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The War of the Worlds

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  • Seller:Amazon.com
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:192
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):6000
  • Dimensions (in):5.9 x 0.6 x 9
  • Publication Date:June 1, 2011
  • ISBN:0983616620
  • EAN:9780983616627
  • ASIN:0983616620
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Synopsis
H.G. Wells classic science fiction novel relates the tale of aliens suddenly invading England and attacking it residents. The War of the Worlds is one of the earliest examples of a story depicting a struggle between human beings and an alien race. One of H.G. Wells most well known works it stands as one of the finest science fiction thrillers ever written.
Amazon.com Review
This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled. --Craig E. Engler


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