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Death Troopers [With Poster] (Star Wars (Del Rey)) Hardcover – 13 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Lucas Books; 1 edition (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345509625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345509628
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An original tale of horror set in the Star Wars universe -- taking Star Wars fans to places they have never gone before. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DR Burden on 18 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
Well, from the moment I first heard about this novel, I was suspicious of the motives of the author. What was the point of doing a Star Wars horror novel?

There is a point. Who says, the Star Wars universe cannot have some horror lurking within the darkest depths of space. Admittedly some of the characters are losely drawn, and it is easy to tell who is going to be bait for the creatures now ravaging the prison barge. I think if there had been another seventy or so pages before the main event, as a reader I might have found a little more to emotionally latch onto.

That aside, this book flies past at such a speed, it is a joy to read. And it is quite unpleasant in places, genuinely vile in fact. I wish the story itself had never actually used the Z word, but thats a minor quibble.

About a hundred pages into the story, the ships doctor goes to solitary conifinement, aka The Hole, and finds two prisoners inside. I will not ruin who exactly it is, but the story takes on a whole new level of excitiement when these established Star Wars characters arrive on the scene.

Not always a perfect story, but one I suspect I might read again, and it leaves the door open for a whole new range of Star Wars storytelling, just because they are Science Fiction stories, doesnt mean they cannot cross genres.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Ramadani on 30 Oct. 2010
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Being a Star Wars fan I have purchased the entire collection of books published so far. I have read around half of them until now (in chronological order) and I have to say that this book is horrible. To star with your eyes will get a heavy workout having to constantly squint at the ridiculously small font size which is a nuisance. The book itself is so vague, the story line so shallow and for the first 100+ pages you kind of get to know some mediocre characters that do not feel like they belong to SW universe. Then all of a sudden two famous characters are introduced (Solo and Chewbacca) with no hints whatsoever in the previous pages. After getting over the initial shock of seeing these two characters mentioned I started to have some hope that from now on I would be able to enjoy a nice Solo-Chewie story (with a hint of horror to it). How wrong was I?

The two characters appear to be sort of plunged in the book for the sake of it (or to make the book appear a bit more Star War-ish, because let's face it, without the duo this book would not even feel like a SW story at all). The duo seem to be completely detached from their past or future, and they just simply float around in the pages (as a result of what I think is the author's lack of understanding of the characters and probably his imagination).

By the end of the book the Solo-Chewie characters are simply discarded without any thought and no links to hopes for the future.

The book is so shallow, the story-line barely stands together and it would be a poor read even for a horror story. After I finished reading it I felt disillusioned and incredulous at how it was possible that Lucas Books had allowed this book to be published at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Crossley on 22 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I enjoy Star Wars books espcially [ Tales of the mos Eisely cantina ] [ Tales of the Bouny Hunters ] and the Darth Bane Trilogy. I primarily enjoy a Star Wars book if it is dripping in a Star Warsy feel as well as having other stuff going for it such as: thought provoking dialogue. Good descriptions of things using fresh original similies and metaphors and so on. Whats wrong with this book is it is a science fiction/Horror story with a tenous attachment to the expanded Star Wars universe--it could have been just as easily set in the Star Trek universe.

And as far as the book goes as a stand-alone ( non Star Wars related ) horror story. . . well it sucks! its not at all frightening.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Beedo Sookcool on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is NOT going to be for everyone. If you like zombie stories (especially if they're the modern turbo-charged zombies as opposed to the old-fashioned shambling sluggards), you will love this book, almost guaranteed. I lent my copy of this book to a friend who enjoys zombie stories, and he ordered his own copy before he got half-way through reading mine. If you're a die-hard "Star Wars" fan, though, you may be a bit disappointed. Joe Schreiber writes a darned good zombie story, fast-paced and creepy with moments of genuine creeping horror. But to quote one of the surprise much-beloved hero characters which show up unexpectedly in this novel: "...we're on a Star Destroyer being chased by the living dead. NONE of this feels right." And it doesn't.

Mr. Schreiber is obviously a "Star Wars" fan. He throws in such obscure technical details and races (like the brief cameo of what is apparently a Paaerduag prisoner, a unique species which was only seen fleetingly in one RPG video game, so far as I know) that you suspect he could probably navigate the "Star Wars" galaxy by himself and converse with several species in their native languages along the way. Regardless, even with the sci-fi explanation of The Blackwing Infection, and even with the familiar species, ships, technology, and whatnot . . . "Star Wars" and zombies just don't seem to mix.

Don't get me wrong; the writing is excellent and gripping. I was so wrapped up in the story that I powered through the whole (admittedly shorter-than-standard) book in the same afternoon I got it. But it just doesn't FEEL right. Like Jeter's "Bounty Hunter Wars" Trilogy and "The Crystal Star," this novel just sticks out like a sore thumb from the rest of the field.
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