352 pages. "The Last One Standing" is one short story within the anthology.
The story follows Boba Fett's life, from his beginnings as Journeyman Jaster Mereel, to his "final" encounter with Han Solo. A very entertaining read.
It's "legends." Not canon (as of present day).
Written by Daniel Keys Moran. Edited by Kevin J. Anderson.
Published November 1, 1996.
Takes place 3 years after A New Hope.
"I bow to no one and I give service only for cause." — Jaster Mereel
"One tale tells of Fett being a failed stormtrooper who killed his commanding officer. ... A third account tells of a Journeyman Protector from Concord Dawn named Jaster Mereel who adopted the mask and guise when he was convicted of treason."
"Reality doesn't care if you believe it." — Boba Fett
It's the final and only lasting Justice. Evil exists; it is intelligence in the service of entropy. When the side of a mountain slides down to kill a village, it is not evil, for evil requires intent. Should a sentient being cause that landslide, there is evil; and requires Justice as a consequence, so that civilization can exist.
There is no greater good than Justice; and only if law serves Justice is it a good law. It is said correctly that law exists not for the Just but for the unjust, for the Just carry the law in their hearts, and do not need to call it from afar.
I bow to no one and I give service only for cause." — Jaster Mereel (p. 277)
Creel: "Do you understand the seriousness of this, boy? You killed a man."
Jaster Mereel: "He had it coming." — Jaster Mereel with Creel (p. 278)
"I am sorry.... sorry I didn't kill him a year ago. The galaxy's a better place without him." — Jaster Mereel (p. 279)
"I'll enjoy collecting him." — Boba Fett about Han Solo (p. 293)
"Sex between those not married is immoral." — Boba Fett with Princess Leia (p. 295)
"That Jedi superstition? Gentlelady Organa, if the Force exists I have seen no proof of it, and I doubt it does." — Boba Fett with Princess Leia (p. 297)
"Those worlds rose in rebellion against the authority legally in place over them. The Emperor was within his rights to destroy them; they threatened the system of social justice that permits civilization to exist. I am sorry for the deaths of the innocent. But that happens in a war, Leia Organa. The innocent die in wars, and your side should not have started this one." — Boba Fett with Princess Leia about the Rebellion (p. 297)
"I am nothing like Solo and don't you compare me to him." — Boba Fett (p. 297)
"Do you know what that man had done in his life? Never mind the loyal citizens of the Empire that he, and you, have killed during your Rebellion; war is war and perhaps you, at least, think you are fighting for Justice. But Solo? He's a brave man, yes; he's also a mercenary who's never done a decent thing in his life..." — Boba Fett about Han Solo (p. 297)
"Spice is illegal! It's euphoric, it alters moods, and the use of it leads to the use of worse substances, and a man who will run spice will run anything!" — Boba Fett with Princess Leia about Han Solo (p. 298)
"Everyone dies... but since no one has paid me to kill you... sleep well." — Boba Fett with Princess Leia (p. 299)
"Devaronians are tough; I know that about you. You do not go into shock and you do not die easily. You'll walk--or I'll burn off your arms and your legs to make you lighter, and then I'll drag you where we are going...your choice." — Boba Fett with Butcher of Montellian (p. 313)
"Listen. I am Boba Fett. And you are Kadue'sai'Malloc, the Butcher of Montellian Serat, and you're worth five million credits. Alive. And nothing dead, so you will not annoy me into killing you." — Boba Fett with Butcher of Montellian (p. 314)
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