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Hunted (Star Wars: Boba Fett, Book 4) Paperback – October 1, 2003
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"Hunted" is the fourth book in a six book series on the life of young Boba Fett. In "Hunted," Boba Fett flies to Tatooine to find the crime lord Jabba the Hutt.
Jango Fett, Boba's father, had left instructions for his son to go to Jabba to learn knowledge. But Boba runs into problem after problem on Tatooine, first losing his father's Mandalorian helmet to a street gang, to having no credits to buy water - a necessity on the desert planet.
Will a trip to Jabba's palace teach young Boba the knowledge necessary for a bounty hunter?
As with the other books in this series, I'm not entirely thrilled with the writing. I do understand that they are written for younger readers and I'm over the intended age, but I wish Star Wars had kept up the quality a little better. The passage of time in this series isn't clear - the first three books seemed to take up only days, but this book is apparently set months after the event of book three, "Maze of Deception." At least the story in "Hunted" was better than the previous book.
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Young Boba travels to Tatooine (doesn't everyone?) in search of the one person who can help him take the next step to becoming a bounty hunter - Jabba the Hutt. He finds, however, that Jabba is far from easy to deal with and a new enemy enters the frame in the form of the cruel and deadly hunter Durge.
I like the way this series has Boba encountering all kinds of characters in order to forge him into the greatest hunter in the galaxy; in book one there was his father Jango Fett, book two had him meeting the deadly Count Dooku, book three saw him facing Aurra Sing and here he meets not only everyone's least favourite vile gangster, but also the latest character from the Clone Wars continuum, Durge. It's really no wonder that this lad later becomes Darth Vader's favourite mercenary.
The problem here is the fact that the book is for younger readers. This means that Boba is still a boy and it's hard to believe that he so easily outwits opponents such as Durge. It also means that the story is very 'PG', with Boba not killing anyone and only completing his mission to kill Jabba's enemy through that enemy's bad luck. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for a gorefest, but I just think it's a bit silly making a kiddies series about Star Wars' most ruthless and efficient killer. And I'm not even going to go into the cheesy storyline where Boba befriends some poor orphans. All in all I felt that this book and the others in the series fail to capture the essence of Boba Fett (look to his comic book adventures for that). Finally, it claims to be a Clone Wars novel, but the Clone Wars (which, let's not forget, is a vast destructive conflict) is mentioned only in a sideline about the villain selling weapons to the Separatists.
A pleasant enough read, but nothing groundbreaking.