On May 1st HarperCollins will be launching Joseph Nassise’s new WWI alternate history series, The Great Undead War, with the publication of By The Blood Of Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book I in trade paperback and ebook editions.

Description: 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.

Great Undead War Virtual Launch Party

To celebrate, Nassise has partnered with Shindig, a very cool company out of New York City, that will be hosting the Great Undead War Virtual Launch Party on May 1st at 6 pm EDT. This free, large-scale video chat gathering will feature Nassise doing a live reading from his new book, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. If you’ve never attended an event like this before, now you can do so without leaving the comfort of your own living room!

Shindig’s technology allows Nassise to bring audience members up “on stage” (so to speak) to interact with while at the same time allowing groups of audience members to do the same between themselves. What’s even better is that you don’t need any special equipment to participate – just a computer with speakers to hear the event, or a webcam if you want to interact visually with others in the audience.

What: The Great Undead War Virtual Launch Party
When: May 1st 6pm EDT
Where: Online

Reserve a free seat: Great Undead War Virtual Launch Party

Attendees will also receive a free ebook edition of The Sharp End, a prequel story introducing the characters and setting for the series, as a special thanks for sharing the launch with Nassise.

By The Blood Of Heroes is available now for a special pre-order discount price – just $10.98 in paperback and $9.99 in ebook – at both Amazon.com and B&N.com

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