Normally I give an intro to guest posts on this blog- but Joseph Nassise does such a great job of introducing his new book "By the Blood of Heroes," while also offering some great context, that I don't really need to add anything. Enjoy! ~SQT
As I mentioned in yesterday’s installment at Wicked Lil Pixie, my name’s Joseph Nassise and I’m celebrating the release of my new novel from HarperVoyager, By the Blood of Heroes, which is the first book in the Great Undead War series that combines an alternate World War One with steampunk and zombies. I’ll be talking a bit about the book and the writing process I went through to create it at each stop along the tour and today’s installment introduces the villain of the story, the Baron Manfred von Richthofen.
Except, in my version of the Great War, the battlefield where Richthofen crash lands is awash in corpse gas and the Red Baron rises anew from the wreckage of his aircraft. Rather than returning as the type of zombie known as a shambler, with only rudimentary intelligence and limited mobility, Richthofen returns as a revenant with increased senses, increased dexterity, and a significantly enhanced intelligence.
This rebirth radically changes the course of the war, for reasons that I won’t spoil for you here. Suffice to say that Richthofen grows weary of the seemingly perpetual stalemate at the Front and begins plotting ways to take the war to the Allies in an altogether new fashion. When Captain Burke is ordered to undertake his mission behind enemy lines to rescue Major Freeman, one of the secondary mission goals is to learn more about Richthofen and the secret research he is funding.
Working with a character like Richthofen was a challenge because I wanted to stay true to the historical character in certain respects while at the same time significantly altering many aspects of his personality due to his new nature as a revenant. In the end, I think I created a villain that readers can both love and despise at the same time.
Join me tomorrow at Daily Ebook Reviews for more on By the Blood of Heroes!