Science Fiction
 

Star Wars: Boba Fett: A Practical Man

Author: Karen Traviss

Published By:
The Ballentine Publishing Company


Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

            The Star Wars Universe is hard enough to keep up with without the addition of ebooks to the numerous types of Star Wars storytelling media out there.  And yet, I still find myself flocking to the internet, looking for new Star Wars ebooks to add to my collection.  Star Wars: Boba Fett: A Practical Man isnít exactly a new ebook.  It was created in 2006, shortly after the New Jedi Order and as a lead in to the Legacy of the Force series.  I decided to check it out not just because it was another cog in the Star Wars story, but because this one was about Boba Fett, one of the most intriguing characters in the Star Wars Universe.

            Set during the events of the New Jedi Order, Star Wars: Boba Fett: A Practical Man explains Boba Fettís involvement during the Yuuzhan Vong War.  The Mandalorian involvement with the Yuuzhan Vong began as a mercenary job completed for a mysterious man named Udelen by Mandalorian Goran Beviin.  That multiplied into more jobs until finally, a rendezvous was set up between Udelen and Boba Fett.  It was here that Udelen revealed himself to be Nom Anor, an executor of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion group. 

            Believing Boba Fettís people to be useful in his attempt to invade the galaxy and reform the infidels who reside there, Nom Anor strikes up a deal with Boba Fett - leave the Mandalorian sector alone and the Mandalorians will help with the Vong invasion.  Only Boba Fett is not any ordinary mercenary.  He knows what he is up against and realizes that his people are only as safe as the moment the Vong decide that they no longer need the Mandalorians in their invasion plans.  Thus, Boba Fett has decided that his people will play the roles of double agents, a very dangerous role and one with harsh repercussions for all involved.

            Karen Traviss, an author who seems in perfect sink with the Mandalorian culture and therefore has become one of the best authors to tell Boba Fettís story, has offered up some new and interesting insights into Boba Fettís character in this ebook.  After many years, Boba Fett has taken on a responsibility for others and, although he wonít admit it and keeps himself carefully detached, the bond that he shares with the Mandalorians he has sworn to protect is strong.  The ebook also goes a long way in explaining the way Boba Fett reacts to Jaina Soloís request for training in the Legacy of the Force series.  It is in this ebook that we meet the only Jedi Boba Fett has ever trusted and the man that he discusses with Jaina during her training.

            Short and anything but sweet, Star Wars: Boba Fett: A Practical Man sheds light on the Yuuzhan Vong War from the Mandalorian perspective.  It is a great add on to the interesting developments found in the New Jedi Order and an excellent lead in to the events in Legacy of the Force.  Itís a perfect addition to any Star Wars ebook collection.

 

For more about the New Jedi Order series, check out these links:

Star Wars: Invasion #0
Star Wars: Invasion #0: Part 2

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Recovery
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Ylesia
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force
 

For more about Boba Fett, check out these links:

Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive

Star Wars: Boba Fett: Crossfire
Star Wars: Boba Fett: Maze of Deception
Star Wars: Boba Fett: Hunted
Star Wars: Boba Fett: A New Threat

Star Wars: Boba Fett: Pursuit
Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy
Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy
Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice
Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Revelation
Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Invincible

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