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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  663 ratings  ·  22 reviews
On the surface, it seems like just another routine contract for Boba Fett and his Mandalorian commandos, but the mystery client who hires them to start a small war is more dangerous than any of them can possibly imagine. When the Yuuzhan Vong invasion force sweeps into the galaxy, the Mandalorians find they’re on the wrong side–fighting for an alien culture that will bring ...more
Published 2006 by Del Rey
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Dave Logghe
I'm no stranger to the Star Wars extended universe. In middle school and high school, these were the only books I read with any type of eagerness or regularity. Having read a lot of it, I have come to terms with the idea that most licensed star wars novels are little more than decent to good fan-fiction. You can usually assume there will be a jedi who makes only lightside decisions and usually one who will do the opposite (always two, there are). However, this simple little novella broke out of ...more
Dull and annoyingly-written story with a (in my opinion) horrible 'Mandalorians-do-this, Mandalorians-do-that' scheme explaining anything from a way of killing an opponent to a metod of ordering an ale in a cantina through a Mandalorian way of life. Everything has to be 'mandalorianised' in Travis' part of the Star Wars EU and I liked it for a short time, now it really makes me sick of her works; she tried to create a culture and did a good job in the whole culture creating process, yet it wasn' ...more
Kaleb Phillips
This one.... well, what can I say about this one?
It was alright, there are times when the book felt interesting and intriguing. But there were more times when the narrative was confusing and gave information not vital to the story, or back story. It follows the thoughts of two characters during the same instances, instead of only one, which gives an odd sense of dual personalities, seeing as you read a thought and think it is one character, only to find that it's the other that is suddenly the s
One of the traits of science fiction is that it often confuses the reader and conveys a sense of other-ness, alien perception, and unfamiliar technology, though as the reader comes to understand the world and characters it becomes less confusing. However, this probably shouldn't be the case in a novel (or novella) set in a universe with which the reader is already very familiar - i.e. Star Wars. I was very confused for the first half of the story, but once we got to Boba Fett's perspective in th ...more
"You can run," he said, "But you'll only die tired."
-Boba Fett

This was a great view into the Mandalorian/Vong conflict and also spawned my most favourite quote of all time from Boba Fett.

66 pages of awesome.
I love Boba Fett and Traviss' depiction of the Mandalorian people. A great novella. My first foray into the Yuuzhan Vong war and it does not disappoint. I love it that Fett plays both sides and actually cares about his people
william c. jandrew
Good backstory

It's an interesting intro to the Yuuzhan Vong story arc and further fleshes out an adult Boba Fett and his Mandalorians
Jim C
My rating is 3.5 stars.

A short story that introduces the storyline of the New Jedi Order and involves everbody's favorite bounty hunter. This short story is about the Vong meeting up with the Mandalorians. I liked the story up until the ending. Even though this was a short story, I thought the ending was a little abrupt. I think fans of Boba Fett will enjoy how he handles situations and how his plans are well thought out.
Jordan Lahn
Boba Fett is clearly a bad ass, and years of being the best has put him in charge of the Mandalorian mercenaries, and with the Vong invasion beginning he has to do something he hasn't had to do before: think about what is best for other people. Great chance to get inside his head and understand what makes the best bounty hunter the best.
Another Star Wars short story...This one features Boba Fett as the head of the Mandalorians during the early days of the Vuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy. The plot shows that the Mandalorians, a warrior people, also have a human side with strong family ties.
Tony Russo
I really could not get into this. Ever since The Vong, or whatever they were called, showed up, the whole Star Wars universe became very depressing and very boring. Even Bobba Fett didn't make this very interesting. Much of his backstory was created in the prequels.
This was a decent short story. It wasn't anything that blew me away but was entertaining none the less. What it did do is make me want to check out some of the authors other SW work, especially the Commando series.
A great intro to the NJO series that allows us to see that the great bounty hunter, Boba Fett is still alive and kicking. This is more of a novella than a true novel.
This was okay. It was interesting seeing what Fett was up to during the Vong NJO era. I kinda like Fett and his code of honor. He's admirable in his own way.
Excellent short story that takes place right before the Vong attacked the New Republic. It was interesting seeing Boba Fett's more humane side. 5/5
Quick read. Nothing particularily spectacular here. There were some interesting aspects but overall the novella is underwhelming.
Jun 18, 2012 Roger added it
Okay. Gotta love Fett. Story was a tad boring and didn't really add much to the NJO or the Fett/Mandalorian mythos.
Marc Mitchell
Good quick e-book. Have read other Karen Traviss Star Wars novels & would recommend.
Surprisingly good prequel to the New Jedi Order era in the expanded universe.
Good short read, fills in some interesting details about the early NJO era.

In my book Karen Traviss writes the best Boba Fett.
Fun, quick read on Boba Fett
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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, G.I. Joe, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the re ...more
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