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“Joe Nassise delivers one amazing alternative history adventure in By the Blood of Heroes....a tour-de-force of adrenaline-drenched mayhem.” (Joe Merz, author of Shadow Warrior and Lawson Vampire series )

“I would argue Joseph Nassise is the most important thing to happen to zombies since Max Brooks, and that’s no hyperbole. He’s really that good.” (Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Flesh Easters )

“Relentless pacing, nonstop action, and improbable but nifty-sounding military gadgetry (portable personal gliding devices, magnetism grenades) power an unremittingly entertaining story line that with broad appeal for history buffs, horror aficionados, and fans of steampunk.” (Publishers Weekly )

“BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES is a genre-twisting madhouse of horror, Steampunk SF and zombie madness that is too damn much fun to miss! Buckle up...this is a wild ride!” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and FLESH & BONE)

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With the critical and box office success of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the rise in the popularity of steampunk fiction and fashion, and the influx of zombie-themed TV shows (Walking Dead), books (World War Z), and movies (Zombieland), BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES taps into some of today's coolest alternative trends. International bestseller Joseph Nassise takes readers on a wild ride through a zombie-filled World War I, complete with some of its most celebrated and most notorious figures.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Great Undead War (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062048759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062048752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a twenty-five novels, including the Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy, and the Great Undead War series. He has also written several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle. He is a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of professional horror writers, and a multiple Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee.



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Joseph Nassise has tapped into a real gold mine with this one; there have been many stories written that use the undead zombie plague as the backbone on their works, including Star Wars, Marvel Superheros and even Ancient Roman & Cowboy tales... now, we bring the horror of flesh eating ghouls to the trenches of World War I - only this time, the zombies are a bio weapon of the Kaiser's Imperial German Army, and their research in that arena does not stop with the formation of the shambling Death Troops.

BY the BLOOD of HEROES is a fast-paced action / horror story that made me feel like THE GUNS of NAVARONE had met and merged with NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD. It reads quickly, and is full of action and a touch of suspense. The characters are believable and more importantly - Likeable. The heroes are truly heroic, but also very human (I mean that in more than one way). The villains are truly despicable, and play their parts to perfection.

The plot in and of itself is interesting and fun to watch unfold, as a hastily assembled unit of men are assembled to go behind enemy lines and do what they need to do - naturally, the bad guys have more surprises in store for them than what they have come to tackle, and once the action starts, it moves at full throttle, and doesn't stop from there.

I began to worry as I was reading this one, I was running out of pages to turn, but there was so much going on, I was worried it would just grind to a sudden, unrealistic end and that would be it... but no! This book leaves you right where it means to - set up to begin a full throttle run again once the next book comes out. I truly enjoyed this read, and am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

To Mr. Nasise I say this, 'I am undying to read THE GREAT UNDEAD WAR: BOOK II'. Well done, sir, you have a new fan in this guy right here.
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Let me tell you: I loved reading this book. From the beginning to the very exciting ending (you will not want to stop reading during the last 15% or so for sure). Very serious subject matter (death/war/zombies), but it was fun reading it. Does that make sense? It seemed like I could tell the author himself had a fun time writing the book and that feeling is expressed in the way the author tells the story. The author captured my attention right off the bat and then kept my attention during the whole book!

By the Blood of Heroes features: WWI action (ground/air), a The Dirty Dozen [Blu-ray]]/Inglourious Basterds [Blu-ray] suicide type mission and cast of characters, Steampunk gadgets/weapons, alterative history (extended WWI action), zombies (smart, dumb, all kinds), horror, terror, action, suspense, and the good ole Red Baron himself (who, like the Terminator, just keeps attacking and attacking and it seems he cannot be stopped).

I really enjoyed reading about the Steampunk elements of this story (mechanical hands, hi-tech bombs, large flying ships ~ flying suits and on & on). All of the hi-tech gadgets reminded me of the cool stuff that Captain Nemo had in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Widescreen Edition). Was that movie considered Steampunk?

I can see why this book has received so many ratings of 4 stars or above. Based on what I read, I believe ALL those good ratings to be very accurate.
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BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the first book in the new The Great Undead War series by Joseph Nassise. The story takes place in an alternate timeline during World War I. The Germans, facing defeat with the entrance of America into the war, unleash their latest secret weapon T-Leiche, also known as "corpse gas". This weapon resurrects the dead and allows the Germans to create an army of zombies, an army which might save the German Empire or doom the world.
Zombie books are not normally a genre that often passes over the review desk here at Militaryscifi.com nor are there a lot of steam punk books. This new novel from Joseph Nassise combines both genres and throws them into World War I. At first I was concerned that the combination of these genres would lead to a disjointed storyline and that it would feel forced and not blend together smoothly. I could not be happier to be wrong. Mr. Nassise draws you into the story half way through the first chapter and doesn't let go until the end. The characters are interesting and well developed and the storyline flows together nicely. The setting is fascinating and holds the potential for many more stories.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in any of the three genres and I look forward to the next book in the series. I think Mr. Nassise has created a new sub-genre, though I am baffled by what to call it... perhaps Military Zombie Punk?
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Wasn't really sure of what to expect when I picked this one up. The story takes place in the meat grinding trenches of WW1, where allied forces face daily death charges from the German's new weapon--zombies--or shamblers as they're called in the book. The allies have their own tricks, as Nikola Tesla (yeah, *that* Nikola Tesla) creates his own metal magic to use in this titanic struggle.

Burke is an officer assigned to command a team tasked with locating and freeing an important prisoner of war behind enemy lines.

First off, I felt that the action could have been done a little better in places, and that some descriptions were a little wordy, enough for me to think this was a 3.5 star book. And that's pretty much my only critical observation. The story in itself is complete, but the * real* hook came at the end, and left me wanting much, much more. Which made this a solid 4 star.

Joe's descriptions of battlefield conditions and the hell of WW1 were exceptional, and I feel that he has a real gem in the undead commander of the Red Baron. The plot is interesting, the character threads are classic cliff-hangers, and while this is the first novel of a series, the set-up for the next book is... well... killer'.

I'll be buying the next.
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