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

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Hard Merchandise (Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars, Book 3)
Paperback, 338 pages
Published July 1999 by Bantam Books
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Ron
Jun 25, 2009 Ron rated it it was ok
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Mike
Jul 16, 2009 Mike rated it it was ok
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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
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Fredrik
Feb 28, 2017 Fredrik rated it really liked it
And so the Bounty Hunter Wars has come to an end.

Although the series wasn't really what I expected (I expected it to be more Bounty Hunter VS Bounty Hunter, not Bounty Hunter VS... Everyone Else) I still enjoyed it very much, mostly because I love Boba Fett, and these 3 novels gave a great look deeper into the character.

So, all in all, I give this series 4/5 Slave Ships.
Rooney
Oct 19, 2010 Rooney rated it really liked it
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
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Jessie
Jan 21, 2010 Jessie rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
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.
Brent Vincent
Jan 23, 2017 Brent Vincent rated it it was ok
The conclusion to the trilogy, and boy are it's problems more apparent than ever. The book still feels the need to remind the reader it is a Star Wars book even though we're on the third book of a trilogy. Sometimes it reminds the reader of the same thing twice on one page. Another interesting thing comes up in this book more than the previous two that I assume is a general problem that the Expanded Universe of Star Wars faces. Because there are so many authors contributing stories to this unive ...more
Bookworm101
May 15, 2017 Bookworm101 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book in the series yet!
Adrian K. Antosik
Jan 17, 2017 Adrian K. Antosik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kent
Mar 03, 2017 Kent rated it really liked it
The trilogy ends and all the questions are answered. The first two books were a bit slow and wordy, but I think Jeter finishes it up really well. This one didn't seem to be filled with a surplus of dialogue, but just what it needed to give the right amount of detail.
The story is finished with Boba trying to figure out who forged incriminating footage lining Prince Xizor to the attack on Skywalker's home. This intertwines with the story of the amnesiac girl from Jabba's Palace. The ending is pret
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Johnny
Jul 30, 2016 Johnny rated it did not like it
Alright, again, this was not a good book. It was better than Slave Ship, so it gets a second star, but man, it could've easily been a one. I held on to this trilogy in paperback for 15+ years, definitely getting donated today. On to the summary...

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Megan
Jan 09, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
I told you I might've cried during Slave Ship. Now I'm telling you I definitely cried during Hard Merchandise. People accuse me of not wanting NJO/Legacy because I can't handle sad books and death scenes, but the fact is I just can't handle soft reboots.

No, the end of this book hurts so, so good that I had to put it down and get my breath before continuing.

Again, as I said, it's the characters that makes this trilogy such a bright constellation in the EU's galaxy. As Kuat of Kuat tries to naviga
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Mark Oppenlander
This is the final book of K.W. Jeter's Bounty Hunter trilogy. It is marginally better than the previous two installments, largely because there is more action and more plot and it doesn't feel quite as interminably slow. But that's not saying much. It's still not a good book.

In this volume, we finally learn about Neelah's past (facts which most astute readers will have probably guessed at by now), Kuat of Kuat and Prince Xizor's motives are revealed, there is a final reckoning for Kud'ar Mu'bat
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Patrickderaaff
Jul 23, 2011 Patrickderaaff rated it it was ok
Shelves: swlegends
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 of 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 e
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Ian Reay
Jan 15, 2015 Ian Reay rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This book is the last in the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy. The trilogy expands on the characters of many of the bounty hunters, especially the relationship between Boba Fett and Bossk. As well as the previously mentioned two, you'll also find Dengar, Zuckuss, 4 LOM, IG88 and many others.
Like the previous two books in the trilogy, this is very well written. You get to know the main characters well, like Neelah, the woman whom Boba Fett maybe or maybe not helping to find her true identity. The Emper
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Mike Smith
Jul 28, 2011 Mike Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
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
Theresa
Mar 31, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
The final book in the bounty hunter wars. Everything has been leading up to this point. Who is Neelah? Does Fett have a heart? Will Dengar make it back to Manaroo?

Even though a lot of these questions can have the answers assumed or figured out by previous books, there actually were quite a few surprises for me. I thought I had it all figured out when I realized Neelah was related to Kuat. Nope.

As to Fett having a heart...I still don't know. That can be totally left open to interpretation. He's
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Grayce
Oct 21, 2014 Grayce rated it liked it
Hard Merchandise is an average Star Wars book that concludes the Bounty Hunter Wars series. You shouldn't read this unless you read the first two as it picks up where they left off. Hard Merchandise has 1 major flashback but mainly stays in the present. It continues and concludes the adventures of Boba, Dengar, and Neelah. The ending feels rushed and a bit unrealistic at times. I'm not satisfied with the explanation that K.W. Jeter gives as to why Boba Fett is so interested in Neelah and the evi ...more
Babuir
Oct 06, 2012 Babuir rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
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
Jeff Lanter
Aug 03, 2012 Jeff Lanter rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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
Jul 11, 2011 Haruka rated it it was ok
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
Jaime Krause
Oct 18, 2012 Jaime Krause rated it liked it
This is the worst of the trilogy. Not bad in the overall Star Wars story, but not the worst. And bad compared to "Bounty Hunter Wars" 1 & 2. It was just....slow. I felt like Fett was a bit out of character at some parts and not much was going on. Except for learning more of who Neelah was and how Fett found her.

I do love that more from Tales from the Bounty Hunters is included.

We can really see how Xizor manipulates, even without pheromones. It makes him a more rounded out character.

I enjoye
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M. David Loyal
Oct 08, 2012 M. David Loyal rated it it was ok
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
Jacob Thornburg
Jul 12, 2014 Jacob Thornburg rated it really liked it
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It's impossible to say if I really liked this book, or if I just hated Slave Ship and just like this cos it wasn't Slave Ship. Lots and lots of action, but also lots and lots and lots and LOTS of Bubba Feet talking more than he needed to.
I know that the whole SWEU is an intricate web, but if we're going to constantly be flashing back and forth, there needs to be a reason within the narrative for bringing any given thing into it. The Gambler, for instance, and the implication that Xizor's fate wa
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Jesse Booth
Jan 18, 2013 Jesse Booth rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
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Wesley
Apr 15, 2010 Wesley rated it did not like it
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
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DC
Feb 17, 2008 DC rated it it was ok
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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
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Travis
Oct 22, 2009 Travis rated it it was ok
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.
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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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