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When the Imperial prison barge Purge - temporary home to 500 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 half of them come back - bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning....

The Purge's half-dozen survivors - two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board - will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn't really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

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Star Wars with zombies

Atmospheric, dark and descriptive this is one of the best things to happen to the Star Wars expanded universe.
The writing of Joe Schreiber with narration from Sean Kenin combined with some immersive sound effects will have you visualising every gruesome moment in this tale.

It's proven so popular that a sequel is already being written.

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Zombies In Space

This is a superb addition to the Star Wars universe, blending horror with sci-fi. It tells the tale of an Imperial Prison Barge that stumbles upon a seemingly deserted Star Destroyer. All is not as it seems, and the boarding party gets infected with a virus that kills them, and then brings them back as the Undead.
Joe Schreiber does a fine job of incorporating zombie lore into his narrative. The narration is superb, and there are just enough sound effects (e.g. blaster shots, the whooshing of doors, the enraged cries of the undead etc.) to add to the atmosphere without becoming distracting (as I originally thought it would when I first started listening to this audiobook). Schreiber creates some marvellous action set pieces, and is not afraid to kill off some of the main characters, creating a genuine sense of tension - the only two characters you can be certain won't become zombie food are the two guest stars from the Star Wars movies - I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I won't name them here.
I happily rate this audiobook as 5 stars, and would recommend it to anyone. Listen and enjoy!

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  • MR
  • 20-02-11

Fanboy's dream?

Star Wars and Zombies--the fanboy's ultimate delight--one of those left-field suggestions that when you hear it you instantly say YES! WHY DIDN'T ANYONE THINK OF THIS EARLIER?

While Schreiber may have written the book, he openly acknowledges that staff at Del Rey books (as well as one of their brother-in-law's) planted the seed and wrote the first outline, and that Schreiber himself was left to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard.)

Thusly, Death Troopers starts out with a solid IDEA: a Zombie outbreak in the Star Wars universe. The first half of the story begins well enough, with the intrigue of a ghost ship yarn (albeit, the ghost ship in question is an imperial star destroyer), before moving through to the chaos of outbreak and infection at breakneck speed. This, unfortunately, is where Schreiber has apparently run out of steam, for the second half of the novel is mainly spent running from the living dead, just trying to find a way to escape, padding out the material as best possible.

It lacks something that's kind of hard to pinpoint, but it seems that you've just heard it all before--I myself found it very similar to the Alien movies--particularly the poor fourth entry. Once the setup is complete our heroes and villains are mainly left wandering dark cramped corridors, running from death snapping (quite literally at points) at their heels. There's no real pay-off, and the predictable stock/cliched subplots, including bio-weapon engineering and vengeance for the death of a father, are really quite uninteresting.

Its real selling point is its premise, which does fall short--however there are some positives: The first half is taut and vivid, and the welcome additions of some well-loved classic characters are well observed and true to character.

More PLOT would have been welcome, as opposed to SETUP, which Schreiber seems to have confused for storytelling. I was quite let down by this--even as an avid SW and ZOMFIC fanboy. Shame, really

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Star Wars Horror...Unexpectedly Brutal

Had heard abou this story in passing for a while and decided to check it out. For a story set in the Star Wars universe it's pretty goery. Alot of quieter moments also help sell the unsettling atmosphere and creeping dread before things kick off and it was a nice change of pace for a story set in a galaxy far, far away. Con: the repitive use of the stock flyby noise for transitions between segments of chapters did get annoying and didn't feel appropriate at times.

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A Pleasant Surprise Addition to Star Wars

I was hesitant when buying a horror adaptation to the Star Wars lore, but I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. Definitely a recommended listen to something slightly different in the Star Wars lore!

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A Fun & Braaaain-less Title

Excuse the Pun. This is in general a good book and a great audio performance on the sound quality side especially, the narrator is solid and the audio effects (particularly with having the actual soundtrack available) does very well to add to the ambience of the whole piece. It's a book that should be listened to rather than read, for me at least. The story itself is just alright, it adds more than a basic 80s Zombies explanation of why they appear and the characters are fine fodder for the story, if not memorable. Where it stands out is in the mesh of unknown when the initial breakout happens in the middle act, particularly the little section in the suddenly empty med-bay. I would've liked a little more on each character, a few chapters more of them trying things (particularly the 'prison guard' character who's incredibly rushed at the end), but then the book isn't made for examination. It's a 'romp' of a book, intended to be a bit brainless, slightly shorter to work through easily and just enjoyed for what it is. It succeeds on that front, despite a few plot holes or dumb character arcs/actions. I will say, without spoilers, two major Star Wars characters appear in the story which means any suspense you may have for their survival disappears. That's a shame, as the whole point is that these characters are in mortal danger. Fun to see them, but I'd rather have been worried for everyone, they were clearly making it out which reduces the peril. Overall I'm pleased to own this however and will no doubt listen again one day. It's Zombies in Star Wars done competently, what more do you want?

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Interesting, very interesting!

I read this book straight after 'Maul Lockdown' written by the same author (a book I greatly enjoyed) I dont know if that was a mistake as it took me a good long while to get into this. I found it quite similar to the aforementioned title but lacking something I cant quite describe. The adding of two characters mid way felt like a bit of an 'add on' for me and I struggled to form any sort of attachment to the other characters. The story was okay and I agree the sound effects are very loud. Worth a read but I cant see a sequel bringing anything else to the Death Trooper party!

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Fantastic narration!

My first foray into the Star Wars extended universe and it had zombies in it, the story was okay, pacing was good, a couple of strange choices with how a couple of the "zombie" characters ended up in different parts of the derelict Star Destroyer. The main thing with this is the production, proper John Williams music, the sound effects are spot on, but the narrator really stood out, Sean Kenin really breathed life into the characters and built the tension extremely well, really good impersonation of one of the movies most iconic characters too!

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Bloody awesome

Read this book so many times and now to have listened to it really gets you into the thick of things

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AMAZING

A must buy, absolutely fantastic! I listened to it in two parts just couldn't stop!!

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  • Kerry
  • 02-06-10

Freaking scary!

Man this book will ENTRANCE you with the horror. At several points I had to stop because it was freaking me out. The chapter transitions which are screamed in a freaky way will really add to freaking you out. And yes thus far I've used the word freak a lot, because this book did a very good job of scaring the bejesus out of me. I had to stop listening to it after hours at work, cuz I was all alone. The narration is AWESOME. They have full dramatization and a full cast as far as I can tell. WARNING: This audio book WILL scare most people. I am no shyster to horror, with all classic horror movies being enjoyable to me. But jeez, the way this book is paced you constantly feel the constraints of the spaceships. There is nowhere safe to run. Nowhere to safe to hide. If horror is your bag, GET THIS AUDIO BOOK! If you are easily frightened stay away!

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  • Morelos
  • 16-10-09

Awesome atmospheric Star Wars horror

The Star Wars universe has always been about adventure and might, but being a full grown adult and a fan, I am always in search for good stories in the Expanded Universe.

I had always thought my beloved franchise needed some good mature stories and here it is. Death Troopers is a mature, fast paced story that will make you enjoy this book in one sitting.

The story is heavy on character development and you end up actually caring for what happens to all of them.

Narrative is pretty atmospheric and you feel like you are there, trying to get out of a swarm of monsters that are up for a good lunch.

Now about the narrator. This guy is AWESOME. I am pretty impressed by his quality, his acting skills and how he can switch from a teenage voice to a droid to a girl to a villain. All in a single chapter. If you happen to know him, please tell him I am a huge fan.

The production is also top notch. I has plenty of sounds and atmospheres and clips from the movies.

The book is a blast. Just plain fun and it will give you the creeps rather often.

Fantastic work.

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  • Thomas
  • 16-08-12

Has its moments. Not many, but it does have them.

I've never heard any other narrations by Sean Kenin, but he is stellar here. He uses an array of different voices, accents, and speech patterns so you always know which character is speaking. His natural reading voice is clear and pleasant. I will have to look for more of his work. Strong audio design continues beyond the narration, with licensed Star Wars music and sound effects used throughout for great ambiance.

Unfortunately, the story itself is uneven. While truly good at some points, it is often goofy and always predictable. In addition to being predictable, the author errs, in my opinion, by not providing enough survivors. The initial outbreak claims all but six characters, and two of them are protected by Hero Death Immunity - two canonical characters in a very questionable cameo. No matter how grim things seem for our survivors, there is very little dramatic tension since we know that, at worst, only four of them can possibly suffer any permanent consequences. A larger cast with no "untouchables" would have helped the story considerably.

I would recommend this book to a friend, but only on the condition they were a huge fan of both Star Wars AND zombies.

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  • Tony
  • 28-06-17

This should be Canon and turn into a Video Game

What did you love best about Star Wars?

The Film Saga and the video games.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

That this is the first Star Wars Novel with Gore.

What about Sean Kenin’s performance did you like?

Him reading the whole book makes it a true Horror.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Hell yeah. It just give me chills.

Any additional comments?

This book needs to be Canon and Turned into an M rated Video Game but rename as Undead Troopers.

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  • Steven Taylor
  • 20-06-17

What a great star wars book!

The story is amazing, scary and somber at times. The quality of the narration incredible.

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  • David
  • 14-05-14

Ugh Not Another.....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this story to the die hard Star Wars fan. There is another particular fan that I would recommend this to as well.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I loved the sound affects.

I am so very tired and bored with the plot as it has been done a billion times.

What about Sean Kenin’s performance did you like?

Just a great voice with a good sense of timing.

Did Star Wars inspire you to do anything?

I am not certain that I understand this question. I purchased the book because it was a Star Wars universe setting.

Any additional comments?

This really was not a bad book. I think young adult readers would love it. I did enjoy the radio play elements, and the reader.

*****Spoiler*****
Warning
Warning
Warning
Warning
Warning

Zombie book

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  • Terje
  • 24-06-11

Comes across as fan fiction

This was my first foray in to the Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) and honestly it gives off a "fan fiction" kind of feel. I really can't say that the author is bad, but just wasn't my taste. I do how ever like the added sound effects and the reader did a great job with all the different voices. I will give maybe one more EU book a chance. Fingers crossed.

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  • Logan
  • 06-03-10

Great Book

I thought this was a good book, and a good combination of two of my favorite sci fi things; star wars and zombies. One thing to note is that it is incredibly gory, just a fair warning. The narration is great, as are the sound effects.

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  • Kevin
  • 26-11-20

couldn't stop

once the story got to the tense part (first boarding thestar destroyer) it was impossible to stop. everything ramped up in intensity and the thrill and adventure was mesmerising. Sean Kenin also did a extremely admirable job portraying the man different characters.

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  • Kennypyles1
  • 24-11-20

Highly recommend

Loved the book. Absolutely riveting and full of I sterling concepts and has great story. This book pulls you in and keeps you there. One of the best Star Wars books I’ve read.

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