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.
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Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
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.
"Bull Moose vs. Bull Martians"
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.
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.
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.
A sense of awe. The destruction. The sentience of the Aliens. Their strategy.
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...
"Interesting take on a War of the Worlds sequel"
A moment that stands out in my memory is when Rebecca takes her grandfathers gun and pumps a Martian full of hot lead until she's out of bullets.
I have listened to other Greenley works and he brings his characteristic showmanship to this title as well. He brings the many different characters to life and I could especially empathize with them during times they were terrified or enraged.
I think this was a very interesting take on the concept "What if War of the Worlds was only the beginning and they came back later to finish the job?" The story has a good pace and I find myself curious to find out what will happen in the next installment.
"Well read, great story"
Well written, well read. Good and well developed characters. The story follows HG Wells concepts closely. In that context it is a logical and well thought out sequel.
It is difficult not to compare this with the original, I think it holds up pretty well.
I have listened to all of Ray's books, this may well be the best.
Got a real kick out the the conversation with Nicola Tesla. Looking forward the use of his static machine against the Martians.
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