By the Blood of Heroes by Joseph Nassise

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But unfortunately the novel seems to run out of steam once it gets past its own premise, and there’s a pervasive feeling of laziness about it.
-Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History


Top 10 Alternate History Bestseller!  Top 50 Historical Fantasy Bestseller!

"Urban fantasy author Nassise 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." (Library Journal)

When the American ace Major Jack Freeman--poster boy for the war against the Kaiser's undead army of shamblers--is shot down over enemy lines and taken captive, veteran Captain Michael "Madman" Burke is the only man brave and foolish enough to accept the mission to recover him. Burke assembles a team of disparate members - his right-hand man, Sergeant Moore, big-game-hunter-turned-soldier Clayton Manning, and Professor Dan Graves, one of Tesla's top men and the resident authority on all things supernatural, among them - to dare the impossible. With the help of a highly advanced British dirigible war machine used to infiltrate enemy territory, the team will face incredible danger as it struggles to reach the prison camp and strike at the heart of the enemy.

Pitted against them is the most deadly enemy of all: Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. Having risen from the dead with his physical abilities enhanced but his mind on the brink of madness, Richthofen has plans for victory that give no quarter to soldiers or civilians alike.

And he has plans for Major Freeman...

Praise for the Great Undead War series:
"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)

"Joe Nassise delivers one amazing alternative history adventure in By the Blood of Heroes....a tour-de-force of adrenaline-drenched mayhem." (Jon 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)

About Joseph Nassise

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Joseph Nassise is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series (Heretic, A Scream of Angels, A Tear in the Sky) and several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series. He is also the author of Eyes to See, the first book in an urban fantasy series. He's a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of professional horror writers, and a two time Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit his website at
Published May 1, 2012 by Harper Voyager. 355 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Knapp on Jul 21 2012

...this is an entertaining read for anyone who enjoys a World War I framework along with zombies and a steampunk mindset.

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Reviewed by Ian Shone

But unfortunately the novel seems to run out of steam once it gets past its own premise, and there’s a pervasive feeling of laziness about it.

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Reviewed by Kristin on May 11 2012

There’s plenty here to love for alternate history and zombie aficionados alike, and lots of goodies that would be right up any horror fan’s alley!

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Mar 27 2012

The first Great Undead War historical urban fantasy is a fabulous fast-paced thriller that never slows down throughout.

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Reviewed by Slade Grayson on Aug 23 2012

It’s fun and fast-paced, with enough horrific moments and...scenarios to keep you turning the pages long into the night.

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Reviewed by Tim on Jun 05 2012

I put this up there in the same vein as the realm of successful cross-genre fiction, blending historical fiction, zombies, and steampunk all in one tasty story.

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Reviewed by Mitro on Apr 05 2012

Despite odd tactics and so little information about the rest of the world, the story was pretty good horror story.

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