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Boba Fett: A Practical Man: Star Wars (Short Story) (Star Wars - Legends) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Traviss
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Book Description

BONUS: This original novella includes an excerpt from Star Wars: Republic Commando: Hard Contact and an interview with the author.

On the surface, it seems like just another routine contract for Boba Fett and his Mandalorian commandos, but the mystery client who hires them to start a small war is more dangerous than any of them can possibly imagine. When the Yuuzhan Vong invasion force sweeps into the galaxy, the Mandalorians find they’re on the wrong side–fighting for an alien culture that will bring about the end of their own.

Now Fett has to choose between his honor and the survival of his people. Since he’ s a practical man, he’s determined help the resistance beat the Yuuzhan Vong–even if it means working with a Jedi agent. Trouble is, no one trusts a man with Fett’ s reputation. So convincing the New Republic that they’re fighting on the same side is a tall order. Denounced as traitors, Fett’s Mandalorians need to stay one step ahead of their Yuuzhan Vong paymasters–and the Republic who sees them as collaborators with the most destructive enemy the galaxy has ever faced. . . .

Product Details

  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (August 8, 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKNQ0
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile addition to the New Jedi Order March 15, 2012
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Karen Traviss was noted during her time as a Star Wars author for her fascination with the Mandalorian culture along with her disdain for the Jedi. These traits fueled several exceptional stories in the Republic Commando novels but also started to become a bit of a distraction over time, especially as her stories became increasingly drenched in Mandalorian worship. It's an interesting choice to have her author a short story (originally an e-book) for the New Jedi Order, as beyond a nod in the final volume, Mandalorians are conspicuously absent. This story is very much like her full length Star Wars novels: Mandalorian focused, chapters starting with intriguing italicized quotes from various in-universe sources, and a very cinematic way of staging scenes and cutting between them.

So it turns out the choice was a good one: having Ms. Traviss bring her sensibilities to the New Jedi Order provides a sorely-needed shift from the overall tone of the nineteen novels. It's fascinating how she juxtaposes Boba Fett and his allies against the Yuuzhan Vong, two cultures both comfortable with violence as a means to an end but diametrically opposed as to the means. This story is set chronologically before Vector Prime, meaning it could be a reader's first introduction to the Yuuzhan Vong culture, and overall I would say that's neither worse nor better than first encountering them via Vector Prime. It's just different, as Vector Prime shows the Vong through the lens of the Jedi and here we meet them through the alternate viewpoint of Mandalorian mercenaries.

This story brings us up-to-date on an older Boba Fett, one still living the mercenary life while also having responsibilities as the Mandalore, the leader of his people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great preface to the vong invasion September 13, 2008
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great story- or actually it's more like the introduction to a great chapter revealing the mandorian involvement in the vouzan vomg invasion. left me dying to read more. . .whats next?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This was an interesting story to read. Traviss has created a lot of detail for a race that was pretty much lost and scattered in the mainstream Star Wars canon. (Which is a bit sad in a way since what makes the Mandos interesting is their 'endangered' status and mysterious culture.)

It was a nice read, giving a lot of insight into how she sees the Mandalorians, as well as her take on Boba Fett. And while it was a good read, it did leave me a bit disappointed. This just doesn't seem like the Boba Fett that was the silent, intriguing, dangerous bounty hunter we all came to know in the movies. He's lost some of his mystique, his edginess, now that he's gone from a lone wolf out on the hunt in the universe to being a leader of a race of people (leader of a society/culture in which he can't even speak the language...that seemed a bit unrealistic to me, after all how can someone truly relate to a people they're supposed to be leading when they can't even speak to them in their own language?).

Anyway, it was an okay read, just take it with a grain of salt in the fact that what might be considered canon in Star Wars today, will be refuted at some point in the future when another writer (or even Lucas himself) decides to change things once more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun story June 4, 2011
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It's nice to see an author go back and visit the New Jedi Order era. This time, Karen Traviss combines fan favorite Boba Fett and NJO favorite Nom Anor to show the Mandalorians' role in the Yuuzhan Vong war. Traviss does a pretty good job fitting both into their characters. Boba Fett is appropriately cynical, but at the same time also concerned about the Mandalorians. Traviss doesn't yet go so far as to make Boba Fett one of the good guys. It's an interesting character transformation. We also get to see Nom Anor's private thoughts and a bit more insight into his time as infiltrator.

Even for a short story, it seemed a bit too short and ends rather abruptly. I would have liked to have seen bit more, or at least learn what the Mandalorians did after the first few weeks of the invasion. It's tough to be satisfied with this after reading Unifying Force, where Han sees Boba Fett fighting alongside Alliance troops. Hopefully that story will be written one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!!! May 18, 2013
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Let me start this review off by saying that no one, and I mean NO ONE can write for Boba Fett as well as Karen Traviss can. When I saw this book on Amazon I was delighted and I was even more excited when I found out that she wrote it!


I knew from the Star Wars comics that the Mandalorians were involved in the Vong War during their invasion and that they fought alongside them against the New Republic. But this e-book really helped fill in the gaps that the comics and the novels left. I knew they weren't just in it for the credits!

The visuals that Karen Travis paints with her story were just amazing! Having Boba Fett walking through the depths of one of the Vong's ships was great! I could almost smell the slime oozing from the walls and hear the squishing of his boots as he walked across the pulsing floor. Also, having him compare being in the ship to being back inside the Sarlaac pit was very cool as well.

During the book, the Mandalorians are faced with a moral dilemma. They have signed up with the Vong, thinking they are just an army that wants to wreck a few worlds and they'll get some quick cash off of it. But it turns out it's an entire invasion armada and they want to destroy the entire galaxy! Boba Fett and the Mandalorians have already taken the job so they are honor bound to stand by their word and fight alongside the Vong against the New Republic. However in doing so, Fett adds on that the Vong have to leave his home planet of Mandalore alone. They agree and of course they are lying to him. But this gives Boba Fett the time he needs to mobilize his people for war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mandalore
Insights into mandalorians was nice to have. The vong are definitely a different culture in some ways, but like many they are just dictators.
Published 2 days ago by Betsy David
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The Fett man being a practical man.
Published 16 days ago by MTSlowElk
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kind of dark
Published 21 days ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad if you're a fan of Fett
I love filling in my Fett history. I really enjoyed this short story and will definitely get around to reading it again.
Published 1 month ago by Howie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good backstory
It's an interesting intro to the Yuuzhan Vong story arc and further fleshes out an adult Boba Fett and his Mandalorians
Published 3 months ago by Bill Jandrew
4.0 out of 5 stars More Boba
The only thing I didn't like about this short book was that Boba Fett doesn't fight much. Hopefully the next book he'll get his hands dirty.
Published 4 months ago by Hassan Ansari
5.0 out of 5 stars such a good story I loved it through and through
such a good story I loved it through and through. It gives another aspect of Fett, plus it is an easy to read book I would reccomend this.
Published 4 months ago by Python
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by Lawrence W. Christy
4.0 out of 5 stars an effective snapshot
A good look into a complex character. Mandalorians are one of the most interesting factions in the Star Wars universe. I recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five + Stars
Great story, as usual, from Traviss!
Published 6 months ago by LGD Nevada
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