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Slave Ship

Author:
K.W. Jeter

Publisher:
Bantam Spectra

Release date:
October 1, 1998

Series:
The Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
4.1 ABY

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PLOT

He's both feared and admired, respected and despised. Boba Fett is the galaxy's most successful bounty hunter. Now he finds himself 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 of murderous greed. Hoping to fuel rumors of his death, Boba Fett abandons his ship, Slave I, and sets out to claim the prize. Yet his every move leads him closer to a trap set by the cunning Prince Xizor. Fett will die before becoming Xizor's pawn in the Emperor's war against the Rebels. And he may have to. For in order to gain his freedom he must outwit a sentient weapon that feeds on Human spirits. Then he must escape a galaxy of deadly enemies who want to make the rumors of his death a reality.

SUMMARY

If you read and enjoyed K.W. Jeterís Star Wars:The Mandalorian Armor, I have good news for you. Star Wars: Slave Ship, sequel to the above and second book in the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy, is just as much fun as the first novel. Slave Ship picks up just where The Mandalorian Armor left off and manages to keep the action and suspense moving along nicely.

Published in 1998, Slave Ship follows closely on the heels of the first novel that was also published in that year. Why is this important? Simply because each of the three novels in the series were written with the intent of being part of a greater whole, just as is the case for the Star Wars movies themselves. This allows for a greater depth of plot in each novel and keeps the reader interested throughout the trilogy.

As with The Mandalorian Armor, Slave Ship actually brings the reader through separate plots, one taking place just after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope; the second taking place in the midst of Return of the Jedi. The author begins to tie the two together a little bit more intricately than he did in the first book.

As we last left the villainous Boba Fett and crew in our first plotline, the evil Prince Xizor had concocted a plot to destroy the Bounty Hunterís Guild and in the process create a more effective, ruthless group of survivors whom the Empire (and Xizorís own Black Sun criminal organization) could use towards their own ends. Instead of destroying the guild, however, Xizorís scheme merely split the Guild into two rival factions.

To complete what he had started, Xizor and the Evil Emperor set a bounty on the head of a rogue Imperial Stormtrooper, Trhin Vossíonít, who has defected from the Empire with secrets too vital to be allowed to fall into the hands of the Rebel Alliance. As the remaining bounty hunters battle each other over the enormous bounty placed on Vossíonítís head, Xizorís evil plans seem to be coming to fruition.

To cover his tracks, however, Xizor must concoct a trap to eliminate the greatest bounty hunter of them all, Boba Fett. This is, of course, not an easy thing to do, and as the book draws to its conclusion an inevitable confrontation between the two looms near. In between all of this action, Jeter also spins the second plot as we learn more about the mysterious slave girl Neelah.

Formerly a captive in Jabba the Huttís palace, Neelah has no memory of who she is or where sheís from, and as Boba Fett transports her to those who have hired him to retrieve her, her importance in the broader story being weaved becomes more apparent.

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