Repost Review: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber
Published: October, 2009
Publisher: Random House
Format: Hardcover, 288 pgs.
From the Publisher:
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 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.
My Thoughts and Opinions:
Back in January I read Joe Schreiber's Chasing the Dead. It was a good book but I remember being more excited about discovering this book in my research for the review. I was finally able to work it into my reading schedule.
The story takes place within the Star Wars universe. Most of the characters are original, but Han Solo and Chewbacca play major roles in the second half of the book. There are other brief mention of characters and scenarios that die-hard Star Wars fans will love. I got quite a few but I am sure there are ones that I missed.
Compared to Chasing the Dead, this story is much darker, more of a true horror story. There is not anything truly original to the main story, but it works because it is taboo. One does not think about infections and zombie-like activity when thinking of Star Wars. This story is a refreshing slap to the side of the face.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit and am happy to pass on that Schreiber's next installment, Star Wars: Red Harvest, is due out in January 2011.
About the Author:
Joe Schreiber is the author of Chasing the Dead, Eat the Dark and No Doors, No Windows. He was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming and Northern California. Joe passes the extra time by working the midnight shift as an MRI tech in Hershey, Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife and two children.