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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 |
A new plague virus is introduced, and turning force sensitive beings into flesh eating monsters. In the time of the Old Republic, the Jedi are as the guardians of peace, but how can the Jedi restore peace in a time of crisis caused by those that were once Jedi themselves? The chills and gore are continued through another horror adventure this time set during the times of the Old Republic. Joe Schreiber, author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, returns with another horror novel with Del Rey: Star Wars: Red Harvest. This novel will have any reader reading on end as it is filled with surprises, gore, mystery, and horror.
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  Wuher | Jul 18, 2013 |
I'm more and more convinced that what kept me hooked on Star Wars as a kid was the internal coherence of its universe. Yeah, the laser guns and big bangs and whizzy spaceships were massively exciting, but Battle Beyond the Stars had them and even as an eight-year-old I knew that was pap. But watching Luke and Vader duel their way through Cloud City , I believed every computer bank, vent and chasm had some purpose. In my mind, those corridor didn't lead to the edge of the set, they just kept going. Every one of those aliens crowded into the Mos Eisley cantina had some reason to be there. When I've returned to the franchise as an adult (I tend to get a rush of nostalgia every couple of years or so), it's been to explore the more distant corners of that galaxy far, far away.

Joe Schreiber's Blackwing novels are the perfect example of that. By throwing the series' elements into the horror blender, they gain a voice that goes beyond merely pastiching Lucas's films. It helps that Schreiber's prose has an eloquence that goes beyond that often expected of tie-in material, and he manages to make those elements that should be horrifying genuinely squirm-worthy. Red Harvest might not have the same impact as Death Troopers, but that's chiefly because it lacks the familiar elements of the earlier books: the vast, clinical spaces of Star Destroyers make a much less caring (and therefore more disquieting) environment for horror than the more consciously malevolent Sith Academy found here.

As on so many of the recent Star Wars releases, the sound design on the audiobook version is most impressive. No kid who's ever pretended to be Luke Skywalker or Han Solo has done so without doing their best to recreate the dew-dews, whuums and zwooshes, and if a story doesn't blast in with that John Williams fanfare, it's not really Star Wars. Mixed in with the screams, splats and ominous rumbles of survival horror, that audio landscape ties Red Harvest into the mythos while offering a disquieting contrast. Only on occasion does the sound not quite match the prose: the whispered voices that echo the chapter titles can be unintentionally hilarious if the last word isn't that chilling ("Box! Box box box box...").

The litmus test for tie-in fiction is whether it stands up regardless of the license, and, on that basis, Schreiber's books work brilliantly. Red Harvest might not be as red-blooded as Death Troopers, but it's still a terrific action-horror adventure in its own right – and one of the most imaginative uses of the Star Wars license I've encountered. This dark corner of the galaxy has plenty of guts. And it's not afraid to show them to you. ( )
  m_k_m | Feb 19, 2013 |
There are some fun ideas and it was entertaining to read. But the story was way too short to be worthy of its own book. I still can't figure out if I read it so quickly because I enjoyed it or because it's overall word count is so low. I felt that sequences in the story were handled badly (timing issues). There are some blatant rip offs of things from other movies, and I don't mean Star Wars movies. There are also liberties taken with "The Force" and how it should work (jedi knights being able to telepathically communicate to non-force sensitive people that are planets away for example). You should like it, if you can get past all that. ( )
  Havok1891 | Oct 10, 2011 |
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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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