By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book I

By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book I

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by Joseph Nassise
     
 

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“Joe Nassise has raised the bar for the whole genre.”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory

Combine the take-no-prisoners heroic grit of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds with the irreverent inventiveness of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, set it on the

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“Joe Nassise has raised the bar for the whole genre.”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory

Combine the take-no-prisoners heroic grit of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds with the irreverent inventiveness of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, set it on the blood-and-gore-soaked European battlefields of World War One, and you get By the Blood of Heroes, a wildly imaginative alternate history zombie novel by acclaimed urban fantasy author Joseph Nassise. When the German high command employs a terrible new chemical weapon that reanimates the dead, Allied forces must take on the Kaiser’s zombie army in order to rescue a downed American flying ace in the first book of Nassise’s The Great Undead War saga. By the Blood of Heroes is a deliciously gruesome adventure that horror and alternate history lovers, steampunk aficionados, and fans of such zombie-centric offerings as TV’s The Walking Dead, popular literature’s World War Z, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Zombie Haiku, and the Resident Evil video game and film series will eagerly devour.

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Publishers Weekly
Nassise (the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicles) fills the adrenaline-fueled first installment of the Great Undead War saga with an audacious mix of military fiction, steampunk, and zombies. In an alternate WWI, Michael “Madman” Burke, a veteran American soldier with an artificial “clockwork” arm, is assigned to go deep behind enemy lines and rescue a famous Allied pilot who has been shot down by the Germans. Burke and his team must maneuver through territory inhabited by shamblers—Kaiser Wilhelm’s undead troops—and more than a few walking dead monstrosities recently developed by Germany’s scientific brain trust. To complicate matters, the captured pilot happens to be Burke’s estranged half-brother. 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. Agent: Joe Monti, Barry Goldblatt Literary Group. (May)
Jonathan Maberry
“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!”
Joe McKinney
“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 Merz
“Joe Nassise delivers one amazing alternative history adventure in By the Blood of Heroes....a tour-de-force of adrenaline-drenched mayhem.”
Library Journal
World War I is in its seventh year, and the Kaiser's army has introduced a new weapon into the fray: T-leiche, also known as "corpse gas." When fallen soldiers are exposed, they rise from the dead as "shamblers," mindless, flesh-eating machines (also known as zombies). The shambler brigades are used as shock troops to weaken the Allied lines and pave the way for the more traditional German divisions. But corpse gas can have an even more evil effect, as in the case of the infamous Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen, who was exposed during a plane crash and resurrected as a better, stronger, and more intelligent version of himself. It's up to legendary ace pilot Jack Freeman and Capt. Michael "Madman" Burke to foil the Germans in this genre-jumping tour de force. VERDICT 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 lovers alike, all of whom will be clamoring for the next installment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062048752
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,148,485
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Jonathan Maberry
“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!”
Joe McKinney
“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 Merz
“Joe Nassise delivers one amazing alternative history adventure in By the Blood of Heroes....a tour-de-force of adrenaline-drenched mayhem.”

Meet the Author

Joseph Nassise is the author of more than twenty novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt series, and several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle. He’s 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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By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book I 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my teenage son, and ended up reading it myself. I could not put it down. My questions are - when is the next book and the movie coming out?
VoraciousReaderSH More than 1 year ago
WW I, Steampunk and Zombies... A great mashup of various themes, very entertaining. Well written and avoids the end of the world themes so common in Zombie novels. I'm looking forward to a sequel!
chilepepper99 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for the zombie, steam-punk or alternate history fan. The action is fast-paced and the characters are great. A refreshing departure from the typical "end of the world" zombie stories. The story is set in WWI France and tells what happens when the Germans invent a gas that reanimates the dead. Get this book: you won't be disappointed. I can't wait for the next one.
SpecialSoldier More than 1 year ago
Very exciting alternate/steampunk novel of WW1. Characters were well drawn out. Mad scientists creating zombie gas to turn the tide of the Great War and the heroes sent to stop this madness, reminded me of an old pulp series, G-8 and his battle aces. Mad scientist's, zombies, death rays, werewolves, etc. were part of the G-8 pulps. Well done book, Mr. Nassise. Looking forward to next chapter of Great War series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you take a alternative history book then add zombies and steampunk? Why one of the best reads I have had in a while. Great plot, great writing, and a instant wish for the next book! Thank you Mr Nassise for entertaining us keep it up and we willl keep buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even finish this book because the plot is predictable, sluggish and uninteresting.  The redundant and repetitive writing style makes it hard to even want to read more.  It's a great story idea but it should have been written by a competent writer.  
jlgc More than 1 year ago
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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[Please correct me if anything is wrong- I am somewhat new to the world of superheroes, and have never been to NY. Constructive criticism and all comments are appreciated. -Storm]<br> No one noticed the man in the strange clothes- this was New York, everything was strange, and no one payed attention to other people anyway. He walked hurriedly down the sidewalk, heading to a tall building. At the top of the building a sign read Stark Industries. The secratary at the front desk gave him a strange look, probably not used to seeing people in green Asgardian clothes, and wearing a helmet with two curved horns on their head. Loki grumbled something about mortals and their infernally low doors- that had been the third door he'd banged his head on in just this building alone- as he entered the elevator. He knew the man he was looking for would be following his every move on the security cameras, so the Asgardian began speaking, "I know you are watching me- it would be foolish not to after our last meeting- so I would like to propose a temporary alliance. I and my associate, a man one of you heroes may or may not have fought against or alongside, have agreed to meet two of the group known to the mortals as the Avengers. Should you agree to the meeting, I will meet the two chosen heroes at the Central Park Zoo." The elevator stopped and opened. Loki stepped out to see Tony Stark walking toward him. "You have three hours." Loki whispered to Stark as he passed him. He took the stairs to the bottom.<p> Tony Stark, suited in full Iron Man armor, flew into the SHIELD headquarters. He was greeted by Agent Phil Coulson,"Mr. Stark." "Agent Coulson, we need to gather the Avengers- Loki's back, and he's up to something." About a half-hour later the Avengers team was gathered in a SHIELD helecopter above Central Park. "I will go," Thor volunteered,"I've known my brother longer than all of you." Stark nodded,"True, but you do have a history of trusting him then falling for his traps." Captain America looked at Hawkeye,"I don't think you should go. You would be more useful as backup, in case something goes wrong. And Dr. Banner, I think it would be safer if you stayed behind." "Right." Banner confirmed, thinking of his other side. "So that leaves you, me, and Natasha here." Tony remarked. "Do we have to do rock-paper-scissors to see who stays behind?" Natasha Romanoff shook her head, "You two go. I'll stay here and call for backup if it happens to be a trap, which it probably will be." Stark nodded,"So it has been decided. Drop us off at the entrance to the zoo." [If I mess up on anyone's personality, please tell me! Also, read my other herofic at 'fallen hero'. This one will be MARVEL, while Fallen Hero will be DC.]