The Day of the Martians: The Martian Diaries, Volume 1 by HE Wilberson
The Martians are returning to Earth, chaos, and fear run high as many remember their first invasion. Now the stakes are higher. Set in Wales in 1913, astronomer Ogilvy is one of the first to recognize the comet racing toward Earth for what it is and its deadly inhabitants, the Martian tripods.
A sequel to The War of the Worlds story, H.E. Wilberson has delivered on what could have happened after The War of the Worlds in a vivid style. The storyline flows well, and character development is strong. Vivid descriptions are used allowing the listener to connect with the story even more.
As I listened to the story, I noticed three things that stood out. The first was the informal use of language, it did not reflect the era of the time; the second was the societal practice of protecting the female gender from anything bad; and finally, the interaction between the astronomer and the military personnel was very much what one would expect from that era. I think the research that went into this book was good and it was written in the informal style to enhance its relatability to its audience.
Like War of the Worlds, there were sound effects and music which presented a realistic touch to the sequel. H.E. Wilburson captured the fear and drama of the original and seamlessly moved it into the sequel. Action packed and full of twists, listeners are treated to the suspense that will have them on the edge of their seats.
The narrators, Terry Thompson, and Harry Preston performed the audiobook smoothly, moving the story along at a solid pace. Their voices were steady but not monotonous as they added just the correct amount of emotion.
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook published by Author’s Republic.
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