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The Sharp End: Alternate History Zombie Apocalypse (Great Undead War) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Nassise
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The zombie apocalypse meets World War One in this exciting prequel story to BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES, book one in the Great Undead War alternate history series!

March 1921. The War to End All Wars continues, with no foreseeable end in sight. The Central Powers control most of Europe, with only a thin stretch of French coastline still in Allied hands. A beleaguered Britain fights resolutely on, but everyone knows that without the continued support of the United States it would fall within weeks. Even that may not be enough to defeat the brilliance of the Central Powers' scientists and the advantages their advanced weapons give their troops as wave after wave of zombie soldiers are sent against the Allied front lines...

On May 1st, 2012 HarperVoyager released BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES, the first book in the new zombie steampunk alternate history series known as The Great Undead War by internationally bestselling author, Joseph Nassise.

Here, for the first time, is the story behind the story. Follow the hero of The Great Undead War zombie apocalypse series, Captain Michael "Madman" Burke, leader of Burke's Marauders, in the early days of the war, when the Germans are just beginning their field tests of a new weapon.

A weapon that will eventually come to change the face of the war itself, that will resurrect the bodies of the dead, both friend and foe alike, and turn them into flesh-eating monsters. A weapon that will come to be known as corpse gas.

Praise for the Great Undead War series:
"Urban fantasy and sf author Nassise (Eyes To See) raises the alternate history genre to brilliant new heights. This is a treat for zombie and horror fans, military fiction aficionados, history buffs, and steampunk fiction lovers alike, all of whom will be clamoring for the next installment." (Library Journal)

"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 )

* The Sharp End - a prequel story introducing the characters and events of the Great Undead War series

* A Timeline of the Great Undead War, identifying major events and military battles

* The first two chapters of BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES, the first book in the Great Undead War series

(Cover art by Brad Cooper of Cooper Design Studio)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover


"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)

"Joe Nassise delivers one amazing alternative history adventure in By the Blood of Heroes....a tour-de-force of adrenaline-drenched mayhem." (Jon 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 )

Product Details

  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harbinger Books (February 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X1QNTQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 19, 2013
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Steampunk/zombies/world war1/alternate history....what's not to love! I really enjoyed this mash up. Liked the characters and just a neat,original idea. If your'e looking for someting different or just a good horror read,this is it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp end. Sharp story. April 26, 2012
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War and the creatures of horror stories fit together well in Joseph Nassise's 'Sharp End', a neat opener to a coming series featuring zombies in the trenches and in flying squadrons during World War 1. The story is well paced with no fat, short enough to read quickly but long enough to get its job done and make you want more. It's an easy read and worth the buy for its own sake, especially if you were enthralled by 2000 AD's inestimable comic series 'Fiends of the Eastern Front', its later serial novelisation and the (fairly recent) game 'Wolfenstein 3D'. By transposing to World War 1, extending the timeline of the war and switching to zombies, Nassise opens a realm of new possibilities.

Pierre Mare
The Writing is on the Coffee Cup
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Prequel May 11, 2013
By Jett
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I enjoyed this story. I had already read the first in the series and love the unique blend of alternate history, zombie and steam punk. If you are a zombie story reader and are looking for something with reasons and a unique feel I highly recommend this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Very fun April 25, 2013
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Love the story. Found it very interesting. Enjoyed it very much. If you like military history and World War 1 this is great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sharp End (The Great Undead War prequel story) April 21, 2013
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Loved it it was the best zombie book get this book it is so cool loved it get it why are you still reading this
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3.0 out of 5 stars Steam Punk Tease June 7, 2012
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Thankfully I figured out that this is a very short novella prequel to The Great Undead War series. It is an intriguing appetizer to the first full entry called "By The Blood of Heroes" which I have lined up to read. Suffice it to say that it is a bit of a tease but succeeds in establishing context and setting atmosphere. And really who would not want to sign up for a "zombie steampunk alternate history" series? It is admirably original to choose the First World War to re-imagine events. And given certain fictional advancements in the waging of war including "corpse gas" we can conclude that it does not end in 1918 and that the meat grinder that was that war will be considerably more costly and horrifying.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lead in February 2, 2014
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Just started the Great Undead War series and reading it in order. From what I've read so far, I am hooked! On to the next!
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More About the Author

Joseph Nassise is the author of more than a twenty novels, including the internationally bestselling 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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