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Riptide (Star Wars) Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2011
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While his mind is often in the fantastical fictional worlds, his body lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife Jennifer, his twin sons, his daughter, and their various and sundry pets.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Michigan law school. When he's not writing , he practices corporate law in Detroit. Yes, that does make him a tool of "the Man," for which he shall bear everlasting shame.
He hopes you enjoy his novels.
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"Anyone can escape danger. No one can escape the truth.
When a ship full of Sith warriors arrived in Galactic Alliance space, the fight to destroy it accidentally uncovered a hidden 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 that 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."
Riptide picks up immediately after the events of Crosscurrent as The Three Junkerteers, Jaden, Marr, and Khedryn, are chasing down a group of crazy Force-using clones.
Kemp sets the stage in chapter one with the use of descriptions and details that lets you know this is going to be a story with some dark overtones and some violent action.Read more ›
At the center of the story is Jaden Korr. In Crosscurrent, Jaden dealt with time traveling Jedi, Sith, and a moon inhabited by crazed Force-sensitive clones. Now he's training the Cerean spacer Marr to be a Jedi, and cleaning up the mess that eluded him on the frozen moon. While the clones have a head start, Jaden finds the help he needs with his new companions.
Marr and Khedryn play significant roles in the story. As Jaden's apprentice, Marr trains in the ways of the Force and learns new responsibilities that weigh heavily upon him. Meanwhile Khedryn is left feeling like a fifth wheel in the group. Not having any Force abilities, he has only his natural talents and strength of character to rely upon. He also finds himself in a dangerous playing field. Jaden is already a powerful Jedi. Now that Marr is learning to use his own Force abilities, Khedryn has to keep up or stay behind. A good chunk of the story is dedicated to the characters finding their place in the ever changing galaxy.
On the other side of the fence, Kemp creates some very creative villains to keep everyone busy. Among the insane clones is one that stands apart; the Prime.Read more ›
Let me just start by saying that Paul S. Kemp is hereby inducted into the Star Wars Novel manly-man author Hall of Fame. He's right there with John Jackson Miller and Troy Denning. Taren Traviss would be on this list too because she is the Mandalorian authority and this reviewer loves anything Boba/Jango - but she not a boy.
I also want to say taht I am a Jaden Korr fanboy. I've played Jedi Academy a million times, and have passed the obsession on to my sons. When I read about these novels and him being the main character, I had already given them 5 stars.
Crosscurrent and now Riptide has made Jaden more human. I love the knockout-drag out brawling struggles where he barely wins and at times he needs to rely on regular people rather than his force giftings to be victorious. The Luke-centered novels rely on Luke's force prowess and his established heroic optimism. Jaden is the anti-Grand Master, conflicted, dark and light but mostly human and very much the anti-hero type for our generation.
And the villains! Lord have mercy! The creepy Anzati assassin was more like a perverted serial killer stalking our hero. The Graphic Novels don't do them justice. These are the folks that trained Aura Sing but this guy is extra evil. The Umbaran was totally original and very sinister. Even the One Sith people get nervous around him. I really thought Mother was going to turn out to be Abeloth, trapped in the Maw. I was thinking that Jaden and the clones were going to throw down with her and accidentally destroy Sinkhlole Station, which was found later to be destroyed by Luke and the Lost-tribers in FOTJ Allies. Oh well. Me and my completest mindset ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good follow up book from the previous one! Could do without some of the clone action but overall highly entertaining!Published 19 days ago by Garrett Harding
The sequel to CROSSCURRENT lives on in the same enlightening, exciting, fast paced, action packed, horrific way that its prequel did. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Greggorio!
I really enjoyed the idea of the Lost Tribe and that there is relevance here is why I bought this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jake Kattan
Not your typical Star Wars hack job. Amazon that's all I feel like writing. It irritates me that you require my review have more words.Published 6 months ago by chooch
Decent overall Star Wars book. I didn't read first in series so I was a little lost a first. Interesting ending. Not the best Star Wars book I've read, not the worst either.Published 8 months ago by Bryan R Pacheco
I'm a big fan of the SW Expanded Universe, so I read this and it's companion (it's a 2-book miniseries). Read morePublished 9 months ago by D
This is some of the best and most original Star Wars material that I've read.Published 11 months ago by James W.