The clone thing has never been referenced in other works beyond Riptide (yet). So while it is the clone in Abyss, we can't be sure if anyone knew or not.
I'm still hoping for part 3 (Undertow, perhaps?). I loved Crosscurrent, and Riptide was alright. I had a lot of trouble following it, mostly because of the clones:
a) I knew the characters like Soldier and the rest were clones of Jedi or Sith we knew from previous EU material
b) I picture characters when I read, and try and hear their voices when they speak
c) I was given NO DESCRIPTION of any of the clones until the plot twists 3/4 through the book.
As a result, I felt I couldn't connect with the characters, because I felt I should've known what they looked/sounded like, but had no idea.
Also: welcome to the forums! For future reference, we have a great thread for general Star Wars questions, over here: http://www.eucantina.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=982&start=105
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