- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 15 hours and 18 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.com Release Date: January 19, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MEHRNX3
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The Massacre of Mankind
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Fourteen years have passed since the original Martian invasion. On Earth, technology has improved, and new ideas have been gained from studying abandoned Martian equipment. But on Mars, technology has improved as well. The Martians have learned from their mistakes and now, a new, much larger group of cylinders is approaching Earth.
Told through the eyes of Julie Elphinstone, she describes the landings of the Martians. At first, the Martians land once again in England, but as the story progresses, it turns out that the Martians have one goal in mind: total domination of the Earth. Cylinders are landing in China, Africa, Australia, and the United States. Earth weapons are still almost totally ineffective against the invaders. It is up to Julie, the ever-studious and scholarly Walter Jenkins, and others introduced throughout to find a way to stop the Martians before it's too late. The massacre of mankind has begun. Can it be stopped?
I read the original "War of the Worlds" many years ago, and it remains one of my favorite books. Overall, I liked this book, but I did have difficulty with the story in some parts. I thought the idea of using Julie as the narrator was a good one, and the numerous characters included in the story added their own unique talents. I feel that the narrative could have been better, however.
I recommend this book to science fiction fans and readers who have read the original "War of the Worlds".
Anyway, I went straight on to another Baxter book, so I wasn't too unhappy with this one!