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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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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.<br/><br/>I received a free copy in exchange for my review from AudiobookBoom

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 12-17-16

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.<br/><br/>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!

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Well read, great story

What made the experience of listening to The Great Martian War: Invasion the most enjoyable?

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.

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

It is difficult not to compare this with the original, I think it holds up pretty well.

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

I have listened to all of Ray's books, this may well be the best.

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

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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Great variation on the original War of the Worlds

I think this was a very interesting take on the concept &quot;What if War of the Worlds was only the beginning and they came back later to finish the job.

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.


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Very fun, just what I was looking for.

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I love retro sci-fi, and this story did not disappoint. I was already a fan of the original, and it was great fun to hear the story continue. I particularly enjoyed the blending of actual historical characters and inventions with the sci-fi elements introduced by the Martian Invasion.<br/><br/>Once again, Ray Greenley did a fantastic job with the narration. His clean delivery and characterization really helped me experience each character as individuals. It is like having a full cast of friends (and enemies) in my ear.<br/><br/>Note: I was given a copy of this audiobook for review. That being said, I would have sought this audiobook out on my own anyway.I look forward to the next in the series.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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  • kanundra
  • 11-23-16

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.

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  • Andi Hayles-Wright
  • 10-07-17

Great book

Throughly enjoyable follow on from the H G Wells novels. Brings new and interesting insights into the concept of the Martians.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-15-17

Keep moving and try to find cover.

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An intriguing alternative history, set at the beginning of the twentieth century.<br/>Following an initial, failed invasion by Martians in England some seven years before, President Roosevelt aims to prepare America for a future attack. But despite new ideas and inventions, when it comes, the country is still taken by surprise and the invaders seem unstoppable.<br/>The story follows Andrew Comstock's progression from cadet, then up through the officer ranks as he becomes personally acquainted with the ordanace under construction then with the Martians, themselves. But the greater intelligence of the book is that it is also interspersed with a vision of the war from the Martian perspective, their own hopes and struggle shown.<br/>Understandably, the pacing throughout is brisk and this is emulated by the narrator, whose fast presentation is, however, also given with understanding and sentiment. His voicings of the various protagonists is fine, though limited in range. Overall, a good performance by Ray Greenley. <br/><br/>My thanks to the rights holder, who gifted me a complementary copy of The Great Martian War, via Audiobook Boom. It was a clever concept with a feel of authenticity. Interesting to consider what might have been had such an invasion actually occured then and how would the peoples of earth sought to defend themselves?<br/>