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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 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.

This is the first book in a three-part series that helps fill in the backgrounds of Boba Fett and the Bounty Hunters Guild. It starts just after the events in Return of the Jedi, when Boba Fett escaped from the sarlacc, and continues beyond that point. There is judicious use of flashbacks and narrative which allow us to see into the psyche of the famous bounty hunter.

The story captures the imagination as it spans years of manipulation of the guild by both the infamous Prince Xizor and Emperor Palpatine. Covering a period of instability in both the Empire and The Guild, and the fight between the many underworld factions for control of the guilds destiny, it’s filled with a myriad of background information. Roleplayers will especially find it useful due to the sheer possibilities for character expansion that it opens up.

While this book is not a classic, but it is very readable and has you hooked from beginning to end. Remembering that this book now forms part of non-canon Legends chronology, it leaves you on a splendid cliffhanger in preparation for the next book and is a thoroughly good read.

The original version of this review was published on www.wirezone.co.uk on 1st June 1998.