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Star Wars: Death Troopers

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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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    Morelos Cuautitlan IzcalliMexico 10-16-09
    Morelos Cuautitlan IzcalliMexico 10-16-09
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    "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.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry Andalusia, AL, USA 06-02-10
    Kerry Andalusia, AL, USA 06-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Oakland Park, FL, United States 08-16-12
    Thomas Oakland Park, FL, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2016

    FTL Tom

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    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tilo 11-12-12
    Tilo 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Couldn't put it down"

    Luckily its not very long because I just couldn't stop listening. Kept my interest up throughout and I just can't complain about anything in the book. It has thematic star wars sound effects including ship background ambiance sounds and blasters, not to mention wookie growls. Yes, Chewie is there with Han Solo too! Just amazing really and the narrator does an excellent job.

    I am not even a Star Wars fan, and this would be my first book I've ever read or listened to about Star Wars. I got interested in it because of the zombies. The combination is really cool, but neither Star Wars nor Zombies get in the way of telling this scary and unique story. I thought the Star Wars setting would distract from the story, but it didn't t all. This book is about a scary infection that turned people into zombies. It just happened to do it in space, and that space was the Star Wars universe. While its not like any other zombie story I've read, it is creepy, gory, thrilling, bloody and everything like that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Logan Spokane, WA, USA 03-06-10
    Logan Spokane, WA, USA 03-06-10
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    "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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    Patricio Upplands Väsby, Sweden 02-27-10
    Patricio Upplands Väsby, Sweden 02-27-10
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    "Star Wars vs Dead Space"

    Death Troopers is an odd addition to the Star Wars library. The story takes place far away from the original saga and avoiding the force all together. Instead it focuses on survival horror. If you're a fan of Star Wars and Dead Space you will enjoy Death Troopers.

    Although the ending was weaker than the beginning the narration and ambient sounds are top notch. Death Troopers pleases listeners who are more into a tense listening experience than expanding their facts about the Star Wars universe.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 12-27-11
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2014

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    "Space Terror"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    This book presented in an audio format heightened the tension and created a real sense of dread for the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall story was good and there is an unexpectd cameo that makes perfect sense.


    What about Sean Kenin’s performance did you like?

    He made the terror seem real without goign over the top. The chapter intors in whispers and screams were really creepy.


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

    I had to sop listening one night since I was driving in the dark because I got the creeps.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent addition to Star Wars expanded Universe.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Connie W FORTSON, GA, USA 01-02-10
    Connie W FORTSON, GA, USA 01-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "FINE BOOK"

    I really enjoyed this book. Right on time for Halloween. The book was really good and the story was not just your typical zomie story. The action was good and the characters. I was very very glad to see two old characters appear in the book before there was a New Hope. We need to know more about these characters before Star Wars. I will never get tried of Star Wars and look forward to 2010 books. Every book cannot be a hit. There will be some we like and some we do not like but, for the most part I like most of the book star wars have release. I have been with star wars since the first movie and I have the games also to keep up with the story. This is my soap opera.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 10-18-09
    James 10-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good read"

    First I am not a Star Wars fan at all but i am a fan of the author. The book was great if ur in the mood for a scary violent book this one is for you and u dont need to even like star wars to enjoy this book

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    D'Lovely 09-18-17
    D'Lovely 09-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "These are the zombies you've been looking for"
    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    This book was very satisfying. There were a few loose ends that I'd like to have seen completely wrapped up, but the rest of the material story, effects, and action more than made up for it. This Star Wars story provides enough of the pieces with which we are very familiar and marries it to today's crush on the undead. I was pretty terrified throughout the story.


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

    The story swell to when you understand the sickness and what it's doing to the crew of the Purge. And of course seeing that a certain "scoundrel" would have an important role in the stories outcome.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Kenin – was your favorite?

    For once, the droid! I heart Waste.


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

    Of course Star Wars delivers with its sound effects. Once you're back on the Star Destroyer, all bets are off with the action, suspense, and gore.


    Any additional comments?

    If the Empire is still experimenting with the Blackwing virus anywhere, I'm game on reading that book too.

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  • Ian
    Rochdale, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    12/10/09
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Leominster, United Kingdom
    7/17/10
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    9/17/17
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    "great listen"

    the voice acting was grate but im not sure if it fits in the star wars universe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    7/9/17
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    "Fantastic!"

    I listened to it in one go and didn't stop. I would love to see a film adaptation

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/29/17
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    "loved it"

    I think that this book was amazing. can't believe Han Solo and Chewbacca was in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaybriel
    4/10/17
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    "A great piece of literature and performance"

    This story alone is very compelling, a fantastic mix of Star Wars and zombie narratives, the narration is fantastic with perfect characterisation and the soundtrack is a great topper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Franco
    8/19/16
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    "Woooooo. This is well worth your time."

    Another amazing Star Wars story with twists and turns - this time featuring zombies. Give it a read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/17/16
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    "Brilliant."

    I loved this story, not only is it star wars but it is a fantastic horror as well. The sound effects are brilliant, they really bring the narration alive. A really good story that keeps you entertained until the very end. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    7/4/16
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    "Amazing"

    I absolutely loved this audiobook. The story is something new in the Star Wars Universe. It was scary, exciting and even a little emotional at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesper Hauerslev
    1/12/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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