Star Wars
Medstar II
Jedi Healer

Author: Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
RRP 6.99
ISBN 0 09 947414 X
Available 07 October 2004

While the Clone Wars wreak havoc throughout the galaxy, the situation on the far world of Drongar is desperate, as Republic forces engage in a fierce fight with the Separatists...

The threatened enemy offensive begins as the Separatists employ legions of droids into their attack. Even with reinforcements, the flesh and blood of the Republic forces are just no match for battle droids' durasteel. Nowhere is this point more painfully clear than in the steaming Jasserak jungle, where the doctors and nurses of a small med unit face an impossible situation. As the dead and wounded start to pile up, surgeons Jos Vandar and Kornell "Uli" Divini know that time is running out.

Even the Jedi abilities of Padawan Barriss Offee have been stretched to the limit. Ahead lies a test for Barriss that could very well lead to her death - and that of countless others. For the conflict is growing - and for this obscure mobile med unit, there's only one resolution. Shocking, bold, unprecedented, it's the only option Jos and his colleagues really have. The unthinkable has become the inevitable. Whether it kills them or not remains to be seen.

Jedi Healer is the second release in the Medstar series of books. This builds well on the foundation of Battle Surgeons. For those of us who are fed up with the tedious battles, are tiring of the Trade Federations underhand tactics, and who just want something a little different to happen in the Star Wars universe - Medstar is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Thankfully this book is written by the same authors who were responsible for the first novel - something that is all too rare these days. This means that this new universe can expand a little more naturally without the fear that a new writer will take over the reigns and try to steer the proceedings in a new direction.

Pick this up, give it a go - I'll guarantee you won't be able to put it down.

Pete Boomer

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