The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans - and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality.
Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps - young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff - Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants. Suddenly her quiet existence among greenhouse and garden specimens is violently destroyed by the arrival of an emissary from Darth Scabrous. For the rare black orchid that she has nurtured and bonded with is the final ingredient in an ancient Sith formula that promises to grant Darth Scabrous his greatest desire.
But at the heart of the formula is a never-before-seen virus that’s worse than fatal - it doesn’t just kill, it transforms. Now the rotting, ravenous dead are rising, driven by a bloodthirsty hunger for all things living - and commanded by a Sith Master with an insatiable lust for power and the ultimate prize: immortality... no matter the cost.
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Praise for Joe Schreiber’s Star Wars: Death Troopers: “This is the Star Wars of every horror fan’s dreams - gory, funny, and brimming with a blood-spattered cast of swashbucklers and space-zombies.” (Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
“Brilliant . . . This book combines two of my favorite things on earth: the Star Wars universe and the undead.” (Tommy Wirkola, director of Dead Snow)
Heck yeah! And I already have. Largely due to the fact that John Glover does such a brilliantly fantastic job of bringing Joe Schreiber's gruesome grand guignol tale of dark towers & dark intent (in a really elite prep school) to life. Good stuff!.
The sad, terrible and disguting fate of what turned out to be my favorite of the Sith students (as much as one can be). The one that lasted the longest. That almost got away. Believe me, you'll know who I'm talking about when you get there. Though I also loved the moments of comradery between a bounty hunter and an unrestrained droid. You'll know when you get to that too.
Oh, the HK droid, by far. It's such a great performance. I'm already a fan of that kind of droid in other media. And Mr. Glover did this one absolute justice. Brilliant.
Horror Beyond Imagination
It's short. It's quick. It's bloody. It's gruesome. It's got a great Sith Lord. It's got a few lightsabers. And it's got a zombie panic that rapidly goes out of control once it hits the ground running (As they often do). It's nothin' deep. Not gonna kid. But I have to say, it was a fun ride (Especially being that I listened to most of it during the snowy periods we had about a month ago. It was a nice touch.). Trust me: buy the ticket, ride the (scary) ride.
Yes, it's exciting zombie fiction and it's Star Wars!
I liked the plant and the main girl. I hadn't encountered a talking plant since Bushroot in "Darkwing Duck," although I guess he was a duck-plant hybrid. The plant was cute and refreshing, and so was his voice.
The plant voice for one thing is something I think I couldn't have gotten from just reading it myself. Also John Glover's natural reading voice seems to have some kind of horror feeling to it, it just really fits with the subject matter. His voices and the sound effects really bring life to the terrifying daily happenings at the ancient Sith Academy as well.
Sometimes, the dead come back...with light sabers.
This book was a great improvement over "Death Troopers" in terms of quality of writing, but I get the feeling that Joe Schreiber too often allows turns of the story to take place just because he's writing a horror story. I think he needs to learn to allow the story to take him where it wants to go. By the end of this book it is obvious that the girl and her once would-be killer have gotten on to the point where we want them to become lovers--and the characters seem to want it as well. Schreiber just kind of throws it all away to try and give you one last shock, but by this point another horrific moment doesn't really work anymore because the story was already over and it wasn't where the story was pulling naturally. It reminds me of a Bram Stoker book I read in high school called "The Jewel of Seven Stars." Bram threw in a horrific ending just because it was suppose to be a scary story, and then realized his mistake and later released an alternate happy ending.
I'll try it but no zombies. Zombies are a dumb fad I believe does not belong in the Star Wars universe.
I didn't mind this flower re-animating a corpse, but once the eating of others happened, I was done.
He is a great performance for the material.
I liked the old republic aspect of it, multiple sith many jedi that sort of thing.
Though the zombieness of it was rough for me to take.
As in all Star wars stories, more lightsaber battles.
I think John Glover did an excellent job overall. He has such a quality to his voice that ive enjoyed for years
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The insight into the Sith and Dark Side presented by Joe Schreiber is very rich. With the exception of the works by Drew Karpyshyn, I think the interworking of the and their mentality have rarely been so clearly depicted and accurately portrayed. I am not a fan of the zombie genre, but I am a huge fan of the Dark Side. I was reluctant to read this book, but I found that while the undead are a large, nay prominent part of this novel, it is not just a "let's throw zombie into the Star Wars universe." This novel is a well thought out Sith novel that is based on previously established Sith preoccupations. The zombies are just a logical result to the methods employed by the Sith Lord of this novel. Well done!
One of the most memorable moments of the novel was final battle between the main characters brother and the Dark Lord of the Sith. The battle expressed the way the dark side feeds on fear and anger while showing the cunning and sly manipulation by the Sith Lord. Yet, it is done tastefully and with all the best conventions of the Star Wars franchise.
I have lived John Glover's acting since I saw him is White Nights and then Scrooged. When I saw his performance on Smallville, I became a fan. He plaid a very complex character and played him well showing how dynamic of an actor he really is. In this production, he is no less amazing. His voice talents alone, ranging from his very deep voices that make you almost believe Michael Clarke Duncan is on set to softer and lower toned young boys at the Sith academy. Add to that the sheer presence of his voice and he isn't just reading a book and adding pitch to the characters voices, he is truly acting each part out as if he were doing a theatrical performance. They could also classify this as a dramatization of the book. Well done Mr. Glover.
Absolutely. As it is, I have a one hour ride to work each morning and a one hour ride home...assuming traffic isn't bad. Otherwise, I am in the car for an hour and a half or more one way. So, since I can’t read and drive, I listen to books that I have on my "To Read" list. This is a one of the rare books that I actually look forward to traffic problems just so I can get a few more minutes of the story before I get home. If it weren't for my family and work, I would have just curled up in a chair and listed to the novel in its entirety in one sitting.
Outside of the Drew Karpyshyn novels, this is one of my favorite Star Wars novels and has made the list of top SciFi novels. Also, with John Glover reading, this Audio book is an amazing entertainment find. If you are looking for a good Star Wars book or just a good SciFi novel with a good narrator, this is a book for you. Enjoy!
I picked up this book expecting another tale of the irresistible and insatiable power of the Dark Side and the disturbing corruption that inevitably comes with it, and another glimpse into ancient Sith history. I expected to be terrified by the exploits of a Dark Lord with an army of animated corpses doing his bidding. Like the other tales of the Sith I have read (the Bane trilogy, Darth Plagueis, etc) I expected to see an ancient Sith lord cut a swath of destruction that shaped Star Wars history. I got no such thing. If you like zombie bloodbaths you'll probably like this one ( I am sitting alone in my room with lights still on . . .) but if you are more interested in character development and events that formed the Star Wars galaxy as we know it, then look elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, the book was riveting and I really couldn't put it down, and the idea of a Force-adept who speaks to plants is intrigueing, but it just wasn't quite the battle-of-good-vs-evil-decided-by-individual-choices-and-actions that I expected. I don't think I'll listen to it again.
The narrator does an excellent job performing the voices and conveying the emotions of the characters, sound effects and music score are excellent. I'll be looking for other titles narrated by this actor.
People who enjoy gory horror stories; not Star Wars.
Maybe; rather disappointed
More time on gore than star wars.
I don't regret reading (listening) to this story. It was interesting to go in an entirely different direction than many other Star Wars Novels. I didn't really get that this was a Zombie Apocalypse story until I reached that point in the story... I had to pause for a moment, "Really? A Zombie Star Wars Novel?"... Then resigned myself to take it for what it's worth.
I again had to stop and wonder how the blatant use of the line from the movie "Taken" was allowed to remain in the final edit... and worse that the threat made doesn't really materialize in the story.
The reader, Jon Glover, takes some getting used to. He enunciates very carefully, and in his own particular style. It really started to grow on me after a while. Marc Thompson is my favorite Star Wars Narrator, but I think Glover was a good pick for this particular story.
In conclusion, this is a fun departure from your usual Star Wars Novel, the production helps to boost the enjoyment level, but there several other books in my Wish List that I wish I had purchased before this one.
This is the worst star wars audiobook that I have ever heard and I have read all of them!!!! It's just that simple!
I have enjoyed all of the Star Wars novels up until this one. The unoriginal zombie theme for starters is boring. On the second try, I managed to make myself finish it. The narration is not bad, but the constant repetitive sound effects make it hard to endure as well. The novelist tends to state the obvious after making the listener or reader come to a conclusion on their own. This comes off as an insult on your intelligence. If that where not enough there are several references to previous events that make you wonder how that particular character could have known about it.
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