Monday, November 16, 2009

What We’re Reading: Star Wars: Death Troopers

A new addition to the recent rash (pun most certainly intended!) of zombie literature, Joe Scheiber’s Star Wars: Death Troopers now adds Star Wars to the list of established “worlds” to which zombies have been recently introduced (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, World War Z, Zombie Survival Guide, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Zombie Queen of Newbury High).

Trig and Kale Longo are prisoners on the Imperial prison barge Purge. Their father, Von, just died while being interrogated by Captain Jareth Sartoris, despite the efforts of the barge’s Medical Officer, Zahara Cody, to save his life. While life on an Imperial prison barge is never easy, the traditional difficulties are increased exponentially when the barge’s engines mysteriously cease to function and an attempt is made to secure the necessary parts to effect repairs from an, apparently, uninhabited Star Destroyer. But only half of the boarding party returns to the Purge, and they brought with them a disease so virulent that in a matter of hours, the entire compliment, inmates and crew, are dying. But with this infection, as these survivors discover, death is only the beginning. . .

Star Wars: Death Troopers is a classic zombie story with a Star Wars twist and fans of either, or both, genres should enjoy the relentless mayhem. While it’s not difficult to guess where things are going, there were a few surprises and Schreiber does a nice job of building the tension and horror while moving the story along nicely. It’s not great literature, like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but it’s something Star Wars and zombie fans can devour with relish!!

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