providing Barriss Offee with some insight on her personal inward journey to Jedi Knighthood. The other major new character, Admiral Erel Kersos, brings turmoil to our hero doctor Jos Vondar and complicates his burgeoning relationship with nurse Tolk Le Trene.

Den Dhur, the scrappy Sullustan reporter, is tiring of his nomadic life and faces temptation to abandon his career and settle down when an attractive entertainer is stranded on Drongar and makes him an unexpected offer. I-Five has continued his journey to reclaim his memories (wiped at the climax of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter), as well as his exploration of self. Michael Reaves and Steve Perry have done a good job of interweaving many main characters' soul-searching explorations and logically connecting most of them together in believable and entertaining ways. Additionally, as authors they are strong with realistic and often funny dialogue, something some of the Star Wars EU can be a little weak on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a good look into knighthood
A good, if sometimes slow, story with several unexpected revelations. One of the better clone wars books I've read to date.
Published 4 months ago by Graig
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Book arrived on time and in good condition as it was described with good packaging. The Medstar books give another perspective to all that goes during the clone wars. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heidi Y.
4.0 out of 5 stars MASH as Star Wars
This was a very good book that lets you look at the battle side of the war through the doctors and nurses. Also it was sort of a spy thriller too which added more to the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CW FISHER
5.0 out of 5 stars Medtar 2: Jedi Healer
This story take place just a bit after the first. It continues the sotry of the dr and baris offee. After the doctor loses a very close friend too. Read more
Published 11 months ago by troy
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be
Like the first volume, this one was better than I originally expected. I was interested to see how the identity of the saboteur was revealed, and the fallout from that. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ryan123450
5.0 out of 5 stars Another GREAT Star Wars Novel
My son collects this series and has just about every one that comes out. I love going to his Amazon WishList to find which ones he hasn't received yet. Read more
Published 19 months ago by maggiemod
2.0 out of 5 stars Jedi Healer
Jedi Healer, by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry is the second and last of the Medstar duology. Good riddance. Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MedStar I & II, Jedi Healer are great Clone War Books with New Hereos
I have read the books several times and find something new in it each time. The setting is like the show "M.A.S.H. Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by Karan
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same...Star Wars M*A*S*H Part Two
Our team of crack surgeons, nurses, and Jedi healers return in the second part of this set. Jos Vondar has to choose: his family or the love of his life, Tolk. Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by Crystal Starr Light
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best books, but enjoyable enough...
I'm a bit of a completist... I've got all of the Star Wars audiobooks (less the "children's series" ones). A few were AWFUL, most were average, and some were terrific. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Cary L. Brown
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