I'd like to start a more in-depth look at the Scarlet Traces series, but first really it'd be appropriate to cover Edginton and D'Israeli's War of the Worlds adaptation first. If only because Scarlet Traces One and Two are direct sequels.
Interestingly it's actually already avaliable to read for free online, so it you want to look click below to check it out.
DUN-DUN-DUN! DUN-DUN-DUN! DUN-DUN-DUUUUUUN! Yeah, the trade has a huge advert for Jeff Wayne's version of WotW at the back, what of it?
rest that follows is pretty much a straight adaptation of the book,
despite a few embellishments here or there that I can't really remember
from the novel. If you're read volume two of the League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen you'd probably recognise the following scene.
sending his wife away to stay with a cousin in Leatherhead, George
decides to return home to try and cover the Martian's activities for
their newspaper. Only to run into a Tripod. He's pulled into a ditch by
an artilleryman, the last survivor of the assault on the initial
landing, and the two head off across country to try and warn people of
rest of the book is itself definitely worth a read even if you don't
fancy catching the sequels, with a lot of side details being given that
do pay off in the later installments. For example, the rant about
building a better, more equal society hidden from the Martians that the
Artilleryman later has, both reflects HG Wells' own socialist beliefs,
in addition to adding a hint of irony considering the more hardline the
British government adopts following the Invasion.
Check it out if you want, the link is at the start of the article.