Death Troopers: Star Wars Hardcover – Oct 13 2009
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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
From the Paperback edition.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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The book was well written, included a host of memorable characters who I'm sure we all know. Fairly short in comparison to other Star Wars books, but definitely one to get if you... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2011 by Hari T.
What should have been a great combination, Star Wars and the undead, is dull and fails to engage on any level. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2011 by Papercowboy
I kept hearing AC/DC in my head while reading this book. Anyway, this mash-up was very exciting to read and there's a surprise that may be the best ever in a Star Wars novel. Read morePublished on May 23 2010 by Chris
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