BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the first book in the new The Great Undead War series by Joseph Nassise. The story takes place in an alternate timeline during World War I. The Germans, facing defeat with the entrance of America into the war, unleash their latest secret weapon T-Leiche, also known as “corpse gas”. This weapon resurrects the dead and allows the Germans to create an army of zombies, an army which might save the German Empire or doom the world.
Zombie books are not normally a genre that often passes over the review desk here at Militaryscifi.com nor are there a lot of steam punk books. This new novel from Joseph Nassise combines both genres and throws them into World War I. At first I was concerned that the combination of these genres would lead to a disjointed storyline and that it would feel forced and not blend together smoothly. I could not be happier to be wrong. Mr. Nassise draws you into the story half way through the first chapter and doesn’t let go until the end. The characters are interesting and well developed and the storyline flows together nicely. The setting is fascinating and holds the potential for many more stories.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in any of the three genres and I look forward to the next book in the series. I think Mr. Nassise has created a new sub-genre, though I am baffled by what to call it… perhaps Military Zombie Punk?