Title and Author: On Her Majesty's Behalf, by Joseph NassiseExpected Publication Date: December 2014
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Alternate history
Target Audience/Age Group: adult
Part of a Series? Yes
Will the Reviewer Keep It In His/Her Library? Yes
First line: Major Michael "Madman" Burke stood with his back to the sea and stared out into the semi-darkness, watching for movement.
It was a joy watching our daughter read this book as she was delighted with it. So delighted we bought the first book in the series, By the Blood of Heroes. The cover of that book is much cooler than the sequels, as you can see for yourselves. It makes it obvious why the series is called The Great Undead War.
Given Europe is just starting the 100-year anniversary of World War One, it makes sense that the true story is finally coming out. Of all the books written about the Great War in this decade, this series is probably going to be the most fun. The main character is "Madman" Burke. The allies are loosing and the Red Baron is Germany's new leader. Only one member of the British royal family has survived, Queen Veronica, and she is nothing like Archie's girlfriend.
Once again a publisher's gamble paid off and we spent money to buy the first book. We'll probably buy the third if we don't get it free at Comic-Con 2015.
As a complete aside, one of us went to the most recent Orange County Register Insiders book fair and overheard one of the Register staffers say how hard it was to find a book for her nephew. All he's interested in is zombies and war gaming. Our member had just spotted On Her Majesty's Behalf and suggested it to the woman, who seemed delighted by it. Sharing a book is one of the greatest kindnesses one person can do for another.