Jeter, K. W.

AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:

2.3 out of 5

(3 books)

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars - Hard Merchandise

4 ABY.  The final part of the trilogy is a tiny bit better than the previous two.  It wraps up the flashback story and takes events into a confrontation at the Kuat Drive Yards. 

There's a bit more activity in this book, to give it some pace and the introduction of important themes (like, I dunno, maybe the galaxy-wide civil war that's going on) give the book a bit more credibility. 

Nevertheless, for this novel to have truly been any good, Jeter would have had to have gone to some trouble to make us care what happens to these characters one way or the other.  Which, of course, he fails to do.

Followed by Kathy Tyers' 'The Truce at Bakura'.

3 out of 5

 

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars - Slave Ship

4 ABY.  Book two of three.  This book is pretty much as dull as the first book, the difference being that here the characters sit around on a spaceship just talking, instead of in the desert. 

I'm particularly bothered by Jeter's depiction of the character of Dengar.  Dengar is a skilled and potent hunter, who Fett (the best of the best) chooses to work with and yet Jeter insists on portraying Dengar as a consumate idiot.  This book doesn't even have D'harhan in it to give at least some appeal.

Followed by 'The Bounty Hunter Wars: Hard Merchandise'.

2 out of 5

 

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars - The Mandalorian Armor

4 ABY.  Book one of three.  There is a very good storyline in this book in which Boba Fett joins forces with IG-88, Bossk, Zuckuss (all of whom are among the bounty hunters in 'The Empire Strikes Back') and a creature named D'harhan.  Together this mixed team of hunters face overwhelming odds in a Hutt Clan house.  D'harhan is a very interesting character, being as he is, not much more than a walking blaster cannon.  This storyline is extremely short, however. 

The rest of the book consists of people sitting in the desert and talking, and is monumentally boring.  With Kuat of Kuat, Jeter has attempted to create a villain of subtle intelligence (much like Prince Xizor), but instead creates a tiresome beauraucrat.  On top of the incredibly dull story, Jeter also makes dozens of continuity mistakes, apparently just not bothing to bend to the rules of the franchise he's playing with.

Followed by 'The Bounty Hunter Wars: Slave Ship'.

2 out of 5

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