Hard Merchandise (Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars, #3)
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Hard Merchandise (Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars #3)

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Boba Fett fears only one enemy--the one he cannot see....

Feared and admired, respected and despised, Boba Fett enjoys a dubious reputation as the galaxy's most successful bounty hunter. Yet even a man like Boba Fett can have one too many enemies....

When Boba Fett stumbles across evidence implicating Prince Xizor in the murder of Luke Skywalker's aunt and uncle, Fett makes...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1999 by Spectra
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Ron
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Crystal Starr Light
A psuedo-mystery that gives a lesson in "Show don't tell"
Fett, Dengar, and Neelah find out answers to important questions that they've been thinking and talking about endlessly since The Mandalorian Armor.
NOTE: Based on the novel (read years ago) and the audiobook.

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The mystery that is the meat and bones of this novel is fascinating. As I read Boba Fett talking to Kuat of Kuat and relating it, I was actually impressed with the detail and intricacy that Jeter put into it (even as I was frus...more
Rooney
I've read some pretty negative reviews for this trilogy, so I was apprehensive about what K. W. Jeter had done to one of the coolest Star Wars characters. But having now read the books, I have to say I disagree with the critics. I thoroughly enjoyed them.

That's not to say they're shining examples of western literature, but for what they are (Star Wars novels remember - sci-fi paperbacks!) they are well written and entertaining.

I do think that the title of the Series "The Bounty Hunter Wars" is v...more
Patrickderaaff
Boba Fett has one super power and he often uses it throughout the Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy: his ability to intimidate his enemies by aiming the penetrating menacing dark gaze from his t-shaped dark visored helmet at them.

What can I say? The plot is okay, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Jeter drowns us in words and repeats himself over and over and over. His characters like to stand around and talk and think and talk some more. Another hobby of them is pointing out the obvious to...more
Mike Smith
This third and final book in the "Bounty Hunter Wars" trilogy was longer than it needed to be. I found there was a lot of repetition. One character frequently "folded her arms across her breast". I lost count of the number of times I read that phrase. A lot of key plot points were provided by characters who came out of nowhere, delivered key information, and disappeared into the background again. While the book wrapped up all the loose ends of the previous two entries, there was no way the reade...more
Jeff Lanter
Satisfying. That is how I would describe the final book of this trilogy. Unlike Slave Ship, there is a good amount of action and plot development throughout the final book. There aren't any major surprises at the end, but Hard Merchandise keeps you interested all the way to the closing pages. I want to praise K.W. Jeter for finding a way to tell two plots set in different times and keep everything in the Star Wars canon. That is quite an impressive accomplishment. My only complaint is that Denga...more
Haruka
This book was a downright drag. Drawn out and very boring in spots, and everything didn't connect. I don't really understand why Jeter had to bring in one more additional subplot (who and what was behind the killing of Luke's aunt and uncle) that never really was resolved. Boba Fett was way too vocal and too nice in this entire series; for a man who is supposed to have an air of mystery and death shrouding him all the time he talked way too much. After reading the first and second books I though...more
Babuir
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
Brian
this series just wasn't great. it was okay, but i didn't like the web character, i felt like boba fett was not enough of a badass and the story in general didn't fit in great with other canon.

oh well.
Ryan Toh
Way too lengthy for a shady character like Fett. Good read though, with gripping action. Also interesting to find out how Fett escaped from his near-death encounters.
M. David Loyal
Hard Merchandise is another Star Wars book. It takes place in about the same time period. It is book 3 of the Bounty Hunter Wars. The story centers around Boba Fett and the some of the other bounty hunters seen in the Empire Strikes Back. A lot of the story is told in flashback, and it is sometimes hard to keep track of when a chapter is happening. There is a mystery element to the trilogy, but unfortunately the audience is not given all the clues so one cannot figure it out ahead of time. All i...more
Mark
I must remember less of this book and trilogy at large as I thought, because reading the brief summary on Wookieepedia (don't judge) says this:

When Boba Fett stumbles across evidence implicating Prince Xizor in the murder of Luke Skywalker's aunt and uncle, Fett makes himself an enemy even he fears: the unknown mastermind behind a monstrous deception, who will kill to hide his tracks.

Much as I remember the EU more fondly than the prequel movies, there are times where I remember just how much bet...more
Jesse Booth
I won't say much about this book, as my previous reviews about the first two books in this series applies to this one, too. My biggest issue was how conversational Boba Fett is. He is supposed to be straight to the point, and while there were moments where he was abrupt and sharp, they were very few and far between.

My initial interest in this series actually came about due to Xizor's character. I liked him in Shadows of the Empire, and was interested in gaining more perspective on him. He hardly...more
Wesley
Worst series of books in the whole Star Wars 100+ books. This was written like it was for a 4 yr old's cartoon and not Star Wars. Teh bounty hunters are too clumsy and stupid to consider being the best of anything. Of course, Boba Fett gets the better of these idiots...all this proves is that he is at least slightly below average as a human being as that is all it would take to beat these bumbling idiots. It does nothing for the cool factor for Boba....Terrible, even for a comic book writer tryi...more
James Caterino
I went on a Star Wars extended universe binge in the mid 90's and next to the outstanding X-Wing series by Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston, the Bounty Hunter trilogy books are my favorite.

Many fans were put off by K.W. Jeter's emotionally distant, hard edged style. But the cyberpunk author is the perfect writer to flesh out the cult character Boba Fett and to tell what is essentially an old school hard-boiled gangster story set between the the events in Empire and Jedi.

A great SF anti-h...more
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Travis
This series just lost steam.
Bossk and Boba Fett never got any more personality, and just being a bad ass isn't enough to keep a trilogy going. Dengar ended up being pretty wussy for being one of the galaxy's top bounty hunter.
So, to have a bunch of characters I didn't care about constantly double crossing each other just got boring.

I do like Zuckus and 4-Lom. They were an interesting duo and should get their own book.
Jessie
I can't wait to finish this terrible trilogy. It had slowed down my progress in the Star Wars books by a full year, I kid you not.

Well, I am finally done and the only reason this got 2 stars instead of 1 was that I like the grit of Boba Fett's character and you really do need the entire trilogy to see enough of that. But I can't be happier to be done with this crappy trilogy.
Tará O'Sullivan
I've said it before in the descriptions of the other books....It was torture to get through. The plot is fantastic and in the hands of another author, this story could have flourished. But, alas...[return][return]....still, I read it. I'm done. And, mark my words...I'll never read these a third time over. Ever.
Kelly Lynn Thomas
I don't often say this about Star Wars novels, because I am most definitely a biased reader when it comes to SW, but this trilogy just plain sucks. The writing is bad, and the plot is RIDICULOUS. Read the summaries on Wookieepedia, don't bother with the books.
Justin Metcalf
I thought I'd enjoy the final book of the trilogy. It was far too bland for me, I don't even remember the second half of the book. Very disappointing.
Andy
Probably the better of the bounty hunter trilogy but the ending was something to be desired. Cool when things were happening but the build up takes for ever.
Michelle Roberts
I probably wouldn't have finished reading this series, but I wanted to be at least a little familiar with the story for canon continuity.
Lex
The conclusion to the Bounty Hunters War trilogy was alright. Some unsurprising twists and good revelations, but still a good read.
Ross
This started me reading all of the star wars books many years ago.
Jc
kind of a disspointing ending but it's still about Boba Fett.
Greg
The epically bad conclusion of a horrible HORRIBLE trilogy of books.
Luke Nyland
Fantastic! Great story, brilliant plot twists!
Tawon Bruce
i learned adventure and trust
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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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