- Series: Destroyermen (Book 8)
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Roc; 1 edition (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 045146513X
- ISBN-13: 978-0451465139
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 240 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Destroyermen Novels
“Taylor Anderson has brought a fresh new perspective to the tale of a cross-time shipwreck. The action is gripping and riveting.”—New York Times Bestselling Author S. M. Stirling
“With each novel, this new world comes into sharper focus....Readers who enjoy S. M. Stirling, Jules Verne, and Harry Turtledove will find this series enjoyable.”—SFRevu
“Taylor Anderson provides an incredible battle at sea that will have readers in awe.”—Alternative Worlds
About the Author
Taylor Anderson is a gunmaker and forensic ballistic archaeologist who has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries. He is also a member of the National Historical Honor Society and of the United States Field Artillery Association, which awarded him the Honorable Order of St. Barbara. He has a master’s degree in history and teaches that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, when his time allows.
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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.
There is more of the wonderful battle scenes, an Alamo style hold out, air war, instant death. The politics of war and battle on the home front.. you name it. I've called this a 4 star read because I think the story's gotten too big to update all parts of it in a single book. We dealt primarily with the War in the West (of Baalkpan) with brief glimpses and moments from the war in the East (The Isles). The draw back to having so many interesting and wonderful characters that draw peple in is that the depth richness keeps growing and it gets to a point where they all can't fit under the same title. I'm not sure how much to take off for that because, in truth, what's encumbering the books now is the same thing that I was jumping up and down waving my arms and cheering about in the early books. So, I gave a half star back for three reasons.
1) The books tend to alternate with the West as the main theater for one book and the east as the main theater for the next (with the exception that the west being where most of the characters are still gets a lot of air time). So, I'll get my chance to find out how Rebecca and Jenks are doing with Fred and Orrin and the gang. If I'm patient.
2) I have no idea how I would do it differently. I can't imagine kicking one thing out, changing one thing or doing something different. As a reader (and I'm sure the writer sees it) cutting out, or more realistically saving some for the next series (in the same world) would be like asking a mother and father to pick the children they want to be raised by the kids uncles and aunts and which ones to keep. How can anyone make a choice like that.
3) I just love this series!
Oh, and I didn't mention the good stuff. More mosnterous beasts eathing things, ships blowing up, Silva....(say no more) and guns and bullets and even the yucky romantic stuff isn't so yucky... it's kind of nice here too.
Love the series.