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Hard Merchandise

Rating: Hard Merchandise by K.W. Jeter, a Star Wars novel has been rated 4/5 by this reviewer.
TimeLine: 4 years after the Battle at Yavin
Author: K.W. Jeter
Published: July, 1999
Review by: Lt. Kali D'or

Old Friends: Dengar, Boba Fett, Bossk, Zuckuss, Prince Xixor, The Emperor, Darth Vader, Neelah, Kuat of Kuat, Fenald, Balancesheet, Ob Fortuna, Kud'ar Mub'at, Trhin Voss'ont, Kodir of Kuhlvult, Gleed Otondon, N'dru Suhlak

New Faces: Drawmas Sma'Da, Ebbin Figh

Places: Tatooine, Kuat, The Assembler's Web,

Synopsis: This the last part of a very complicated double storyline that again jumps back and forth between the Then and Now. All the players are in place and Boba Fett is orchestrating the whole deal. Of course, how he manages it is pure Fett - he really does have eyes in the back of his head.

Review: Fett, Neelah and Dengar are still being pursued by Bossk, and head toward the remains of the Assmeblers Web hoping for answers. Kuat of Kuat and his new Security Chief Kodir are caught in the continuing games between the Empire and the Rebellion. The Now part of the story leads the reader right into the getting-ready stages of the Battle at Endor.

In the meantime, back in the Then, Bossk is still chasing them, and Xixor and Vader are jockying for position with The Emperor. At stake here is the top spot in The Emperors favorite bad guy list. Seems that Xixor is implicated in the destruction of the Lars Homestead back on Tatooine - or is he? Of course, Fett and Dengar, along with Bossk and Zuckuss figure into the solution of that question.

The reader really has to pay attention as both story lines wind down and tie up all the loose ends. Fett is right in the middle of the whole deal and the secret to his success is his ability to be in 5 places at the same time. Again, the dialogue leaves a little to be desired, and the entire convoluted mess of who is really who and who is doing what takes concentration to sort out.

The ending is very interesting and leave us open to more adventures with Fett and the gang. This was a good trio of books and if the reader can get thru some of the authors quirks, and is willing to spend the time figuring things out, a good Trilogy showcasing our most favorite Bounty Hunter.

Title: Hard Merchandise
Series: The Bounty Hunter Wars, Book 3
Author: K.W. Jeter
Review by: Lt. Kali D'or