A decade after the Martians abortive assault on the Earth and their
attempt to establish an invasion bridgehead on the British Isles; the
industrious Victorians have assimilated the Martian technologies into
their everyday lives. Hansom cabs now scuttle along the Capital's
streets on multi-limbed crab legs and the terrible monopoly of the
Martian heat-ray has assured the dominance of the British Empire over
two-thirds of the Earth's surface, and whose benign tyranny looks to
continue to do so far into the next century. However, there is
something rotten at the heart of the Empire...
When the bodies of several young women are found washed up on the
Thames, drained of blood, enter Captain Robert Autumn (retired
soldier turned gentleman adventurer) and his former Sergeant Major
now manservant Archie Currie. Together they are drawn into the
mystery which leads them from the gin palaces of the East End, and
the grinding poverty of North, to Whitehall's corridors of power and
the very Hall of the Martian King!
A scientific adventure by Messrs Ian Edginton & D'Israeli, purveyors
of fantastic fiction for young gentlefolk and the mentally deficient.