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Star Wars: Death Troopers [Paperback]

Joe Schreiber
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22 Oct 2009 Star Wars (Book 77)
In the time immediately following the destruction of the Death Star and the years between the Battle of Yavin and the foundation of the Rebel Base on Hoth, the Empire's grip on the galaxy has become an unyielding fist of retribution. Pressed into action by Emperor Palpatine, Imperial forces have stepped up efforts to hunt down and imprison Rebel sympathizers, shipping them off to newly formed detainment moons via huge prison barges. By necessity these barges are floating chambers of degradation and vice, notoriously unreliable spacecraft staffed by Imperial corrections officers whose cruelty rivals that of the inmates. The Imperial Prison Barge Virtue is hauling its load of prisoners, criminals and murderers, human and non-human, across the galaxy, when it breaks down in deep space. Soon after, the ship's warden discovers a derelict Star Destroyer, seemingly abandoned, and sends a boarding party to scavenge parts to repair the Virtue. Half of them don't come back. The ones that do are infected with a virus so deadly that within hours, it has wiped out ninety-nine percent of the barge's population. But for the handful of survivors -- two brothers, the Virtue's female chief medical officer, and a sadistic captain of the guards, along with a certain rogue smuggler and his Wookiee sidekick - the true horror is just begun. Because those inmates and guards who died of the virus don't stay dead...and when they come back, they're extremely hungry. Against their better judgment, the survivors take refuge aboard the massive creaking emptiness of the Destroyer, only to discover that its original population has not disappeared at all -- and that they've been waiting for them.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (22 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099542889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099542889
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,703 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)

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, a clever experiment 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Star Wars" meets "28 Days Later" 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How did Lucas books allow this to be published? 30 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Lucy Christie
4.0 out of 5 stars fun book, has a lot of similarities to dead ...
very mild spoiler alert: fun book, has a lot of similarities to dead space (game, movie) in terms of the threat. Read more
Published 2 months ago by quibles
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bad joke if wasnt so poorly written
Even by the low standard of most star wars books this one is bad.
they even have to shoehorn in han and chewie
to get you to care about the other... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dregj
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit but it lost me when (spoiler alert) Han and Chewbacca turned up then it started to feel like fan fiction and not a Star Wars cannon novel, which I'm... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Fenwick
4.0 out of 5 stars ace
this is ace horror star wars novel only down point is no force users in it bit like original resident evil when they good but in space.

good adventure horror.
Published 6 months ago by julie holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 Days Later in a Galaxy Far Far Away
Can I say firstly. I'm so sick of Zombies.
I used to love them but over time, with their ever growing popularity since Night of the Living Dead, right up to the most recent,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Koopa90
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and light hearted read
I recently started reading some of the star wars novels and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. They are easy to read, light hearted fun with some interesting plots behind them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shaun Dowdall
3.0 out of 5 stars Over hyped
I was really looking forward to this book after it came highly recommended to me by a few people. I wasn't overly thrilled by it, story was good but the way it played out wasn't... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and intreeging
Great book that captures fans imagination! I loved it. A book you can't put down! The best book I've read!
Published 12 months ago by ????
4.0 out of 5 stars great read.
Brilliant book to read and a very good read its basically zombies in star wars universe with brief caracters han solo and chewie I liked this story a lot only bad thing was that no... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carl
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