Mr. Anderson brings together an interesting cast of characters in The Martian War such as H.G. Wells, Percival Lowell, Doctor Moreau, Doctor Hawley Griffin, Doctor Selwyn Cavor, and Jane Robbins. Some are real figures, one or two have been featured in other fictional works, and others are the works of this particular author's imagination.
Kevin J. Anderson writes a good tale through London (H.G. Wells and T.H. Huxley) to the Sahara (with Dr. Moreau, Percival Lowell, and their finding of a crash-landed Martian), to the US (Moreau and Lowell), back to London (when Moreau comes to the Institute to present his findings), and on to the moon and Mars (through H.G. Wells, Jane Robbins, and T.H. Huxley). Whilst on Mars, the intrepid explorers help a race of people (Selenites) rebel against their Martian overlords, which may help prevent an invasion of Earth. Will they succeed? Or will they fail?
The Martian War was a nice break from my usual sci-fi reads. The story had a good pace and an interesting twist on H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. I had read one or two of Mr. Anderson's books before and remembered liking them enough to pick this book up for review. Having said that, this time around the writing seemed a little bit over the top for me. Could have been the subject matter, could have been the timing, but I just could not get into the book as much as I would have liked. I will give the author another read in the future.
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.