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"How many times, wondered Boba Fett, could he die--and yet not die? Someday it would be all over for him..."

Fett fans take note: Star Wars: Slave Ship features the (in)famous bounty hunter as he chases after the largest bounty ever offered--by tracking down renegade stormtrooper Trhin Voss'on't. The story, book 2 in The Bounty Hunter Wars series, jumps back and forth between the time of Star Wars: New Hope and Return of the Jedi in a series of convoluted plot twists that involve everyone from Emperor Palatine and Darth Vader to Zuckuss and Bossk. Written by well-known SF writer K.W. Jeter (whose first novel, Dr. Adder, was praised by Philip K. Dick as "stunning"), Star Wars: Slave Ship is in many ways a perfect serial novel--it raises as many new questions for the next installment as it solves from the previous one. Neelah's identity is finally revealed, but how did she end up in Jabba the Hutt's palace? You'll have to wait and see. --C.B. Delaney


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

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars - Legends (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantan Books; Reprint edition (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055357888X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553578881
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,189 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on May 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book continues the {mis}adventures started in Book 1 of the Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy, The Mandalorian Armor with varying success. Neelah is still on her quest to piece together her past, Fett and Bossk are still up to same old, same old, Xizor and Mub'at are still plotting, and on it goes. This book also follows the same storylines - one right after A New Hope and one during Return of the Jedi - started in the first one.
First off I'd like to recommend not reading this book immediately after finishing Mandalorian Armor. I tried to do that twice, and was utterly unable to get into it. The author assumes the reader hasn't read the first book, and thus does too much recapping of previous events. Jeter is almost Lumley-esque in this regard. An author should assume that when a reader starts the second book in a trilogy that the reader is intelligent enough to have read the first one.
The most annoying thing about this book is what made the first book so difficult - many of the familiar characters and very misrepresented. Dengar is and emotional, cowardly idiot-wimp, Fett is very talkative, prone to giving `idiot-sheet' speeches, Vader doesn't have enough control over his emotions, etc... However, there is some very good character development in the new characters, which is overshadowed by their mere boringness.
Whereas the assembler Kud'ar Mub'at was interesting in the first book and Kuat unutterably boring, in this book their roles have changed. The arachnoid in this book is predictable, and boring, while Kuat has many interesting thoughts and foresights. Too many in fact. This is another problem with the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Starr Light VINE VOICE on May 20, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fett, Dengar and Neelah leave Tatooine and outsmart Bossk, who lay in wait for them. In the backstory post-A New Hope, Fett continues to destroy the remnants of the Bounty Hunter's Guild.
NOTE: Based on the novel (read years ago) and the audiobook.

I Liked:
I wasn't too impressed with him in The Mandalorian Armor, but here Kuat of Kuat really becomes interesting. Part of that may be that he actually does something other than watching video feeds of scenes from Return of the Jedi. Here, he has to face off with other noble clans who would love to get rid of him and place themselves as leaders.
Another character I really liked was Balance Sheet, on of Kud'ar Mub'at's sub-assemblies. I liked how he was cunning, I liked how he was subtle, and I liked how he seemed important.
Jeter can write some really nice actions scenes. When Bossk is leaving the Hound's Tooth, thinking there is a bomb, it was pure adrenaline. I also enjoyed reading Boba Fett nab the Imperial Stormtrooper defector.

I Didn't Like:
As my review title indicates, everyone in this book loves to talk...too much. Of all the books that could be 100%, pure, frenzied, unrestrained action, this is the one that you would think would be brimmed with it. It's about bounty hunters! Ruthless, cunning, manipulative bounty hunters, always clawing for the bounty. Now, there are a few moments like that (I mentioned it above), but unfortunately, they take a backseat to everyone's talking!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W & T Perry on September 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this second of the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy, Jeter continues the two time periods, of just after ANH, and during ROTJ. Starting in ROTJ, we find Boba Fett, Neelah and Dengar taking over Bossk's ship the Hound's Tooth, tricking Bossk that a bomb was onboard to get him to jettison in an escape pod and take over. Boba does not want the galaxy to know he is alive, so he ditches Slave I. Neelah is still looking for her true identity, while trying to extract infor from both Dengar and Boba. So, Boba Fett sets in a course to another sector of the galaxy, with no clue on where he's taking us.
Besides this, not too much happens in this time frame, except for the plot around Kuat of Kuat and thechallenge by the other bloodlines on the planet to take over his operations. Somehow we find out he planted Falleen pheremomes on Tatooine to make it look like Xizor had Luke's uncle and aunt killed.
Most of the action takes place in the setting just after ANH. Bossk and Boba Fett team up to capture this renegade stormtrooper, not knowing thatPrince Xizor has set a trap for Fett, with help from Palpatine and Kud'ar Mub'at, the spider like alien.
Pretty good action. You can definitely see that everyone involved in this novel is looking out for number one. We get a lot of dialogue from Boba Fett in this one, which is contrary to what most think his character to be, a bounty hunter of few words.
Jeter at times loves to talk, repeating things about certain characters several times during a chapter; like we would forget or something. This tended to string to the book out longer than it should have. At other times, Jeter's writing was great, especially his use of adjectives to describe a planet that Boba Fett and Bossk meet on, where centipede like creatures live, with one wrapping itself around Bossk's ankle.
Overall, this was a fair to good SW book. Looking forward to the finale, Hard Merchandise.
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