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Death Troopers: Star Wars [Hardcover]

Joe Schreiber
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Oct. 13 2009 Star Wars
When the Imperial prison barge Purge–temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves–breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back–bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning.

The Purge’s half-dozen survivors–two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board–will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn’t really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

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“This is the Star Wars of every horror fan’s dreams—gory, funny, and brimming with a blood-spattered cast of swashbucklers and space-zombies.”—Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

“Brilliant . . . This book combines two of my favorite things on earth: the Star Wars universe and the undead.”—Tommy Wirkola, director of Dead Snow


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About the Author

Joe Schreiber is the author of Chasing the Dead, Eat the Dark, and No Doors, No Windows. He was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming, and Northern California. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife, two young children, and several original Star Wars action figures.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Now that it's in paperback... March 28 2010
By Jacen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I seemed to tear through this book like so much flesh. It wasn't bad. Well executed but too short of course. I actually liked the inclusion of Han and Chewie. It felt at least a little Star Warsy. It got repetitive. Lots of screaming, retching and crying. I mean lots.

Now this story was well done for how little there was to tell. It was like an hour long episode, not a movie. The inclusion of a C plot might have given it a bit more meat. Fine for a paperback but it must've hurt to pay full price for hardcover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition of Compulsive Reading Nov. 18 2009
Format:Hardcover
It is extremely rare that I would ever give a Star Wars book five stars. However, this book was absolutely amazing, and it was impossible for me to put it down. This book, which could be summarized as being a Star Wars horror novel, did all the right things for a horror novel. There was a vast supply of grisly scenes and cliff-hanging chapter endings to make you want to keep reading more and more. So much of this book was unpredictable to me, which is rare for a Star Wars novel, and it is clear that Joe Schreiber has talent. After finishing the book late in the evening before bed, I was left with a partial adrenaline rush and the partial feeling one gets when they finish watching a horror film, which, considering this is a book, is quite an outstanding feat.

The only complaint that I have with this novel is that it was not long enough! The novel itself numbers around 230 pages and the other 60 pages are a three chapter preview of the Star Wars novel "Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast". Depending on how much of a Star Wars fan you are this is a pro or a con.

To sum up, I found out about this book based on all the hype it generated on the internet, especially with the fan-trailer contest (The winner of that contest has an amazing trailer and is what eventually lead me to buy this book, don't watch any of the others) and all I can say is that this novel lives up to the hype.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like zombies, love this book Nov. 13 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the perfect book for anyone who likes zombies and who like Star Wars. You get the best of both worlds all in one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been much better Dec 8 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I saw this book at the store recently, I thought now there is a cool idea - mix two genres for something unique - kind of like how Seth Grahame-Smith did with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

The basic premise is simple - an Imperial prison barge stumbles across a derelict Star Destroyer in the middle of nowhere. A boarding party is sent aboard and only half of them come back, bringing a virulent disease which kills almost all of the 500 prisoners and crew onboard in only a few hours. The half dozen survivors, a pair of teenaged prisoners, the captain of the guards, a pair of smugglers and the barge's chief medical officer must then do whatever it takes to stay alive when the dead come back to life with a hunger for human flesh.

I've read a fair number of both Star Wars paperbacks as well as a fair number of zombie books, some good, some bad and some not-so bad. Unfortunately, this one was a not-so bad choice.

The story has some redeeming qualities, like the identities of the smugglers (not too hard to figure out if you think about it) and lots of action, but overall, the story didn't really work for me either as a Star Wars novel or as a zombie novel. The zombies were not only fast zombies, but capable of thinking and tool-using, so in my mind, they weren't really zombies. Call me a purist, but that's just the way I see it.

Frankly, I'm of the opinion if you do want to read it, go to your local library instead of buying it, because it's just not worth the $9.99 at the bookstore - who knows, maybe you can get a used copy on Amazon. Now, I'm not saying it's a terrible book - I finished it after all, but there are more enjoyable Star Wars books (Tales of the Bounty Hunters) and there are more enjoyable zombie books (Day by Day Armageddon) are just a couple of examples.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Imagine a galaxy that torn apart by a massive civil war, lawlessness reigning in its fringes, populated by strange aliens, and droids and an Empire of stark grey inhumanity attempting to bend everything to its ruthless will. Yet despite all of this chaos, there is always some hope. There is always the promise -- no matter how small -- of something better.

Now imagine what would happen if even that hope is minimized even further: if not taken away completely. Something more inevitable than Imperial legions, than Darth Vader, than even Death itself threatens to sweep across this galaxy. Not stormtroopers, but Death Troopers.

This is the scenario that Joe Schreiber presents to the reader: encapsulated into the repressive microcosmic environment of an Imperial prison barge, an abandoned Star Destroyer, and the humanity -- or sentience -- that somehow manages to survive on both. I would just like to state that I review very few books, and I have never reviewed a Star Wars book before. However, there is something about Death Troopers -- in the way it is executed in itself, in the way it has been advertised, and in how it might fit into the Star Wars Expanded Universe canon that I really want to talk about.

Death Troopers is an experiment in mixing an element of the horror genre -- specifically the zombie genre -- with the space fantasy genre of Star Wars. This is not, however, the first time zombies have played a role in the Star Wars EU. Rakghouls, Korriban Zombies, Technobeasts, possessed corpses fighting the Jedi Master Mace Windu and other elements of this kind have always existed in Star Wars comics media.
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