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Honestly I liked the concept but the story was so poorly developed, in a weird way it seemed rushed and yet felt like it took forever for me to get through it.
I don't feel like I really got to know any of the characters, or locations, or customs, it essentially came across as an outline for what could be a great story, but right now is rather lack luster. ( )
  SamCanesi | Feb 5, 2016 |
After reading Death Troopers, I was expecting a similarly quick read from this. I was wrong.

Where DT moves like a fast-paced horror movie, RH just fell flat. Since it happens on a Sith planet, it took too long to get a sympathetic character into the mix, and even then she doesn't have a lot to do. I was hoping for the origins of the bioweapon found in DT, but this book doesn't have them. Aside from the zombies themselves, there's no connection between the two books, and the zombie formula here was recreated from notes a thousand years old.

In short, it does nothing one expects of a prequel. It's just an earlier outbreak of what may or may not be the same plague. ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
Red Harvest was a fascinating book in a lot of ways with strange aliens, a brother & sister Jedi team and a Sith master who wanted nothing more than eternal life -- but it came at a price.

Red Harvest comes after "Death Troopers" by Joe Schreiber, but it feel Red Harvest is the superior of the two.

Darth Scabrous runs the Sith Academy on some dirty planet. Apparently the Sith guys have academies to train their students just like the Jedi Academy does on Courascant. (Yes, I'm relatively new to the Star Wars novels).

He discovers a method of using a rare orchid that has a lot of Force in it and mixing it with a nearly dead person, killing the victim, a virulent "Sickness" appears. It can make bodily functions continue long after death and can transmit the Sickness to others by biting them. There is no cure.

Several interesting points in the novel. The Sickness can infect other species. To see zombie tauntauns was fun as well as zombie living tree aliens. The zombies (they're not called that) walk across the landscape of the planet looking for more to infect. One bite and you're as good as dead.

The brother & sister team was interesting but not played up very much with the brother. He is Trace and she is Zo. He is an accomplished Jedi Knight and she is Jedi too but has a natural affinity towards plant life. She is kidnapped and trapped by Scabrous, since she needs to be near the orchid for it to get the full benefit of the Force. Scabrous wants to eat her heart out. Yuk!

The brother on the other hand goes looking for her and this part of the story fails a bit. It's a little too easy how he hunts her down, finds her and then things don't turn out too well for him!

Really enjoyed the descriptions of the dark Sith planet and the goal of the Sickness, to eventually invade and destroy the galaxy. Much better read than Death Troopers and leaves you wondering at the end if that is the end of the Sickness or did it escape somehow. Clearly room for a sequel.


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  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
Took awhile to warm up to this one. The mix of zombies and Star Wars seems more just a marketing ploy and seems to cheapen the universe with the lack of imagination for better story lines. ( )
  capiam1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
Took awhile to warm up to this one. The mix of zombies and Star Wars seems more just a marketing ploy and seems to cheapen the universe with the lack of imagination for better story lines. ( )
  smcamp1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345511174, Hardcover)

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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Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps, 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 who seeks the final ingredient in an ancient Sith formula that promises to grant Darth Scabrous his greatest desire: immortality. 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.… (more)

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