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The Martian War [Kindle Edition]

Kevin J Anderson
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Book Description

What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H.G. Wells's vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning? 

From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with Wells and his companions.

Editorial Reviews


"An under-the-radar gem ... It's old-fashioned sci-fi adventure fun, written in a style friendly to today's comtemporary readers. I had a blast." – Bookgasm

“A fun adventure novel with a lot of thought put into it.” – Geek News Network

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson is one of the world's bestselling sci-fi authors. He is the author of The Illustrated Star Wars Universe and the highly popular Jedi Academy trilogy of novels: Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice and Champions of the Force. Both his X-Files novels, Ground Zero and Ruins, were New York Times bestsellers and his original series, Terra Incognita, has been highly successful. He is also the author of Captain Nemo, published by Titan Books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781161720
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Kevin J. Anderson's Martian War is a fun throwback to those 1950's sci fi movies. The book has HG Wells, T.H. Huxley, Jane Robbins, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Cavor first working towards thwarting the German Kaiser's war plans until Dr. Moreau and Percival Lowell show up with a greater threat, a hostile Martian invasion. The book is told mostly from two different perspectives, the first being HG Wells in London working with T. H. Huxley and the think tank, the second being from Dr. Moreau working with Percival Lowell in the Sahara trying to make contact with Mars. The book goes on to follow Moreau and Lowell from contact, to transporting their terrible discovery to the US and on to London. We also follow Wells, Huxley and Wells girlfriend Jane as they take the fight to the Martians from London, to the moon and to Mars. The book incorporates from most of HG Wells works, especially The First Men In The Moon and does so very well. All in all this is a very fun book. I had a great time reading this book because it reminded me a lot of the old black and white films I would watch on the Saturday creature double feature on T.V. as a kid. I highly recommend this to fans of HG Wells works and Sci/fi fans as well. This book is just pure enjoyment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For HG Wells Fans November 19, 2012
H. G. Wells and his girlfriend Jane embark on an adventure straight out of a classic scifi adventure, perfect inspiration for one of his stories. The first Martians have crashed to Earth, and Dr. Moreau and Percival Lowell are there to document and study the alien creatures. But the aliens herald a coming invasion that H.G. Wells himself must find a way to stop.

Anderson's reimaging of the War of the Worlds story, gives readers a look at what might (or should) have happened in Wells' life to inspire his science fiction tales. My favorite parts were following along in Dr. Moreau's journal and learning more about his captured Martian. Not only does Anderson's writing style read similar to classic Wells, but the out-of-this-world adventure feels like classic science fiction. It's exciting, fun, and irresistible. As a fan of H.G. Wells and Anderson, this was a win.

This review was originally posted at SciFiChick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By VicG
Kevin J. Anderson in his new book, "The Martian War" published by Titan Books gives us a different version of The War Of The Worlds by H. G. Wells.

From the back cover: The Hidden Invasion

Millions thrilled to H. G. Well' brilliant account of the Martian invasion. But what if that account proved not to be fiction? What if he sought to warn us of impending doom?

In the wake of the first Martian assault, H. G. Wells has united with scientists T. H. Huxley and Dr. Moreau, astronomer Percival Lowell, and Hawley Griffin-the Invisible Man. They seek a weapon that will stem the tide of the invasion, though their path may take them from the streets of London to the treacherous sands of the Sahara, and then to the Moon itself!

The true account of the war of the worlds...

If you like history then this book is for you. If you like science fiction then this book is for you. If you like the fairly new genre, alternate history then this book is for you. "The Martian War" is a rip-rousing adventure yarn that will grab your attention and keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. Kevin J. Anderson has taken historical events, historical people and woven them together with fictional characters and H. G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds. This time H. G. Wells is the primary character. Mr. Anderson did such a great job with his research on life in 1893 that, after a while, history and fiction begin to blur and the action is so real that you begin to believe that the events of the story actually happened. That is how good a story-teller Mr. Anderson really is. If you enjoyed the original "War Of The Worlds" then I am sure you will enjoy this book as well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... November 20, 2012
By GregATM
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It was a good read, with an interesting spin on some of the science, but I kept getting this nagging feeling that I've read it before...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What if... March 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Kevin Anderson, who's no slouch as a sci-fi writer, takes a historical turn in The Martian War, and takes a shot at 19th Century revisionist history with H.G. Wells and his beloved actually engaging with the Martians he wrote about in "War of the Worlds." It's a bit far-fetched with an ancient civilization on the Moon, and of course Martian canals actually having water, both completely fictitious with our modern knowledge. However, if you suspend judgement it's a lot of fun. Kevin is a great author and you're quickly transported into HG's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Take on H.G Wells September 14, 2013
By k.white
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A nice blending of H.G Wells writings into a fast paced work of fiction. There are plenty leaps of faith as some thing remain unexplained but I did not find that disturbing. The tone is light, somewhat tongue in cheek, and quite enjoyable for a night's reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride January 9, 2014
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I bought this on a whim. I had been reading other books on this subject. Map of the Sky and War of the Worlds. This is a good light hearted take on the subject. Reminded me of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The story is just plain fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It could be great, I don't know.
Lost it after reading a few pages... no idea where it is. Dang!
Published 6 months ago by R. Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
excellent read. this book is good example of why I'm huge fan of mister Anderson. hope he keeps it going.
Published 13 months ago by Gregg varner
1.0 out of 5 stars Martian War
This is a bad read. It was a good idea done very badly. I would have to say the time I spent read part of this book was a waste. I would give it no stars.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, You MAY Have Read This Before!
I am fairly certain "The Martian War: A Thrilling Eyewitness Account of the Recent Alien Invasion" by Kevin J. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Franklin Hummel
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird Science Fiction Mash
Somewhere in this delightfully odd book, lies a perfectly simple plot, that I could sum up in thirty seconds or maybe less... Read more
Published on May 26, 2013 by Sci Fi Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars For the H.G. Wells fans
Creatively pulls from H.G. Wells' stories in ways not easily anticipated. Aspects of several, perhaps all, of H.G. Wells' stories can be recognized. Well blended.
Published on April 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars H.G. Wells, Moon, Mars, and Moreau! What's not to love?
I have to admit, about 1/3 of the way through the book I thought it had taken a nose-dive, but I was wrong! I just needed to reset my expectation. Read more
Published on February 27, 2013 by E.J. Crackerhorn
4.0 out of 5 stars To The Moon Wells!
The Martian war is one of those books that made my day. It was a fun well paced read that enabled me to learn a thing or two about some amazing historical figures, real and... Read more
Published on November 20, 2012 by Cape Rust
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More About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and Silver Falchion Award, and has won the SFX Readers' Choice Award, Golden Duck Award, Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at

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