The Perfect Weapon (Star Wars) (Short Story)
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Delilah S Dawson
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
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.
There are plenty of mercenaries, spies, and guns for hire in the galaxy. But probably none as dangerous and determined as Bazine Netal. A master of disguise—and lethal with a blade, a blaster, or bare handed—she learned from the best. Now it’s her turn to be the teacher—even if schooling an eager but inexperienced recruit in the tricks of her trade is the last thing she wants to do. But it’s the only way to score the ship she needs to pull off her latest job.
An anonymous client has hired Bazine to track down an ex-stormtrooper and recover the mysterious package he’s safeguarding. Payment for the mission promises to be astronomical, but the obstacles facing Bazine will prove to be formidable. And though her eager new sidekick has cyber skills crucial to the mission, only Bazine’s razor-sharp talents will mean the difference between success or failure—and life or death.
Fun Tie-In for The Force Awakens
For those who have been following along with The Force Awakens coverage, Bazine is the court jester like female draped in that big hulking Bossk like alien’s lap. In “The Perfect Weapon”, we get to find out about her background and how she wound up being a mercenary. We get some glimpses insider he head and at her personality. Plus, we get to see her in action.
The gist of the story is that Bazine is hired to retrieve a case. The catch is that someone else is after the case, so it’s a race. Who is the other operative? Who can she trust? And what exactly is in the case she’s sent to retrieve? Those questions and more drive the story along as the characters are fleshed out and put into action.
As a long time Star Wars reader, I enjoyed this story. It reminded me of the old Tales of books filled with short stories that expanded on the minor characters from the films. While “The Perfect Weapon” is only one story, it has that same feel. According to the eBook details, the story is 60 pages in length, so it’s a couple hours worth of reading and about twice as long as the short stories from the Tales of books. At only a couple bucks, it’s worth it.
For Dawson’s first journey into Star Wars storytelling, I think she did a good job with “The Perfect Weapon”. With just 60 pages to work with, it has some nice character exploration and bits of action. While she does use a massive McGuffin as part of the story, it still played out well. I’d love to see her take on some more Star Wars stories, and I think Bazine would be a cool character to follow up on. Most likely we won’t see much of the character in the movie, so it’s not like the story will be vital to the film, but with all books being canon, it will be fun to see that character on screen and to know a bit more about her than everyone else in the theater.
For kicking out a fun tie-in story for The Force Awakens, I give “The Perfect Weapon” a five out of five.
Bazine is the new Boba Fett
Stories like this are why I love Star Wars literature. It fleshes out an intriguing minor character from the Force Awakens in a way that not only makes you excited to see the film, but makes you eager to read more about this character for years to come. The Perfect Weapon delivers. It succeeds in adding intrigue, suspense, and excitement to the minds of the Star Wars fans hungry for more to chew on.
In many ways, I feel like the Perfect Weapon sets up Bazine to be the Boba Fett of the sequel trilogy. Only time will tell. But as of reading this substantial short story, I’m aboard the hype train for my new favorite female bounty hunter in the galaxy.
The Perfect Short Story
I delightful read with great new characters added to the Star Wars Saga. It was a fun, short read and I recommend it for any Star Wars fan. Only downside is that it doesn't give us much about The Force Awakens