THE MASSACRE OF MANKIND, BOOK TWO, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS SEQUEL, by Stephen Baxter, UK Edition

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(Authorized by the H.G. Wells Estate)

A sequel to the H.G. Wells classic THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, brilliantly realized by award-winning SF author and Wells expert Stephen Baxter

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.

So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells’ book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat.

He is right.

Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist – sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins – must survive, escape and report on the war.

The Massacre of Mankind has begun.

OUT AUGUST, 2017

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“Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton Universities (doctorate in aeroengineering research). Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the Year; he also won the John W. Campbell Award and the Philip K. Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships. He is currently working on his next novel, a collaboration with Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Mr. Baxter lives in Prestwood, England.”

MY THOUGHTS:

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was sooooo excited to get this book!  I don’t know how I missed it!

My dad introduced me to H.G. Wells’ work. He had all his books and I remember devouring them when I was ten.  I became an instant fan.  When this book came to my attention, I was a bit unsure if I would give it a try, but after reading the premise… I was sold.  Come on–a sequel to “War of the Worlds”… Seriously??!!

 

Excellent research to ensure this book picks up after the first.  Wonderful world-building and keeping everything in tuned with the details of the first.   Make certain you read the first book before starting this one since this author begins immediately where the first left off.

Such enormous shoes to fill and Baxter does a fantastic job! There is one point towards the end, right before the climax that the author veers off, pulling me out of the story. It almost had the feel of a setup for a sequel.  I hope not.  I don’t think with both books combined that there will be anything left to expand on, and a third may be redundant.

It’s clever plot, twists and turns included, hurl the book along at a fast pace.  The character development is superb and well-rounded characters are the result.  A bit of famous name dropping that borders the annoying, but eh, I just couldn’t get enough of the story to really care.

Well done! Fantastic science fiction, enjoyable read and WOWSA!

I was ready to critique the crap out of the this book, but nope! Not happening!

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