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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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A New Threat
BOOK STORY
Elizabeth Hand
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Novel (2004)
e-Book (2012, 2014)

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

Synopsis:
THE XAGOBAH CITADEL
When you work for Jabba the Hutt, you do whatever he wants you to do, no matter what the risk. As Jabba's newest bounty hunter, Boba Fett has a lot to prove... and little time to prove it. So when Jabba sends him into the thick of the Clone Wars, there's no backing down from the fight.
General Grievous is at the heart of the plot to overthrow the Republic. He is fierce, strong and virtually unstoppable. When his path crosses Boba's, sparks fly and many lives are threatened.


Chronology:
This story occurs 2 and a half years after the Battle of Geonosis, approximately 19 and a half years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:
Review by Bones, UK, 2010:

"The Boba Fett series reaches its penultimate volume. Unfortunately, it is not a particularly welcome addition to the series.
"Whilst the previous book in the Boba Fett series, Hunted, was an improvement over the other books in the series, A New Threat sees a dramatic dip in Hand's writing. The opening of the book is excessively twee, with Boba's relationship with Ygabba and her father being vaguely reminiscent of Enid Blyton had she written science-fiction. The characterisation of Boba Fett is, I feel, totally off the mark. Boba should, by this point, be maturing into the stoic and ruthless bounty hunter we all know. Instead, he is shown as being even more childish than he was when he was 2 1/2 years younger. He consistently talks to himself about anything and everything. There are also some really irritating errors in the text itself, such as Slave I having a cloaking device. I wasn't too fussed when it was originally referred to as a sensor jammer, but later on Hand clearly describes the effects associated with a cloaking device and regularly calls it such. She also uses "light-year" in an expression as a unit of time, as opposed to distance - such misnomers are, I feel, unacceptable in such a respected science-fiction franchise, even in a children's novel. And the ludicrous cherry on the ridiculous cake comes in the form of the names of the setting and its inhabitants: Xagobah and Xamsters. It positively screams Dagobian Hamsters combined with a lack of imagination.
"For me, the only saving grace of this book is that occasionally Hand employs some interesting descriptive language and in particular some nice examples of vocabulary, such as flaccid, obsequious, phosphorescent and phalanx. To see such language used in children's books is gratifying.
"On the whole, this book is a disappointing boyish fantasy that should have shown a steelier and more capable Boba Fett."

Rating: 1 / 5

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