Karen Traviss is one of my favorite authors. I actually knew of her before she started writing Republic Commando. My first story that I read of hers was Suitable for the Orient, in Asimovs and it's still one of my favorites. So learning that she wrote the start to a trilogy and a couple of Star Wars books, I've since read them all. Her best books, IMO, is the City of Pearl, Crossing the Line and The World Before. She's constructed a huge, intriguing and wonderful, yet very offbeat universe in which everything takes place. Her characters are out of this world, literally, and so much attention has been paid to every detail. Who's a fan? Unlock on request.