This review might contain spoilers for the people who have not read the first three books.
As a big fan of the first Destroyermen series, I preordered Distant Thunders and read it at a quick pace.
The story, picking up shortly after the large battle at Baalkapan, unfolded nicely, albeit a little predictably.
The New Brits, briefly introduced in Maelstrom, were a nice touch and, trust me, they provide plenty of action and trouble.
Some of the technological achievements of the Alliance seem a little far-fetched. However, I know Taylor Anderson is very serious about his research, and therefore am able to buy into this aspect of the story. There are a few fairly large passages dedicated to explaining how these weapon production efforts are put into place, and they might be tedious for non-technical readers. Not for me , though,I enjoy this kind of stuff.
The main problem with this book is that nothing much happens. Yes, things happen, but somehow the plot didn't keep me on the edge of my seat, as it has been the case with the previous books. Also, character development is kind of lacking. I feel that happened because by now there are way too many characters to keep track of. The Lemurian perspective does not appear alien at all. I guess they have all either speedily adopted American thought patterns, or Anderson kind of gave up on character development. And this brings me to another issue. I felt at times that this book is not as polished as the previous. Almost as if it was rushed, or the author is not as much into it as he used to be. Since I visited Taylor's website, where he maintains a lively discussion with readers, I know that to not be the case. Therefore I feel that it's the editor's fault.
I will give this book 4 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it and because I really really dig the universe Taylor Anderson has created. I wish that in subsequent books he focuses more on fewer characters (without killing any of them though, I have grown fond of them!). I also wish for a better, more thorough editing process.