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About the Author

Paul S. Kemp is the author of New York Times bestselling novel Star Wars: Crosscurrent and Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, as well as nine Forgotten Realms fantasy novels and many short stories. When he’s not writing, he practices corporate law in Michigan, which has inspired him to write some really believable villains. He digs cigars, single malt scotch, and ales, and tries to hum the theme song to Shaft at least once per day. Paul S. Kemp lives and works in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife, twin sons, and a couple of cats.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Original edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034552246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345522467
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Kemp enjoys good beer, good wine, good company, and a fine scotch every now and again. He writes sword and sorcery and space opera and works very hard to make them a fun ride.

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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I have a little advice for you, run don't walk to your local bookseller and pick up Star Wars: Riptide on Tuesday, October 25th. The third Star Wars novel by author Paul S. Kemp is a page turning tale that has the pacing of an episode of '24'. Does that make Jaden Korr the Star Wars equivalent of Jack Bauer with a lightsaber?

Publisher's Synopsis:

"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.
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Riptide is an entertaining adventure that picks at the deeper channels of the reader's mind. Like all Star Wars books, it has action and adventure. Jedi Jaden Korr travels with his spacer companions as they hunt down a batch of renegade clones. Lightsabers, blasters, and vibroblades draw blood on all sides as the game of cat-and-mouse leads to its climax. Kemp spices it up by throwing in a third party, much like the Anzati in Crosscurrent. Yet he doesn't stop there. Throughout the book, Kemp provokes the reader with tantalizing intellectual threads that add a whole new layer of depth to the novel.

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.
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Possible minor spoilers. My head hurts after reading this one. Way to many Jaden's in this novel. The ending will leave you pondering the implications far after you have shelved the book. No question on if there could be a sequel to this one lets hope it is being written as we speak. Again I am a little late on giving this a proper good review as most people have already read this and given a better review than I have time to do these days. So I will leave the deep review thoughts for others rather I have a speculation that I think may be worth mentioning. If Jaden is the clone that has not gone crazy and has been perfected the only other Jedi clone that I can think of that this was possible was Starkiller from the Force Unleashed series. Is it a possibility that Jaden is the Starkiller or a clone of the original? Both characters come from the video game EU, and the biggest question is how could a Thrawn era cloning lab get a Jedi clone of Jaden which at the time of Thrawn would not of been a Jedi in training. So since Starkiller was cloned and kept his sanity what are the chances that Jaden is a clone of Starkiller? The clone that Jaden goes after that is sane is Spoiler a clone of Jaden. Interesting to note and a little speculative but fun to think about. Just saying!
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This is basically the same review as my one for Crosscurrent.

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 ...
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