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The Mandalorian Armor (Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars #1)

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He's the most feared and successful bounty hunter in the galaxy. He is Boba Fett, and even the most hardened criminals tremble at his name. Now he faces the deadliest challenge of his infamous career--an all-out war against his most dangerous enemies.

As the Rebellion gathers force, Prince Xizor proposes a cunning plan to the Emperor and Darth Vader: smash the power of the
Paperback, 387 pages
Published June 1998 by Spectra
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As a fan of the short stories about Boba Fett from the 'Tales from Jabba's Palace' and 'Tales of the Bounty Hunters' books, I went into this book expecting more exciting tales of intrigue, action and mystery from the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars Universe. What I ended up with was a few hundred pages stained with the tears of my disappointment. It begins with Fett's ruined body wasting away in the Dune Sea of Tattoine following his escape from the Sarlacc pit. He does get rescued, but if Fet ...more
If you like Star Wars and Boba Fett, then you'll probably like this book. I enjoyed the machinations of all the schemers involved (which includes just about everybody), but I thought there were too many long winded "meeting" scenes where the various scoundrels explained all their plots and plans in way too much detail.
Boba Fett has become a legendary character in the Star Wars universe despite being only a minor character in the second and third films of the series. Boba Fett and his "father," J
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Dengar is scavenging around the Sarlac after the big blowout at Jabba's when he makes two discoveries: 1) a dancer named Neelah is not all she seems and 2) Boba Fett is alive. Back post-A New Hope, Boba Fett is hired to destroy the Bounty Hunter's Guild.
NOTE: Based on the novel (read years ago) and the audiobook.

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What sane person wouldn't want to read a book starring the most enigmatic, least important, most highly sought after character from the movie? I read the book to learn more about
This story jump between events before the Empire Strikes back and during the Return of the Jedi. The main part of the story covers the destruction of the Bounty Hunters Guild by Boba Fett. The main flaw is that the actual destruction of the guild is covered only very briefly at the end of the story, and the bulk is about how Boba Fett joins the guild and follows a mission in which he enlists the help of four other bounty hunters including two familiar faces from The Empires Strikes Back - Bossk ...more
My "favorite" part was the guy who replaced his head with a blaster.
In the Star Wars original trilogies Boba Fett has five lines. (And that's if you include, "Ahhh!" as he falls into the Sarlacc pit). From his brief appearances in the movies, Boba Fett has risen above cult status to become one of the most popular characters from the Star Wars universe.

Because Boba Fett is such an aloof character, I thought it was really interesting to have a whole book centered around him. We even get to hear him make a little speech which even Boba Fett thinks is weird of him.
Tony Black
I read this book around the time it was released in 1998 and didn't really like it. I wanted to like it but I just couldn't. It's 14 years later (holy crap) and I decided to give it another try since my brain has evolved quite a lot since then. Maybe this time I would like it. The storyline revolves around Boba Fett, my favorite Star Wars character, and a bunch of bounty hunters. How can that not be good!?

14 years later and I still don't like this book.

First, let's start with the cover. Looks pr
Jeff Lanter
After reading a pretty poor book, I wanted to read something fun. I mostly read Literature and History books and while those are fun in their own way, it is also nice to read something that is just aiming to entertain you. The Mandalorian Armor delivered that and some. This book is a bounty hunter story and actually focuses on scheming and subterfuge instead of the Space Opera story that Star Wars is famous for. So that means less action and no Jedi stuff. I was totally fine with that, because t ...more
The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy follows Boba Fett after he escapes the sarlacc's stomach. The majority is set during events of The Return of the Jedi.

The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy:-
The Mandalorian Armour
Slave Ship
Hard Merchandise

Plot ***Spoilers***
The Mandalorian Armour begins with Dengar searching through the wreckage of Jabba's sail barge for anything or anyone of value. As Dengar is ready to give up, assuming that the Jawas had beat him to the wreckage, he notices two things: first, that the
This book has some issues of narrative and pacing. In every chapter it switches between the present time in the book and four years in the past. This can sometimes be confusing, as the book doesn't spend enough time in either of these periods at any point for the reader to remember what is specifically happening separately within either of these time periods. This causes allies to be bitter enemies within five pages of each other, and then be allies again within another five.

However, this book d
Boba Fett is dead! Long live Boba Fett!

Remember when Boba Fett fell into the Sarlacc's pit in Return of the Jedi? Well somehow he survived and he's still his bad-ass self.

That's the basic premise of this book (and trilogy). The author is a fairly decorated sci-fi author so he elevates what could have been a fan fiction project into a very enjoyable romp. The dual timelines, one taking place after Fett survives the Sarlacc and the other taking place years previous, serve to highlight the lows and
Boba Fett is one tough cookie and everybody fears him (we are told so repeatedly throughout the story), that basically sums up the book. It details how Fett joins the Bounty Hunters Guild to break it up. This plan is put into motion by Prince Xizor (working through a middle agent), head of the Black Sun crime syndicate, who wants to please the Emperor for his own purposes and taunt Vader. The story also tells what happens after Fett escapes from the digestive system of the Sarlacc in Tales From ...more
Mike Smith
A fairly straightforward Star Wars story. Well... two stories actually. Both feature bounty hunter Boba Fett, with one taking place just after the events of the first Star Wars movie (a.k.a. A New Hope) and the other, the main plot, occurring in the middle of the events of The Return of the Jedi. This novel is interesting in that it was written before Boba Fett's backstory was explained in the prequel film Attack of the Clones. It does affect how you interpret the story when you know Boba Fett's ...more
Rob Gould
For a novel about the infamous Boba Fett, I expected there to be more chaos, death and destruction dealt by the bounty hunter. However, I felt that I was getting a replaying of how he escaped certain death by exploding his way out of a Sarlacc. Furthermore, I don't know if the plot twists with Kuat of Kuat, Kud'ar Mub'at, Prince Xizor, Cradossk and Bossk, Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader all have much to do with the story of the first book. But rather set the backdrop for the second and the thi ...more
Out of all the EU SW books I have read, this is by far the best and brightest of the bunch. Jeter has this amazing ability to shift back and forth seamlessly between timelines to tell you a very intriguing story about a very intriguing character. I bought these when they debuted on paperback, and just finished them as e-books on my Nook. This trilogy is far superior to Zahn's initial Thrawn trilogy in that it doesn't get bogged down by plot, sub-plot, sub-sub-plot, and so on. Everything is clear ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Peter rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hardcore star wars fans bent on reading all aftermarket novels
Let's face it, Star Wars expanded universe novels aren't the peak of literary excellence. However, like most of the ones I've attempted, this one was readable. Not particularly good, but readable. The plot was disjointed, full of holes, and predictable to whatever extent the holes allowed. The characters were two-dimensional, and the fan-service of having Boba Fett be as unrealistically indestructible as he was made it all too easy to know the outcome. That said, it gave me something non-addicti ...more
This is one of my favorite Star Wars novels. The story started out as interesting and somewhat intriguing to me and then got better and better until I couldn't put it down. When I bought the book I was hoping for lots of action, a story centered on Boba Fett, and some new bounty hunter back story. What I got was all three and then some! I love the way the author delves into the psych of each individual bounty hunter and I really enjoyed some of the scenes inside Slave I.

If you are a Star Wars fa
Rob Haug
I read this many years ago and remember really liking it. My ten year old son wanted me to read this to him, so I just spent the last year slowly reading this to him out loud. I didn't like it quite as much as I remember, but there were things that I had forgotten and thought were clever. There is a particular "arachnid" character I think is a great, clever creation. My ten year old gave this "four and a quarter stars". He said he liked the characters and action. However, he just got done readin ...more
Nathan Bissett
This book is a massive waste of time. It's boaring and meandering and by the end of the book you still have no idea what's happening. I'm not even slightly interested in reading the other two books. Definitely pass up this trilogy.
Dustin Gaughran
(This review will cover all three books in the series.)
What I liked most about this trilogy was that it focused on Boba Fett, and it did so in a way that grows the characters legend. It wove a nice tale between old characters and new, in an exciting story that jumps into the past, present and future nicely. What I liked most was that the underlying tone of the book matched the darker, more callous attitude of Boba Fett. It wasn't a wild, fun adventure. It was a lot more dark, with double crossin
the re-rise of boba fett! i liked this book, but i wish it had known that boba fett was a clone.
Most of the reviews on here are 1-2 stars but I have an enormous crush on Boba Fett so.....
I like the story, if you're a star wars fan and want to know what happens with Boba Fett in the EU, then you must read it. It did go a little slow for me, and Boba Fett was a bit too chatty for my taste. It might also be because my first encounter of the Star Wars EU world was through The Legacy of the Force Books, so if you compare this Boba to that one (who is a lot older then and not really THAT greedy or sneaky). However, all in all, it was decently written, I didn't hate it. Although going ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Mike added it
This book was so horrifically bad that I never purchased the second and third in the series, and I'm a rabid gotta-have-'em-all SW collector! I simply refused to pay even half cover price for these abortions! I may loathe Barbara Hambley's work in the SW universe, but I actually bought (and read, god help me!)both of her books.

I might give Jeter another chance on his Blade Runner sequel, because after all, he might just have a bad grasp of the SW Universe, but I fear that he has just raped anoth
Yeah, I know. #shutup #nerd #summerread
The best of the series, as it just focuses on Boba Fett in all his bad ass glory as he escapes from the Sarlacc and sets out to rebuild his ship, armor and rep.
Great space opera and action adventure and lots of appearances by the other bounty hunters. The writer is also very clever in never describing what Boba Fett looks like without his armor and yet that's how he spends a big part of this book.

Unfortunately, the pay off off this series never matches up to this excellent set up book.
Jesse Booth
Not the best Star Wars book out there. There was enough going on that I still want to know what happens in the rest of the trilogy. I'll continue on to book 2.

I will admit, when I first heard that there was a book that brought Boba Fett back after his fall into the Pit of Carcoon, I rolled my eyes. It sounded absolutely ridiculous. Kudos to Jeter for being able to write what happened in a believable way. Boba Fett is awesome, which really is the only reason to read this book!
John Cook
Apr 13, 2013 John Cook rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens or older.
Recommended to John by: Me.
I have a three in one edition which includes the two sequels. This was the best of the three, but to complete the story you must read all three. The third book is good too. So don't be too discouraged. I found the description of Boba Fett's survival of the Sarlaac quite fun and entertaining, almost believable in the Star Wars universe. The interaction, or run-ins, between Boba Fett and Bossk are suspenseful. The arachnid villain is disturbingly creepy and sinister.
Dennis Brock
Not my favorite Star Wars fiction, but not the worst either. I really like the Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels, and to me this book cannot compare with his work. It was ok though, and for hard core SW fans I would suggest it. But for the casual fan or someone who is just starting to read their first Star Wars novel, skip this book and go for "Heir to the Empire" by Timothy Zahn. I think I'll give the 2nd book in this series a try though.
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Kevin Wayne Jeter (born 1950) is an American science fiction and horror author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, and paranoid, unsympathetic characters. He is also credited with the coining of the term "Steampunk." K. W. has written novels set in the Star Trek and Star Wars universe, and has written three (to date) sequels to Blade Runner.

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