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Death Troopers: Star Wars Hardcover – October 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
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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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While I enjoy horror films, I’m not much of a horror novel reader so maybe I’m the wrong demographic. For what it’s worth, however, this book is 99% horror and 1% Star Wars. Assuming it's a spoiler to mention the main series character/s I'll just say there are a few and they're barely present, introduced clumsily, and while Schreiber captures most of their personalities in the dialogue, they’re pointless to the exercise. The first half of the book is true to formula and done in “realistic” style so it's super grisly and for the most part, characters react realistically. Then the Star Wars stock characters show up and it’s a sudden and total tonal shift that’s jarring and feels out of place. The story itself is your basic zombie pandemic gore fest set in space and maybe the formula is common but to me it felt very predictable and familiar. I kept thinking Resident Evil, Doom and Event Horizon. I could see everything coming from nearly the first page.
It doesn’t help that the leads are all human so the alien races so prevalent in SW are underused. This book could’ve been reset in any prison, any military ship. SW is incidental. It’s a horror novel.
Saying all that, it’s probably well-written but I was bored out of my mind and the massive amounts of gore and constant state of how terrified the characters were just felt mind-numbingly repetitious. It's not very medically thought-out, either.
Oh, and the female protagonist is useless. She’s a poor doctor and falls completely apart when afraid, can’t handle a gun. But she’s pretty and all the prisoners think she’s hot so I guess she’s good enough for most readers. She just pissed me off.
"[The zombie's] mouth was buried in Pauling's throat and it was busily slurping its blood, ripping off huge gobbets of his flesh... Strands of Pauling's flesh were dangling from its teeth."
"The leg was connected to a torso, covered up by another, and another, the pile growing in front of him comprising what he realized was hundreds of dismembered corpses--heads, arms, legs, and whole bodies, bare bones, many of them still dressed in rotten Imperial uniforms... hacked recklessly to pieces, still others partially devoured, whole gobbets of of flesh gnawed off. Many of the parts were bloated to the point where the skin itself had begun to split open like sausages..."
Well, that's probably enough for you to get the idea. There's an exciting, gritty story here with a couple of fun cameos from classic Star Wars characters, but to get through it your imagination will have to cope with all kinds of horrific imagery and gristly situations where people eat each other alive and poke weapons into eye sockets and shove cleavers into heads. There are also some heart-racing chases in the dark for those who dig that kind of thing. So if you like that stuff, you'll enjoy this. I can't say I ENJOYED that part of it, but I was able to stomach the content and I particularly enjoyed the fact that it takes place within 5 years of Star Wars: Episode IV. However, I can't imagine letting my little boy crack this book open and I hope other parents won't blindly buy this book for their kids just because "it's Star Wars". If you wouldn't let your kids read a book based on Night Of The Living Dead, steer them clear of Death Troopers too.
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