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.
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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)
Yes, this story was a great listen that I found very hard to walk away from
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.
Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.
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.
Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!
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.
This is set decades after the original war of the worlds.
It also has real characters from history (which surprised me, since I wasn't expecting it).
I loved the characters because they all thought and acted differently. This gave them and the story a more 3D effect.
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.
There is swearing in this book and mild violence.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audio book at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.
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