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Death Troopers (Star Wars) (Star Wars - Legends) Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2010
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“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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"[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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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I really enjoyed this book. I wish it was longer so I could get to know the Doc and teenage prisoner better. I would recommend reading this.Published 2 months ago by Robert Strickle
One would think that you can’t fail with Star Wars AND zombies. The author of this book proves that you certainly can. I didn’t find anything exciting about this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alexander Tarnowski
I got it when I was in middle school and I loved it. I still do. Read the book for what it is, don't read it as a critic. It's slow, but still good.Published 2 months ago by William McConnell
I read death troopers because the cover of the book got me interested in what the book was about. I read the back of the book huh star wars and zombies ok i will check it out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael S Swartz Jr