- Series: Destroyermen (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451463706
- ISBN-13: 978-0451463708
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taylor Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Destroyermen series. A gunmaker and forensic ballistic archaeologist, Taylor has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries, and an award-winning member of the National Historical Honor Society and of the United States Field Artillery Association. He has a master’s degree in history and has taught that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
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The good dinosaur, bad dinosaur aspect of the story reminded me of the dinosaurs living and working beside people in Dinotopia.
The story is told third person past from multiple points of view. It’s almost an omniscient point of view as the POV pops from one person to another person’s point of view in the next paragraph.
About half of the time I read everything from nonfiction to westerns. The other half of the time I read sci-fi and fantasy, when I’m not watching sci-fi and fantasy series.
Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Taylor Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Jack Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Galbadon, William R. Forstchen, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.
Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card, and Old Man’s War (2005) by John Scalzi, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.
1. Unknown Seas: combines v. 1 & 2
2. Fire on the Water: combines v. 3 & 4
3. Rising Storm: combines v. 5 & 6.
4. Iron and Fire: Combines v. 7 & 8.
The first four volumes are pretty much concentrated on one major confrontation, but by volume 5, Rising Tides, the story begins to splinter into several battlefronts, and we begin to lose many of the secondary characters near and dear to our hero: Matt Reddy.
In case you are new to this wonderful alternate universe series, here are the books in order, both of publication (roughly one per year) and sequence.
1. Into the Storm First two volumes have been combined into one physical volume available used (Unknown Seas)
3. Maelstrom: 3 &4 also combined into one physical volume,available used (Fire on the Water)
4. Distant Thunders
5. Rising Tides(5 & 6) combined into one physical volume, available used (Rising Storm)
6. Firestorm: More ships come through the squall, including Japanese war ship
7. Iron Gray Sea: Finally Reddy marries Sandra: also published with no. 8, available used (Iron and Fire)
8. Storm Surge
9. Deadly Shores
10. Straits of Hell
We begin with the alternate universe concept. During WWII, in the Pacific Theatre, several ships are involved in a naval battle when a violent storm whips them into an alternative universe. There are three competing species, lemurs, reptiles, and humans. All are sentient and competing species with an uneasy alliance between the Lemurians and the humans.
The story line holds together for the first four volumes. But by the fifth volume, the story has split into so many parts that you will have difficulty following them, if you wait each year for the newest volume. One reviewer noted that it could be solved by splitting the stories into totally separate volumes. This is what Eric Flint has done with his series, to great success.
As it is, those of us who came into the beginning of the series, say in the first three volumes, such as myself may find you have to re-reading the series before progressing further.
Once again, we are taken into author Taylor Anderson's world of mysterious creatures, but in this installment, Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker run into something different: more humans. Centuries earlier, sailors from the British East India company were swept into the rift much like Reddy and his crew were. Now, their descendants, led by Commodore Jenks, have come in contact with Reddy. Initially hopeful of an alliance, Reddy is unsure of Jenks' intentions, which leads to feelings of tension and hostility.
Also, Walker is being repaired after being mortally wounded in her battle with the Japanese battle cruiser Amagi. Plus, the Grik menace is still very much alive. But, Reddy and his crew have managed to find some interesting items, including a beached but intact American submarine and a freighter full of P-40 airplanes. Still, challenges remain. Mr. Billingsley, Jenks' superior officer, has managed to kidnap Princess Rebecca, Sandra Tucker, and Dennis Silva. Now, it's up to Reddy to find them before Billingsley decides to do away with them.
I've become a huge fan of the "Destroyermen" series, and "Distant Thunders" continues the story in fine fashion. The characters are well-developed, and the story line is very interesting. Taylor Anderson continues to add wrinkles to the story; hence the discovery of the submarine and P-40s. I'm sure there will be some new twists in the next book as well.
I recommend this book and series very highly. The characters are easy to identify with, and the story draws the reader in. "Destroyermen" is a fun and exciting series. If you like sci-fi,then don't miss "Destroyermen".
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