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Star Wars: Death Troopers (Star Wars)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,637 ratings  ·  518 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
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Published June 28th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 2009)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Alejandro
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. 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. Also, the book is really good and entertaining. I have some expectations before I started to read the novel and many of them weren't as I thought, since the story developed in a total different way...more
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
Leeanna
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...more
Samuel
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Eric
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...more
Brian
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Carla
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...more
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
Michael
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...more
Patrick
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Aaron
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
Liz
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...more
Kevin Fitzsimmons
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...more
Ryan
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...more
Sam Ang
Apr 28, 2012 Sam Ang rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars
Shelves: sci-fi, horror, star-wars
Full review in the following link: http://bookunderthesun.blogspot.com/2...

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...more
Mario
Magnificent book! Seems so short but it's not. Great balance between old characters and new ones... the ending is pure adrenaline.
Kristina
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Frank
Death Troopers marks my return to the Star Wars genre after hiatus that has now spanned several years. A return I would not have made had I not recieved the book as a brithday present. To my delight, I find myself happy to have revisited that galaxy far, far away.
The most striking thing about the book is the cover. A bloody battered stormtrooper helmet bloodied, cracked and hanging by a hook thru one of the lenses from a chain. Immeditaly one can see this is not your typical Star Wars story. The...more
Tarl
I read Horror. I read StarWars. I like zombies.
What more could I ask for?
NOT THIS.
*ahem*
Let me lay it out. The plot could be anything, be it aliens, zombies, whatever. It doesn't feel very StarWars to begin with. Yes, Han is there, and no, that's not a spoiler. Sadly, that's actually a saving grace, as without him and Chewie, this book would have been even more dreadful and would have gotten a one star rating.

This book is full of things that happen as a coincidence, yet instead of happening onc...more
Samantha
Jun 20, 2013 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars and Zombie fans...mature audiences only
I went on a quest at the library to find Star Wars novels that I could read. I have been wanting to dive more into the extended universe. However, it is rather difficult to find some that stand on their own without extended knowledge of the extended universe and events occurring in it. I picked up this novel only because it said Star Wars and because it took place between movies 3 and 4, which leaves for a large gap. Also, upon reading the synopsis, it appears that this novel stands on its own....more
Michael
Zombies and Star Wars what a great combination. At least it could have been one of the greatest combinations ever. Death Troopers starts slow and ends fast. The build up of characters and the situation that is about to happen build up for to long before they have to deal with the zombies. When the zombies finally arrive they book ends to quickly. There's not enough tension to keep the book moving.

The best part of Death Troopers is you get to experience a little time with crazy zombies. They're o...more
Horizon
Let's ignore, for the moment, that this is a Star Wars novel. I would have ignored it had it not been written by Joe Schreiber. So with that in mind, this is a fun, new "zombies in space" story. Schreiber plays with the bio-warfare/ hive mentality aspects of zombie-ism. The characters were solid and engaging with just enough back story to make them real. Two points of contention: (and I write this in the knowledge that I am meeting Joe in 2 weeks) one, that the ship that the characters are aboar...more
Tom Flynn
Death Troopers is essentially Zombies+Star Wars. It goes off fairly well, but may grow tiresome to those who are not fans of the series. It should be read quickly, and with gusto.

We follow the remnants of the inmates of an Imperial prison ship and its crew, as they attempt to find a way to survive an enemy that has never been seen before. It's short, and there isn't much character development, but there isn't supposed to be. It's designed as a short, action-intensive easy read that's supposed to...more
Donna
I stopped reading new Star Wars books a long time ago, because the expanded universe started to feel like a bloated, inconsistent mess. I'm a big horror nerd though, so the prospect of Star Wars zombies was appealing.

There was potential in the setup, but the most interesting developments were sidelined in favor of "kid in danger" scenes and opportunities to cross things off some kind of master list of Star Wars references.

The gross-out factor was there, but the details felt like standard zombie...more
Blake Northcott
If you love zombies, you’ll like this book.

If you love Star Wars, you’ll really like this book.

And if your two favourite things in the entire world happen to be zombies AND Star Wars, you’ll probably have an orgasm before you finish reading the first chapter.

I was originally drawn to this book by the cover, and by the fact that I needed an audio book to listen to on a long drive, and this filled my three criteria: it was unabridged, around 6 hours in length, and looked interesting.

The Story

Deat...more
Megan
I have never read a zombie apocalypse story and I made it through half of the first episode of The Walking Dead. Zombies don't particularly interest me, though I am coming around on that front (I've even decided to give The Walking Dead the four episode test, so we'll see).

I love Star Wars and it was interesting to see this story played out. A lot of reviews complain about Han and Chewbacca's inclusion but, meh. There wasn't really much time to do a lot character development, so that saved a lot...more
Amanda
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...more
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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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“The last of Zahhara's patients died that night. In the end it happened very quickly. About half of them had been human, the others different alien species, but it didn't make a difference. In the last moments some of the nonhumans had reverted to their native languages, some had clutched her hand and talked to her passionately- if brokenly, through uncontrollable coughing-as if she were some family member or loved one, and she'd listened and nodded even if she didn't understand a word of it.” 0 likes
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