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Hard Merchandise by K.W. Jeter
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Jul 28, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 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 reader could have guessed what was going on. The details depending on things that had not been previously revealed. As with many Star Wars novels, there's a lack of clarity over how long it takes to get from one planet to another. It seems in this story that trips to distant planets take minutes or, at most, an hour or so. Other books I've read indicate that even short journeys can take several hours. In the end, this is a forgettable addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

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