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Star Wars: Las tropas de la muerte

(Star Wars Legends)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  8,475 ratings  ·  975 reviews
Una inesperada nueva aventura en el universo Star Wars

Cuando la barcaza prisión imperial Purga, hogar temporal de quinientos de los criminales más peligrosos de la galaxia, se avería en una zona alejada y deshabitada del espacio, su única esperanza parece residir en un destructor estelar a la deriva y aparentemente abandonado. Sin embargo, sólo la mitad del equipo de búsqu
Published 2010 by T.M.NARRATIVA (first published 2009)
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DiscoSpacePanther It can be read as a standalone. There is a prequel of sorts, Red Harvest by the same author, set some 3,600 years before Death Troopers.
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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
CF Dracarys
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopian
I really enjoyed Schreiber's writing. It was concise and clear and very sensory. The story itself was okay, it was a fun read. The characters were enjoyable but not particularly memorable. ...more
Jason Brown (Toastx2)
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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!

Gianfranco Mancini

A very funny Star Wars tale... with zombies!
The appearance of a famous characters duo was a nice add(view spoiler), but it spoiled the suspence for good because you already know they are going to survive.

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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
I should probably start this review by stating that I am not the biggest Star Wars fan. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the movies (well, all save the prequel trilogy, of which I dislike all three) and I’ve played some of the games (Knights of the Old Republic stands as one of my favorite RPGs ever made), but the expanded universe is not something that I’m particularly interested in.

That said, I am a huge horror fan and upon hearing that there was a Star Wars novel with zombies in it… my inner chi
Scott Rhee
I wrote this review in 2012. For some reason, "Star Wars" fans and zombie film fans don't often mix, so this book is very definitely for a niche audience. If you've kind of gotten tired of the sentimentality and seriousness of "The Walking Dead" (I know it's the zombie apocalypse but could someone please just tell a fucking joke or crack a smile once in a while?), this book harkens back to a time when even zombie movies had a bit of fun. Throw in the sappy silliness of a space opera, and you've ...more
Jan 28, 2010 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
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, star-wars
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kevin Fitzsimmons
Oct 04, 2011 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
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
kristen ♡
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
zahara cody is so great & i wish she had more in star wars as well as more doctors in general.
Nov 18, 2009 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
Dec 01, 2015 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.
Concept 3
Story 4
It was actually really exciting:)
Nov 21, 2012 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
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2009 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
Dec 07, 2009 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
Jun 21, 2010 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
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
Sam Ang
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars
Shelves: horror, sci-fi, 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, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
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
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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
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
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. ...more
Joshua Marx
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
I am probably being too generous with the 5 stars, but I really enjoyed it. I got this as an audio book, and it had sound effects, music and really creepy noises for the "zombies", which is actually what made it so enjoyable to me and why I rated it 5 stars rather than 4; it was like listening to a horror movie. I think it would be a good read, but I definitely recommend getting the audio version of it and I normally prefer reading to audio books. ...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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