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

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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.

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  • File Size: 6253 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345463110
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (December 6, 2005)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2005
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on 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 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Pittman on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Timson on October 14, 2004
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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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Picking up events very shortly after the final chapter of MedStar I, MedStar II details the ongoing problems facing a Republic surgical unit on the marshy world of Drongar. With one of the surgeons dead and the their former Rimsoo (mobile medical unit camp) destroyed, the remaining cast must deal with failing moral, a malfunctioning shield-dome that suddenly turns the hot, humid environment into a freezing blizzard and the fact that the Admiral of the MedStar has been killed, apparently a smuggler himself. Meanwhile, Separatist forces are advancing and the Black Sun pirate confederation is stepping up it's operations, because the miracle drug called Bota, the only thing on the planet worth fighting over, may be becoming worthless.

One of the things I've enjoyed most about the loose network of Clone Wars novels, and especially the MedStar Novels is that they give us a glimpse at the fights that took place in the far corners of the Clone Wars era. Not every battle was lead by pairs of Jedi Masters facing off against Separatist leaders like Dooku. Sometimes battles took place on backwater planets like Drongar, and didn't include major movie characters, and that's fine with me. With the exception of Padawan Barriss Offee, most of the cast of the MedStar novels are pretty small-fry as it applies to the Star Wars universe, but Reaves and Perry do a good job of developing their personalities and motivations.

MedStar II revolves around the fact that the miracle drug Bota is mutating quickly and is about to lose it's potency. Separatists step up their attacks on Republic forces to take control of as many Bota fields as possible and the Black Sun smugglers become desperate to secure enough Bota for themselves to satisfy their crime lord bosses (and make a side profit).
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