By the Blood of Heroes

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

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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 drilling vehicle, the team faces incredible danger and finds 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 20mm | 299g
  • Harper Voyager
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0062048759
  • 9780062048752
  • 618,261

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Train them . . . Arm them . . . Then turn them loose on the zombies!

At the tail end of 1917, the Germans introduced a new type of gas to the battlefield, T-Leiche, or "corpse gas," and changed the face of the war by resurrecting the bodies of the dead, giving the enemy an almost unlimited source of fresh troops.

When the American ace Major Jack Freeman--poster boy for the war against the Kaiser's undead army of shamblers--is downed 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 Freeman. Burke assembles a team of disparate members, from his right-hand man, Sergeant Moore, to big-game-hunter-turned-soldier Clayton Manning, who funds the mission for an opportunity to confront this most dangerous zombie game, to professor Dan Richards, one of Tesla's top men and the resident authority on all things supernatural. With the help of a highly advanced British dirigible war machine to infiltrate enemy territory, the team faces incredible danger as it struggles to reach the prison camp and strike at the heart of the enemy.

But they are pitted against the most deadly enemy of all: Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. Having risen from the dead with his abilities enhanced but his mind on the brink of madness, Richthofen has plans for victory that give no quarter to soldiers or civilians.
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"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 "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." -- Library Journal "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 Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and FLESH & BONE Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and FLESH & BONE Jon "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 "Joe Nassise delivers one amazing alternative history adventure in By the Blood of Heroes...a tour-de-force of adrenaline-drenched mayhem." -- Joe Merz, author of Shadow Warrior and Lawson Vampire series
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About Joseph Nassise

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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