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Red Harvest (Star Wars Legends)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  3,705 Ratings  ·  392 Reviews
The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans—and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality.

Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps—young Jedi whose abilities
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by LucasBooks (first published December 28th 2010)
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May 04, 2012 Mphecker rated it did not like it
"Listen to me," Trace told him. "I don't know who you are, but I am in possession of a very special set of skills. If you bring my sister back right now, unharmed, then I'll let you go. But if you don't, I promise you, I will track you down. I will find you. And I will make you pay."

Ugh, no thank you. I've already seen Taken, I don't want to read Taken with Lightsabers.
Crystal Starr Light
Zombies, Blood, and Gore, Oh My!

Darth Scabrous is cooking up a little potion that is supposed to be the Fountain of Youth, of sorts. He hires Whiphid bounty hunter, Tulkh, to get a Murakami orchid from the Jedi. Tulkh does this, but also picks up Jedi Knight, Hestizo "Zo" Trace. But Scabrous' mixture doesn't quite create what he wanted...sure, the poor Nicktr is immortal, but he's also a Living Dead out to kill whomever stands in his path. *Gulp*

NOTE: I received the NOVEL form via Amazon's Vine
Emmett Spain
Jun 05, 2011 Emmett Spain rated it did not like it
When your novel is based around a “people in constant and immediate peril” concept, you need to care about the characters. You don’t need to like them all, but you need to at least care. The story is predicated upon these people being under threat, and if you don’t mind whether they get filleted or not, then you’ve got nothing.

With that in mind I present to you Star Wars: Red Harvest – a book that trades interesting characters for overwritten descriptions and more gore than you can poke a large
Paul Nash
Apr 30, 2016 Paul Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
Ok... I guess I'm in the minority here, but I really enjoyed this book.

I'm a TRUE Star Wars fan and have enjoyed all the movies (of course I like the original trilogy the best), books, comics and collecting as well.

Now on to the review:
I'm a Star Wars fan AND a horror fan, and this book delivered both!

First of all, this is considered a "Legend" SW tale and it takes place almost 4,000 years before I took it for what it was.
We all have those ancient urban legends and fairy tales...and t
Oct 02, 2013 Steve rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
Good lord someone please stop this man from writing more Star Wars Novels. Lets face it kids, this book sucked for many reasons. The Sith Academy is now on some new ice ball planet. Training sith with no balls. Sometimes these acolytes seem more in tune with the light side than the dark. Whats up with acolytes or initiates who can use Force Lightning one minute and cant handle a training blade the next. Light Sabers seem to be nearly non existent in the book with maybe a maximum of half a dozen ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Michael rated it it was ok
Following the success of last year's "Death Troopers," "Red Harvest" gives us another zombie/"Star Wars" mash-up.

This time instead of zombies attacking and eating the brains of storm troopers, it's the Jedi taking on zombies. And not just any Jedi, mind you but an isolated training camp of Sith apprentices. On the surface it seems to have a lot of potential for a lot of fun and mayhem within "a galaxy far, far away." But just like "Death Troopers," "Red Harvest" comes up just a bit short for a l
Sam Ang
Jun 02, 2012 Sam Ang rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars
Shelves: sci-fi, horror, star-wars
The full article of this review is available at this link:

A long long time ago, there was a ship filled with the living dead in a galaxy far far away. The captivating story of a ship full of Imperial dead shambling around was novel in the sense that the popular sci-fi franchise never tried to accommodate horror elements into it. At least never did it seriously. That was Joe Schreiber's Death Troopers (which was also another book shared in my previous artic
There has ever been a more amazing cover than Red Harvest's. Those epic Sith eyes, creepy red tones, and general murderous intents are what drew me to this book. I have no idea who that is, but I will found out, and I will love him. That Sith is one badass. He's going to rule the entire book, make Jedi fall beneath his blade, and rule planets. He's going to-

Wait, who is that again?

After reading the book, I'm still not really sure. Why did the cover lie to me so convincingly? I knew this was a ho
Jun 12, 2011 James rated it really liked it
Red Harvest was a fascinating book in a lot of ways with strange aliens, a brother & sister Jedi team and a Sith master who wanted nothing more than eternal life -- but it came at a price.

Red Harvest comes after "Death Troopers" by Joe Schreiber, but it feel Red Harvest is the superior of the two.

Darth Scabrous runs the Sith Academy on some dirty planet. Apparently the Sith guys have academies to train their students just like the Jedi Academy does on Courascant. (Yes, I'm relatively new t
Aug 09, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it
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A Zombie-Horror Star Wars book? Now i have read everything!

Red Harvest is set in 3645BBY (before the destruction of the First Death Star). Red Harvest is meant to explain how to virus in Death Troopers came to be. Personally i found it a tad weird the premises of it, but at the same time it made complete sense. By having Darth Scabrous wanting to become immortal, much like Emperor Palpatine, i found it extremely easy to understand the Sith thinking.

Scott Rhee
Joe Schreiber continues his fun zombie-filled "Star Wars" series that he started in "Death Troopers" with "Red Harvest".

More of a prequel than a continuation of the events in "Death Troopers", "Red Harvest" takes place in the legendary period known as the Old Republic, thousands of years prior to the events of the "Star Wars" films.

The story is set on the wintry-cold planet of Odacer-Faustin, which is the location of a Sith Academy. Lording over the school is Darth Scabrous, a tyrannical and t
Brad Wheeler
Sep 25, 2011 Brad Wheeler rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, star-wars
Joe Schreiber's first Star Wars novel, Death Troopers, was a breath of fresh, fetid air in the Star Wars community. Rather than trying to emulate the Star Wars movies like most of the novels, it instead emulates a George Romero film in the Star Wars universe. It was great; I loved it.

In his second novel, Schreiber goes a bit too directly back to the well. The gradual infection of an isolated group (in this case, students at a Sith academy, rather than the crew of a Star Destroyer) leads to a run
Oct 23, 2012 Andy rated it did not like it
How bad a writer is Joe Schreiber, the scribe behind "Star Wars: The Kids Like Zombies These Days, Right?" So bad as to include his area RedBox as his muse. Notice, if you will, this little nugget as one Jedi discovers his sister is missing:

"Listen to me," Trace told him. "I don't know who you are, but I am in possession of a very special set of skills. If you bring my sister back right now, unharmed, then I'll let you go. But if you don't, I promise you, I will track you down. I will find you.
Oct 14, 2013 Jared rated it did not like it
Star Wars Legends Project #26

Background: Red Harvest was published in December of 2010. It was written by Joe Schreiber. Red Harvest is a distant prequel to Schreiber's previous Death Troopers. He is also the author of the forthcoming Maul: Lockdown, and a number of non-Star Wars horror novels.

The book takes place in the midst of the Cold War between the Republic and the Sith Empire, 3,645 years before the Battle of Yavin, 8 years after the Treaty of Coruscant established a fragile peace betwe
Zombies and Star Wars? Well, sure, it sounds odd, but so did zombies and Archie Anderson, and that turned out to be a pretty good story. Plus, the way that the Sith have been trying for millennia to come up with a way to cheat death, it makes sense that at some point one of them would create the living dead. Even if I weren't reading all of the Star Wars books, I probably would have read this one just to see how well it was put together.

The combination works well enough, but not enough to make t
Feb 14, 2016 Iset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Well that was an interesting little story. Star Wars has always had a lot of room for scope, because sci-fi manifests largely as a setting and environment, and can encompass within it other genres such as comedy, tragedy, action, mystery – or in this case, horror. For me, horror can be done in three ways: scary (panic), creepy (unsettling), or gory (revulsion). I would define Red Harvest as gory with a side of creepy. I was never scared, the creepy elements were slight in my opinion, and the vas ...more
Eric Sullenberger
Sep 07, 2015 Eric Sullenberger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard for me to state how much I disliked this book. Since I was reading [or re-reading] all of the Legends cannon, it was a necessity read this one and unfortunately early in the process. And although this is totally cliche, I kind of wish I could give it no stars, but then that is why I only gave it one.
I vaguely remember reading Death Troopers when it came out. Beyond that I can recall that I was not a fan of it and had a hard time seeing how it fit into the Star Wars Universe as a whole
Sep 13, 2015 Tom rated it did not like it
-Yo, yo, dudes. Listen. What if,… euh, what if there were zombies in Star Wars?
-Dude. Wow. That shit would be so deep. You know what? You should make a book about that.

I imagine this was the conversation between Joe Schreiber and his friends while in the stoner circle. The result was the book Death Troopers, a book which got good reviews. Schreiber thought he could double his success by writing another zombie Star Wars combo. Unfortunately, the result is a disaster.

The main character, Zo, is a b
Feb 28, 2011 uh8myzen rated it really liked it
This book, while not exactly a literary masterpiece is well written and enjoyable to read. Even more importantly, it is an interesting new direction for the Star Wars franchise, combining the Knights of the Old Republic era with zombie horror.

I am fairly new to the Stars Wars novels (though I have always been a rabid fan of the movies and video games) and to zombie horror as well, but I have developed an interest in both in recent years. I was skeptical about this combination at first, but afte
Jan 29, 2011 Angel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, zombie genre fans
Up front I will say that I think this was a lot better than his previous book, Death Troopers, which I also read. Having said that, it is a book I liked, but it was not a great book. Nice popcorn kind of entertainment. I don't really have much negative to say about it. I did find the zombie as result from an experiment to be interesting, and a nice touch in the Star Wars universe. As I have said before, SW franchise is pretty good about taking whatever is trendy, in this case, zombies, and adapt ...more
Nov 25, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it
I'm not real sure about this book. I found the concept and the idea of zombies in the Star Wars Universe to be interesting. I'm not sure that it was developed as well as it could have. I was excited to hear about a mostly Sith book especially about their Sith Academy even though I wasn't sure how it would work. There is an unknown Jedi from the Agricultural Corps involved however. I actually got involved and liked some of the Sith acolytes. I enjoyed getting to know what they were going through ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Ryan rated it did not like it
If zombies weren't popular, this book wouldn't exist. I've read pretty much every Star Wars book and this one is on par with some of the worst Star Wars ever written, such as Darksaber and the Crystal Star. It's a mediocre zombie story set in the Star Wars universe.

Death Troopers was alright, because it worked in a scientific explanation that works in the Star Wars universe. The writing of this book is just plain lazy, especially with the concept of how the zombies came to be.

If you like zombies
May 17, 2013 Jaime rated it did not like it
Zombie Sith students. Meh. Skip this one. A lot less exciting than it sounds. It's hard to enjoy an action packed storyline when you don't care about any of the characters or their well-being. I was annoyed at the random appearance of people/things that served no purpose other than to remind you that they existed. Hey remember Tauntauns? Here are some Tauntauns. How about a Neti who speaks like Yoda the first chapter he appears in, but speaks normally in every other chapter he's in? Also, I'm pr ...more
May 27, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars, horror
Schreiber continues the Star Wars Zombiesque feel with "Red Harvest". This story takes place before "Death Troopers", but it give insight on where the idea of the infection came from. What I really enjoyed about this story was where it took place. You get to see the home of the Sith training facility. Being able to see the young Sith apprentices going through their daily routine along with the young Jedi who has an unusual connection to the force was something I had not expected. This story is g ...more
Sacha Valero
Sep 25, 2016 Sacha Valero rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hilarious. Not because it was written as a comedy, but rather because it is just so dumb. The writing is fine, but some of this is so over the top it's ridiculous. There isn't a single character in this book (and we're introduced to quite a few) that I cared about in the slightest. They are not developed at all, just one dimensional with no depth whatsoever.

I realize that most of the characters are cannon fodder like any good horror story, but at least give me some tension or somet
Mar 12, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars, horror
Red Harvest was a much better book than I thought it was going to be. Having read Death Trooper and being a little disappointed with the direction they took with the book, this zombie Star Wars book delivers what I really wanted. No main characters that were "safe" because they were in the Star Wars movies and they had to still be in them. Pure zombie carnage seen from different people's views. Plus the sweet Star Wars universe. Yes Jedi and Sith were in full force. Schreiber did a much better j ...more
May 25, 2011 Dale rated it it was ok
Yes, I read another Star Wars novel. You know what bothered me about this one? I got to thinking - this novel is supposed to be set THOUSANDS of years before Episode IV. THOUSANDS. And yet, the technology is exactly the same. So, not only was the socio-political arena completely stagnant for THOUSANDS of years, but tech and science were as well? Funny thing is - that's what bothered me.
Christian Smith
Mar 09, 2016 Christian Smith rated it it was ok
Star Wars and......................Zombies.....huhhh................Star Wars and ...................................zombies.....................ummm...................nope
-short chapters
-i like that it focuses on the sith not the jedi
-zombies really
-jedi can't talk to plants!!!!!
-bad character development
Kevin Anderson
Jan 06, 2011 Kevin Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I've never had more fun listening to an audio book than this one. The story overall is fine, but the performance by the narrator, the music, and especially the sound-effects, make this an awesome production!

Two words I thought I'd never hear: Undead Tauntauns!
Brayden Raymond
Dec 08, 2016 Brayden Raymond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
It is simple. Star Wars and Zombies do not mix. The first novel that tried this was new and original. This one should probably not exist.
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