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War of the Worlds: Retaliation Audiobook

War of the Worlds: Retaliation

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1898: Martian tripods lay waste to Earth's cities. The world's armies are unable to stem the tide of destruction. When all hope appears lost, common bacteria kills the alien invaders. From the ashes, the human race uses the technology left behind by the Martians to build new, advanced weapons.

1924: Armed with their own spaceships, tripods, and jet fighters, the nations of the world are ready to take the fight to Mars. George Patton, Erwin Rommel, Charles de Gaulle, and Georgy Zhukov lead their troops in battle across the red planet to end the alien menace once and for all. But the Martians have one last, desperate plan to try, and if successful, it could mean the end for all humanity.

©2012, 2017 John J. Rust and Mark Gardner (P)2017 Article94

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"Rust and Gardner's sequel to the HG Wells' novel of a Martian invasion, War of the Worlds: Retaliation, does the original story full justice, while bringing their own skills to bear as the writing pair take the battle to Mars, bringing along a bevy of historical figures from World War Two. It's an exciting rollercoaster of a ride, with sudden twists and heart-stopping drops-and one I wouldn't mind riding again." (New York Times number-one best-selling author James Rollins)

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    Norma Miles 11/05/2017
    Norma Miles 11/05/2017
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    ""That fool with a stupid moustache.""
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    This story concept is simply delicious, being based on an alternate history following a famous, but fictional, invasion: that of the Martians in Wells' War of the Worlds. As such, it not only turns history on it's head and includes famous named historical figures - Stalin Lloyd George, Charles de Gaulle, Rommel, Kaiser Wilhelm II and President Maginot, amongst others - but also allows for numerous delightful little vignettes, such as Rommel, on his way to board the spaceship as part of earth's attacking fleet, is held up by a group of men in brown shirts led by a man with a toothbrush moustache who rages on about the Martians only being puppets of Jews, the real threat to humanity. Rommel promptly has his men arrest this unknown madman, Hitler, and carries on to board hi spaceship, annoyed that the encounter made his arrival twenty minutes late.<br/><br/>This is a straightforward tale of retaliation against st the Mars invasion which, 26 years prior to the commencement had slaughtered millions of earth people and was only stopped by the Martians falling ill and overcome by viruses in the atmosphere to which they had no resistance. Technologically vastly superior to the eathmen at the end of the 1800s, the Martians left their war machines behind as they died, equipment that was reverse engineered, thus thrusting the Earth into space travel capability in the early 20th century and even drawing together a loose, if uneasy alliance of most of the world's nations in a determination to wipe out the home world of their attackers, Mars.<br/>The real joy of the book, in addition to the battle scenarios, is the personalities, rivalries and intrigues of the named leaders - Baria, the soviet commander, is given an especially bad press. The narrator, Samuel Hoke III, gives fine voice to all of the nuances of conflict, both of physical fighting and the dispositions of the characters. His rich, deep reading might seem a little hesitant at first but soon proves perfect for the time setting.<br/><br/>A most enjoyable book. My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me my copy, via Audio book Boom. It was a great idea, exciting, humorous at times, and well executed with an immediate feeling of reality. A book I am happy to recommend.

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    Layla 24/04/2017
    Layla 24/04/2017
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    This is set decades after the original war of the worlds.<br/>It also has real characters from history (which surprised me, since I wasn't expecting it).<br/>I loved the characters because they all thought and acted differently. This gave them and the story a more 3D effect. <br/>The story deals with response to the original invasion and how technology advanced from the use of the captured alien spacecraft. It also contains some politic and how some countries acted after the invasion. This I believe gives it more realism unlike some other books that I have read where the countries come together without any arguing or having there own agenda. Also what I love about this book is that no one country is the hero. It is the different countries working together to achieve their objective just like WWII.<br/>There is swearing in this book and mild violence.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this review copy audio book at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

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  • DabOfDarkness
    Ojo Caliente, NM, United States
    18/06/17
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    "1920s War Lords take it to Mars"

    Starting in 1898 with the final throws of the Martian invasion, humanity is at a breaking point. However, the human bacteria prove deadly to the Martians and on mass, they die, leaving their advanced technology for the humans to scavenge. Skipping ahead to 1924, the world leaders have decided it’s time to take the fight to Mars and a massive invasion is launched.

    I’m a fan of HG Wells’s works, including the original War of the Worlds. So of course I was thrilled to dive into a novel that told a story of what humans did afterwards. How does a failed Martian invasion change the course of humanity’s history? Gardner and Rust give a decent answer to that question.

    I think this book would have extra interest to those who have studied WWI. There’s plenty of European and North American names to recognize in this novel such as Charles de Gaulle, Rommel, George Patton, and so on. You don’t have to be particularly knowledgeable about any of these historical figures to enjoy their characters in this tale. I was a bit surprised that the Asian countries weren’t represented at all. Also, since it was a world wide Martian invasion in 1898, I was initially hopeful to see how that great leap in tech affected many of the countries in Africa and South America. Alas, those continents are barely mentioned.

    There’s plenty of great tech in this tale. First, I really enjoyed that some tested and true war machines of WWI were in this book, like the Fokker airplanes. There’s also some brand new vehicles made especially for the Martian invasion. However, I did notice that the physics of Mars was skimmed over when it came to actual battles.

    Now, let me get out my little polished soap box. There is exactly 1 female character (Nurse Hill) in this entire book and she doesn’t appear until the last hour of the story and she isn’t plot relevant at all. There’s a few other ladies mentioned as wives or mothers. This pains me. Here we are in this fascinating science fiction novel that’s essentially about the survival of the species, and the women aren’t present. Sigh…

    OK, so moving on. I loved that we got a look into Martian society through the Martian characters. Their society is suffering from stagnation and the inability for their leaders to admit that there’s a real threat coming from Earth. I really enjoyed watching the various Martians struggle with this.

    The pacing of the story is good with strategy, reflection, and action all well intermingled. I never suffered from battle fatigue nor did I feel that the story bogged down here or there. As an aside, I liked that Hitler was receiving psychiatric help and was an exceptionally minor character in this book.

    I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobook Worm.

    The Narration: Samuel Hoke was a very good fit for this story. He performed several different accents as needed and was consistent with them throughout the story. Each character was distinct.

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  • Brian
    Niagara Falls, NY
    12/06/17
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    "A Hit or Miss Sci-Fi Action Novel"

    I picked this book up and set it down a few times before being able to get through it.  I love science fiction and don't even mind that it's a sequel -- but there was something about the way this book was written that just didn't sit well with me.  That being said, I did finish it (which I don't alway do).

    What this book helped me realize is that alternate history books can be awesome when some of the research is done correctly.  Even if it's meant to be a crazy different timeline there are still things that make more sense now than they would back then. Retaliation had some of this and while other parts felt just right.

    The action of this book was really well written. I can tell a lot of time went into crafting the perfect action scenes and making them flow from one to another. The ability to keep a book packed with this much action without making it feel overdone surprised me.

    A slightly 'cinematic' narration -- War of the Worlds Retaliation both hit and missed marks throughout.  I don't know if it's because it's been a long time since I've read the original War of the Worlds or what, but the intro/first few chapters felt really hard to get into for me.  Sure there was action almost right away but I wasn't 100% sure why things were happening the way they were.

    The narration for War of the Worlds Retaliation was done by Samuel E. Hoke III who does a really nice job.  Professionally recorded with lots of stuff going on, Hoke allows this book to flow nicely.

    I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

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  • charles gibbs
    Natural Bridge, NY United States
    08/04/17
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    "a surprising gem"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this story was a great listen that I found very hard to walk away from


    Any additional comments?

    First, to get it out of the way, I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.That being said, if you are looking for H. G. Wells you will be disappointed , But, if you let this story stand on its own merit, you will be pleased. This is military SF so if that isn't your style I would recommend you pass it by. But if you like David Drake, or John Ringo I think you will find this story well worth your time.

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  • Lelia T
    Richmond, VA
    23/07/17
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    "Did Not Finish"
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    This is my problem only, not the fault of the author or the narrator---the narrator's voice grated on my hearing to the point where it was going to be a real distraction from the story. My apologies to both!

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  • Amazon Customer
    02/06/17
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    "War drama in an alternate-history"
    Where does War of the Worlds: Retaliation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 100


    What did you like best about this story?

    Really enjoyed the Earth's revenge against the Martians


    Have you listened to any of Samuel E. Hoke III’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not, Samuel E Hoke III is ideally suited to this war drama


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Christopher
    Epping, NH, United States
    19/05/17
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    "A New Classic"

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
    This book was great. I am a fan of the original War of the Worlds and who doesn't want to find out what happens next. Written in the vein of classic Sci-Fi this story has such a different feel than most modern space stories. I found myself wanting to revisit some old favorites dealing with space travel and Mars.

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  • Gary H
    02/05/17
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    "A Solid Continuation"

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an unbiased review. This book is actually a nice addition to the original War of the Worlds book. The narrator did a fine job of reading the book I really enjoyed the Earth's revenge against the Martians. If you are a fan of the original book, you'll probably like this one. It was nice to see someone take the original story and go with it.

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  • The Lovely Rod
    Adelaide, South Australia
    29/04/17
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    "A war drama in an alternate-history"

    HG Wells’ story of alien invasion was first published in 1897 and made infamous to modern audiences by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air when, on 30 October 1938, they broadcast a one-hour full cast radio play adaptation, primarily told in the style of news bulletins interrupting an orchestral program.

    For those who tuned in late, the unique presentation of the story supposedly caught listeners off-guard, creating a nation-wide panic that the alien invasion was real. To this day, Orson Welles’ adaption of War of the Worlds is not only considered a classic, but it arguably remains the most recognised and celebrated radio play ever broadcast.

    Authors Mark Gardner & John J Rust now offer up this unofficial sequel to HG Wells’ original novel, set in 1924, some 25 years after the failed Martian invasion. Armed with adapted alien technology, mankind has advanced their weaponry and developed their own spaceships with the intent of taking the fight to Mars. Although more than two decades have passed in peace, mankind is determined to secure itself from future invasions by wiping out the Martians once and for all.

    Mixing fictional characters with real historical figures like George Patton, Erwin Rommel, Charles de Gaulle and Georgy Zhukov, the authors do the unexpected by telling their story from both sides of the battlelines. We get to meet multiple Martian characters as they are forced on the defensive and face their own internal politics, while we also ride the wave of hopeful victory with the human fleet.

    The deep voice of narrator Samuel E Hoke III is ideally suited to this war drama. Despite the alternate-history/science-fiction basis of the plot, War of the Worlds: Retaliation is a straight up action war story. Its focus is on the battlelines, the frontline soldiers, and their leaders. Hoke captures the accents of Earth’s dissenting nations just as well as he details the great space battle that ensues when humankind reaches Mars. The use of spaceships instead of aeroplanes and tanks is secondary to the theme however. Fans of classic war dramas could enjoy this title as much as lovers of science-fiction.

    I review audiobooks regularly on my site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com and I especially love sci-fi, thrillers and action stories, although I cover as big a variety of genres as I can. Check out my site for this and other reviews.

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  • Bikram Agarwal
    24/04/17
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    "Good premise and story, disappointing narration."

    This book was voluntarily provided to me, free of cost, by the author / narrator / publisher. I'm leaving an unbiased review for the book.

    I loved the premise of the book from the get go. The Independence Day 2 movie was a huge let down, so I was hoping this book would live up to the promise. And for most part, it did. The action sequences are well written and draws the listener in. The narrator's raspy and bass-heavy voice was a little distracting though. I get that they were going for army big-wig effect with that voice, but after a while it gets irritating. Nonetheless, once I got used to it, the rest of the book was alright.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lilyn G.
    19/04/17
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    "Take that, Martians!"

    War of the Worlds: Retaliation is a sequel to the original War of the Worlds novel by H.G. Wells. According to the Kickstarter page, it was originally posted as a short story by John J. Rust on a fanfiction site and things spiraled out from there. It's written in a familiar alternate-history format where one will recognize familiar names and faces, such as that of General Patton. The authors appear to have done at least some basic homework to add realism to their story, such as their nod to Patton's believing in reincarnation. And, given that this is set only a few decades after the Martian invasion, the world isn't quite as incredibly advanced as it could have been with that particular starting point. Hydrogen cell cars, a basic version of the internet, etc.

    And apparently a compass that somehow works on a planet with no magnetic field. ( Yes, I will fixate on one line early in the book. I can't help it. It made me go "Wait, what?" )

    One of the things that I thought they did very well with this novel was the fact that they didn't pretend that the invasion brought all earthlings together into this blissful state of cooperation and unity. Yes, humans work together, but even early on in the novel it's clear that the world hasn't been participating in one gigantic campfire sit since the Martians attacked. This continues through to the very end where we see some scenes from after the big battle finishes. War of the Worlds: Retaliation is perhaps one of the most realistic looks at humanity in the years after an alien attack that I've ever read.

    I listened to War of the Worlds: Retaliation as an audio book and Samuel E. Hoke III did a solid job with the narration. His voice is very low and gravely, so I worried at first that I'd have trouble telling some of the characters apart. Luckily he's a decent hand with accents and was able to vary his pitch just enough that I didn't have too many problems. He kept me fairly engaged with the story, and his voice tolerated an increase to 1.50x speed without much distortion.

    However, while War of the Worlds: Retaliation did have a lot going for it, it just didn't do it for me. I was never really able to lose myself completely in the story. I found myself disappointed that the Martians from had been graduated from opaque alien horrors to something that felt a step or two up (in a good way) from the Mars Attacks! Martians. As it always seems, when we humanize something that was completely alien, pardon the pun, or terrifying, that fear scales back dramatically.

    Overall, it was a good listen, just not a great one for me. Still, it was fun to play in the "What-if" sandbox for a while, and I applaud Gardner and Rust for their imagination and work in bringing War of the Worlds: Retaliation to life.


    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audio book through Audio Book Boom for review consideration.

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