|Read this exciting new pastiche story.|
In 1898 H.G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds. Martian tripods invaded Britain and destroyed the civilization in a matter of weeks before becoming infected by germs which they had no resistance to.
During the story the British tried to flee their small island hoping to escape the alien fighting machines.
As a group of such refugees tried to escape on a small paddle steamer from the town of Maldon in Essex they were pursued by three monstrous tripods. A small ironclad called H.M.S. Thunder Child came to the rescue and it become a fictional legend.
This gallant act is told in a pastiche story, starting a few days before when the coastal defence vessel sets off on its ominous mission. The story changes each chapter between the crew of Thunder Child under the command of Scotsman, Captain McIntosh and the land based Ministry of Defence clerk, Mister Albert Stanley. Both men are linked in Thunder Child's destiny from beginning to end.
The ironclad is a twenty five year old ram that has been neglected on coastal backwater duties and is ready to be scrapped. Her turret guns are still the obsolete short barrelled muzzle loaders, but her crew love her and feel their little iron lady can still pack a punch.