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The Great Martian War: Invasion Audiobook

The Great Martian War: Invasion

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Following the initial Martian invasion of England, President Theodore Roosevelt tries to prepare the United States for the potential of another Martian incursion. As the possibility of a stronger invasion is increasingly clear, the US government tries to mobilize nations to share information and technology to defend humanity. Newly minted ordinance officer Andrew Comstock has been placed in charge of developing new technology that has to be tested on the fly in a race against time if humanity is to survive.

©2016 Vincent Rospond (P)2016 Vincent Rospond

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    kanundra 23/11/2016
    kanundra 23/11/2016 Member Since 2016

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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    "Very interesting!"

    There were a few things that I really enjoyed about this book, the original concept is well known, but I think this gave us a few more things to think on, and enjoy. :)

    The ideas to fight the Martians were pretty cool, and the journey from 'believing they're coming back' to them actually doing just that is exciting. The characters are well developed. Although the death of a loved one really can make you choose a different life path I was glad that the story evolved as it did.

    I've listened to a few of Ray's books now, and this was a very refreshing change to the other style of Sci fi, more realistic and enjoyable. (the martians POV was just great, to listen to and to think on, would they really think of us so badly... I guess so. I also think this was truly a good performance because of that, lots of different characters for Ray to dialogue, and they were great to listen to and easy to distinguish.

    Totally worth the credit, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to both writer and narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Spudboy
    Idaho
    07/01/17
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    "Exciting follow up to War of the Worlds"

    TARGET AUDIENCE: This is a follow up to the War of the Worlds by HG Wells. The author does a terrific job in keeping to the original story. Although it is a Sci-Fi, it is a book that would be especially well received by the Young Adult audience. Just the kind of book that I would refer to my teen sons to read.

    PROFANITY AND SEX: None. Well written and tasteful.

    STORY: On the second attempt at an Earth invasion they are much more prepared, landing their invasion force throughout the world, but focusing on areas which have low populations. This story chronicles the invasion site in the American West. Unlike the original book by HG Wells this book also gives the unique view of the Martians.

    NARRATOR: This narrator is amazing, and is a perfect match for this book. He particularly does well with YA books, and books with multiple voices. You never lose track of who is speaking. Well done.

    OVERALL: Absolutely loved this book, just sorry that the next book has not yet been released.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    17/12/16
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    "Well Researched and true to form"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is something rather odd about this offering. In a good way, but the timing, or pace, seems unique. Not bad or good, just different. I found it compelling in many ways.

    Perhaps it was the writing, or the performance. Haven't figured it out quiet yet.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Washburn? Why or why not?

    Sure. Clearly a fine researcher. Needs a good editor, but on balance good stuff.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Greenley?

    Sure. As above, he was consistent and true to the characters.


    Do you think The Great Martian War: Invasion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, this could easily be a series ( with due reference to HG Wells of course !)


    Any additional comments?

    I obtained this book from Audioblast in exchange for a fair and honest review, which is what this is. A good offering, with some fascinating research and basis. Worth a credit for historical/alternative sci-fi buffs to be sure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    17/01/17
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    "A great sequel to war of the worlds by a different author"

    A great story. Captures the spirit of the original Story and shows how mankind would react to the story and the direction the world would take. It also gives a unique perspective from the view of the martians as to why the invasion was so small and what they would do to combat the illness. Also explains why they came to begin with. Great story well written and blends historical people and acts into a new world and will leave you asking for more. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deal Seeker of New YOrker
    13/01/17
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    "Made me feel like a kid again"

    So This is ridiculous. Elements of steam punk, historical fiction and a sequel noone asked for. Except I'm glad it was written.

    It was like turning out a saturday night b-movie during a blizzard. How would Theodore Roosevelt react to an alien Invasion? Probably something like he did in this book. It just was so well done.

    "I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MSEreads
    Marianna, FL
    07/01/17
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    "Engaging extension of original War of the Worlds"

    I must admit to being a bit confused when this started with Theodore Roosevelt as President. I was thinking of the radio broadcast from the 1930s. However, that was a broadcast adaptation of the original H.G. Wells’ novel, The War of the Worlds, which was written in 1897 and set in England. Recognizing that, this story fit right in as a sequel following the events of the original war.

    This story is set in the United States in 1907- 08. It ranges from President Roosevelt and his advisers in Washington, to a teen farm girl running from the Martian machines in Arizona/New Mexico area. These characters are connected through the primary character, Andrew Comstock. Andrew is a quickly rising young officer who is involved with bringing the new weapons, tanks and armament, from the labs and factories to the battle field. One of the most interesting elements, I thought, is the point of view shared through the Martian characters which is set up as an effective hook in the prologue.

    The early portion of the story focuses on the United States attempting to prepare for a second invasion by the Martians. Interestingly, the author also shows the thoughts of the Martians reacting to the wins and losses during the first wave of the invasion. The weaponry issues, failures and successes, are fitting for the time and totally believable.

    The storylines of the characters are natural and engaging. The characters, human and alien, are developed with relatable personalities and none of them are one hundred percent heroic. They manage sometimes to stumble into successful maneuvers. Sharing the battle from the view of the Martians evoked some compassion even while still presenting them as the enemy.

    The story moves briskly, first with backstory development, then progressing with good action. This is an engaging continuation and enhancement, based on the original story by H.G. Wells. It has an appropriate closing while leaving more battles to be faced in the next book. I plan to continue to see what happens next.

    Audio Notes: Ray Greenley does a fine job narrating. He provides good, varied voices for the characters and conveys the fear, arrogance, awe and other emotions through the performance. The narration voice fit the time period nicely. Listening to this enhanced my enjoyment of an interesting story.

    I received this audio title from the narrator for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CRAIG T SCHWARTZ
    23/12/16
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    "Wasn't what I hoped for but not bad"

    Gave you a POV from the aliens which was nice but not enough to keep me from getting bored.
    "I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    17/12/16
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    "Brilliant variation on the original War of the Worlds"

    Brilliant variation on the original War of the Worlds. Looking forward to see where this story goes. Well written and very well executed. Loved it!

    The narrator did a great job. Wonderful performance.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Lawrence
    14/12/16
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    "Good story, iffy narrator"

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    Overall I enjoyed the story itself. The tone of the novel does a good job of setting itself in the early 20th century. If you like alternate history fiction, this should be a decent series.

    The audio quality itself was more or less fine and there weren't any editing issues I heard. It does sound like some audio noise reduction was done a bit too heavily and it introduces minor static artifacts at the beginning and ending of words. It also sounds like too much bass was taken out of the narrator's voice. This is especially apparently in the sections where he tries adopting a lower tone of voice for certain characters. His voice is fairly nasal as a result.

    I have some issues with the narrator outside of the audio mastering. I wish he would slow down a bit. The entire novel felt like Ray was rushing through the pages as fast as he could. I feel like he also needs to practice his accents and characters. The Roosevelt character was especially bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jey cee
    13/12/16
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    "The Great Martian"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot has engaging characters, suspenseful plot, exciting battles. I can't wait for many many sequels. It's a great addition to the War of the Worlds universe. Great audiobook.

    I received a free copy in exchange for my review from AudiobookBoom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • in1ear (John Row)
    Aurora, Colorado
    08/12/16
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    "Bull Moose vs. Bull Martians"
    Would you listen to The Great Martian War: Invasion again? Why?

    In audio form this is a "You better be paying attention" work. A lot of characters being introduced. A lot of attributes of the Martians talked about. A lot of conversation to develop the plot. Apparently a series is planned around the premise. There are a lot of loose ends.


    What other book might you compare The Great Martian War: Invasion to and why?

    There are historic figures like Theodore Roosevelt and lesser known real people as well as fictional characters. I enjoy books that involve real people and events that the action revolves around.

    Of course, the original H.G. Wells' "War of the World" is similar. Despite Orson Wells and the Tom Cruise movie, the original work had the invasion occurring in England. So the premise of this work where the Martians attack in the U.S. isn't far out of bounds.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Greenley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He does another great job! He has a very good range of voice for characters. A sense of pace that works well. And a pleasant speaking voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A sense of awe. The destruction. The sentience of the Aliens. Their strategy.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this seems to beg to become a series. If you need total resolution to events, you may need to wait for the writings to evolve further.

    Thank you for the opportunity to review it!

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. I am happy to give my honest review of it.

    I would be remiss if I fail to mention that I am reviewing it on a voluntary basis. lol...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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