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Publisher's Summary

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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Critic Reviews

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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  • kalei
  • VANCOUVER, WA, United States
  • 04-16-12

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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buyer beware this book is awful

this book is awful, a terrible story, terribly narrated. save your money and credits and skip this book. it adds nothing to the Star Wars story in the universe.

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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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • El Paso, TX, United States
  • 01-18-11

Below Average for a Star Wars book

If you liked "Death Troopers" you'll probably love this book, but below average compared most Star Wars books.

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I thought the title started with Star Wars?????

What disappointed you about Star Wars: Red Harvest?

Hey Joe, just because someone grabs a lightsaber, doesn't make it a Star Wars story. If you wanted to write a zombie novel, write a zombie novel. What a waste of a good credit. Thank goodness I didn't actually waste a couple dozen bucks on this fraud.

Has Star Wars: Red Harvest turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not so much the genre, but I'll never waste another good credit on one of Joe Schreiber's books. Sorry dude, this was painful.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I've always loved John Glover's acting and think its so awful that some jerk conned him into narrating this story. His narrating didn't detract at all from the book, the writing detracted from this book.

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

Amazement that anyone at Lucas' company would have ever agreed to allow this to be published, I want to know who got paid off...

Any additional comments?

Star Wars fans, there are so many wonderful writers out there who have penned wonderful stories but believe me when I tell you...this IS NOT one of those.

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Didn't even make half way through

What disappointed you about Star Wars: Red Harvest?

It was just boring and gross. I've read every Star Wars book in the last 20 years. Always loved them, but this was the worst. This is just horrible.

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

His inflection was all wrong. Sounded mono-tone. Sounded like one of those automated answering service like the customer service lines use. There were too many times where there would be

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He didn't have a lot to work w/, so I don't think he detracted too much.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars: Red Harvest?

I would cut the entire book, it just should never have been written as Star Wars book.

Any additional comments?

I made it to chapter 19 and just stopped, it was too bad to continue. Come on George, what were you thinking allowing them to publish this junk within your universe? I never thought it was necessary to read reviews on Star Wars novels, they’re just so fun and relaxing. Won’t make that mistake again. Can’t believe I spent this months credit on this horrible book.

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doesn't feel like star wars

I am on chapter 7 and can't remember anything that has happened or who any of the characters are.

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Star Wars bastardized into a zombie story

If you like zombie stories, you’ll like this. If you prefer your Star Wars story to not have been painfully set up to be a glorified zombie hunt, then you will find this story to be painfully tedious.

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Meh

It's okay. The story is basically zombies star wars edition. It's by no means bad, but it didn't.'t pull me in at all.

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Narrator sounded like a droid himself

Narrator sounded horrible. Stressing some words that didn't need it and failing to do so on the ones that did. Mostly the book was read as if the narrator was a droid himself, sounding very robotic with delivery and setup of the world and it's inhabitants. Overall the story was mediocre and is just your typical zombie virus story just in the Star Wars universe. Nothing new that hasn't already been seen or read before

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  • Griffstar
  • 09-25-17

Star Wars Zombies

An expanded universe story imagining what a zombie infection might look like in the Star Wars Universe. There are excellent set pieces. The author also experiments with interesting ideas. The narrator is excellent, changing his voice to match the horror of certain situations. The sound effects create an excellent immersion. Recommended.

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  • Jesper Hauerslev
  • 08-12-16

Bonkers!

If you could sum up Star Wars: Red Harvest in three words, what would they be?

This.Is.Bonkers!

If you’ve listened to books by Joe Schreiber before, how does this one compare?

his is the prequel to Death Troopers and although this is potentially more bloody and gory, Death Troopers story and characters has ore emotional resonance. Still grimly entertaining though.

Have you listened to any of John Glover’s other performances? How does this one compare?

John Glover is a solid story teller and his performances infuses all the characters with life. He also has a great sense of drama...changing pitch and tone and pausing at all the right moments.

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

You can if you can stand all the gore...

Any additional comments?

This is an absolute bonkers story! Included are a Jedi who can talk to plants, another Jedi who quotes Liam Neeson from Taken verbatim and a zombie tree(!)...but it is very entertaining. Don't put more into this then entertainment and you are in for some good storytime.

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  • Kyle
  • 08-25-17

Very dark! And Zombies !?

I was very surprised how dark and gory the book was conspired to the other Star Wars books I've listened to, I liked this factor. The story plot is pretty much Star Wars meets resident evil.
It grips you at the Star, but then starts trails off towards end and becomes your usual zombie survival story, in my opinion. An enjoyable and different approach.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael R.
  • 06-24-16

Entertaining but uninspired.

If you like Star Wars and/or zombie stories you'll enjoy this but it won't be your new favourite book. There are too many characters who all seem to be written as badasses until they all inevitably falter through stupid, uncharacteristic mistakes.

Despite that, still entertaining and worth your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Martin
  • 02-21-11

Great listen!!

This author produces different work to the more usual Star Wars books, in this one almost all events are set in a single area - a Sith Academy with particularly bizarre machinations of its lord leading to ravening zombies going on the loose.

Perhaps a little akin to films like Alien and certainly more horror than traditional Star Wars adventure, there is much splatter, violence and gore. The sound effects add to the atmosphere and the Sith Academy area is well realised, you get a feel of the space and size of the environment, which the sound effects add to.

I was certainly giving this my full attention all the way through and never quite sure what would happen. In the 7 hours of this book a lot more happens than often in double that in other Star Wars books.

Recommended if you aren't squeamish and I think the author is a breath of fresh air in this franchise. He can do more of what he likes in this time period, in the 'latest' Fate of the Jedi books the author hasn't got so much freedom to operate.

Well worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-26-18

Zombies in Space

This story is set in the old republic so not a sniff of a SkyWalker, But do not let that put you off. With most of the Old Republic novels the story centers around sith conspiracies, this one is no different. although it takes down an alternative path mixing straight horror in-to the sci fi. Is it original? Who cares light sabers and zombies, come on what is there not to love? John Glover gives a sterling performance to bring all the characters to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-18

Fantastic

really great story set in the old republic times!! the narater was great and the story is set in a sith academy so its really cool

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

Decent listen

I dont think anyone listens to this expecting a masterpiece, with that said it is fairly well written and a good listen of you enjoy StarWars and silly stories!

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  • Jonathan M.
  • 05-20-18

Enjoyable but predictable

Overall not a bad story, it is different to other star wars books I have read/listened to. The ending was very predictable in my opinion but the Journey to get there was enjoyable.

The narrator In this book took some getting use to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-18

Awful narration

I could only manage 5 minutes of this audiobook due to the narrator. It felt like being read to by a 5 year old. No idea what the story’s like but by god do not waste your money on this narrator.

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  • The-Phuong Tran
  • 11-05-17

The narrator lacks any dynamic to his reading.

Really enjoyed the book but seriously wished the narrator could convey more emotion in his reading. He made the characters really bland.