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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
The Martians have landed and are wreaking havoc in England, and one of their victims believes he may know the key to their existence in the enthralling science-fiction novel, Lake On The Moon (Volume 2 of The Martian Diaries Trilogy) by H. E. Wilburson. When the Martians land in England in 1906, Ogilvy, an astronomer, is severely burned by one of their heat-rays. While Ogilvy lies in the hospital, a planetary war is raging outside. Meanwhile, the Martians have released invasive red vines that are swiftly covering everything. When the red vines invade the hospital, killing the inhabitants, Ogilvy feels he has nothing to lose, so he fights back. Taking a bite out of a vine, Ogilvy is shocked by the consequences of his action. The plant pervades his body and exits his orifices. Barely surviving the incident, Ogilvy learns a valuable secret about his enemies. The clue to their extermination could very well be hidden in the essence of the voracious red weed. Unfortunately, his attempt to have it analyzed is hindered. The Martians have left earth, and the red weed died with their exit. Ogilvy knows he holds crucial information that could save the world, but without the dreaded red weed, he is impotent. What does the future hold for the population of the planet? Can Ogilvy find a remedy to restore the earth to its previous state?
The narration for Lake On The Moon by H. E. Wilburson is fabulous! The soundtrack and sound effects create an intense and enthralling background for the storyline. Terry Thompson and Harry Preston are magnificent narrators and actors. Their portrayals gave depth and realism to the characters, making them genuine and relatable. Lake On The Moon is a sensational accompaniment to H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds. It carries the same dark and intense aura as well as the same intriguing characters. I was immediately caught by the imagery of the setting and couldn't stop listening until the tale came to its riveting conclusion. The storyline is mesmerizing, and Mr. Wilburson has done a magnificent job of melding his story with the original War of the Worlds. Although this is a phenomenal story, there is one drawback, it is the second in the series. Without reading or hearing the first book, it can be slightly confusing. Despite that fact, the incredible intricacies and thought-provoking strategies created by Ogilvy, George, and the Major are clever and ingenious. I highly recommend it to those who are H. G. Wells fans; they will not be disappointed!