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"Like the undead, Eric S. Brown is an unstoppable force in the genre. His fiction consistently delivers jolts to the heart and mind." - David Dunwoody, author of Empire and Dark Entities --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

H.G. Wells is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. He was the author of numerous classics such as The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The War of the Worlds, and many more. 

Eric S. Brown is the author of World War of the Dead, Season of Rot, and Barren Earth. Some of his past works include Cobble, Madmen’s Dreams, and Unabridged Unabashed and Undead: The Best of Eric S. Brown, among others. His short fiction has been published hundreds of times and he was featured as an expert on the walking dead in the book, Zombie CSU. Eric lives in NC with his loving wife, Shanna, and his son, Merrick. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Coscom Entertainment (April 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897217919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897217917
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,590,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric S. Brown is the master of the zombie genre.
Dr. Michael C. West
This was a really good read, and I am glad that you seen a lot of the writing of H.G. Wells stay intact with the interaction of the zombies.
Nathaniel D.
There are also a few minor formatting issues, although they do not affect the flow of the story.
Jill Bemis

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Bemis on August 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Invaders from the Red Planet come to earth, causing zombies to swarm the planet, thus threatening all of mankind instead of just Great Britain.

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The possibility of life on other planets has been written about in many genres, especially science fiction. Author Eric S. Brown's fascination with zombies has led him to modify H.G. Wells classic, "War of the Worlds". While the Mars invaders in that original novel were limited to Great Britain, here zombies are created worldwide, as particles falling off the Martian spaceships spread throughout earth's atmosphere.

Brown's version can be liken to his purchase of a frosted cake from a bakery to which he added a few sprinkles for decoration whereupon he takes credit for creating the entire confection. To say that the addition of zombies to this timeless tale is superficial is an understatement.

Unlike Well's original, this version needs additional editing. There are some sentences with either a misspelled or missing word. For example on page 87, "It was my unfortunate luck that a dead man already killed the ditch home." There are also a few minor formatting issues, although they do not affect the flow of the story.

Readers interested in other War of the Worlds adaptations can read George H. Smith's, "The Second War of the Worlds"; Was and Manly Wade Wellman's "Sherlock Holmes' War of the Worlds"; J.M. Dillard's "War of the World's: The Resurrection"; Max Allan Collin's "War of the Worlds Murder"; Tony Wright's "War of the Worlds: Aftermath"; Douglas Niles' "War of the Worlds: New Millennium"; Gabriel Mesta's "The Martian Wars"; or, "War of the Worlds: Global Dispatch" edited by Kevin J. Anderson.

Readers interested in other zombie tales can read any one of Eric E. Brown's numerous books on zombies or "World War Z" and "The Zombie Survival Guide" by Max Brooks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's difficult to tell where H.G. Wells ends and Eric S. Brown begins in this book, seamless writing and the addition of Eric's wonderful style make this book a fantastic read! I highly reccomend it to any fan of either genre!
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By ConnieB on July 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
The War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies is truly horrifying. From the Martians with their Heat-Ray, the artillerymen, the common people and the undead, there is no lack of suspense. I, for one, will never again take for granted that my planet, Earth, is safe from the unknown. After reading this book, I have lots to think about. That is what I like in a book.

Eric Brown has, yet again, written a remarkably entertaining book. He is truly a talented author of the unknown, undead, and unthinkable!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Mars is dying, but the inhabitants see earth as their next home. Knowing they are a thousand rimes smarter and even more advanced than humans, they expect no problems conquering the third planet.

He sees an odd green light pass near his residence. He goes to look and finds a spacecraft. The inhabitants are mostly brains with tentacles using mechanical bodies for locomotion. More space ships follow as the invasion of earth has begun.

When the Martians kill a human, the latter do not stay dead; instead they return as mindless carnivores seeking live human meat. The Martians did not expect this second order effect and their scientists struggle to find a way to kill the rising reanimated dead. The observer watches much of the invasion and the zombie counter insurgency. Just when it seems the angry red planet expatriates conquered earth, bacteria attacks the Martians.

Eric S. Brown adds a relatively smooth major "Blood, Guts and Zombies" subplot to the original War of the Worlds. Though purists will ask why the Z treatment to this classic, the story line is lighthearted fun; unless you happen to be trapped between zombie and Martian fevers. The blending works for an enjoyable science fiction horror thriller though with Austen, Twain, and Lincoln fighting zombies in a sub-genre losing its freshness, who is next, Darth Vader?

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karielle @ Books à la Mode TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Blurb: The classic science fiction tale that will eat your brains!
Never before in the history of warfare had destruction been so indiscriminate and so universal.
Panic descends upon planet Earth once more as H.G. Wells's terrifying cosmic invaders blaze a path of fiery destruction across Victorian England, leaving thousands of undead in their wake. Our adventurous narrator must survive the apocalyptic alien threat while fighting off raging, bloodthirsty zombies. Who will triumph when man, Martian, and flesh-eating monster meet? Packed with fearsome supernatural creatures at every turn, Wells's original masterpiece is scarier, gorier, and more suspenseful than ever!

What Stephanie Thought: I haven't read the original The War of the Worlds, so when I picked up The War of the Worlds, Plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Maybe if I had read the rudimentary novel, I could have enjoyed it more, but not having done so, I found much of this book disappointing.
I normally am a fan of science fiction because of the element of the gory and of the unknown. I was excited to read this because I knew it would involve zombies, but the zombies played very minute roles in the plot.
I'm not sure why this had to be drawn out to 306 pages, but the best way I can explain what happens is that a mysterious cylinder carrying Martians appears, containing a Heat-Ray gun that zaps dead people into zombies. A few days later, another cylinder appears, containing more Martians, and another gun. Then a THIRD cylinder appears...and it's pretty much self-explanatory from there. Aside from the three cylinder appearances, nothing actually happened within the book, making it really hard to finish.
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