Star Wars: Boba Fett: Pursuit
When we last left Boba Fett in the Star Wars young adult series of novels begun by Terry Bisson and picked up by Elizabeth Hand, the young bounty hunter had been assigned the task of capturing Techno/Separatist leader Wat Tambor for a client of Jabba the Hutt. Unfortunately, despite Boba Fettís success at Xagobah and his infiltration of Wat Tamborís fortress, he was unable to complete his mission thanks to the interference of General Grievous.
Star Wars: Boba Fett: Pursuit finds Boba Fett in great peril at the hands of Wat Tamborís henchmen. Under the effects of a paralyzing agent and believed dead, Boba Fett is about to be carried to the incinerator along with several unfortunate Clone Troopers. At the last minute, Boba breaks free and continues his pursuit of Wat Tambor only to be thwarted by Asajj Ventress and then captured by Anakin Skywalker.
In order to escape his fate at the hands of the Republic forces, Bobaís only play left is to reveal the identity of Count Dooku as Darth Tyrannus. Stating that he was on his way to Coruscant to offer the Supreme Chancellor information vital to the Republicís victory in this war, Boba Fett convinces Skywalker to allow him safe passage. Not fully trusting the young bounty hunter, Skywalker places him under the watchful eye of Governor Tarkin, but Boba Fett could not be happier. This trip to Coruscant will allow Boba Fett two advantages - he will not only be able to gain some credits in revealing the Republicís unknown enemy, but he will be a great deal closer to Mace Windu and that much closer to avenging his father.
The final book in the young adult series about Boba Fett, Pursuit is perhaps the fastest moving. Filled with action from start to finish, there is never any real downtime in this novel. From hand-to-hand combat to fire fights to deep space dogfights, this book has it all packed into just over 120 pages.
The book features appearances by many well-known Clone Wars characters including Luminara Uduli, Governor Tarkin, Elan Sleezebaggano, Anakin Skywalker, Chancellor Palpatine and Mace Windu. In fact, it almost seemed as if the author was trying to pack in as many characters as possible in this finale to make it more enticing for the reader. The fact of the matter is, although it is highly conceivable that Fettís and Skywalkerís paths would have crossed, I find it hardly believable that Skywalker would fall for Fettís bluff about information vital to Chancellor Palpatine. And, despite the growing arrogance of the Jedi that would eventually prove to be their downfall, I also find it hard to believe that Fett would be allowed free reign to walk as he pleased throughout the Jedi Temple.
As a whole, the young adult Boba Fett series of novels published by Scholastic Inc. was enjoyable and quite informative in regards to many aspects of Boba Fettís adult life. We learned why he trusts only himself, where his honor code came from and how he learned to think on his feet. As far as continuity goes, Boba Fettís entire storyline in the Star Wars Universe from start to finish has continuity problems, so I can definitely overlook some of the issues there.
However, I canít help but think there was something missing from this series. Perhaps it would have been nice to see Boba Fett finally strike out on his own rather than just thinking about it in the last novel. I would have liked to know whatever happened to the friends he made in Jabbaís Palace as well. Did whatever happened to them add to the bitterness present in the Boba Fett of today? I also was a little displeased with the ending of Pursuit. It seemed quite rushed, as if the author ran out of steam at the end or realized that they were running out of pages and had to finish up quickly.
All-in-all, the Star Wars: Boba Fett series of young adult novels has its finer points and its negative points, but there are enough positives to recommend Boba Fett fans read this series, if only to get a better handle on how the boy from Attack of the Clones became the man he is today.
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