Death Troopers ePUB Á Paperback

Death Troopers ePUB Á Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 271 pages
  • Death Troopers
  • Joe Schreiber
  • English
  • 11 March 2017
  • 0345520815

Death Troopers[PDF / Epub] ☆ Death Troopers Author Joe Schreiber – Essayreview.co.uk 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 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 seems to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned But when a boarding party is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours, nearly all aboard the Purge will die in ways too hideous to imagineAnd death is only the beginning.


About the Author: Joe Schreiber

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 withreliable income, and he got a job as an MRI tech at Hershey Medical Center Joe is married and has two children He is the author of Chasing The Dead, Eat The Dark, and his newest tale of terror No Doors, No Windows, which went on sale the same day as STAR WARS DEATH TROOPERS You can find him on the web at his blog ScaryParentBlogspotCom and on SuvuduCom, where he is an occasional horror columnist.


10 thoughts on “Death Troopers

  1. says:

    this marks my second and possibly last foray into the surprisingly expansive world of Star Wars tie in novels my first was

  2. says:

    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 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 intention of reading this and don t wish to know what happens, STOP NOW OK, so, we ve got an Imperial prison barge in deep space, and its engines take a shit A Star Destroyer is in the area, but there doesn t appear to be many life forms aboard a ship that holds 10,000 souls The prison dudes hook up to the Star Destroyer to see if they can swap meet for some spare parts, the boarding party comes back with nasty chest colds, people start dropping like flies, and only a few who have a natural immunity to the disease are left alive.And that brings us to Han Solo and Chewbacca Seems they re down in solitary confinement, and one of the survivors, a sexy little doctor number, gets them out That s when all the dead dudes start to become undead Note no actual zombies appear until halfway through the book and from there on out, it s one long chase sequence until the good guys make it out at the end And no, I m not ruining the ending for you Of course Han and Chewie make it out This is pre Episode IV time, so they have bigger and better things to do later, Death Stars to help blow up and shit They re not going to bite it on some prison barge in a zombie story So the ending is pretty anticlimactic because you know what s coming and there really aren t any good twists.Conceptually, Han and Chewie blasting their way through hordes of undead Storm Troopers sounds pretty awesome But the actual application here just doesn t quite pan out The addition of the character Trig, a whiny teenage prisoner who reminds us a little too much of a whiny teenage Anakin circa Episode II, doesn t help But the pace moves along at a lighting fast clip, so at least we won t linger for long on these things because there s running to be done Run, run, run Shoot a blaster, narrowly escape a zombie attack, run, run, run Though one pretty effective scene is whiny teen Trig climbing a mountain of half eaten corpses to escape a zombie, whilezombies rooting around inside said dead body mountain are reaching up between the legs and ears and kneecaps to grab him The structure of this book wore on me as well It reminded me of The DaVinci Code Every chapter and there arethan 40 of them in the span of 234 pages ended in a cliffhanger, and quite frequently with a character blacking out And also quite frequently, the very next chapter would pick back up with the same scene from the same character s POV, a needless break in the flow to artificially manufacturetension.The build up of tension through the first half was pretty effective, but once the zombies kick in, the story doesn t really jump into high gear, the plot just becomes a race to the finish line By the final act, I was flying through the pages as fast as Han and friends were running from zombies, just so I could cross the tape, have someone wrap me in that weird tinfoil blanket they throw on marathon runners, and move on to something else But the cover art is still pretty badass I m gonna go look at that again

  3. says:

    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 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 it would be consumed scifi, conspiracy, historical fiction. even the babysitters club.i was a blank template for the DnD dice rolling dork who, at 40, woulds till be living in the basement a virgin, who had 60 defense against magic.i was a sucker for sci fi movies i watched starwars, star trek, battle star original , buck rogers. my dad ended up recording over our copy of The Beastmaster because my brother and i watched it far far too often.as i got older, conspiracy s becameof a focus, zombies and the occult. i began theorizing how i would reinforce structures in case of a zombie apocalypse i became the dice rolling dork, and escaped with only minimal scarring.although i have been considered a geek for most of my life, i have been able to keep myself out of the uber geek, fanboy, socially scary category Joe Schreiber screwed that all up for me.by combining Starwars and Zombies into a novel, Joe forced me to pick up a Starwars universe book this is the first that i have ever read, and as we all know, addictions always start with a single experience so. damn you Joe. and thank you joe , but ultimately. damn you Joe i am one step closer to becoming the starwars kid someone keep video cameras away from me for a while.when i bought this, i found that the dust cover on the book was reversible, a poster for the book the cover itself, instead of being blank as many hard covers, sported the books image. inside, a timeline for where this book exists in the universe between 1 5 years before A New Hope.The plot is pretty basic, Prison barge breaks down in the abyss of space a Star Destroyer is sound, which has only 10 life forms aboard prison guard enters the Star Destroyer to scavenge parts, then all hell breaks loose.For those who say i dont like star wars, so i wont read this get over it this is a horror zombie novel Starwars is almost cursory in most places with the exception of references to familiar starwars species and verbiage, there is not much here that is out of the ordinary for a space sci fi storyline no magic microbes that let you levitate stuff, no laser swords or cryptic green man doling out advice from a swamp.for the avid starwars fan, you wont be disappointed by some of the surprises either some references just cant be made in a review, doing so would just be bad form on my part.in the end, i would suggest this book for any sci fi or horror fan at 230 pages, it was fast and fun i look forward to reading it a second time, and loaning it out To ballantine del rey books Great job on the design of Death troopers there is one aspect that kinda pissed me off though.What is the point in putting an excerpt in the end of the book for marketing purposes when you choose to put in chapters 3 5 do you realize that with out chapters 1 and 2, we are less likely to read it that it makes little sense and therefore has a negative impact on the choice to buy the book you have excerpted in the book you chose, the characters exist nearly 40 years thank you timeline after a new hope the book looks good, but it took far too long to get to the point where i understood what was happening to be honest, if i were to buy the book, i would not read the first two chapters, as i am already far past their usability.i have never run into a teaser excerpt that was mid book, and i hope i never do again.what were you thinking. very annoyingToastx2

  4. says:

    The zombie force is strong in this one ZOMBIES LONG TIME AGO, FAR FAR AWAY 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 any 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.Sosomething good must have Moreover, The zombie force is strong in this one ZOMBIES LONG TIME AGO, FAR FAR AWAY 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 any 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.Sosomething good must have Moreover, technically you will have zombies as much as they can be zombies in The Walking Dead where nobody denies that those are zombies , and at least here, you will get to understand the logic and science behind this creatures well, the logic and science in a galaxy with lightsabers CREEPY GOOD TALE The book is really good creepy good and entertaining.I had 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, butI don t say this in a negative way I thought that the novel would be driven through not big shots stormtroopers, battling for their lives against an impossible threat, where you wouldn t know who might survive.However, soon enough, you will get a BIG SURPRISE nope, I won t spoil it, but you ll love it that you will be tenderhearted about having some characters that you know that they must survive the tale IMPERIAL HORRORS The author could acomplish a really interesting project here, merging horror genre with not only sci fi in a general sense, but just right into the universe of Star Wars in a very plausible way.I don t want to get into details to avoid to spoil any of the fun that you d have if you d decide to read this book too And I can tell you that you will have a lot of surprises, and some of them are really cool and great and that will help to make this novel like a true example proudly part of the Star Wars legacy

  5. says:

    A very funny Star Wars tale with zombies The appearance of a famous characters duo was a nice add view spoiler and Chewbecca infection induced nightmares are one of the best parts of the story hide spoiler , but it spoiled the suspence for good because you already know they are going to survive.Not bad at all, and the awesome cover raised one star my final vote br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br br A very funny Star Wars tale with zombies The appearance of a famous characters duo was a nice add view spoiler and Chewbecca infection induced nightmares are one of the best parts of the story hide spoiler , but it spoiled the suspence for good because you already know they are going to survive.Not bad at all, and the awesome cover raised one star my final vote

  6. says:

    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, muchquickly than Zahara Cody, medical officer can treat Can the survivors Sartoris, Cody, two orphaned boys, Kale and Trig Longo, and two myste 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, muchquickly than Zahara Cody, medical officer can treat Can the survivors Sartoris, Cody, two orphaned boys, Kale and Trig Longo, and two mysterious high security prisoners survive NOTE Based on unabridged audiobook and novel.I Liked This is the first Star Wars horror novel Other novels have dabbled in horror archetypes and tropes, but this one feelslike a horror novel than a straight up Star Wars novel And I liked it We got the first hint that Star Wars could accept other genres with the noir esque Coruscant Nights Trilogy Unfortunately, with the CN trilogy, they held back and didn t push it as far as I feel they could have Death Troopers is pure horror We have the spooky set up, the ominous abandoned Star Destroyer, the splitting of the boarding party, the infection, the immuned, the heroic sacrifice, and good old fashioned zombie shambling Oh, and lots and lots of blood, gore, and nasty deaths.The original characters were very interesting I found myself really interested in Kale and Trig Longo I thought I might not they were teenagers, their father was a stereotypical smuggler, who was arrested wrongly by the Empire, etc , but both were sensible, level headed, and age appropriate no superpowered Solo or Skywalker kids here Jareth Sartoris was a bit of a stereotypical bad guy , but I liked him anyway His backstory made me feel sorry for him, and I liked how he handled the situation and his redemption of sorts Lastly, Zahara Cody was amazing Completely a woman I could throw my support behind smart, capable, independent woman She could handle a blaster, but didn t feel like a man One of my new favorite characters.POSSIBLE SPOILER Han and Chewbacca appear halfway through the novel Based on many reviewers comments, I was afraid that their inclusion would lessen the story for me And while I did know they would survive and would have preferred Schreiber using aunknown pair of scoundrels from Crispin s or Daley s works, I still thought it was cool to see them Han acted very in character, one of the best portrayals I ve seen in EU, and Chewbacca actually gets a point of view that is very well done and insightful why didn tauthors try to write his pov And seeing Chewbacca react to the Wookiee child there are some definite emotions there.END OF SPOILERThe story is very stereotypical The prison barge stops for some reason near an infected ghost Star Destroyer Scariness ensues But since this plot hasn t appeared in Star Wars before and I ve not read a ton of horror books, I actually liked it It was creepy, the characters acted appropriately even if it meant stumbling into the horror clich s , and it moved very well.I Didn t Like As with most zombie novels, this is extremely gruesome though not as gruesome as some There were many, many times where I wanted to vomit, the descriptions were so bloody and gory So if you are sensitive of stomach, be ware Also, do NOT read while eating.As I said in the spoiler, the inclusion of a pair of familiar faces diffuses a lot of the suspense of the novel Also, it is pretty obvious who lives and who dies I wanted to roll my eyes at the escape, at who miraculously appears in the shuttle And the Dramatis Personae has one character that pretty much dies within the first 100 pages, so it seems odd to even include him on the list And, as we see so often, all but one of the Dramatis Personae not including surprise characters is human.While this book I thought balanced the Star Wars and the horror genres, some might feel the Star Wars is too muted When reading, I would come across a particular Star Wars reference and be like, Oh, yeah, this is Star Wars Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Zahara uses Karking in place of the f bomb Don t know if this is the first incident, but someone does use the term bloody for cursing.One character eyes the attractive Zahara.Lots One character has a dream and digs into his stomach Zahara does an impromptu stomach surgery on a character, who remains conscious for most of it Trig has to climb a mountain of body parts Zombie feedings Blasterfire Heck, we even have a psuedo dogfight.Overall I liked it a lot I was thoroughly entertained, the characters were interesting, the action held my attention, the story moved along quickly sometimes almost too quickly I had a few issues, but on the whole, I welcome the inclusion of horror into Star Wars Perhaps Star Wars will start opening its borders to other genres

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    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 knowit 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 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 knowit 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 got a winnerGeorge 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 films or creating entirely new storylines within the same fictional universe To be fair, some of those novels haven t been that great, but as someone who has read several of them not even close to all of them, however , I can honestly say that a majority of them have been very good to excellent Many of these authors stretch the boundaries of the Star Wars universe, branching out into interesting cross genre experiments One Star Wars series extrapolates the challenges a war time medical unit faces during the Clone Wars essentially ER in space while another one involves a former Jedi knight turned private eye on the dark streets of planet Coruscant Author Joe Schreiber, in Death Troopers , has struck upon the brilliant and ingenious concept of combining Star Wars with one of my favorite genres zombies This book is literary candy for a geek like me, and it should be required reading for anyone who loves Star Wars AND zombies This book is not for everyone, though, notably anyone with a weak stomach Schreiber s book is graphically violent and gory, a description one does not often hear with other Star Wars books So, be forewarned The book takes place on the Imperial prison barge Purge When the prison ship experiences technical difficulties on the edges of explored space, it is either luck or misfortune that a Star Destroyer is discovered parked in space not far from them The problem the Star Destroyer appears to be completely deserted Readings indicate that there is no life on board When two boarding parties leave Purge to investigate, only one returns Those that return appear to be violently ill and dying from some kind of viral infection Before quarantine protocols can be initiated, the prison ship is quickly infected Inmates, guards, stormtroopers are all dying from what appears to be a violent hemorragic fever It spreads quickly and completely Only a handful of survivors are left, due to natural immunity, including Dr Zahara Cody, the ship s medical officer the teenaged Longo Brothers Jareth Sartoris, the ruthless Captain of the Imperial prison guards and two others who were kept safe due to the fact that they were in solitary confinement during the outbreak I m not going to reveal who these two are, because their appearance is a fun little surprise for Star Wars fans I ll give you a hint one of them is big and hairy Just when they think the worst is over, however, the corpses of the dead appear to be reanimating They are not friendly, and they have an insatiable hunger for human flesh I m not going to lie this book made me giddy as a schoolgirl Who would have ever thought to combine Star Wars and zombies, And do it so well Joe Schreiber, that s who He s my new hero

  8. says:

    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 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 things that scare me aren t the same things that scare most folks Death Trooper felt like a very standard eliminator to me you know bunches of people are going to die, but who actually makes it out in the end That would require a depth of caring about the characters that I just didn t get.Second problem is that I am a fan of Star Wars This is a two fold struggle for any author There s the battle against nostalgia plus the weight of trying to ram a new story into an existing, rigid story line This story pulls off the part about fitting into the time line really well as if there were any choice in the matter , but I was really underwhelmed by the powerful opportunity to use known characters I won t spoil the details here, but it seemed flat compared to what it could have or should have been Staying away from the known characters altogether would have been a better option here There was no chance that the known characters would be eliminated and that takes away from the suspense in an elimination based story.I don t want to give the impression that I didn t like the book I did like it, I just desperately wanted it to bethan it was It was a very fast read with good pace and interesting action scenes I know this would make an excellent movie one I would pay to go see in the theater Let s hope we get to see a movie version of this I d love to see zombies wandering around a star destroyer on the big screen with all the squishy bits in surround sound

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have always been terrified of scary stuff ever since my childhood nightmares I don t think they were nightmares any just an overactive imagination or a haunted house I tried to keep away from the scary, bloody, suspenseful things either because they were too dark and scary for me or too dark and scary for my mom And I practically followed what my mom said So when I heard such good stuff about this book, I was like Well, let s find and see what we can about it There were some fan ma I have always been terrified of scary stuff ever since my childhood nightmares I don t think they were nightmares any just an overactive imagination or a haunted house I tried to keep away from the scary, bloody, suspenseful things either because they were too dark and scary for me or too dark and scary for my mom And I practically followed what my mom said So when I heard such good stuff about this book, I was like Well, let s find and see what we can about it There were some fan made videos that promoted it that I saw were really cool You readers should check them out SPOILER THIS IS SPOILER AND STAR WARS HEAVY SCROLL DOWN TO THE END IF YOU WANT TO SKIP IT It starts with a prison ship that somehow doesn t have a good hyperdrive and it gets caught by a tractor beam from an Imperial Star Destroyer At first everyone is all like, Cool At last We can drop off these spineless, dangerous people or at least have someprotection for a while And the captain s all like, Uh, we haven t heard from the ship Send some guys up See if we can find out what s going on Rule 1 When entering an unresponsive ship that you know can carry over a thousand crew and has enough firepower to blow up your ship, send trained professionals with a LOT of firepower to board The awesome thing in the beginning is that we don t really get a good look at the zombies until midway Until the group splits up after all coming together The zombies are actually not called zombies in this book Apparently, that term zombie is not in the galactic dictionary They are pretty much described like a zombie with their clothes in tatters, some of them with flesh peeling or ripped open I know that there is this signature sound that they make and I can t quite remember how it went Anyone who remembers can comment below So this is the type of style in which movie makers who make zombie movies should follow But if all the movie makers did this then it ll get cheesy and lose its touch Ugh, I m going off track A big, but well known, surprise when this came was the introduction of our lovable original characters, Han Solo and Chewbacca Guess what They re on their way to prison Now, we don t know if this is before Battle of Yavin or after Battle of Yavin, so either way we can t let these two become zombies anyway So, apparantley, like in any zombie epidemic, you ve got the guys who are left unscathed when the sickness entered the prison ship And now they have to fight their way off an infested ISD Now, here is where we get to the start that this zombie state is actually a sickness I ve always seen zombies come out of graves and would eat people and then go back under the ground at light Or some voodoo type ritual This was the first time that I read of a sickness that could create a zombie state And 3 years later I know that it is a possibility for some sort of disease to destroy the mind up to its basic functions These zombies are fast which I kinda don t like , they have a ton of numbers on their side really like , they act dumb in some scenes classic , and in some they become smart wait, what I thought you said that they were dumb Apparently, the fluid, the sickness, re engineered by the Empire in this mad laboratory, can adapt given some time It acts like a hive mind once one zombie knows how to say, fire a blaster, then they all can Oh, and there s onebit Apparently, when the zombies all start flying out of the Star Destroyer they all just die because there is a limit on how far the fluid can retain control over all of it s little minions Really That s gonna be the big finish No indication on what s gonna happen to the rest of the zombies stuck on the star destroyer So, I guess that Joe Schreiber likes to let the readers decide on what s gonna happen Let us make up a story that the star destroyer lands on a planet with culture similar to Medieval Japan and have samurai aliens fight against Imperial armor covered zombies Actually, that would be kinda cool to see Hmm In conclusion, I had a lot of fun with this book It has the feel of a true horror which just a few licks of classic in it It is not one for the faint of heart, so let me warn you, but it is very good one to read for all of those horror readers and star wars readers and horror star wars readers Seriously, if you ve never seen star wars but you love horror this book is the best of both worlds It was vice versa with me This book is one that I highly recommend to just about anyone especially a fellow star wars fan

  10. says:

    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 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 child squeed and it goes without saying that it was something that I needed in my life So I picked it up, read it and now here I sit composing my thoughts I stated first off that I m not really into the Star Wars expanded universe for a reason As I have not read other books in the series, I don t know how much of what I m going to say could be deemed a complaint for other Star Wars novels and thus if you are a fan you should completely ignore and how much is this book in particular, but let s begin with a few negative aspects First off, I found the book a bit too violent Many of my friends would laugh at hearing that as I can view some extremely disturbing horror films and read horror literature without batting an eye and I can t say that this disturbed me, but given the Star Wars universe I found this to be a bit too R rated Star Wars always seemed to me to be a fairly family friendly story, and while I expected an increase in violence due to subject matter hell, just look at that cover I found description of people s insides and decaying faces a bit of shock as well as a fairly unpleasant scene involving a child While I personally do not have any real issues with the material, it may be a bit too much for this specific story universe The second and third issues may be deemed spoilers though I ve noticed it mentioned in other reviews, so readers be wary view spoiler Han Solo felt tacked on It seemed like the author just sat there going, It s the Star Wars universe I have an excuse to use Han Solo Who cares if he fits I can appreciate wanting to use a favorite character the freedom to do so must feel like a kid with action figures playing out any story with the characters one wants but from a story standpoint it didn t really add anything and feels like something Han would mention You know, I dealt with zombies once this situation is nothing compared to that He even mentions that he thinks this story will get him a few drinks for free at some bars The very nature of this story feels like something people would talk about after living through, but given its place in such a large and constantly changing literary universe it can t be mentioned that often though it does put a nice spin on his line from the first movie Kid, I ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I ve never seen anything to make me believe that there s one all powerful Force controlling everything Third complaint also deals with Han and Chewie given the timeline at the start of the book, we are fully aware that they have complete plot armor and will make it out alive This loses a lot of suspense, because when it was all new characters, we were placed in a scenario where anyone and everyone could die Knowing two of our main characters make it out takes away from the tension hide spoiler Now on thepositive side, it is a lot of fun seeing zombies on a Star Destroyer I mean, that is really all the description one needs to know if they re going to have some fun with it I also like that the virus reacts differently to the various alien species, which is to say that it does not effect a wookie in the same way it would a human This lead to some fairly creative ideas over how the virus would work I personally would have liked to seen this expanded upon a littleI would like to praise the pacing a bit as well Some may not like this aspect, but I liked that it was a bit of a slow burner at first Setting and tension are built before we get to our first zombie, and the start of the outbreak is pretty well done Descriptions of the ship are quite eerie and very satisfying So overall, I have to say that I enjoyed the book, thought I think some Star Wars fans may want to be cautious before reading I gather there is a second Star Wars zombie novel by the same author set in the old republic era , which I may at some point check out as well An entertaining 3 5

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