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By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book I Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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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Our hero is US Captain Michael Burke, a veteran of the war. He’s been fighting it for a long time and is has the nickname of Madman, because he shows no fear when facing enemy troops. And the enemy troops are very fear inspiring because the Germans have found a way to revive dead soldiers. These zombies are set loose on the front and are ravenously hungry. In the opening scene Burke notices a change in one of the zombie’s behavior. At the same time Burke is leading his troop against the zombies, American flying ace Jack Freeman is shot down by the top German flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. He gets captured after crashing in enemy territory.
Burke is selected to lead a small team into enemy territory to rescue Freeman. Freeman is very special and if the Germans find out who he is it could mean the downfall of the entire allied forces. This story is about the rescue attempt.
I found this to be a very interesting story. It is a war story combined with a zombie horror story and also has many elements of the steampunk genre. A very ingenious, clever, and successful blending the genres, this story carries one along with Burke, Freeman, and Richthofen bringing them together for the final explosive scenes. Definitely worth your time.
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.
For those who are on the fence because of other novels that blend too much together, there is a tiny bit of steam punk involved. However, it is very minimal and easy to forget its there. The story really focuses on the soldiers of both sides trying to gain an advantage over the other.
If you like action and horror together you'll really enjoy this. There's basically no down chapters in which the author tries to fill space with stuff that need not be included.
I thought that the Heretic series was the best thing that Mr. Nassise would put out that I'd like,...I was wrong.
The fact that it takes place in an alternate WWI (the war doesn't end in 1918) gives it a certain gothic quality to its technological innovations in weapons, transportation, etc. The villain is really a villiain, and the good guys are, well, sort of good guys.
Don't miss this series. I am about to read the prequel, but I really hope thatbthe second book is LONGER !