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Just finished the Star Wars Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss (she did the excellent Gears of War books, too).

Really enjoyed the first book, a decent self-contained story that delves into the mind of the clone troopers and their struggle with purpose and identity. Second book was also good but the series went downhill after that and never really manages to recreate the same level of action or intrigue. The third and fourth books feature a story arc involving a tax auditor, which is about as exciting as it sounds.

The last book, which marked the change to Imperial Commando, was by far the least enjoyable of the lot, just because not much actually happens in it. There are one or two decent chase/action sequences involving two of the characters, but most of the story takes place on a farm in the middle of nowhere where it seems everyone just wants to settle down, get married and live in peace.

I also didn't get on with the Kal Skirata character (a lot of the other characters started to grate as well) the de facto leader of the Mandalorian trained clones. Everyone seems to think he's the best, but he comes across as hypocritical, prejudice (with the Jedi hate especially) and either unpleasantly violent or annoyingly over emotional, crying over the smallest thing one moment then threating to destroy entire worlds and species the next.

There's no one to call him out on his double standards, save for one clone, but he's a relatively minor character, despite being one of the most interesting (one of the few not trained by Mandalorians) and doesn't feature much in the story.

Mixed feelings about the series being prematurely axed due to a contract dispute/Disney retconning the expanded universe. On the one hand it would have been good to get closure on a couple of the characters, but on the other the quality had noticeably dropped by this point and I wasn't really invested in most of them anymore.

TLDR; If you haven't read them I'd recommend giving the first one a go as it's the best of the bunch, doesn't outstay it's welcome and really fleshes out the clone troopers.
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