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[This story occurs during the Rise of the Empire era]
Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Maze of Deception
BOOK STORY
Elizabeth Hand
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Novel (2003)
e-Book (2012, 2014)

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Reviews:
1 review [Average review score 1.5 / 5]

Synopsis:
CONSPIRACY ON AARGAU
Young Boba Fett may be alone in the galaxy, but he has two important assets: he is the heir to a fortune belonging to Jango Fett, and he alone knows the secret of Count Dooku's double-identity. Now, Fett must navigate the labyrinthine interiors of Aargau's largest banking centers to claim what is rightfully his, while avoiding double-crosses, hardened security, and a vengeful Aurra Sing.
When he died in the first Clone War battle, Jango Fett left a fortune somewhere on the planet of Aargau. The bounty hunter Aurra Sing is the only person who knows where the fortune is. But Jango's son, Boba Fett, is the only person who can get it.
Aurra Sing needs Boba and Boba needs Aurra Sing. But there's no way they can trust each other. Every move could be a deception. Every word could be a lie.
As the search for Jango Fett's legacy becomes dangerously complicated, young Boba Fett must outsmart and outmaneuver enemies of all kinds - even hidden ones. His future as a bounty hunter depends on it.


Chronology:
This story occurs during the first month after the Battle of Geonosis, approximately 22 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:
Review by Bones, UK, 2010:

"The Boba Fett series continues with a new author: Elizabeth Hand. I was looking forward to see how Hand would continue Bisson's characterisation of Boba Fett and if she would be able to make the storyline a little more believable than the previous book in the series.
"On the whole, I was a bit disappointed. Boba Fett was still a nave child trying to find his way in the galaxy, but he seemed somehow to have gained a significant level of skill in certain areas, not least being how to persistently avoid one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. The number of times he slips away from Aurra Sing beggars belief, as do the ways in which he escapes from her. On that note, the portrayal of Sing was erratic and blustery. Someone would not have become such an incredible bounty hunter by making as many glaring mistakes as she did in this book. There were also a few plot points that I wasn't convinced by, such as Aargau's neutrality. How could Aargau be neutral in the war if there were clones stationed there? Also, the Banking Clan is a member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, as Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered in Attack of the Clones. It doesn't make sense to have clones stationed at a facility run by allies of the Separatists.
"That being said, the section of the story involving the Bimm was well done, particularly Boba's thought processes and how he totally failed to keep a grip on the situation despite feeling that he was in control. I felt that was accurate given that he's just a boy in a much larger galaxy.
"Overall, unimpressed. It lacked believability, as with the last book. Yes, they are written for children, but just because the audience is younger, continuity and credibility don't have to be sacrificed."

Rating: 1.5 / 5

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