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This story, book 1 of the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy, intercuts between the time just after Star Wars and events that take place during Return of the Jedi. It's an intricate tapestry of deceit and backstabbing villainy among those scum of the galaxy, the bounty hunters. Principal scum include: Prince Xizor, a Darth Vader wannabe and leader of the ultrasecret crime syndicate Black Sun; reptilian Cradossk, leader of the Bounty Hunters Guild; his son, Bossk, who makes Oedipus look like an underachiever; and finally Boba Fett--faceless, ruthless, and impossible to kill. Thought the Sarlacc consumed him in Return of the Jedi? Guess again.

This first novel only kicks off the trilogy's story, so while there is some action, there's also much talking and scheming, and the overall plot is only beginning to become clear by the book's end. Curiously, since everyone is so wretchedly evil, there's really no hero to root for--a marked contrast to the usually quite romantic Star Wars tales. This explains, perhaps, why K.W. Jeter was chosen to author the trilogy. Jeter, once Philip K. Dick's protégé, tends to avoid anything upbeat or uplifting.

Tony Award nominee Anthony Heald doesn't just read the book, he performs it, using countless different voices. He's backed up by music and sound effects that make The Mandalorian Armor into a full-fledged audio drama. Fans of Star Wars fiction and Boba Fett in particular will be pleased with this further exploration of Lucas's rich universe. Newcomers, though, might want to start with something more traditional. --Brooks Peck --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Reprint edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553578855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553578850
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,509 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was surprised by all the negative reviews this book got. I read it when it first came out, and reread it again, and I have to say I love how K.W. Jeter uses the bounty hunter characters from Star Wars. Jeter manages to use many of those iconic characters by focusing the plot on the Bounty Hunter's Guild, forcing Boba Fett to team up with a few of his fellow hunters.

I think Jeter did a great job bringing life to the main characters, even Dengar, whom some readers say comes off as a bit of a loser. My take on Dengar is that he was always somewhat less skilled, and I didn't think Jeter took it too far until the end. The best character of course is Boba Fett. Jeter managed to write a book focused on Fett, give him character, yet still keep the aura of mystery surrounding him. Unlike the prequels, which diminished Fett, this book lets us know why he has his reputation.

My only critique of the book is that it's too long - or, alternatively, could have been edited quite a bit. The book has several internal "monologues", often with characters thinking about how smart they are or how they're one step ahead of everybody else. I thought some of this could have been removed as doing so would have kept the suspense and made later scenes more surprising. I don't really need to hear how such and such character thinks he's so smart all the time. Fortunately, Fett doesn't get any of these internal monologues - despite being the star, he's not the point of view character.

Overall, writing a book just about the bounty hunters was a tough task and I think Jeter managed. I wish there were more books like this, focused on secondary Star Wars characters, rather than the ridiculous directions Del Rey has taken Luke and Han or the newer books which go into Boba Fett's family life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge Boba Fett fan. When I heard about the bounty hunter trilogy, I was excited and a little worried.
I feel justified in worrying. Jeters seemed to have ignored all but a few base facts from the Tales of the Bounty Hunters and other stories and comics concerning them.
Boba Fett is chatty. Chatty! Even though he frequently insist that Boba doesn't speak much.
And how many times can you use the word "grim" in one book? They're *bounty hunters* no one would think of them as perky.
Mr. Jeters seems also to have confused the words Guild and Corporation. If the guild took the larger share of the bounties, no one would join. geesh.
Zuckuss was a wimp. Bossk had a brick for a brain ("Idiot" as Jeters seems overly fond of using). Boba Fett was a profiteering robot. IG-88 was slightly too emotional. Neelah was just kind of there. Dengar was almost in character, but a tad "grim". The two most interesting characters in the! story were the medical droids.
Heh, I almost forgot about Vader, Palpy, and Xizor. They were chatty as well. And I have a hard time believing that Vader was so ignorant of Xizor's activities.
It was a little too techy in odd places like. "Easy as a peice of sugared confectionary." (paraphrased) For pity's sake, just say cake. Once or twice things like that might have been cute, but it was all through the book. And he kept on refering to Naala as the "female"...is this PC for the Star Wars?
One more rant....What was up with the time swapping? Now ....Then....isn't it all Then?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is an insult and disgrace to the Star Wars name. It is quite apparent by the abuse (and misuse) of Star Wars terms and situations that the author, who was most likely sent a wealth of information on the characters he was writing about, did not real a full story pertaining to any of the characters. This is obvious by his misapplication of phrases: he often has a character refer to another as a "barve" as we would say "guy", this would prove that he only read the title of the short story "A Barve Like That". He misinterpreted the title to mean that they were refering to the character involved. He also read bits and pieces of the "Tales of the Bounty Hunters" stories, such as the last paragraph of Dengar's story, a few lines of Bossk's, and none of Zuckuss' or IG-88's. His timeline is a complete catastrophe, placing IG-88 in the story when he had not even been created yet. He also throws around a few ideas from "! ! ;Dark Empire", but stays nowhere within either version of cannon. He wields the characters dangerously, perverting their personalities into a degrading character whom no one can respect or fear: Boba Fett is nothing like the character portrayed in "Last One Standing" or "A Barve Like That", Zuckuss is a whining brat (similar in most cases to Luke Skywalker) and is paired with Bossk (?!?), 4-LOM is nowhere to be found, and IG-88 is nothing like the cold machine he would be. All in all, Bossk might be the only character portrayed with any acuracy. The actual writing was weak and disconected, although the format of entwining past with present was a satisfactory device. Even the grammar was of inferior quality.Read more ›
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