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The Mandalorian Armor

Rating: The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter, a Star Wars novel has been rated 3/5 by this reviewer.
TimeLine: 4 years after the Battle at Yavin
Author: K.W. Jeter
Published: June, 1998
Review by: Lt. Kali D'or

Old Friends: Dengar, Boba Fett, Bossk, Zuckuss, Prince Xizor, The Emperor, Darth Vader, IG-88

New Faces: Kuat of Kuat, Fenald, Neelah, SHE1-B, 1e-XE, Nil Posondum, Kud'ar Mub'at, Balancesheet, Cradossk, Ob Fortuna, D'harhan, Gheeta the Hutt

Places: Tatooine, Kuat, Coruscant, Circumtore, Bounty Hunter's Guild HQ, The Assembler's Web

Synopsis: The 3 volumes of this set takes place in more than 1 timeframe: immediately after "Star Wars - A New Hope" and during "Return of the Jedi". The Bounty Hunter's Guild, Black Sun and the Empire all play a part. This is an intricate story line filled with spying, treachery, secret deals, a mystery woman and, of course, Boba Fett.

Review: Boba Fett did not die when he fell into the Sarlacc. This tale opens with his rescue by Dengar, 2 new droids and a girl named Neelah. She has no memory of her identity. Fett is almost dead, and Dengar is having a bad week.

In the meantime, Kuat of Kuat, head of the Kuat Drive yards (the largest ship building contractor in the Empire, at the moment) is caught between the Empire and the Rebellion, his position and the plots of his enemies on his homeworld, and a few other interests. Throw in Kud'ar Mub'at, the Assembler, add Prince Xixor and Black Sun, the failing Bounty Hunters Guild, a Hutt or two, Darth Vader, and you can see where this is going.

Unfortunately, the author has a great idea but his execution leaves something to be desired. Portions of the dialogue are immature and the repeated use of "barve" and "hard merchandise" become distracting. Some of the new characters are very well developed, some are not. True Boba Fett fans may take exception to some of the background story, but his abilities to get the job done, his ingenuity and his code of ethics seem right on.

The constant maneuvering by Bossk to kill Fett becomes comical and poor Zuckuss is dragged from one end of the adventure to the other. This story can get very confusing, so the reader must pay attention - cause it gets worse in the next one.

Title: The Mandalorian Armor
Series: The Bounty Hunter Wars, Book 1
Author: K.W. Jeter
Review by: Lt. Kali D'or