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Death Troopers (Star Wars) (Star Wars - Legends) Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2010

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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

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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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars - Legends
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345520815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345520814
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read a fair share of Star Wars books, but never anything this gory or downright scary. Star Wars is usually pretty tame. So I was surprised to find this book whose cover is comprised of a bloody Stormtrooper head hanging from a chain with a hook jammed through its eye. I like old-school Star Wars, from the Classic Era, Episodes IV-VI, so I was eager to read this to see what the "Death Troopers" were all about. Well, that decapitated Stormtrooper head scene is actually in the book, along with many others that could probably not be proudly displayed at your local bookstore. I'm actually surprised that this book doesn't contain a warning label or sticker that this book is for "Suggested for Mature Readers". But here it is, for the first time, a Star Wars book about flesh-eating zombies in deep space. Parents, the Clone Wars this book is not. Here are some sample lines:

"[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.
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I became aware of this book through the video trailers fans had done for it. I am a huge zombie genre fan and a Star wars junkie. This was just too good to be true. If you enjoy Star Wars, Horror, or Zombie fiction you will enjoy this book. The pacing is fast and addictive. The characters are realistic and approachable.

If there is anything to complain about this book is that it is fast paced. For the first time I sat down and read a book from cover to cover in one sitting. I haven't owned the book for 24 hours and have finished the book. Part of me is curious to see if there will be another book following the characters that survive the events in the book or if the infection will become a series of books. That the concepts from the book are being brought into the Galaxies MMO and the fan adoption of the ideas makes me hopeful that this is not the last we will see of this type of book in the Star Wars Universe.
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Let me just say right off the top that I am not normally a fan of horror books. I realize that the genre is popular now, but zombies and the undead hold no particular appeal for me. However, Death Troopers is a Star Wars book, so I decided to give it a try. I was not familiar with Joe Schreiber as this is the first of his books I have read.

The basic plot of Death Troopers is fairly straightforward. The Imperial prison barge Purge is packed with 500 prisoners being transported to an isolated penal colony. In the first stages of the book we have the normal kind of prison story with prisoners fighting prisoners, guards exercising their power, a warden of questionable character, etc. We are introduced to most of the main characters. Then everything changes. The barge's thrusters fail and the barge comes to a halt in the vicinity of what appears to be a deserted Star Destroyer. A boarding party is sent on to the Star Destroyer to see if any engine parts can be found. The Star Destroyer is dark and spooky, and things quickly go amiss. Only part of the boarding party makes it alive back to the Purge, and they unknowingly bring a horrible disease back with them that quickly attacks the barge's population. Death comes for almost all. Then the dead begin to rise and come after the six survivors, including two surprise characters not listed in the Dramatis Personae in the front of the book.

The primary characters are just superficially developed in the book. We only get to know a little bit about them. The book is almost nonstop action, but it never seemed to be particularly scary. Gross in places, yes. Lots of blood and gore. Lots of shambling undead and lots of disgusting scenes, but not really terrifying.
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I'm more of a Star Wars fan than a zombie fan, but I was willing to give "Death Troopers" a chance. After all, the Star Wars Expanded Universe is very flexible, capable of telling stories in all manner of genres, so why not horror?

I found "Death Troopers" to be a grim, dirty, depressing story. The violence and gore didn't bother me so much as the tone of the book -- it just didn't seem like Star Wars to me, it could have been any generic sci-fi / horror franchise. I found the whole experience to be depressing, cold and inevitable. At a certain point, the story slipped into the modern zombie movie mode, and from there on in it was all about going through the motions.

Minor spoiler alert: I agree with some reviewers that the addition of Han Solo and Chewbacca weakens the story. It was fairly easy to pick out the story arcs for the other characters, but once the author introduced Han and Chewie (my favorite SW characters, by the way), I started caring less about the other characters and more about how this adventure would fit into Han and Chewie's chronology.

I guess I'm more interested in happier endings. To me, Star Wars is about the battle of good versus evil, and "Death Troopers" was sort of a monster-of-the-week experience for me. It didn't fit my expectation of what a Star Wars novel should be, and it didn't thrill or entertain me like I had hoped.
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