Star Wars MedStar #1: Battle Surgeons

Star Wars MedStar #1: Battle Surgeons

by Michael Reaves, Steve Perry

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Overview

As Civil War between the Republic and the Separatists rages across the galaxy, nowhere is the fighting more fierce than on the swamp world of Drongar, where a beleaguered mobile hospital unit wages a never-ending war of its own . . .

A surgeon who covers his despair with wise-cracks; another who faces death and misery head-on, venting his emotions through beautiful music . . . A nurse with her heart in her work and her eye on a doctor . . . A Jedi Padawan on a healing mission without her Master . . .  These are the core members of a tiny med unit serving the jungle world of Drongar, where battle is waged over the control of a priceless native plant, and an endless line of medlifters brings in the wounded and dying—mostly clone troopers, but also soldiers of all species.

While the healers work desperately to save lives, others plot secretly to profit from the war—either by dealing on the black market or by manipulating the events of the war itself. In the end, though, all will face individual tests, and only those of compassionate hearts and staunch spirits can hope to survive to fight another day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345463104
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2004
Series: Star Wars: MedStar Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 241,473
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 4.18(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Michael Reaves received an Emmy Award for his work on the Batman television animated series. He has worked for Spielberg’s DreamWorks, among other studios, and has written fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers. Reaves is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter and the first two Star Wars: Coruscant Nights novels Jedi Twilight and Street of Shadows. He is also the co-writer (with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff) of the last two Star Wars: Coruscant Nights novels—Patterns of Force and The Last Jedi—and Star Wars: Shadow Games, as well as (with Steve Perry) Star Wars: Death Star and the Star Wars: MedStar novels Battle Surgeons and Jedi Healer. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Star Wars Medstar #1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
JediBubba More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about some lesserknown characters. A few of them continue on in other books. If you are a Star Wars fan, this is a great story to get you deeper into the universe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reaves and Perry really deliver in this surprising Star Wars series. This book continues the kind of war depiction we saw in Stover's Shatterpoint novel: gritty, uncomfortable, and honest. The films have never gone this dark, and that may be some of the problem with this new trilogy. I'm not saying the films need to go the Private Ryan route, but the series is called Star WARS. Lucas seems more interested in computer-generated bang and boom rather than character exploration. This book is a welcome change. There are several interesting and memorable characters in this book, and most of them are not Jedi.
ICPForever101 More than 1 year ago
this book rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was written from the medical staffs point of view. This is different from the typical books. I thought this still was a good book that went along well with the other books.
ATimson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those expecting an action-adventure piece like the prior works of Michael Reaves (Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter) and Steve Perry (Shadows of the Empire), you're in for a surprise. I'm not sure how to describe its style; I'd say it's about three-quarters E.R., and one-quarter Aaron Allston's X-wing novels. There's not much action onscreen; instead, we mostly see characters dealing with its consequences.However, like both of their earlier books, we're treated to a cast of "normal" citizens of the universe, as opposed to hordes of Jedi. This gives us a perspective rarely seen, and (especially since the Clone Wars novels are supposed to deal more with perspectives and people than overall plot) is a welcome insight into the effects of the war glossed over by other media. More than a mere thousand Jedi and a million clones are involved in this conflict, both directly and not.The book does suffer from some minor continuity glitches; there were also references to things from the movies that the POV characters shouldn't have been aware of, even though the reader is. But in its favor, there were also some other unexpected nods to the Expanded Universe.Unlike almost every other multipart story, Battle Surgeons accomplishes something unusual: it feels complete. There's really only one thread introduced during the novel that's left to be resolved in Jedi Healer, but even that has a partial resolution which would be satisfactory without the forthcoming sequel.Overall, a highly recommended read for fans of character-based pieces or seeing beyond a certain point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading the Legends novels starting at the beginning and working up to Medstar 1. Of all the novels to this point, Medstar 1 was the least interesting. There are good characters and a few good story lines, but when the novel ended, it felt unfinished
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TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
M*A*S*H Meets Star Wars! I'm more of an "Original Trilogy and after" fan. The things I liked most about the Prequel Trilogy and Clone Wars were the costumes, battle choreography, and special effects. However, there were a few Star Wars characters I loved from this era and one of them was Bariss Offee (as depicted in novels like this, not the CGI Clone Wars series). Despite this book now being branded as part of the "Star Wars Legends" continuity and no longer part of the official timeline since Disney acquired the franchise, I still look back on Battle Surgeons fondly. If Michael A. Stackpole & Aaron Allston's X-Wing series is Top Gun meets Star Wars, Michael Reaves & Steve Perry's MedStar Duology is surely M*A*S*H meets Star Wars. Like the X-Wing series that mostly followed original characters not seen in the films, Battle Surgeons follows the day to day life of these doctors, nurses, and staff that operate on the front lines of the Clone Wars. I was surprised how quickly I grew attached to these characters. There's scenes reminiscent of a medical drama, there's espionage, mystery, action, romance, humor --all with a Star Wars flair. I won't spoil the ending except to say, I hope you have the second book, Jedi Healer, close at hand after you finish --believe me, you'll be glad you did! This duology is easily one of my favorite Prequel era tales.
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ryan1234500 More than 1 year ago
I didn't have high hopes for this book. I was expected to slug through it, but it was a surprisingly quick read. I would have enjoyed a more central story than secondary and new characters on a medical base, but for what it was it was good. I figured out the identity of the mystery sabateor pretty early on, but it was interesting watching how it all proceeded. Overall a pretty good Clone Wars story.
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EGMcCann More than 1 year ago
All right story, in an area we don't normally see covered - essentially the Star Wars version of MASH. Some of it came across fairly heavy handed, to me. And, of course, a solid 1/3 of the book is advertisement for other books (borrowed EPUB version from the library - 382 pages, book ends on page 260.) List of characters, timeline, list of where the books fall, fine. A small preview, ok. But this is probably the most annoying part of most of the Star Wars books, and one of the major reasons I'll borrow instead of buy them - I'm not wasting my money on 2/3 of a book and a pile of ads.
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