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Red Harvest

(Star Wars Legends)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  4,592 ratings  ·  485 reviews
Unlike other young Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps—those whose abilities have not proved up to snuff—Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants. But suddenly her quiet existence among greenhouse and garden specimens is violently destroyed by the arrival of an emissary from Darth Scabrous, a Sith Lord with a fanatical dream poised to ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 255 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Random House Publishing Group (first published December 28th 2010)
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Jay Sandlin Hello Kale! If you are interested in an expanded universe without the baggage of the original trilogy, check out the Darth Bane trilogy. Set…moreHello Kale! If you are interested in an expanded universe without the baggage of the original trilogy, check out the Darth Bane trilogy. Set one-thousand years BBY, not even Yoda can crash this party. Dawn of the Jedi sets the timeline back even further, as well as the entire Lost Tribe of the Sith series. As for the new continuity, your choices become more limited, but New Dawn comes to mind as well as "Dark Disciple" (less)

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May 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m still relatively a novice when it comes to the ‘Legends’ cannon, with this being only the fifth event on the timeline.
But having read a short story collection and others with characters based on comics and video games, It was quite refreshing to finally have a fully fledged novel.

Set in 3645 BBY - Red Harvest is a prequel to Death Troopers, it tells how the virus was created as Sith Lord Darth Scabrous seeks immortality after learning that he needs a rare Black Orchid for the final ingredien
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
Lance Shadow
Big thank you to my goodreads pal Crystal Starr Light for sending me this book!
Anyways, it's the month of horror and two days until Halloween, so I didn't think there would be any better time to read and review Joe Schrieber's mashup between star wars and zombie horror.

This book is well known as one of the most hated star wars novels in existence, whether it be from the legends or canon continuity. But, honestly... I didn't think it was that bad. Ok, it's not great, or even that good, but it c
Emmett Spain
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katrin von Martin
Joe Schreiber is perhaps one of the most divisive writers in the “Star Wars” franchise. I enjoyed “Death Troopers” as a fun zombie adventure, something a little different in the Galaxy Far Far Away that utilized common horror tropes very effectively, but I was more than a little trepidatious about starting “Red Harvest,” Schreiber’s second spooky “Star Wars” offering. See, whenever this book seems to come up in “Star Wars” conversation, it’s often derided as the worst installment in the Expanded ...more
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
Daniel Kukwa
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I'm not a fan of the zombie genre whatsoever...and yet, here is a "Star Wars" story that is simply a nightmarish, balls-to-the-wall action horror thriller that doesn't pause for breath...and makes for compelling, addictive reading. Just a tale of violence, death and Sith alchemy gone horribly wrong...told with a great deal of skill.
Vicki Crosson

I had AT LEAST 4 stars enjoyment from this terrible awful star wars zombie book, and I recommend you don't take it seriously at all.
Sam Ang
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
James Mourgos
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Rhee
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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.

Brad Wheeler
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Basics

Format: Audiobook
Why did I read it: It was on the list of Star Wars books I haven’t read.
Length: Fairly short
Age Group: teen and older

All out of ten

Cover Art: 5
Plot: 6
Setting: 7
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 6
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

My Thoughts

Positives: It was interesting to see a Jedi that was a specialist in communicating with plants instead of being a bad ass with a light saber. It was also interesting to get an inside look at what a sigh training academy is like.

Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining enough read and one I sandwiched between volume 4 and 5 of Jordan's dense Wheel of Time series due to the fact that I knew it wasn't going to be as heavy or long of a read.
No pun intended, but Schr
eiber fleshes out some of the characters in the book, but kind of leaves others hanging. Often violent and very descriptive, Schreiber deftly relates the Sith way of life in a school devoted to its teachings while the evil Darth Scaborous (sp)maniacally looks to his own agenda at ext
Deborah Kimball
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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Mila Elizabeth
Fast-paced, with lots of action and gore. Certainly not a master piece of the genre, but fun enough to read.
I'm of the opinion that Joe Schreiber should keep writing stories based in the Star Wars universe. Based on what I've seen from both Death Troopers and now Red Harvest, he's got plenty of talent and it's kind of refreshing to traipse through an R-rated sector of the galaxy from time to time. And of course, nothing says lovin' like some zombie action. Hopefully Schreiber is allowed to continue his output, because eventually he'll hit his stride and deliver an exceptionally awesome Star Wars novel ...more
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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 rated it 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 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
-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
Star Wars. With zombies. That have lightsabers. Check your tasty brains at the docking bay.

With the fairly recent sale of the Star Wars IP to Disney, and four polarizing films now in the Mouseverse canon, I decided to take on an ambitious project: reading every Expanded Universe (now under the noncanon "Legends" label) novel from beginning to end in the chronology. I want to answer an ultimate question for myself. Is Disney doing it right by tossing out the EU canon for their own, or is the repu
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joe Schreiber was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming and northern California. Until recently, he has never lived in the same address for longer than a year. Before settling in Hershey he lived in New York, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland (OR), and Philadelphia. Becoming a parent forced him to consider a career with more reliable income, and ...more

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