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Star Wars: Death Troopers (Star Wars Legends)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,127 Ratings  ·  644 Reviews
When the Imperial prison barge Purge–temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’ s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves–breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only hal ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 2009)
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The zombie force is strong in this one!


Maybe some hardcore fans of Star Wars can feel uncertain to try this book since its basic premise involves zombies... yes, you read right... ZOMBIES. (Without thinking that nowadays isn't canonical anymore)

However, before you decide to go away from the book, I can let you know that this particular book is in the toplists of several Star Wars reviewers around the internet.


...something good must have!

Moreover, tech
mark monday
this marks my second (and possibly last) foray into the surprisingly expansive world of Star Wars tie-in novels. my first was Han Solo's Revenge back when I was 10 or so.

the plot involves the Empire prison ship Purge and its ill-fated encounter with a not-quite abandoned Empire Destroyer. things are lurking aboard this gigantic ship, both viral and on two legs. I had a good deal of fun racing around this immense zombie labyrinth with the suddenly very small cast of characters. Death Troopers emp
Steve Lowe
My almost 13-year old son read this in one day, had a nightmare that night, and then insisted that I read it as well. I admit, I was intrigued by the concept and the cover art since it came out. After reading it over the course of about 3 days, I realize the cover art and the concept remain the best things about this book.

Death Troopers came out in 2009, so I'm not going to be revealing anything major here to the hardcore Star Wars fans, but still, here's a SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!! If you have any
Jason (RawBlurb)
like an unconcerned lover, meeting you for a “nooner”, Death Troopers is quick and dirty. it doesnt ask you how you are doing or if you are getting close. when it is finished, it rolls out of bed and leaves you staring, asking “what exactly just happened”. you feel a little dirty, then you shower and get back to work. in the end, it is still a nooner, so who can scoff at that? not i.

a little background info to explain the above..

as a kid, i was an avid book reader. you put it in front of me, and
Jan 28, 2010 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted this book to be filled with win. Star Wars plus Zombies! How could that be bad? Well, it’s not bad. That’s not exactly the ringing endorsement anybody really wants though, is it?

First problem is that I’m genuinely not a fan of the horror genre. I like the occasional horror movie but I skip all the torture porn, green filter wannabe ghost scary, splatter fest 30 year old reboot give me your money for something you’ve seen before crap. IF it’s good I’m very into it, but the kind of
Crystal Starr Light
“Well, we’re on a Star Destroyer being chased by the living dead”
The Purge is an Imperial prison barge. When it makes an unexpected stop near a ghost Star Destroyer, Captain of the Guard, Jareth Sartoris, is sent aboard to find spare parts. Instead, their party is split up, and only half returns. But once back on the ship, a virus spreads quickly, much more quickly than Zahara Cody, medical officer can treat. Can the survivors—Sartoris, Cody, two orphaned boys, Kale and Trig Longo, and two myste
Jeremy Stephens
This was like the movie "I Am Legend" if it were in space. The only thing I didnt like about this book was that it seemed like this book wasn't originally written as a star wars novel but then later various references and characters were added in so that it could be labeled as a Star Wars novel. The plot was lacking in detaials- especially character development and information on why the situation on the star destroyer occurred. a back story or two would have been nice. i was tempted to give th ...more
May 07, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
4 VERY fun Stars!!!
This was a great, "Legends" Star Wars book! I'll admit, I was a bit apprehensive about the whole concept of 'Star Wars and Zombies', but it was such an exciting ride. And the zombie concept within the story is completely different than anything I've ever read or seen about zombies.
And, not going to tell you who, but you get a surprise appearance by a couple of familiar faces.
Overall, this was a good, quick and fun book! I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read Star
Nov 18, 2009 Leeanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars: Death Troopers, by Joe Schreiber

I believe I saw "Death Troopers" advertised as the first Star Wars horror novel. Although I am not a horror fan, I am an avid Star Wars fan so I had to read it. My first impression came about 100 pages into the novel: it's just a horror story with some Star Wars dressing.

That aside, it's an okay horror story, but it seems very typical. Abandoned ship, check. Mysterious virus, check. Zombies, check. Add some Star Wars elements, check. I really only kept
Kevin Fitzsimmons
Oct 13, 2011 Kevin Fitzsimmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read numerous reviews pillorying this novel for not being close enough to the Star Wars universe, or for not having a convincing villain, or for just being sort of sick. I have to confess, I picked up this novel a year ago. Read a couple pages, put it away and just picked it up again to read in a waiting room. This probably wasn't fair to this novel, since waiting rooms make me cranky and hyper-critical.

For me, the biggest "complaint" about the novel would be the gore. Not that I have anyt
Jul 07, 2013 Samuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, horror
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Dec 05, 2015 TK421 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Star Wars and zombies. How can this not be good, right? Give your brain some cotton candy. Read it.
Jun 13, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2009 Carla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book takes a fun concept---zombies + Star Wars---and fails to deliver on its promise. The plot itself is a fairly standard horror/zombie story that could have taken place anywhere, and the Star Wars details are simply layered over the top. The structure of the plot is well done, but there are some serious problems with the book as a whole.

The inclusion of two characters famous from the movies [I won't mention their names, as to not spoil it:] was rather pointless, especially since Death Tro
Scott Rhee
George Lucas created a monster back in the late '70s when he introduced the world to "Star Wars". What started as a fun space-opera fantasy film consisting of a dramatis personae of roughly nine major characters has exploded into a multi-billion dollar franchise and a steadily-growing universe of new stories. Fans call it the Expanded Universe, and there are literally hundreds of new authors constantly adding to it with new novels either carrying on the storylines started by Lucas in his six fil ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
The old adage says you should never judge a book by its cover.

Maybe we should update it to say that we should never judge a book by its cover or its Internet marketing campaign.

Images of the cover for this "Star Wars" book began to slip out months ago along with the tease of stormtroopers plus zombies. Based on that alone, the novel had to be worth reading, right?

Yes and no.

As a standalone novel in the "Star Wars" universe, the books is an enjoyable enough story as author Joe Schreiber introduce
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Nov 21, 2012 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skip-it
I had put off reading this book for a long time because I did not want to be disappointed. When I first heard about Death Troopers, I was a bit excited. The concept seemed to be pretty exciting: horror set in the Star Wars Universe. As much as I wanted to rush out and buy this book to read, I waited. My fear was that the book would fall far short of my expectations of the initial concept and leaving me feeling annoyed. I finally gave in and picked up this book from the local library. After devou ...more
Turn off your brain and go with it!

I suspect this is one of those books which people will either love or hate. If you're a zombie fan, then you'll probably love this; if you hate zombies, you won't like this book. I'm not a die-hard reader of Star Wars books, but I'm a huge zombie fan so I had to give this a try.

There's nothing new here, I'll say that right now, but in this case the old works just fine. People trapped on a small ship, the crew dying around them, corpses disappearing, and then th
Jun 21, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, well, well. Zombies+Star Wars. Some may say it spells disaster, but it was pretty legit. This is definitely no epic tale of doom, but Joe Schreiber gets the job done.

Schreiber uses a simplistic zombie formula: the virus. As zombie lovers know, zombies are usually created by spells(people waking the undead who suddenly develop a thirst for brains or voodoo), or virus(contagious through bite etc.). The rage virus is kind of a cheater zombie, but Schreiber uses the classic. It's a virus that
Dec 05, 2009 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, horror
The thing this book most reminded me of was Snakes on a Plane. When I first heard about both SoaP and Death Troopers, my first reaction was "That's an amazing idea and should be tons of fun! Why did no one think of this sooner?" Both situations ended up being similarly disappointing, though, although of the two Death Troopers was an order of magnitude more disappointing.

DT was disappointing because the only time it felt like a Star Wars novel was when Han Solo showed up, and even that felt kind
Sam Ang
Apr 28, 2012 Sam Ang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars
Shelves: sci-fi, horror, star-wars
Full review in the following link:

Imagine zombies roaming around in the Star Wars galaxy, and this is the outcome. The plot itself is nothing new: a ship met some malfunction, stalled in the middle of nowhere, met a ghost ship, entered and bring back unspeakable horrors (you know what it is), everyone become zombies, a few protagonists died, a few finally survived and left, blah blah blah... Well, at least that is the gist of it. Sounds familiar? If it do
Oct 14, 2015 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Star Wars meets zombies. Rather more gory and a bit scarier than i was anticipating for a Star Wars novel. The cover itself is comprised of a bloody Stormtrooper head hanging from a chain with a hook jammed through its eye giving the book more of a horror aspect.

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 st
Jonathan Bergeron
I bought a Star Wars t-shirt from Target the other week, first Star Wars t-shirt ever. I finally decided to embrace the geek I am and wear the title with pride. It's an awesome shirt. It's blue with an AT-AT on it, showing what look like the schematics of it. Fantastic shirt and it fits great. Good on ya Target. When I got home, after buying it, I decided to go on Goodreads and ask the group I'm most active in about some recs on Star Wars books.

I've always stayed away from movie tie-in books. Th
Holden Phelps
Kinda slow and boring it changed characters a-lot but would be appealing to a star wars "nerd" but not to me. It lasted longer than some other books I started reading that I had found in my basement so i'll give it 2 stars.
Coos Burton
Soy una persona devota del horror, de eso no hay dudas, y creo que está bastante claro. Pero un buen día me dije "no puedo cerrarme en un solo género", así que desde ese entonces comencé a hurgar entre diferentes géneros y temáticas al menos para probar y saber qué tipo de cosas podrían resultarme interesantes. He aquí el momento en el que me propuse leer más ciencia ficción, y como estoy actualmente (re)descubriendo el universo de Star Wars me puse a mirar a ver qué podía encontrar que esté rel ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Ariel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: outer-space
This book was just a little too gross for me, and had a little too much zombie and not enough Star Wars. However, I do think the author really expanded on Chewy as a character and made Life Day not seem quite as lame.
Jan 26, 2016 Tugg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 05, 2016 Ruel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombies and Star Wars? Yes, please!

Death Troopers mashes up the walking dead in a galaxy far, far away with uneven results, but it's a lightning-fast read that most Star Wars fans can appreciate. While the main characters aren't totally compelling, about halfway through the book things really pick up when new characters are introduced and the zombies start doing zombie things.

You'll roll your eyes or laugh like I did during some of the hokier moments, but that's too be expected when you're talk
Oct 07, 2012 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnificent book! Seems so short but it's not. Great balance between old characters and new ones... the ending is pure adrenaline.
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“I'm just saying --' He pointed the way that Han appeared to be favoring. '--this doesn't feel right'

'Yeah, well, we're on a Star Destroyer being chased by the living dead. NONE of this feels right”
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