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He's the most feared and successful bounty hunter in the galaxy. He is Boba Fett, and even the most hardened criminals tremble at his name. Now he faces the deadliest challenge of his infamous career--an all-out war against his most dangerous enemies.As the Rebellion gathers force, Prince Xizor proposes a cunning plan to the Emperor and Darth Vader: smash the power of theHe's the most feared and successful bounty hunter in the galaxy. He is Boba Fett, and even the most hardened criminals tremble at his name. Now he faces the deadliest challenge of his infamous career--an all-out war against his most dangerous enemies.As the Rebellion gathers force, Prince Xizor proposes a cunning plan to the Emperor and Darth Vader: smash the power of the Bounty Hunters Guild by turning its members against each other. Only the strongest and most ruthless will survive, and they can be used against the Rebellion. It's a job for the fiercely independent Boba Fett, who jumps at the chance to destroy his rivals. But Fett soon realizes the game is rigged, as he finds himself the target of murderous factions, criminal conspiracies, and the evil at the Empire's dark heart. Boba Fett has always finished first. And in this game, anything less is death....

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The Mandalorian Armor Reviews

  • Christopher
    2019-04-11 09:16

    Abridged Audiobook.I don't know. I wasn't really paying attention. 3 "it's not your fault I was only half listening, but you couldn't have been that great if you didn't pull me away from what I was doing" stars.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-04-18 09:26

    Dengar is scavenging around the Sarlac after the big blowout at Jabba's when he makes two discoveries: 1) a dancer named Neelah is not all she seems and 2) Boba Fett is alive. Back post-A New Hope, Boba Fett is hired to destroy the Bounty Hunter's Guild.NOTE: Based on the novel (read years ago) and the audiobook.I Liked:What sane person wouldn't want to read a book starring the most enigmatic, least important, most highly sought after character from the movie? I read the book to learn more about Fett, and, in a way, I did.Fett was well done, if a bit verbose. He is mysterious, he is cunning, he is ruthless, he is a mercenary to the core. His mind is analytical, he plans for all contingencies (well, most of them) and he isn't burdened by pity or mercy. Even with recent prequel and Traviss retcons (Well, I don't know so much about Traviss' retcons, if any, of Boba Fett, just of the Mandalorians), he holds up well.But for me, the one who shined was Dengar. I know, it's odd, but Dengar was a very personable character for me. I liked his relationship with Manaroo (established in Tales of the Bounty Hunters, one of the good short stories), I liked how he balanced being emotional and yet a mercenary, and I liked how he teamed up with Boba Fett.I also really liked how this book was set in the Imperial (aka between Hope and Jedi) era and not in the future. We don't get to see much of Vader, Palpatine, Xizor, so it was nice to have scenes with them.I Didn't Like:If you were to ask me to give two words summing this book up I would say "Slow" and "Confusing". Both are closely intertwined, but I'll try to explain individually.This book is incredibly slow. Really, not much happens in this book. If I hadn't trudged through it the first time (it took me forever and I was tempted to give up, it never seemed to go anywhere), I would have given up. Yes, it ends on a cliffhanger, but to get me there...too hard, too long, too slow.As for "Confusing", this book includes two seemingly unrelated storylines. I say "seemingly" because, having read the book, I know that the two stories are intertwined. But for someone who hasn't read the trilogy before, it would be mindboggling why there are two stories being relayed with the only plausible tie to the other is the characters (Boba Fett and Kuat of Kuat). I love subtlety, but this goes too far. Give me something to work with, anything. Drop a hint, a clue, a tidbit. Kriff, make the "Then" sections obviously a flashback. Anything, so I can tie the two together and not wonder if Jeter is pulling a Black Fleet Crisis with Lando's story.Another thing that bothered me was the monologuing. Characters absolutely love to talk endlessly or think endlessly. Boba Fett is particularly prone to being overtalkative, something that seems to conflict with his on-screen persona. Kuat of Kuat does a lot of staring at screens and thinking, plotting something we have no clue. Xizor spends a huge chunk of time and pages relating in excruciating detail his plan for destroying the Bounty Hunters Guild (it goes WAY overboard). And Kudar Mu'bat, while an interesting character, grated on my nerves for his blathering.My last complaint is reserved for Neelah. I know she's supposed to be integral to the plot, but I can't get over how cliched she is. Hot dancer? Check. Amnesia/Memory-wipe? Check. Quick-thinking? Check. Able to deliver great groin attacks? Absolutely.Dialogue/Sexual Situations/Violence:I caught a d*** and a p***, the latter being a surprise in a Star Wars novel.Neelah was a dancer.Bossk kills his father. Boba Fett is nearly digested by the Sarlac. The story deals with mercenaries and bounty hunters, so expect a lot of battles, fights, betrayals, firefights and the like.Overall:Mildly entertaining, this book would be so much better if it weren't so overcomplicated and ridden with characters who like to hear themselves talk/think. Decent, but unless you are a Fett fan, I would skip.

  • Mike
    2019-03-29 11:18

    If you like Star Wars and Boba Fett, then you'll probably like this book. I enjoyed the machinations of all the schemers involved (which includes just about everybody), but I thought there were too many long winded "meeting" scenes where the various scoundrels explained all their plots and plans in way too much detail.Boba Fett has become a legendary character in the Star Wars universe despite being only a minor character in the second and third films of the series. Boba Fett and his "father," Jango Fett, are also featured in the prequel trilogy of films.Boba Fett is second only to Darth Vader as the Star Wars universe's most feared (and revered) villain. Though, in my opinion, Vader and Fett talk too much in this book and it harms the mystique surrounding both characters.Overall, I think there's too much talk and not enough action in "The Manadlorian Armor." The use of common slang and "modern" vocabulary might make this more accessible to a casual reader, but it harms the suspension of disbelief required for sci-fi novels. This is the first book of a trilogy that has the enigmatic bounty hunter Boba Fett as the central character, both before and after his supposed death during the events of the third Star Wars film "Return of the Jedi."I do plan on reading the rest of this series.

  • Jenny Lee
    2019-04-20 10:10

    If you don't know me, you have no idea how much I love Boba Fett. I love him a lot. :) So needless to say I had to read a series that had to do with Boba Fett and how he isn't dead! This was a neat read, and I can't wait to move deeper in to the series. You get views into 2 different points of time. Before Boba Fett is eaten by the sarlacc, and after he escapes. It's a nice window into the Bounty Hunter's guild, and super awesome for anyone who wants to know more about why Boba Fett is a bamf.

  • Ron
    2019-03-26 11:11

    Pretty much a waste of time and paper. There's not much to spoil.Two half-hearted, interleaved stories--"Then" and "Now"--with little to no connection in this book. (Is that why there are two more books in the series?) Many plot and character errors based on what we all now know from the "first" three movie episodes, but of course Jeter didn't know who Boba Fett really was, nor the clones, nor lots of things in 1995.What's the deal making the "bad guys" like Boba Fett and Darth Vader semi-good guys? One thing you can count on for any book in which Prince Xizor appears: it'll be a waste of time. A humanoid reptile whose stink turns on females of all species? The biggest crime lord in the Galaxy and Palpatine and Vader don't know?Incomprehensible:-- That Fett would have a hideout with spare uniforms and armor but no means to communicate to Slave One.-- That a hired technician could break through mutli-layered Slave One defenses so easily.-- That Boosk and Dengar should be entirely different people from Tales of the Bounty Hunters.-- That Huat of Huat would disguise his force saturation bombing the Dune Sea on Tatooine, but hang around in his yacht for BDA and expect to remain anonymous.-- That Fett, Dengar and Nellah sit around a fire in front of Fett's "secret" hideout so anyone on the Dune Sea--or that side of Tatooine in orbit--can find them.-- That everyone in the whole galaxy refers to Tatooine all the time.-- That a womp rat is the smallest carnivore in the galaxy.Chapter Ten was particularly irritating. Twenty-five pages of talking heads--Emperor Palpatine and Prince Xizor--giving tedious back story, with a gratuitous holographic Darth Vader occasionally growling or posturing. And none of those characters ever appear or do anything in the story again.Having said that, there might have been a decent short story here, or maybe one good book instead of three terrible ones. Maybe the next two will be better. ;-)

  • Benjamin Stahl
    2019-04-15 07:59

    With The Force Awakens only days away, I decided to read another Star Wars book; this time actually one of the "expanded universe" entries. Out of a great many I care not to count, I had only this one. But seeing as it focussed on the legendary Boba Fett, it seemed as good a place to start as any. The last Star Wars book I read was Aftermath, and I pointlessly wrote an in-depth review of that one. This time I’m just gonna keep things short because I have a cold and I need to work early in the morning. Need to give my brain ample time to rest and regenerate. The book was penned by one K.W. Jeter. I’ve met him in real life; he’s an asshole. But his writing, for the most part, is adequate, if not breathtaking. Fucking, if you find reading words on a page breathtaking in general, then you kind of need a girlfriend. But you know what I mean. The writing served its purpose, but it barely amazed me. But we all know Star Wars is not about beautiful prose. Just give us a good, fun, action-packed story and we’ll be quiet. Well, things do start off that way. It begins during the events of Return Of The Jedi. Bounty Hunter Dengar is scavenging the wreck of Jabba’s sail barge, and he stumbles upon the nearly-dead body of Fett. His decision to take Boba Fett under his wing, help him to recover, and the attention this brings him from Fett’s various enemies, is one part of the story. The other part takes place just after the events of A New Hope, after the rebellion destroys the first Death Star. Not to spoil anything: Boba Fett is lured into a web of conspiracy concerning the ill-reputed Bounty Hunters Guild. He is given a mission to destroy it from the inside, by turning its members against each other. This masterplan is conceived by Prince Xisor, dark leader of the underground criminal organisation, Black Sun. To be honest, I don’t think it’s as genius as it’s made out to be. Basically, Xisor wants to pit the bounty hunters against each other, so that Fett’s business rivals can "kill themselves off", and Fett can charge extortionate fees for his expertise. Except Boba Fett - (we are constantly reminded) - works alone, independently; he doesn't side with the Empire, the Rebellion, or anything in between. Why eliminating all the other bounty hunters - (universally considered incompetent, anyway) - so that Fett can jack his price up, will help the Empire, or Black Sun, I’m not quite sure. Maybe I need to get my brain refunded, but to me that makes no sense. Anyway, they're the stories this book jumps between at irregular intervals. Both could easily have been turned into exciting adventures. But sadly, neither really makes the cut. They’re both just mediocre. Lots of multiple-paragraph conversations stretching over several pages, as if Tarantino wrote them, and they tend to repeat themselves too often; internal reflections in between verbal conversations that drag out so long, you often forget what the hell was said in the first place. As this is Star Wars, I regret to say that there's very little in the way of action. No lightsabers, and not too many laser blasts. There’s a sarlacc pit, which is cool; there’s a surprisingly graphic death scene near the end, concerning one of the Hutts. But these things happen few and far between. Most of this book is honestly people talking. I appreciate that great characters and the interactions between them can make any book riveting, whether or not there’s a gunshot thrown into the mix. Hell, I gave four stars to the least popular Clancy book, Red Rabbit, which is 90% dialogue, because the characters and the writing and the tension were astounding. Here, though, that unfortunately is not the case. Boba Fett is basically no more explored than he is in the films. He has cool-looking armour, and he’s a ruthless killer a with cold, calm, calculated mind. That’s his fucking character. There is no insight into what Boba Fett feels. And, what’s most disappointing about this, is that only a small way into the book, you’re actually conned into thinking it’s going to be just that. An in-depth character study on the man behind the mask. The book starts off pretty strong - (just being set in the world of Star Wars immediately had me invested) - and for a little while, I actually fell under the impression that it was going to be awesome. Probably the best part of the book - (when Fett is cleaning the captive cages in Slave I after delivering his most recent prisoner) - has the man reflecting on the intangible but ever-present stink of fear and hopelessness that riddles the carrier hold of his ship like a ghost. He even acknowledges the messier elements of transporting human merchandise … (in that they are often so consumed by terror that they lose control of their bodily functions, leaving Fett to clean piss and shit off the floor of the cage, as if he were carrying pigs to the abattoir and not sentient beings). That is what I wanted from this book. And when it actually bothers, it delivers exceedingly well. The writer takes you into the mind of this dark and troubled individual, left alone after sending someone to unthinkable suffering at the hands of his punishers. It shows that part of his mind does still register the immorality of his profession; that he is gaining from the extortion and suffering of others. The book actually made me feel sorry for his captive ... this puny little banker who was caught up in something he didn’t understand, and was now faced with being tortured by whatever horrific means the Hutts had in mind. He begs Fett to make a deal; Fett almost considers, but then decides his reputation is too important to compromise. "His knees visibly weakened, his hands sliding down the bars as he sank limply toward the cage’s floor. Whatever glint of hope had been in his face was now extinguished”. After handing him over, Fett notices the captive has left a message scraped into the floor. He doesn’t bother reading it, but takes a photographic record with his helmet to check later. Except he never DOES. This whole thing is forgotten about. And there I was ... thinking the message carried some kind of meaning to Boba Fett, and would somehow lead to him rescuing the captive from the Hutts later on. Or … I don’t know … something. But there is, like, two more mentions of the captive’s name, and then he’s completely forgotten about. That's okay; he’s only being neurally tortured to death. Forget I even mentioned him. But yeah, Fett is barely given any character development here. Nor is he much of a “badass”. Most of the time he’s just talking to different members of the Hunters Guild, planting mutinous thoughts into their greedily receptive heads, being a little shit stirrer. This book kind of makes who is arguably the most popular character in Star Wars boring and not worth surviving the sarlacc pit at all. The only characters I found remotely interesting were Kud’ar Mub’at … (yeah, that’s his name) … who is like this giant spider thingy that has made a floating station out of his own body. Prince Xisor was also pretty cool to read about; I liked the idea of this other evil mastermind trying to overthrow the Emperor behind the scenes; the fact that he’s behind everything in the Nintendo game, Shadows Of The Empire, also scored points with me. Then I also sort of liked the villain bounty hunter that begrudgingly sides with Fett, the bloodthirsty Trandoshan, Bossk. (Hey, do you know how many times I’ve had to click ignore spelling for this review?). But, fucking, Xisor pisses off to the grave in some other damned book, and is barely mentioned in the second half. "Spider Thing" only appears once. And Bossk, while he gets a good amount of page-time, still cops the boot at the end of the story, and is basically left flying around in space doing nothing until the supposed next book in the series.Other characters were just plain silly. Not once did I buy Zuckuss as a bounty hunter. What the fuck was he doing there? Neelah had a very interesting backstory. But, again, it’s only hinted at, and not explored after making you think it’s going to be. Oh, she has a past with Boba Fett? Nup!! That can wait until the next book, dickhead. Get searching!! And then Dengar is placed with Neelah, instead of that “Manaroo" girl he’s apparently in love with. Dengar’s sole motivation in helping and then selling out Fett is so that he and his girlfriend can escape the business for good. So why the hell is she only introduced briefly then chucked aside for Neelah to take over? I didn’t give a shit about Dengar because I didn’t empathise at all with his motivation. Manroo was just a stupid name to me. Neelah and Manaroo should have been the same person. I’m so upset I’m going to write a letter to the publishers of this book. I might as well keep complaining. That’s all I’m really good for. That’s why my reviews are so popular. Fucking just look how many likes I have. I would like to take issue with the front cover. Check it out. So it definitely looks cool; it’s got that classic Star Wars thing going. Not having read the story, the picture is fine. But since I’ve finished it, I think the front cover is wrong. The bottom is fine: there we have Boba Fett in his Mandalorian armour; Dengar in his rags. It took me a while to realise, because for some reason I thought she was Twi-lek, like Jabba’s other dancing girls, but the lesbian there is Neelah. These three characters belong there. But the large Darth Vader face, along with his ship, does not belong at all. If anything, Fett’s face should be the centre of this cover. But I suppose Prince Xisor would have fit there as well. Darth Vader only appears once in this story, and while that part was probably my second favourite moment of book, he still bears little importance in this particular story. Vader’s ship should have been Slave I. But since that appears on the back cover, which I have no issues with, I suppose they could have Bossk’s ship, the Hound’s Tooth, there instead. Effing, a penis would have meant more than Darth Vader’s ship. My main problem with this book is that it feels like an incomplete first part to a larger story. And look, I’m not such a dumbshit that I don’t understand most of my gripes with the character arcs feeling incomplete, are most likely addressed in the following books. But it’s not just that. The whole story is inconsistently structured. It never really latches onto any particular concept or plotline, but keeps branching off into other suggested possibilities, never expanding any, but continuing down the hallway to a weak and rushed-out climax that ignores almost all of them. It really could have done with an edit or a re-write. I feel bad giving this book two stars and a negative review, but I’m afraid I just didn’t like it that much, and, what’s worse, the tools were all there for this to have been great. I also didn’t like it how Boba Fett never takes his helmet off. Guy even sleeps with his helmet on. Does he ever shower? Does he eat food? I mean, this was written before Attack Of The Clones came out, but I always assumed there was a human being behind that suit. But it feels like the writer wasn’t sure enough to commit, and so just takes the easy option and makes him never take his armour off. All these things have not dissuaded me from seeking out the other Expanded Universe books. But I hope they are better and more focussed than this one was. Oh, and by the way, I haven’t actually met K.W. Jeter, so for all I know, he’s not an asshole at all.

  • Tony
    2019-04-24 13:27

    I read this book around the time it was released in 1998 and didn't really like it. I wanted to like it but I just couldn't. It's 14 years later (holy crap) and I decided to give it another try since my brain has evolved quite a lot since then. Maybe this time I would like it. The storyline revolves around Boba Fett, my favorite Star Wars character, and a bunch of bounty hunters. How can that not be good!?14 years later and I still don't like this book.First, let's start with the cover. Looks pretty cool, right? Darth Vader and Boba Fett together on the cover. Is Vader going to hire Fett for some nefarious task? Or are they going to fight again like they did in the comic series Star Wars: Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire? Or is Vader just going to be a supporting character for one chapter that takes place entirely in the Emperor's throne room? Unfortunately it's the latter. And is Fett in that chapter at all? Nope. You may notice that Vader's TIE Advance fighter is also featured on the cover. Couldn't tell you why as it isn't in the book at all.And the title of this book The Mandalorian Armor is inexplicable as Boba Fett isn't wearing his armor for 90% of the book. Nor does it come into play in some other manner.Now, I actually don't mind the storyline of this book. There is a lot of mystery involved, which I love. But the writer fills the book with repetition and unnecessary over-description of meaningless details. Here's an example:One of the inspectors lay crumpled in pieces, a few lights still forlornly blinking, on the thrust-scarred landing dock. That one had been a little too brusque in frisking the Trandoshan Bossk for any concealed weapons, and had paid the price in quick, bolt-snapping disassembly......The inspectors spider-legged their way toward the waiting bounty hunters. A couple of the droids lagged behind and began picking up the scattered wreckage of their forcibly disassembled companion, the broken circuits of its main sensory input/ output box still buzzing and moaning......The lead inspector extended one of its optic stalks straight up and swiveled its small lens around to see how the others were coming along with the bits and pieces of the one that Bossk had taken apart. A few last segments were being tucked into an inert-mesh sack, from which the droid's muffled complaints were barely audible......A dark oil stain and a couple of glittering, broken transistors were all that were left on the surface of the dock......Zuckuss was glad to see the customs-inspection droids leave, stalking their way delicately across the landing dock, dragging their bagged comrade behind themselves.I find it ridiculous how much was written about that disassembled droid when it has nothing to do with the plot. This is just one of many occurrences of pointless writing. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it were a lot shorter.I had other problems with this book but I just don't feel like wasting any more time writing about it. Unfortunately for me this is only the first part in a trilogy. Sigh.

  • Darryl Dobbs
    2019-04-26 09:18

    I'll review the trilogy as a whole.I didn’t like it. I thought that K.W. Jeter extended the story with needless background and side-stories that extended this from a long novel to three books. I also didn’t like some of the characters, such as Kuat of Kuat and Mub’at. Don’t get me wrong, the idea behind them was okay. But the flaws were too much to get behind.First, Kuat. I just couldn’t get past calling him Kuat of Kuat. So I guess my reason here is petty. Don’t call this key character a name that my four-year-old would make up, and maybe I can focus more on the book. The character itself was actually a good one. I really liked the politics of Kuat, and the way the families were juggling for control of the Kuat empire. Such a shame that I had to fight to focus on that.And now Mub’at, one of the more ludicrous characters. A spider-like alien who seemed to be kind of a robot who assembled parts of space debris to create and expand his home which seemed to be a giant spaceship-spiderweb. And he was a go-between for bounty hunters and their clients. While the idea of a go between is a good one, space is a pretty big area. The galaxy is huge. Maybe it’s my marketing instinct, but it’s all about location. How did he build his business? Why is there only one go-between? Both the Empire and Prince Xixor use him, as well as the Bounty Hunter’s Guild and Boba Fett. So how did he get all the business? And to the extent that they would travel light years to the middle of nowhere to deal with him? And the escrow money is secure there in his little web-station with zero security? I just hated everything about this.And then there is Neelah, this woman who was tagging along (and who actually discovered Boba Fett barely alive having escaped the Sarlocc pit). She had not really need to be in the story. She was trying to find her identity and seemed to be capable handling herself, so a tiny part of me was hoping that she was actually Mara Jade with amnesia. But nope. Just some schmo from the Kuat empire.Anyway, the holes in the story, the weak characters, and the over-writing/over-explaining made this trilogy tough to get through. Which is a shame because I like Boba Fett and absolutely believe he can anchor a really good multi-part series of stories. I like Dengar too, even as Fett’s temporary partner. There was potential here, and it really let me down. In fact, it was so hard to get through these books it nearly frustrated me right out of this (read all the SW books) project.

  • Dane Cobain
    2019-04-01 10:23

    K. W. Jeter’s contribution to Star Wars’ expanded universe tells the story of how notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett came by his iconic armour, meaning that this book covers the back story of one of the series’ most-loved characters in a way that nothing else has done before or since.Unfortunately, since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, all of the fantastic books that have been written for the expanded universe have been declared non-Canon, which means that they didn’t officially happen. That means that Disney can do what they want in the films, but it doesn’t have to agree with all of the other stuff that’s been written.All that aside though, it really is a pleasure to learn more about Fett’s character, and if you didn’t think he was cool before then you will do by the time you reach the end of the book. The fun doesn’t stop there, either – this is the first book in a trilogy, a trilogy that I never got round to finishing. It’s not that I don’t think it’s worth it, it was just because there are so many Star Wars books on the market that you have to prioritise.That said, one of the good things about this series is the fact that each of the books can also be read as standalones – I’m sure it’s better to read through them in order if you want to get a real look at Fett’s personality, but each book is like a snapshot. They each focus on a different story, and it’s only really when you put all three together that you get the full picture, or so I assume.The writing is impressive, too – you might not expect it from a relatively unknown author, or as part of a long franchise of what are essentially a sort of movie adaptation. It’s truly absorbing, and the author’s interpretation of Fett’s character ties in pefectly with what we already know about him, which means that it’s never awkward or confusing, and that Fett never seems to act out of character.Overall, if you’re a Star Wars fan then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book – however, if you’re one of those weird people who has never seen the movies, you’re probably best off avoiding it. You crazy person, you.

  • Samuel Tyler
    2019-04-18 11:59

    Ask any ‘Star Wars’ fan whether they think Boba Fett really met his end at the start of ‘Return of the Jedi’ and they will tell you no chance! How could a character as cool as that be killed off so easily? The fact is that is he was eaten by a Sarlacc and he left a good looking corpse, increasingly looking less so as it is slowly digested. That is until 1998 and the release of the first in a trilogy of bounty hunter books, entitled ‘Mandalorian Armor’. In this book author K. W. Jeter suggests that Fett managed to survive and is out for revenge.Set just after his fatal fall, the book also jumps back to how he began to work with Jabba. This allows Jeter to tease the reader as we wonder whether Fett will survive his injuries. I am not a huge fan of books that split two timelines as they often end up fracturing the pace of the story. Thankfully, Jeter does a very impressive job of making both elements fun to read. The lead up to Jabba’s demise is particularly good as Fett infiltrates the bounty hunter guild on the behest of a third party. The internal politics of the bounty hunters is violent and fun, leading to some great set pieces.‘Mandalorian Armor’ is easily one of the best Star Wars novels; it balances the needs of the original films, whilst expanding the world in a believable way. There are some incredibly interesting races in the book that could easily fit into a movie version; a leader of a shadowy corporation, a creature that creates and eats part of itself and a clan of Hutts who protect themselves in armoured shells. These well thought out new elements of the ‘Star Wars’ universe sit wonderfully with Boba Fett. The character continues to rock as Jeter keeps him skilled and standoffish. A very impressive expansion novel.

  • Fredrik
    2019-04-05 15:17

    Off to a good start of the Bounty Hunter trilogy!

  • Andy
    2019-04-08 13:05

    As a fan of the short stories about Boba Fett from the 'Tales from Jabba's Palace' and 'Tales of the Bounty Hunters' books, I went into this book expecting more exciting tales of intrigue, action and mystery from the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars Universe. What I ended up with was a few hundred pages stained with the tears of my disappointment. It begins with Fett's ruined body wasting away in the Dune Sea of Tattoine following his escape from the Sarlacc pit. He does get rescued, but if Fett knew what was to come following his rescue I'm sure he would voluntarily jump back into the Sarlacc's belly to be slowly digested over a period of 10,000 years. Basically the main character is fellated by the author for about 400 pages, as you are told over and over and over that he is the most feared, respected, dangerous, blah blah blah bounty hunter in the galaxy blah blah while nothing interesting happens to him in between. I managed to finish this book years ago, and no matter how many times I wash my hands, I still can't get the putrid stench of this book off of me.

  • James
    2019-03-30 08:29

    This story jump between events before the Empire Strikes back and during the Return of the Jedi. The main part of the story covers the destruction of the Bounty Hunters Guild by Boba Fett. The main flaw is that the actual destruction of the guild is covered only very briefly at the end of the story, and the bulk is about how Boba Fett joins the guild and follows a mission in which he enlists the help of four other bounty hunters including two familiar faces from The Empires Strikes Back - Bossk and IG-88.While the story is ok I was not drawn into it as I have been by better books in the Star Wars franchise such as the X-Wing and Heir to the Empire novels. If you are a great fan of Boba Fett then you may like this novel, but if you aren't and want to try some Star Wars novels then I would take a look at the ones just referred to.

  • Deanna
    2019-04-26 08:23

    This is the most boring book in the Star wars universe I've read so far.

  • Gregg
    2019-04-14 16:09

    My "favorite" part was the guy who replaced his head with a blaster.

  • Writingstationhub Writingstationhub
    2019-04-11 14:05

    Not as good as i first thought but still a decent tale of the famous bounty hunter Fett. He is still alive after being taken for dinner, okay storyline but hardly that much action.

  • Donovan
    2019-03-27 12:13

    The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy follows Boba Fett after he escapes the sarlacc's stomach. The majority is set during events of The Return of the Jedi.The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy:-The Mandalorian ArmourSlave ShipHard MerchandisePlot ***Spoilers***The Mandalorian Armour begins with Dengar searching through the wreckage of Jabba's sail barge for anything or anyone of value. As Dengar is ready to give up, assuming that the Jawas had beat him to the wreckage, he notices two things: first, that the Sarlacc appears to be dead; and second, that there is a survivor. The survivor is Boba Fett, who had blown his way out of the Sarlacc pit. Boba's distinctive armor had suffered damage from his time in the pit and he was nearly dead. While Dengar moved Fett to a cave for shelter, the book flashes back to between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes; back to a period where Boba Fett is a freelance bounty hunter at odds with the Bounty Hunters Guild.Kuat of Kuat, the hereditary CEO of the Empire's chief subcontractor for military items is interested in the events that occurred at Jabba's palace and on his sail barge. Kuat of Kuat reviews holoprojections uploaded from the palace and regardless of the evidence, is not convinced Boba Fett is dead without additional confirmation.In the first of many flashbacks to the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Bossk and Zuckuss have been assigned by the Bounty Hunters Guild a contract for an accountant wanted by the Hutts. Although both are experienced bounty hunters, Bossk acts like the leader. Zuckuss warned Bossk that just because his father leads the Bounty Hunters Guild did not make him leader of the mission.They blasted their way into the accountant's hiding place, where to find the room empty. They had been beat to the bounty by Boba Fett. Bossk and Zuckuss, in pursuit of Boba Fett, warn him that he has no authority to work this bounty; that they had been assigned the bounty by the Bounty Hunters Guild. Boba Fett quips that he answers to a higher authority, himself, and blasts off into hyperspace.Fett enters his hold and talks to his "cargo" sitting in one of the cells. The accountant offers to pay Fett more than the bounty if he would let him go. Fett apologizes that it does not work that way, that he is the highest paid bounty hunter in the galaxy because he delivers. The accountant said that he had heard of other bounty hunters accepting offers. Fett said that the mismanagement and incompetence of the guild causes that and he will have no part of it.Deep in space, the Slave I approaches the lair of the Assembler, Kud'ar Mub'at. The arachnid go between who serves as the criminal world's escrow service. It is to the Assembler that Fett is to deliver his captive and collect his bounty.The Assembler's web-like home is a set of extruded neural fibers along which semi-independent multi-legged nodes run performing various tasks for the Assembler. The Assembler is careful not to give too much autonomy to its neural nodes; as it was once one of those nodes who reached enough independence to rise up and eat its predecessor. Fett describes his distaste for this sort of cannibalism within certain species.The Assembler reveals that it has received a new contract, a private one, for Fett to work. Private contracts are required by clients who wish their ends to be kept secret and mean more money for Fett. He accepts the contract to join the Bounty Hunters Guild and break it up from within.Back in the present, Dengar captures a woman who had followed him and Fett into their hiding place. The woman, Neelah, insisted that she must see Fett but, she doesn't know why. She explained that she was a dancer in Jabba's palace but has no memories before arriving in the palace. She says that when Boba Fett looked at her in the palace, she knew that she had some connection to him and needed to meet him. Dengar notices signs of an aristocratic upbringing in Neelah and symptoms of a memory wipe. He agrees to her request, attributing his soft spot for Neelah to the fact that he'd recently met a woman he cares for. He warns Neelah that she has to be careful around Fett and that he will not leave her alone with him. He warns that Fett is ruthless and cannot be trusted and that he hardly trusts him to keep up his end of their new partnership.Flashing back to "Then", Boba Fett is at a feast welcoming him to the Bounty Hunters Guild. The guild elders finally welcomed Fett into their organization. Bossk does not trust Fett and calls his father a fool for doing so. The father and son exchange death threats which is common among Trandoshans; as is feasting on the remains of your enemies, and killing and eating your siblings shortly after birth. Bossk asked why Fett would join now. Fett explained that times are changing and that that pressures in the galaxy—including Black Sun—have forced him to change his stance on the guild. Bossk is grudgingly calmed down by the rest of the guild and he agrees to treat Fett like a brother.The Emperor meets with Darth Vader and Prince Xizor to discuss the new plan Xizor has put in place. It was Xizor who contacted the Assembler with the private contract for Fett to join the guild. Xizor reveals that his plan will eliminate the dead weight in the guild and leave only the best bounty hunters; then the Empire will be able to contract with those remaining bounty hunters to execute plans that need independence and cunning. He explains that the Empire, by design, has suppressed independence in their troopers and officers but that they need independence to fight the rebellion where free thinking is their strongest asset. Vader is not convinced and thinks Xizor has ulterior motives.---In the present, Kuat of Kuat battles against treachery and opposition from the other ruling families of Kuat as they attempt to overthrow him and assume leadership of KDY. In the meantime, he contemplates the future of KDY and the galaxy, wondering what Boba Fett, having escaped the Sarlaac and the attempts on his life, will do next.Meanwhile, Boba Fett plants a fake bomb on the Hound's Tooth, forcing Bossk to eject in an escape pod and strand himself on Tatooine. This enables Fett to maintain the rumors of his death by abandoning Slave I (for the time being) and using Bossk's ship after disabling its ID profile. As they travel toward a mysterious destination, Dengar relates to Neelah the events following the split in the Bounty Hunters' Guild.After the death of Cradossk at the hands of his son Bossk, the Guild divided into two opposing factions: the True Guild (mainly comprised of the Guild elders and their supporters) and the Guild Reform Committee (mostly the younger bounty hunters, dominated by Bossk).In an audience before Emperor Palpatine, Prince Xizor answers accusations from Darth Vader and convinces the Emperor to allow him to continue his plot to cull away the weaker bounty hunters, leaving the strong to be hired by the Empire. He atomizes the remaining Guild factions by placing an enormous bounty on the head of Trhin Voss'on't, a former Imperial stormtrooper wanted for the slaughter of his entire ship's company. Such a valuable bounty would use the most basic trait of the bounty hunters - greed - against them, and thus complete the destruction of the Guild.Temporarily teaming up with Bossk and Zuckuss, Boba Fett succeeds in capturing Voss'on't, then turns on his partners (forcing them into an escape pod and jettisoning it) so that he may claim the bounty all for himself. His ship slightly damaged from a bomb Bossk tossed aboard at the last moment, Fett goes to deliver his captive to Ku'dar Mub'at, the arachnoid assembler and top middleman in the galactic criminal underworld.Meanwhile, in the midst of the web, a treacherous alliance is formed. Prince Xizor is approached by Balancesheet, Mub'at's accountant, who has been gaining intelligence and concealing it from the Assembler. Intrigued by the now-independent subnode's offer, Xizor plots his next move... ---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 himself an enemy even he fears: the unknown mastermind behind a monstrous deception, who will kill to hide his tracks. Fett also finds himself in possession of an amnesiac young woman named Neelah, who may be the key to the mystery—or a decoy leading Fett into a murderous ambush. Fett's last hope is to run through the list of Xizor's hidden enemies. And since Xizor's hidden enemies are almost as legion as Fett's, the chance of survival is slim—even for someone as skilled and relentless as Boba Fett.

  • Jordan Anderson
    2019-04-26 09:23

    If you ever thought the bounty hunters of Star Wars were never given enough screen time or if you thought that Boba Fett was unceremoniously killed off at the end of Return of the Jedi then I think it's pretty safe to say that The Mandalorian Armor does a pretty good job of fixing both of those problems.I actually really enjoyed The Mandalorian Armor a lot more than I thought I would. I figured, like most novels in the "legends" line, that it would be a cheap, schlocky sci-fi story under the guise of the Star Wars name (here's looking at you Chuck Wendig), but honestly, this one felt like a true Star Wars story, even if for once (thankfully), didn't include any real instances of the more well known characters of Luke, Han or Threepio. Jeter definitely did his homework and does a relatively good job of bringing Boba Fett back from the dead, making him the badass he should be, and explaining the mythos and depth of the bounty hunters. Return characters of Bossk, Zuckuss and Dengar (from The Empire Strikes Back) also made Mandalorian Armor feel like it belonged as part of the overall Star Wars franchise, while, at the same time, still managing to be a totally original story.I do understand the negative reactions and reviews though. Jeter's style focuses way more on telling than showing, and there were moments throughout the novel that felt like they would never end: 20 page dialogues, a lack of action, boring parts that felt somewhat unnecessary to the overall plot. Yeah, this book wasn't exactly a rip-roaring adventure. However, if you think about it, a lot of Star Wars isn't all ships blowing up and lightsaber duels. There's a good amount of politics and history and discussions. So, in that vein, The Mandalorian Armor actually fits right in with everything else.

  • Zita Steele
    2019-04-21 16:26

    I read the whole trilogy. Action scenes were very well-done. Character development was good. Too many supporting characters were distracting. Strong male & female leads, with the absence of any romance, was a big letdown.

  • G-E
    2019-04-20 14:29

    Un roman de l’univers Légende un peu décevant. Il y a beaucoup de dialogue et d’explication et peu d’action ce qui est surprenant dans un roman mettant en vedette les meilleurs chasseurs de prime de la galaxie.

  • Jacob Mills
    2019-04-07 14:09

    Great book

  • Brian Myers
    2019-04-18 13:17

    Everything in this book just drags.

  • Bernard Campbell
    2019-04-07 16:15

    I liked seeing another side to the famous bounty Hunter.

  • Mark Oppenlander
    2019-04-20 11:23

    This Expanded Universe Star Wars book is set in two time periods. The first is shortly after the destruction of the Sarlacc (as detailed in the short story "A Barve Like That" from "Tales of the Bounty Hunters"), an event that occurs shortly after Episode VI. Dengar finds Boba Fett dying in the desert and drags him away to nurse him back to health. The second narrative is a series of flashbacks to a number of years before the Sarlacc pit, a time when The Bounty Hunter Guild still existed. Prince Xizor ("Shadows of the Empire") has approached the Emperor with a plan to break up that group and, through an intermediary, enlists Boba Fett to do the job. Xizor believes that the bounty hunters can much more effectively be used to the Empire's benefit if they do not have a consolidated union.There are a number of problems with this book, but I'll only list my top few complaints. First, the flashback story takes up perhaps 65% of the book, and it's just not that interesting. The backstory is filled with long scenes of people plotting and scheming, many of which are redundant and frankly boring. There are a few action scenes and those are OK. The other story, of Boba Fett, Dengar and Neelah trying to survive on Tatooine is much more engaging. For another thing, Xizor's plan simply doesn't make a lot of sense. Yes, he spends a lot of time selling Darth Vader and the Emperor on it, but the idea that non-unified bounty hunters are so much more valuable to the Empire than unified bounty hunters seems like a stretch. Overall, character motivations in this book seem thin and contrived.Also, the character of D'harhan, a bounty hunter with a laser gun for a head, just seemed silly.Boba Fett almost saves this book. He remains an enigmatic and complicated figure. However, his characterization here doesn't completely sync with those presented in earlier Expanded Universe short stories (e.g. what happened to his pseudo-religious background?). I am hoping that the other two books in this trilogy have more Fett, more believable characters and perhaps a more directed plotline. Otherwise, they'll probably be a bit of a slog to get through.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-25 08:26

    me: I'm reading The Bounty Hunter series. I expected to struggle with it, but I love it. The author really makes me care about the characters and the main character is friend: Care about Dengar? Who is this magician?Yes, that almost sums up the entire book. This story has made me form an attachment to Dengar, and so hard that I looked to the ending of the series to see if he lives. That's pretty hardcore.So Dengar has fallen in love. He wants to get out of the business, get married and settle down. Problem is, he needs one last score. Bam! He finds Boba Fett still alive and the Sarlaac is dead. Seriously. Fett killed the Sarlaac. This is one tough dude. This is why all the fans love him.He also finds Neelah, who it turns out was actually the one who found Fett and made sure Dengar would save him. After talking with Neelah, he realizes she is one of Jabba's dancers, but he can tell even with her Swiss cheese memory that she must have been someone important in life. Also, because she is so hell bent on saving Fett, Dengar thinks there must be a strange connection there. The question is: will they gang up on him when they figure it all out.This book actually has two stories, it goes back and forth from before when Fett was trying to destroy the Bounty Hunters Guild and back to when Fett is fighting for his life. The old stuff is a lot of espionage. Every person has their finger in more than one pie and you basically need a chart to keep up. Even though Bossk is basically a three year old throwing a tantrum every other second, I still think he is my favorite character from that part. He is only on one side and that's his own. He amuses me greatly. I'm sure he will figure heavily into the rest of the series as well.

  • Musicalbacon
    2019-04-11 11:29

    This book has some issues of narrative and pacing. In every chapter it switches between the present time in the book and four years in the past. This can sometimes be confusing, as the book doesn't spend enough time in either of these periods at any point for the reader to remember what is specifically happening separately within either of these time periods. This causes allies to be bitter enemies within five pages of each other, and then be allies again within another five.However, this book does do some things right. Boba Fett is a reactive, silent protagonist, with most of his action taking place from the point of view of someone else, so his mystique can permeate even when he's in the room. When the book does deal in any of his thoughts, we are confronted with a harsh, uncompromising man, who seems relentlessly utilitarian with no human comforts. However, this book is still quite safe, with Fett expressing the sentiment that he doesn't NEED to sleep in a bed, or take off his suit, instead of the harsh killer he could have been without making this book unreadable for teenagers. As always with the first book in any Star Wars series, not much is resolved in this book, and to get any sense of closure you are forced to read the other two. However, this is a non ending even by those standards. I got the feeling that nothing happened to anyone by the end of this book. That being said, it wasn't bad, the characters are fun, and the premise is cool. The book is not one of these Star Wars books that you have to force yourself through like its homework, just be prepared to read *another* expanded universe book, instead of a stand out title in the category.

  • Erick Garcia
    2019-04-10 14:08

    EDITED REVIEWI had great expectations about this book but it was not up to them, not necesarily because it's a bad book. There are some things that didn't quite work for me. For starters, Boba Fett's mysticism vanishes a little since he talks a lot, something that was quite important to his personae in the films, although I understand that it's necessary. On the other hand, the plot against the Bounty Hunter Guild is carried away all too easy. After one small operation which by the way is not exactly successful the Guild crumbles down. Many relevant situations and characters that help the story move along seem created and used specifically for the moment they are used at and then discarded completely; like the Shell Hutts and the "organic" weapon D'harhan; and, come on, are all the hustlers in the galaxy always Hutts? Vader, in spite of appearing prominently in the cover is barely involved in the story; and the appearance of many other classic characters like Zuckuss, IG-88, the Tonnika sisters (in a bried cameo) and even Palpatine (who by some strange reason keeps refereing to Vader without using his "title" of Lord) are not enough to compensate for the lack of punch in the story line. I kept on reading to find out how the plot developed but the end was not as expected. However I have to say that everything changed for mi after reading the sequel. Some of the plots started to finally take shape and made me change my mind about this review, so I came to change it.

  • Alexander New
    2019-04-03 10:09

    The Mandalorian Armor by K.W Jeter is to this day probably my favorite book based on the lisence.I read these books when I was twelve years old, having just finished the excellent Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson.So having read this more than a decade ago why write this review? I just re-read it and still believe it holds up incredibly well!so instead of giving synopsis of the story like other reviewers, I would like to address some of remarks levied at this book.Too many scenes depicting plot conversations: I really don't see how K.W. Jeter could have avoided this. Boba Fett says like nine words in the entire original trilogy! So Jeter had to have either long dialogue scenes to flesh out Boba and many of the lesser known characters, or he could have done long internal monologs. These books also do a then and now jump, before Boba was knocked into the sarlac pit and after his escape.If I had one critique it would be the use of modern slang, I felt that it pulled you out of the galaxy far far away and left you less engaged in the world. I don't understand how writers of Star wars do this, with the huge amount of expanded universe books available and numerous dictionaries.Slowly the desires and machinations of the absolute bad ass known as Boba Fett become clear and the reader can see him in a more fleshed out manner.If you like star wars and/or Boba Fett then this series is worth reading.

  • Jeff Lanter
    2019-03-27 14:11

    After reading a pretty poor book, I wanted to read something fun. I mostly read Literature and History books and while those are fun in their own way, it is also nice to read something that is just aiming to entertain you. The Mandalorian Armor delivered that and some. This book is a bounty hunter story and actually focuses on scheming and subterfuge instead of the Space Opera story that Star Wars is famous for. So that means less action and no Jedi stuff. I was totally fine with that, because there is tons and tons of that stuff in other Star Wars books and graphic novels. The draw of the book is the weaving plots between two different times and several different conspiracies going on at once. Once is set after Return of the Jedi and the other is just after A New Hope. K.W. Jeter deserves credit for writing a convincing Boba Fett and fleshing out bounty hunters like Zuckuss and Dengar and giving them their own likable personality. I will say that this book does assume you know a bit about the Expanded Universe. If you don't know who Bossk, Dengar, and Prince Xizor are then this book may be hard to follow. Ultimately, The Mandalorian Armor really hooked me with the complex plot and was a pleasure to read. It isn't for everyone, which can be seen in the wild variation of review scores, but if you want to read about the less savory characters in Star Wars, I'd recommend giving this book a shot.

  • Travis
    2019-04-08 10:22

    Boba Fett is dead! Long live Boba Fett!Remember when Boba Fett fell into the Sarlacc's pit in Return of the Jedi? Well somehow he survived and he's still his bad-ass self.That's the basic premise of this book (and trilogy). The author is a fairly decorated sci-fi author so he elevates what could have been a fan fiction project into a very enjoyable romp. The dual timelines, one taking place after Fett survives the Sarlacc and the other taking place years previous, serve to highlight the lows and highs (respectively) of Fett's career. I'm interested to see how both timelines continue in the next two books.I do have a few quibbles with the book and its writing. It falls prey to the usual Star Wars novel trope of ridiculous similes/metaphors. For example, "as easy as a baked confection" rather than "as easy as cake". Also the metaphors used to describe the movement of the Shell Hutts are repetitious (he keeps comparing them to slow moving boats). And the miraculous recovery of Fett happens a little too suddenly; one second he's basically dead weight and the next he's firing a blaster with pinpoint accuracy while suspended by a rope. Some characters seem extraneous at this point, such as Kuat of Kuat and Darth Vader, but I assume they'll be more involved in the next two volumes. Speaking of Darth Vader, he's the biggest image on the cover yet is one scene in the entire book, but I still love these '90s Star Wars book covers.