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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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 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.
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.
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