Book Review: Death Troopers

Star Wars Horror

Joe Schrieber’s Death Troopers (2009) is about a group of characters stuck in a prison barge. Their ship gets stuck and their only chance of survival is to scavenge a drifting Star Destroyer. They manage to send a boarding party to the drifting Star Destroyer, but only half of them return. Those who can back brought with them a deadly virus. The contagion kills almost everyone on the prison barge. A small group of survivors have to find a way out.

Genre Blending

I’m not much of a horror fan. As you can tell by the books I’ve reviewed a small amount of them, if any are horror books. The only reason I read this book is because it was a Star Wars book. As I read the book, I found myself genuinely curious about the fate of the characters. I didn’t even mind the fact that the book hardly even mentions the Jedi. I was hooked.


Yes, this book has gore. I thought the gore aspect was used the right way though. The gore didn’t disgust me as much as creeped me out, this only helped me connect with the groups of survivors more strongly. In other words, I wasn’t turned off by it.

Final Thoughts

This is a definite genre blending book. I found myself turning the pages to find out what happened to the survivors, which is a big deal for me. Horror books don’t appeal to me that much. This book felt more like a thriller than a horror book. I recommend this book to any Star Wars fan looking for a different type of story and to any horror fan who loves science fiction.

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