Old Friends: Dengar, Boba Fett, Bossk, Zuckuss, Prince Xixor, The Emperor, Darth Vader, Neelah, Kuat of Kuat, Fenald, Balancesheet, Ob Fortuna
Places: Tatooine, Kuat, Coruscant, The Assembler's Web, Gholondreine B
Synopsis: Again, part of this tale takes place in the Then, after "Star War - A New Hope" and Now, during "Return of the Jedi". Fett, Dengar and Neelah are still being pursued by Bossk, and everyone else. Vader, Xixor and the Emperor are playing their little games, and The Assembler continues to stir the pot, playing both sides against the middle.
Review: Having gotten rid of Bossk, one more time, and taking his ship as well, Fett, Dengar and Neelah are on the run. Bossk is in pursuit any way he can. Neelah still doesn't know who she is, so to pass the time, talks Dengar into telling her more of the Then story,
Back Then, the Bounty Hunters Guild is dissolved and two new factions are fighting for control. Meanwhile, Xixor has come up with one more plan to fix things for Black Sun and discredit Vader to the Emperor. Fett and Bossk join forces to capture a renegade Imperial Storm Trooper with Intelligence connections. As usual, once the job is done, things change.
Kuat of Kuat faces a very serious threat to his leadership of the Kuat Drive Yards, treachery from a close friend and the hiring of a new associate with secrets of her own. There is a lot of going back and forth between Now and Then so the reader really has to pay attention.
As in the previous book, the story is very complicated, and the dialogue can become tedious. We realize that Bossk is basically a jerk, Boba Fett has an interesting way of doing "business" and The Assembler is in the whole thing only for his own personal gain. It is not a great book, but it adds to the Fett legend. And Dengar and Zuckuss kinda grow on you.
Title: Slave Ship