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Star Wars: Red Harvest | [Joe Schreiber]

Star Wars: Red Harvest

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....
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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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What the Critics Say

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)

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    Leland CHERAW, SC, United States 03-08-14
    Leland CHERAW, SC, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Midnight in the House of the Dead"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Red Harvest again? Why?

    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!.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Red Harvest?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by John Glover – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Horror Beyond Imagination


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 06-24-13
    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 06-24-13
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    "Star Wars: Zombies! The Prequel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's exciting zombie fiction and it's Star Wars!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does John Glover bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sometimes, the dead come back...with light sabers.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Cara Frye 09-25-12
    Cara Frye 09-25-12
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    "Star Wars Zombies???"
    Would you try another book from Joe Schreiber and/or John Glover?

    I'll try it but no zombies. Zombies are a dumb fad I believe does not belong in the Star Wars universe.


    What could Joe Schreiber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I didn't mind this flower re-animating a corpse, but once the eating of others happened, I was done.


    What about John Glover’s performance did you like?

    He is a great performance for the material.


    What character would you cut from Star Wars: Red Harvest?

    Zombies


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    Bunker 06-18-12
    Bunker 06-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Zombies meet lightsaber"
    What did you like best about Star Wars: Red Harvest? What did you like least?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    As in all Star wars stories, more lightsaber battles.


    Which character – as performed by John Glover – was your favorite?

    I think John Glover did an excellent job overall. He has such a quality to his voice that ive enjoyed for years


    Could you see Star Wars: Red Harvest being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    not really no


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    Craig T. Metzger Delaware USA 04-16-12
    Craig T. Metzger Delaware USA 04-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book coupled with an excellent reading."
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Red Harvest?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Red Harvest?

    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.


    What about John Glover’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    kalei VANCOUVER, WA, United States 04-16-12
    kalei VANCOUVER, WA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "zombie apocalypse yes, tale of the dark side, no."

    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.

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    Gary Portsmouth, OH, United States 03-23-12
    Gary Portsmouth, OH, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Horror Story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy gory horror stories; not Star Wars.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Schreiber again?

    Sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Glover’s performances?

    Maybe; rather disappointed


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    More time on gore than star wars.

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    Bradford P. Torrey Costa Mesa, CA 10-20-11
    Bradford P. Torrey Costa Mesa, CA 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

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    "This one can stay in your wish list a bit longer"

    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.

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    "unknown" TOMBALL, TEXAS, United States 09-29-11
    "unknown" TOMBALL, TEXAS, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not happy!"

    This is the worst star wars audiobook that I have ever heard and I have read all of them!!!! It's just that simple!

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    M. Stiles 09-01-11
    M. Stiles 09-01-11
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    "Star Wars Halloween Story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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