Death Troopers is a Star Wars novel written by Joe Schreiber. The novel is the first horror story based in the Star Wars Universe since the Galaxy of Fear series, released in the late 90s. Released on October 13, 2009, Death Troopers is set just before the events shown in A New Hope. It will be heavily featured in the MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies with SOE confirming a full page of information and advertisements of the game in the book. On September 22, 2010, Ballantine Books revealed the cover of the prequel novel, also by Schreiber, called Red Harvest
When the Imperial prison barge Purge, temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels and thieves, breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict and seemingly abandoned. However, when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back, bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that, within hours, nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine, and death is only the beginning. The Purge's half-dozen survivors are:
Two teenage brothers; Kale and Trig Longo,
A sadistic captain of the guards; Jareth Sartoris,
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