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

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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062048752
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Great Undead War Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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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.”

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By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book I 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 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.
tottman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Steampunk, alternate history WWI, fighting the Kaiser¿s zombies, oh, don¿t forget the Bloody Dead Baron...what¿s not to like? The answer is not much in the first volume of Joseph Nassise¿s The Great Undead War.By the Blood of Heroes is the first volume and it kicks the series off to a great start. The war in the trenches has ground to a stalemate after the Germans invented the zombie gas which reanimates the fallen soldiers and turns them into barely controllable shock troops. Scientists on both sides continue to work on inventions and experiments designed to give their side a decisive edge to win the war. An American ace gets shot down behind enemy lines. This pilot holds a little known secret which could prove devastating to the Allies if discovered, so a rescue mission deep behind enemy lines must be undertaken. Working to stop the effort is the infamous Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. This is a very inventive and very entertaining book. Interesting characters on both sides along with dirigibles, steampunk inventions, and mad scientists all in a richly populated and detailed world. The action moves along briskly from start to finish with plenty of surprises along the way. Looking back, there are a surprising number of set pieces. From the trenches, to the battle in the air, to POW camps, to experimental research facilities, to airships and trains. The amount of detail and action crammed into this book is impressive. The only thing that felt a little rushed was the backstory between the downed pilot and the leader of the team sent to rescue him. Hopefully this can be expanded a bit more in future novels. There is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief required and maybe a thing or two that don¿t bear close examination, but all-in-all this is a very well thought-out and fun adventure. There were a number of things that could have been glossed over in the hope that the reader would just accept them, but the author went to the trouble of providing a plausible explanation for most of them. That attention to detail added to my appreciation of the story. I am looking forward to the continuation of this series. Highly recommended.I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI thought BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES was going to be a simple `killing the undead horde of zombies with very large guns¿ tale but it ended up being a much larger war story with very serious implications not only for the heroes but for the world if the wrong side won. The zombies, or shamblers as they are called, are used as weapons of war by the Germans against the Allied forces during WWI. Learning about the advancements in the corpse gas technology was very creepy as it went beyond just raising the dead. The experiments (done on both the dead and living) with the corpse gas elevated the horror to a frightening new level that was all too reminiscent of the Holocaust experiments carried out by the Nazis.One thing that I didn¿t like about this book was the overly technical aspects thrown into the action scenes. While it was interesting to have a dogfight (aka: fighter jet fight) scene, I had a hard time grasping what was happening as I am not familiar with planes and military terminology.Frustration over the technical jargon aside, the story connected well between the three character narrations as Burke goes on his mission to save Major Jack Freeman. Richthofen¿s narration was especially enjoyable as I liked being let in on the antagonist¿s thoughts and ideas just to see if I could understand his motives at all or if he is just plain crazy. Richthofen¿s motives were definitely on the crazy side but understanding his brand of crazy helped to truly immerse me in the story from all sides. Of the three narrations, I was the least interested in Freeman¿s because his story was basically static as a POW with absolutely no means of escape until Burke¿s team came. I did like learning more about shamblers along with Freeman but was impatient to get to Burke¿s action or Richthofen¿s plotting bad guy narrations.Overall, I enjoyed seeing an alternate history in regards to WWI with not only shambler-making-technology but steampunk elements including mechanical prosthetic arms, dirigibles, and Tesla inspired weapons and technology. BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES mixes a creepy zombie apocalypse scenario with a dash of steampunk to make an action packed story full of heroism from a bygone era.Sexual Content: N/A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the idea of this book. World War One with zombies; what more could you ask for? The "Wheee!" factor of that premise kept me reading to the end. The clumsy, grating prose ensured that I will never pick up another work by the same author. On a sentence-by-sentence level, the writing is so bland and wordy that it distracts from what should be an exciting story. On top of that, the characters are dull, and all of the supporting characters are pretty much interchangeable. There's also a lot of gratuitous switching of POV for a paragraph or two at a time, which is very distracting and makes it seem like the author was trying to write a movie instead of a book. Moreover, any time foreign phrases show up, they seem to have been translated by Google Translate. To top it off, there are about a dozen instances that go something like this: " 'Here's the plan,' he said. 'What we're going to do is...' five minutes later they were all in position." This may be a personal pet peeve, but this kind of thing drives me up a wall. Either tell me what the characters are planning, or don't, but don't be coy about it. Bottom line: I'm perfectly happy to put up with merely competent writing if the plot or characters are engaging enough to make up for it, but this was too much.
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.]