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A ruthless enemy threatens Boba Fett with a fate worse than death. . .

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Boba Fett fears only one enemy--the one he cannot see....

Feared and admired, respected and despised, Boba Fett enjoys a dubious reputation as the galaxy's most successful bounty hunter. Yet even a man like Boba Fett can have one too many enemies....

When Boba Fett stumbles across evidence implicating Prince Xizor in the murder of Luke Skywalker's aunt and uncle, Fett makes himself an enemy even he fears: the unknown mastermind behind a monstrous deception, who will kill to hide his tracks. Fett also finds himself in possession of an amnesiac young woman named Neelah, who may be the key to the mystery--or a decoy leading Fett into a murderous ambush. Fett's last hope is to run through the list of Xizor's hidden enemies. And since Xizor's hidden enemies are almost as legion as Fett's, the chance of survival is slim--even for someone as skilled and relentless as Boba Fett.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Reprint edition (July 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055357891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553578911
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K. W. Jeter is an American science fiction and thriller author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, and complex, paranoid characters. His latest novels are THE KINGDOM OF SHADOWS, set in the sinister & glamorous world of the film industry of the Third Reich, and the Kim Oh Thriller series -- KIM OH 1: REAL DANGEROUS GIRL, KIM OH 2: REAL DANGEROUS JOB and KIM OH 3: REAL DANGEROUS PEOPLE, with more to come.

Jeter is an exhilarating writer who always seems to have another rabbit to pull out of his hat.
-- The New York Times Book Review

Brain-burning intensity . . .
-- Village Voice

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a great conclusion to the series. I really was enthralled with this book. It had a lot of surprises which kept the story line interesting and suspenseful. I think that this trilogy was a good portrayal of boba Fett and for those who think not, Stop reading those stupid comics!! I have a point to make regarding these books. I am a blind reader who relys on the audio version of books to stay on top of current titles. Though the audio version of Star wars books are usually abridged, they usually come with sound effects and music which turns the book into a kind of audio movie. I think the trade off is worth it and would rather listen to an abridged version which basically tells the main story rather then read a full version with additional yet unnecessary passages. I say this because I find when listening to these books they really put you in the Star Wars universe and you don't get bored! Take my advise and listen to a few, you'll be glad you did!! Maybe then you wouldn't find some of SW books too long or boring!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pruette on November 1, 2007
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Hard Merchandise is the conclusion of K. W. Jeter's The Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy. Boba Fett is back in action, although lacking his beloved ship Slave I, and he wants to know who tried to bomb him on Tatooine and why. Adding to the mystery is a cryptic recording of the slaughter of Owen and Beru Lars by Imperial Stormtroopers that we saw the aftermath of in A New Hope. The specialized smell sensors used add to the recording a sign indicating Prince Xizor might have been involved in this tragic event. None of the characters really believe that's true, but Fett smells credits at the end of the trail and wants to find out where the recording originated and why someone would want to implicate Xizor.

I haven't mentioned much in my other two reviews of this trilogy about Neelah, the escaped slave from Jabba's Palace. This is partially because her story unfolds painfully slowly, and it's only in this volume that she gets any answers about her mysterious amnesia. When she does get them, they're not particularly revelatory. We also find out the extent of Kuat of Kuat's plotting and why he is so keen on having Fett eliminated.

The theme of Boba Fett as super-human bounty hunter continues even more strongly in this book. By the end, he's piloting a Star Destroyer by himself! His gaining the upper-hand in almost every scene becomes boringly predictable, and even when it appears he might have been bested by Black Sun at the climax, it's almost certain that he'll win when he takes on the entire organization, based on his characterization here. It's lucky for Dengar that he plans to retire, based on the competency level Jeter grants him.

I simply felt worn out at the end of this trilogy from the endless repetition of names, descriptions, dialogue, and character motivations. There are some entertaining sections and the kernels of a good single book lurking in here, but the trilogy is too drawn out for me to recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2004
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Hard Merchandise : Star Wars: Book 3 of The Bounty Hunter Wars
by K.W. Jeter continues the story of Boba Fett, Neelah and Dengar after the battle on Tatooine. This book had the most surprises and was really unique in both the style and tone. I really enjoyed reading it. Overall the only problem I really had with the series was the characterization of Dengar as a not so brutal bounty hunter, something that takes away a little from the character. Other than that I have to give Jeter high marks for effort. He took the most mysterious and one of the most cherished characters in the Star Wars universe and crafted a well-written tale that did not totally destroy the perception of that character. Well done Mr. Jeter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z.W. Lawson on July 28, 2000
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Although many people find this book to be lacking greatly, I thought that it was quite detailed. All of the important bounty hunters are closely examined, including, of course, everyone's favorite, Boba Fett. I started reading this book first--hey, I didn't know it was a series--so I do not know anything about the first two, but oh well. The plot was perplexing enough. The characters were pretty cool, actually, like the leader of the Rebel Scavenger squadron that is staking out KDY, and the giant space spider thing that Boba Fett crashes Slave I into. Some of the action is detailed, too, like when Slave I is being blasted to bits. You can accurately visualize the ship disintegrating. Plus, it has Star Destroyers in it that get stolen by the Rebels, which is cool scene. Even if you haven't read the first two books, you should read this one, because it is one of the best Star Wars books I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shepherd492 on October 16, 2011
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Be aware that this review features moderate-heavy spoilers.

Plot Summary

The book opens with Zuckuss and 4-LOM teaming up to take down a gambler who takes wagers on battles in the GCW. Bossk is undaunted despite his bad fortune, setting up shop in Mos Eisley to pawn off a key item in this third book, the video with forged evidence of Prince Xizor's guilt in killing Luke Skywalker's family. In the past, Boba Fett encounters difficulties getting the rogue stormtrooper Voss'on't back to Kud'ar Mub'at. Xizor has set a trap for him and it takes all of his skill to survive. Once inside the web, the merchandise is handed over, Xizor agrees to spare Fett, and Mub'at is killed, with his web being blown apart. His old subnode Balancesheet takes over in a ship donated by Xizor. In the present, Boba Fett has returned to Kud'ar Mub'at's grave amongst the stars to rebuild the web and resurrect him so that he can be questioned. Fett is successful, but gathers no useful information before Balancesheet shows up and nearly kills Fett. Balancesheet reveals that the forged video of Xizor is very important in finding out who is trying to kill Boba Fett. Once it has been tracked down, Fett goes to Kuat just as he is blowing up the shipyards due to the constant pressure from Kuat's ruling families and the Rebel Alliance (whom has stationed a squadron around Kuat to keep the Empire away). Fett's meeting with Kuat aboard a Star Destroyer reveals all the plot points that Neelah's quest for her memory didn't, and Kuat dies in the explosion.

Plot Analysis

This book starts off very well, Zuckuss and 4-LOM hunting was excellent, you really got a sense of their true skill as hunters, and the conclusion to the past series of events was entertaining as well.
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