The outrageously inventive follow-up to By the Blood of Heroes -- Inglourious Basterds meets Dawn of the Dead in this steampunk alternate history World War I zombie novel.
At the close of 1917, the Germans introduced a new type of gas, T-Leiche--"corpse gas"--a revolutionary weapon that changed the war.Read more...
The outrageously inventive follow-up to By the Blood of Heroes--Inglourious Basterds meets Dawn of the Dead in this steampunk alternate history World War I zombie novel.
At the close of 1917, the Germans introduced a new type of gas, T-Leiche--"corpse gas"--a revolutionary weapon that changed the war. Instead of killing the living, T-Leiche resurrected the bodies of the dead.
Though they survived the killing fields of France, the danger has only just begun for veteran Captain Michael "Madman" Burke and company. They've just been assigned a new mission: rescue Princess Veronica, the sole surviving member of the British royal family. But Kaiser Manfred Von Richthofen, the undead Red Baron and new leader of Germany, is determined to find Veronica as well.
In the devastated, zombie-infested city of London, Burke and his men will face off in an unholy battle with their most formidable opponent yet: a team led by none other than his infected former right-hand man, Sergeant Moore. If they don't succeed, all of Britain will fall into undead Central hands.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-15
- Reviewer: Staff
This fast-paced sequel to By the Blood of Heroes (2012) is another competent horror thriller set in a fantastical version of WWI. After a kickoff set piece, hero “Madman” Burke and his squad are assigned a risky rescue mission in devastated, zombie-infested London. As they evade hordes of the new fast “shredders,” the creative, nonstop action moves swiftly from crisis to crisis, intensity building steadily, interrupted only by brief discourses on weaponry or fantastical technology. Characters from the previous installment, including villain Manfred Von Richthofen, make brief but important appearances, rewarding continuing readers of the series. Unfortunately, the imaginative core idea of German gas that creates zombies is rendered formulaic by stereotypical pulp characters and a ludicrously unlikely romantic attraction stuffed into the latter half of the book. (Dec.)