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The Massacre of Mankind By Stephen Baxter

I would like to read the science fiction novel The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter, which is an officially sanctioned Sequel to the classic War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells. The book is set fourteen years after the events of the ‘The First Martian War’ when the Martians invaded England and were successfully defeated (albeit not due to any human intervention). The book is told from the point of view of journalist Julie Elphinstone who starts off in the USA, but travels to the UK at the request of her brother Walter Jenkins the narrator from the original book.

The world has moved on since the last Martian invasion and is a substantially different place because of the effect the last invasion had. Britain is now under Martial Law in case the Martians should ever return, and is led by Brigadier Marvin. Britain was not involved in The First World War which was known as the Schlieffen War and resulted in the Prussian Empire expanding with Germany now controlling large parts of Europe and having major influence in Britain.

Elsewhere Scientists have been watching the skies closely trying to predict if and when the Martians might return, while the military have acquired Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines from the previous unsuccessful invasion. This has led to technological leaps forward using Martian technology. The military also intend to exploitThe Martians vulnerability to earth germs. However Jenkins, is not convinced and is sure that the Martians have learned, and adapted since the last invasion. Sure enough ominous signs of launches on Mars are seen again, and the Earth comes under an even bigger attack from Mars…

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