Monday, January 23, 2006

Hard Merchandise Review

Hard Merchandise (Bounty Hunter Wars #3)
by K. W. Jeter

Review By: Neil Richard

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

The madness is finally over. While this series went from good to bad to worse, I decided to give Hard Merchandise an extra half a point for the simple fact it tied up the loose ends. Something this series had plenty of.

We finally see the end of the Bossk-Fett war, though I still think there’s something else there we haven’t learned about yet. We find out Neelah’s true identity, a member of the Kuat royalty and sister to Kuat of Kuat’s new head of security. We find out what Kuat of Kuat was planning, to frame Prince Xizor and bring about the destruction of Black Sun. Too bad he only got half of it. Dengar finally gets what’s coming to him. His mate wagers on him surviving the Fett partnership and wins, thus allowing them to pay they debt and start fresh. Kud'ar Mub'at, well, he’s dead. Sort of. But who cares about creepy space dwelling spiders anyway.

After reading this series, I now know how many of Fett’s captives felt sitting in the hold of Slave I. There is no way to escape your immenent doom and there’s a complete lack of control over your destiny. You’re just like all the other hard merchandise stuck in a cage waiting to be turned over to some slimy Hutt who will make you choose your death. Fight the Rancor or read this series.

Either way, you're screwed.

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