By the Blood of Heroes

Joseph Nassise
Cover Design:
– Richard L. Aquan
Cover Illustration:
– Larry Rostant
– Harper Voyager
Publication date:
– May 1, 2012
  The Great Undead War
Media type:
  Paperback (352 pages)
– ISBN-10: 0062048759
– ISBN-13: 978-0062048752

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At the end of 1917, the increasingly desperate Germans introduce a new gas to the battlefield: T-Leiche-"corpse gas" - that radically alters the face of the war. Unlike other chemical weapons that attack the living, T-Leiche resurrects the bodies of the dead, giving the enemy an almost unlimited, if not quite fresh, source of troops.

When legendary Allied pilot and war poster-boy Major Jack Freeman is shot down and taken captive by the Germans, veteran Captain Michael "Madman" Burke is the only man fearless and wild enough to try to rescue the American Ace. With a small squad of heroes - his right-hand man Sergeant Moore, Clayton Manning, the filthy rich big-game hunter turned soldier, and professor Dan Richards, Tesla protege and the resident authority on all things supernatural - Burke must traverse the putrid ground of no man's land to infiltrate the enemy's lines.

Using an experimental dirigible, the team penetrates enemy lines to face incredible danger and find risk and peril at every turn, including ruthless traitor smugglers and marauding bands of the Kaiser's undead. But only when they arrive at the prison camp is the true importance of their mission unveiled. Now, they just have to get back to their own trenches - if they can stay undead, that is.

MSF Watercooler Review:
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 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?