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By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book I Paperback – May 1, 2012
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“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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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.
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.Read more ›
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?
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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Great read and very interesting book. I don't wanna write more pls kill me now ok thx k bye kappaPublished 4 months ago by D. Jones
I really enjoyed the book, first in a series. World War I, ace fighter pilots, trench warfare, action, revenge. It is all there. Oh yeah, it has zombies too.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just when I thought nothing new could be done with zombies, BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES comes along. Inventive Steampunkery, thrilling battle scenes, characters to root for and to hate... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert E. Vardeman
Nassise stikes gold again. I'm not a big fan of steampunk novels, but this one is cool. The first world war was bad enough, but Nassise has added Zombie gas. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen Fitts
By the Blood of Heroes, written by Joseph Nassise, is the first in The Great Undead War series set during World War I, The Great War. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JameyLynn
Nonstop action! Nassise
This is my first exposure to Joseph History , the writer. I am impressed. Zombies are not my thing, but alternative history is. Read more
I decided long ago that I was all zombies out. I just didn't want to read anymore about them. But this my friends is another spin that I must say has grabbed me and I'm hooked. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Scrappydawg
I am not a fan of zombie books, and actually got this by mistake. I must say I am glad for that mistake. It was a well written book, and I enjoyed it. I will get the nextPublished 13 months ago by Thomas Davis Key