Week 4: STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTER CODE by Daniel Wallace
The first two iterations of Daniel Wallace’s foray into the Star Wars universe compose undoubtedly the two most popular and undeniably important aspects of said universe: the Light Side and the Dark Side. His third jab at a galaxy full of Force using, lightsaber wielding warriors takes a more grounded approach. STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTER CODE is the official pamphlet from the Bounty Hunter’s Guild, specifically taken from Slave I, Boba Fett’s personal starship.
This is an in depth look at how the universe is perceived by character’s incapable of successfully wielding a lightsaber or changing the mind of weak willed species with a flick of the wrist. This book really gets to the meat and potatoes of what the Star Wars universe is truly about.
This book is actually an instructional manual penned by the Bounty Hunters Guild, the oldest and most prolific bounty organization in the galaxy. The Bounty Hunter’s Guild is a company responsible for hiring, training, paying and maintaining a small army of bounty hunters that roam the galaxy, claiming high priced bounties that local and planetary authorities are simply incapable of bringing in. You remember in Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader brings Boba Fett and a slew of other bounty hunters on board his Imperial Star Destroyer to order the capture of Han Solo? All of those hunters were sanctioned by the Bounty Hunters Guild, and even the Galactic Empire has to pay up if they want a bounty claimed!
Like Daniel Wallace’s last two iterations, this book also has written-in commentary from those who possessed the book. Notable characters that offer their opinion are Boba Fett, his father Jango Fett, Dengar and even Han Solo, who came into possession of the book when it was taken off Boba’s ship. The commentary here is much in line with that of the Book of the Sith and I was disappointed it wasn’t used more commonly, as I appreciated the insightful and very unique thoughts these tidbits of information often revealed.
The book reads like the instructional manual it was intended to be. The beginning is an overlaying history of the guild and how it has prospered as governments have risen and fallen, and even has an Imperialistic twist in notions about Jedi assassination attempts and their ‘rightful’ extermination. The book goes deeper into detail than the two previous books, going into such immense detail as laying out the list of permits you (as a Bounty Hunter) must purchase in order to legally hunt bounties across various sectors in the galaxy.
This manual is unique in that it was Boba Fett’s personal book and so it also has an additional manuscript added to it, which is a very detailed historical autobiography of the Death Watch, which are a splinter group of Mandalorians. This small novella is predicated by an overall history of the Mandalorians, which is in itself very interesting if you are a fan of the Star Wars expanded universe. If you have ever played Star Wars: The Old Republic or Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic you will even spot some names of characters you might recognize. If you are merely interested in a deeper look at characters like Boba and Jango Fett, you will be sorely at a loss in trying to put together the pieces that are presented here.
The book comes in at around 170 pages and is an easy read overall. I was excited when I saw this book in production, even before the Book of the Sith was released. I have only one question now, Daniel Wallace. Will we, if ever, see a Smuggler’s Handbook, detailing the quickest route on the dreaded Kessel Run and the best ways to avoid detection when boarded by Imperial customs agents? As a fan of all things Han Solo, I hope you’re cooking some ideas around in your head.
Bonne journée, mes amis.