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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zombies in star wars universe. decent. voice actor was decent. only story distraction, was i wish they didn't include the couple of known star wars characters. would've preferred all original characters
Great narration and entertaining sound effects to enhance the story without overwhelming the reading.
Unusual horror style story within the Star Wars universe. Story has gore and violence not typical of the more juvenile oriented writing commonly associated with this genre. Story has some nice surprises and moves along at a fast pace.
Horrors Hospice Nurse
This novel was okay.. Nothing special about it just another zombie story. A good time waster though, but I wouldn't expect too much from it. It was nice background noise didn't hold my attention. Even so, i would still buy it again.
"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.
"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!
"Star Wars... with zombies!"
The premise is ridiculous; the Empire experiments with bio weapons and things go pear shaped very quickly...but it's actually very entertaining and performance it top notch. Don't worry about continuity with the greater Expanded Universe. Just sit back and enjoy the zombie fest in a galaxy far far away.
"Edge of seat stuff"
I was unsure before downloading this whether i would enjoy it or not, i don't read much in the way of plot lines as i don't want to spoil the story.
It got off to a good enough start building up the story and characters and just got better and better and the fact that part way through you knew that only two people had to survive for obvious reasons.
Loved it, will be looking at the prequel.
not knowing the end
Over a period of time traveling to and from work and at break times
"could have been so much more"
yes, short enough and cheap enough to give it a go
started off really well however the moment the zombie part started it felt just like a race to the finish, spend half the book getting the story going and then rush to bloody end it.
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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