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Slave Ship (Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars #2)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,629 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
He's both feared and admired, respected and despised.Boba Fett is the galaxy's most successful bounty hunter.Now he finds himself the hunted in the oldest game of all: survival of the fittest.

The once powerful Bounty Hunter's Guild has been shattered into warring factions.Now the posting of an enormous bounty on a renegade Imperial stormtrooper is about to start a frenzy o
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 5th 1998 by Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) (first published October 1998)
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Aug 07, 2009 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Star Wars "Bounty Hunter Wars" series. And while it did engross me and I did read it in less than 24 hours, it's not exactly an example of fine writing. Yes, the characters are somewhat compelling. Yet Jeter didn't invent many of them, he just gives them things to do. Sometimes.
One thing that the author does constantly is have his characters ruminate. And ponder. And recall. And have all sorts of passive internal monologues. What's worse than that is that he routin
Jul 08, 2009 Ron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You've got to be kidding me. Jeter--and Bantam Spectra--should be embarrassed to have their names associated with this book. over half of it--ninety percent of chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8--are recapitulation of the previous book: Mandlorian Armor.

The rest are the same cliches--holo Darth puppet growls; Kud'ar Mub'at spares Balance sheet's life; Bossk swears to kill Boba Fett next time; Everyone in the universe seems to know the thoughts of the secretive, evil Prine Xizor. Yawn.

Probably the worst S
Apr 04, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scfi, it-s-a-trap
For being based around a character that talks so little...there is SO much talking in this book.

Boba Fett does one incredibly badass thing in the very beginning of the book. He outwits and outplays his bounty hunter rival, Bossk (who is regarded as the second best bounty hunter in the galaxy.)

Unfortunately, after this very cool scene the book comes to almost a dead stop after that. Any chapter revolving around Prince Xizor (and seriously, Xizor sounds like some kind of allergy medicine...) the E
Jeff Lanter
Aug 11, 2012 Jeff Lanter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
After really enjoying the first book of The Bounty Hunter Wars, Slave Ship starts off really slow. Nearly the first one hundred pages are introspection and scheming which while that was enjoyable in the first volume, it was because there was a balance between thinking and action. As I read the opening pages, I had trouble getting into the story I'd been eating up just days before. Thankfully, the book does pick up steam as it goes along and some interesting things do happen. I still feel like Bo ...more
May 04, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mandalorian Armor ended on a total cliffhanger, so the first chapter of Slave Ship comes off like an old-timey movie, taking a step back to show you how the hero escaped. Telling you that Boba Fett escapes isn’t really telling you anything new, since this is an entire trilogy about him and he shows up years later.

But we don’t read this trilogy to find out that he survives. We read it to find out how. And as the flashback sequences increase in complexity, the central book of the trilogy picks
Jun 22, 2012 Dale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a prime example of the worst that can happen to a perfectly good sci-fi series.

Published in 1998 by Random House Audio
Read by Anthony Heald
Duration: 2 hours, 58 minutes

The action takes place during Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) but includes plenty of flashbacks to right after Episode IV (A New Hope).

To be fair to K.W. Jeter, it's not like he has a completely free hand to do what he would with these characters - there's an existing Star Wars timeline to deal with. However, that
Crystal Starr Light
Please just shut up and do something already!
Fett, Dengar and Neelah leave Tatooine and outsmart Bossk, who lay in wait for them. In the backstory post-A New Hope, Fett continues to destroy the remnants of the Bounty Hunter's Guild.
NOTE: Based on the novel (read years ago) and the audiobook.

I Liked:
I wasn't too impressed with him in The Mandalorian Armor, but here Kuat of Kuat really becomes interesting. Part of that may be that he actually does something other than watching video feeds of scene
Dominic Yasities
Did you know that Boba Fett was the bestest and most feared bounty hunter in the whole entire galaxy? If you read this you will, because you're reminded of the fact four or five times a chapter (I'm not exaggerating).

It happened in the first of the series, and it's somehow worse in this one. Every character Fett meets is so awed by his very presence that they can barely summon the energy necessary to verbally fellate him. He's so brave, and dreamy. Even the Emporer knows Boba Fett's name, and r
Erick Garcia
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An okay effort, but suffers from 2 major problems:

1. Like most 90's Star Wars trilogies there are way too many pages without anything actually happening. The editors should have sized the Bounty Hunter Trilogy down to a duology or just one novel even.

2. Boba Fett is one tough cookie. We get it. We do not need to be reminded on nearly every single page that he is cunning, dangerous, badass, menacing, etc. etc. etc.

True Star Wars fans should still read this, other readers are now forewarned.

Oh an
Jul 27, 2016 Johnny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, this book was absolutely terrible. I've now read over 60 Star Wars books in the last year, and this is the worst of the bunch... and that's saying something. The quick points as to why:

1) Much (if not most) of the book simply describes what happened in Mandalorian Armor (a book I gave 2 stars for being just ok).
2) The characters... don't... do... anything. They just think and ponder and talk and explain what's going on or why they're making their decisions. It's the classic example of tell
Apr 17, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Unfortunately, book two doesn't have very much Dengar. Which is a shame for me, but it is still a very entertaining read.

Neelah is pressing both Dengar and Fett for information about her. Obviously Fett isn't giving that up and Dengar doesn't know. So instead she has Dengar tell her as much as he knows about everything else that has ever happened to Fett and maybe even the major points of the galaxy.

Bossk continues to be an idiot. Who in their right mind trusts someone that they don't trust? You
Mar 17, 2014 Grayce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, the book was good. It was a little hard to follow at times with the transitions between past to present though the chapters were clearly labeled. It didn't pull me in and make me want to stay up all night reading. Whenever it would get interesting with one character it would switch to another. I thought there was too much focus on characters I didn't care too much about like Ku'dar Mu'bat. I'm hoping the third book ties everything together and nicely concludes the series. The book isn't ...more
Mark Oppenlander
The uninspired Bounty Hunter Wars series continues. As with the previous installment, the action moves back and forth between "the past" and "the present" - with the present being a time shortly after Jabba's death and the past being a time when Prince Xizor is still alive and attempting to play various factions of the splintered Bounty Hunter Guild off against one another for his own gain. In the past, Boba Fett teams up with Bossk and Zuckus to capture a renegade Imperial stormtrooper. In the ...more
Mike Smith
Jul 28, 2011 Mike Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This is the second in the "Bounty Hunter Wars" trilogy of Star Was novels. It's better than the first book, but still has the unusual story structure that bounces between present (in the middle of the period shown in the The Return of the Jedi movie) and past (shortly after the events of the A New Hope movie). And even in the present there are two distinct story lines, although one is mainly a frame for the flashbacks. Multiple people (or "creatures", to use the non-species-specific term that ma ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Chrysophylax rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This is a bit of a mixed bag to me. The opening pages are really good but then the chapters start to drag on until about half way when the book shows goes into the past and the action starts to pick up again.

At the beginning of the book, it felt as if Jeter was given a word count and he had to make sure he reached it. That is especially the case in the earlier Kuat chapter where there is a lot of Kuat of Kuat and the Kuat Drive Yards (from the planet Kuat). It felt very repetitive. There's only
Oct 06, 2012 Babuir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2014 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
meh. this is kind of a bland story arc. and a bit out of canon, the relationship between vader and palpatine does not suggest the events of the first three episodes were known. and same with boba fett.
Jacob Thornburg
Like just about every other review, I'm gonna call this book redundant. This is an uneventful, unnecessary addition that I assume is just here to make it a trilogy rather than a single awesome book. Gotta read it, I guess, but it didn't gotta be written.

Oh, and they never establish who the enemy is, or what "fate worse than death" they have in store for Boba Fett.
May 12, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with the first book, this is a different take on George Lucas' space opera, but a good one nonetheless.
Boba Fett is entertaining as usual (luckily I never pictured him as the quiet guy, because he talks...a lot and then more), but at the moment I'm way more interested in Neela and also in the whole Kuat plot, especially Kodir.
Three stars, because the whole Bossk/Boba Fett thing has become boring as hell and dragged the book down for me and there were waay too less scenes between Neela and Boba Fett. While there is obviously no spark (would be a tiny bit illogical), they really have a connection (
Mar 11, 2015 Micah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
in a shocking turn of events, this book is even more boring than the first one
The overarching plot makes for a decent action story, but there's really only about 50 pages worth of advancement in here.
Apr 15, 2010 Wesley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jesse Booth
Feb 08, 2013 Jesse Booth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
As most 2nd novels end up being in a trilogy, this book was so... unorganized. I don't know if the author's intention to build things up for the final book, but he failed miserably at it. While some of the writing was exceptional, the characters seemed, well, out of character. Boba Fett talks way too much, Bossk does not act at all like the 2nd best bounty hunter in the galaxy. All he really does is complain about life. Oddly enough, my favorite character is Balancesheet. I can't even explain wh ...more
Jan 22, 2016 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty much pointless.
Ian Reay
Jul 07, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Slaveship sees Boba Fett deal with the Bounty hunters guild as well as Prince Xizor who will later seek to destroy him. Fett finds himself in the company of a very annoying female - their business relationship makes for interesting reading. Jetter is an excellent writer, makes us understand Boba Fett - his thinking, actions - without giving away any of his secrets. If you like bounty hunters, sith lords and basically villains you should read this book - it will change your mind about some of the ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Jazzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is easier to deal with compared to the first book but there's the whole drama with Kuat of Kuat that was rather annoying and I thought, pointless. Also again, jumping back and forth, I really wasn't sure what timeline they were in. How much was flash back, what was "current." I finished it pretty fast but got severely annoyed frequently as well. I especially didn't like the entire family drama / politics story line just to make a connection between one random person and the dancer with ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebel Crow
So about thirty pages into this novel I discovered an error in the writing, You will also probably notice this error if you are an educated star wars reader.

That being said its an okay novel the writing is exceptional throughout some points in the book. However I felt the writing could have been better. Often the characters say things that other characters say throughout the book and it takes away from the originality of the cast.

Two stars.
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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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