- Series: Destroyermen (Book 5)
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Roc (February 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451463889
- ISBN-13: 978-0451463883
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The intrigue-heavy fifth installment in the saga of a temporally displaced WWII destroyer and crew moves from southeast Asian jungles to Hawai'i dueling grounds. Capt. Matt Reddy is faced with the dual tasks of breaking the treacherous Honorable New Britain Company and securing an alliance with the slave-keeping Empire. Doing so, however, incurs the enmity of the Holy Dominion, displaced colonial Spaniards who practice a blood-drenched sort of Catholicism. While Matt struggles with moral ambiguities, the younger officers gain more responsibilities and face the fatal consequences of mistakes in command, and Lt. Sandra Tucker leads imperial heir Princess Rebecca and a boatload of Company escapees across a dinosaur-crammed Pacific island. Anderson continues to broaden the scope of the story, but never lets the philosophy drown out the action, tossing in a full-scale naval battle and a volcanic tsunami for the twin climaxes. (Feb.)
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About the Author
Taylor Anderson has a master's degree in history and sometimes teaches that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He lives in nearby Granbury, Texas, with his family.
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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.
This is a great series, it will certainly make your mind work overtime trying to visualize the characters. I wish there where drawings of them, I still can't figure them out.
I give this four stars, although I want to give it five. Here's why:
I love this series, but in each new book the author summarizes all the books before. By book 5 or 6, most of the book is a recapitulation of everything I have already read. Please, more new content, less review.
The author loves his characters. I get that, they are his creations and he wants to spend some time with them, but there is just too much non-action activity while he let's his characters simply enjoy one another. Please, more action, less interaction.
I love the world the author has created, but parts of it just do not seem plausible. Let's review: 1) How many intelligent species can one planet support? Intelligence is incredibly rare, so multiple intelligent species in one place just doesn't ring true. 2) Female slavery (British East India Company) doesn't make sense. Male slaves work, female slaves tend to get pregnant. The idea of an exclusively female slavery just doesn't work out logically. 3) Selling and sacrificing female slaves (Doms)doesn't make sense either. Females make up 50% of the population. A male population wouldn't want to kill off the other half. Really, what human society has ever chosen to have a policy of eliminating females? (Mistreating them, yes, but eliminating them, no.)
I can get my head around all these implausibilities, because I love these books so much, but a little voice in the back of my head keeps saying, "that doesn't really make sense." Please, tie up these loose ends to quiet that little voice in my mind.
All of that said, I love these books, and I will buy every one in the series. I am waiting for the next one now.
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I’m not a person really interested in the fighting but it is makes it very clear and visual
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