The night was young, and Bazine Netal was hunting.
–Delilah S. Dawson - The perfect weapon - c.2015
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this exclusive ebook short story set shortly before the events of the film, featuring a quick-witted mercenary who takes big risks for bigger rewards—and now faces the challenge that will take her to the edge.
The “perfect weapon” of the title refers to Bazine Netal, an assassin-thief-mercenary for hire. And she’s just been hired to track down a mysterious package. And to watch out for another merc hunting for the exact same goods. If you watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens1 then you may have spotted Netal, she’s the scary looking wan in the cantina who alerts the bad guys when the good guys show up. But you don’t really need to know that, you just need to know that she’s a woman who’ll finish the job she’s being paid to do. No matter what it takes.
This is only a short story though, so there isn’t a huge amount of character development or nuance on show. This is the first Star Wars story I’ve read, I usually don’t go for film tie-ins or novelisations as they are, often, crap. But I read and enjoyed a book by the author before, so took a risk on this one.
And it is an action-packed, adventure sci-fi story. Exactly what you’d expect from a Star Wars ‘verse book. The story is well told and kept me reading, but to be honest, it wouldn’t really inspire me to read more Star Wars books. It’s a bit by the numbers. Also, I’m not sure why we’re supposed to really empathise and support Bazine. She’s not exactly a good guy, she certainly falls more on the Boba Fett side of Star Wars, although at least she gets the job done.2 I’m guessing she’ll appeal to that “ooh cool looking bad guys” segment of the toyline :)