Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Titan Books
Book Review by Michael D. Griffiths
Have you read this book?
Martian War, by Kevin J. Anderson proved to be a great way to end my year in reading. Okay, I might sneak in another book or two, but this was a fine climax to a wonderful year of books for me. Again, Titan has picked a novelist who exceeds the genre and Anderson does a wonderful job giving his novel an old Victorian feel, both in subject and style as well as setting the scenes for the reader.
Alright, I might as well just come out and say this. The book has the astronomer Lowell in it. I live in Flagstaff where Lowell set up his observatory. This was where he viewed the ‘canals’ on Mars. I have been to the observatory several times and to have this character, or should I say historic figure, be part of the novel was just plane awesome for me. Also, not to ruin the story, but they show up in Flagstaff later. Yeah, I was a little giddy.
Lowell is teamed with…wait for it…Doctor Monroe as in The Island of Dr. Monroe. Monroe is an evil but logical fellow and most of their team comes from his POV.
HG Wells is a character, as is his famous professor Huxley and the woman, Jane, HG Wells fell in love with. Just delightful to see these real people come to life. Such extensive research and so nicely done.
Both teams learn Mars is about to invade Earth in a manner which could see our planet losing the war. Both teams struggle to learn what they can and proceed to take a more active role in making sure this does not come to pass.
I must stop here because this novel is just so good, I would not want to ruin any of the surprises for you because you should read this book.
Downsides? Unless you just do not like classic and steampunk style fiction then not much mud to throw here. Some of their acts are pretty extraordinary, but not overly so.
So, if you like the classics, science fiction, and/or steampunk, this book is just a must read. Check it out.