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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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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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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NO SPOILERS ARE CONTAINED IN THIS REVIEW.

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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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.

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.
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That is the backdrop for this steampunk and zombie alternative history. Yes, I just wrote "steampunk and zombie alternative history". A very unique genre indeed. I have read the author's prequel "The Sharp End" so had context for this outing. The First World War has been dragged out due to innovations in warfare that include the reanimation of the dead and other horrifying weapons. That a manufactured gas is what produces the soldier zombies is quite clever given the actual disturbing gases used in that actual conflict.

Steampunk aspects were not overwhelming present but did cause me to wonder if the warring nations could build huge airships, tool mechanical replacement hands, and tweak gases to specific effect then why couldn't they design a superior rifle to the Lee Enfield? But one must not look or judge to hard these alternative fictions because they are intended as imaginative larks with enough rationale as to tease believability. Nassise provides just that...a fun romp I felt best suited the young adult market (young male adults).
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