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Distant Thunders: Destroyermen [Hardcover]

Taylor Anderson
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June 1 2010 Destroyermen (Book 4)

View our feature on Taylor Anderson’s Distant Thunders.

The fourth thrilling adventure in the Destroyermen series.

After the battle in which the men of the destroyer Walker and their Lemurian allies repelled the savage Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange ship captained by one Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy-an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.

With the Walker undergoing repairs, Reddy already has a great deal on his hands. For the Grik will return, and Reddy will need all hands on deck to fight them off when they next attack. But Jenks' uncertain loyalties make Reddy question whether he can trust the man.

As tension between the Allies and the Imperials mount, Reddy will come to realize that his suspicions are not misplaced-and that a greater danger than the Grik is closer than he ever suspected...


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure, skillfully written. Aug. 31 2011
Format:Hardcover
Open this book and be prepared to indulge yourself by morphing into the action around you. The writers skill is such that you can smell the smells and hear the pain. The jungle rot will assail your nostrils and make you forget that this is not only a book of fiction but one of fantasy fiction wityh a retro twist unique to that segment.
If you like a good sea story. Buy it. If you like retro history, this one is a winner. If you just want to curl up with a good book skillfully written so as to draw you into the drama of the main characters then you have made the right choice and I wish you pleasant reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Distant Thunders: Destroyermen May 30 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been trying for years to get my son interested in reading so was glad when he asked me to see if I could get him this series. He is can hardly wait for the next one
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel Demanding More Sequels June 7 2010
By Paul Cassel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I haven't any idea how long this series was initially intended on going on, but I thought it was a trilogy based on the tone and pace of volume one. Now we're on to volume four with as much in front of us as behind.

In addition, the author is caught in a trap that befalls any multi-book series. He can either assume the reader in the later books has read the previous books and is up to date on them or he needs to constantly insert flashbacks. Here Anderson uses flashbacks and uses them quite a bit so if someone were to have read volume one months or years ago they'd be refreshed as to the tensions and relationships. The downside is if one were to find this series and consume them in rather rapid order, the flashbacks become irritating and slow the narrative down. This book is replete with sentences like, "X looked with annoyance at Y remembering that in the battle of Z, Y failed to perform some task or another." That's fine unless you just read about the battle of Z a few days ago as I had. It seemed to this reviewer that we couldn't get a page or two without yet another flashback.

I understand the need for this so I'm not knocking the book down but thought to mention it as a heads up for readers who may be more annoyed at this than I was.

What has me annoyed is that, like Robert Jordan, Taylor Anderson has found a world which immerses many readers. Rather than have a neat, tight trilogy or two book series, he or his publisher or someone has decided to streeeeeetch this thing out. To me, this would be stronger if the stretching included many more details of the alien societies which are still superficially treated now four books in. Instead, most of the action is among the few humans (two threads of humans, but all human) and the aliens do very little unless they are acting in concert with or in reaction to, humans.

I enjoyed this book as I enjoyed the series but I'm bothered by the prospect that it'll be years before the series finishes dealing with the issues facing it now. In addition, there is a whole new world to explore which could have been and may be in the offing.

I gave up on Jordan's Wheel of Time series when the mid volumes slowed down to glacially narrated office politics. I hope this doesn't occur with Anderson's series, but as of the slowdown in volume four, I'm seeing similar symptoms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent science fiction thriller June 2 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The reptilian Grik continue their assault using any sort of mass weapons of destruction against the Lemurians whose strongest supporter are the dimensionally displaced U.S. Navy Captain Matt Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker. The American navy desperately is trying to move forward the Bronze Age Lemurians into at least an Industrial Age and preferably past that too especially with their ship badly devastated in the last encounter (see Maelstrom). That is the only hope for the allies against the overwhelming superiority of the invading Grik.

Reddy and his unit make some progress using paddle-wheel steam frigates developed in New Britain as the Americans free cities in the west from the previously invincible conquerors and give new hope to their allies. However when word reaches Reddy that the enemy has captured New British Princess Rebecca Anne McDonald, he rushes back east on the renovated USS Walker to mount a rescue of a key symbol.

The latest Destroyermen science fiction thriller, Distant Thunders, is an action-packed entry with strong relevant moral questions about the rules of combat engagement running throughout the adrenalin pumping story line. Reddy ponders whether negotiations with a species apparently seeking genocide are feasible as the enemy seems resistant to a peaceful solution although the displaced hero recognizes some of the beliefs on both sides may be bogeyman propaganda. He also wonders whether are any weapons of mass destruction include biological, chemical or nuclear in their arsenal that will be used especially on the brink of perhaps extinction acceptable? Taylor Anderson is one of the best at military science fiction as his plots combine cerebral thought provoking issues within a great adventure tale; the alternate realm of the Destroyermen saga is worth the journey.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Continuing Good Sea Story Aug. 25 2010
By Tom Gatliffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This old destroyerman thoroughly enjoyed the continuing saga started three books ago and I'm eagerly looking forward to #5. As a former DD Chief Engineer and later Ops Boss in a "deep-draft", I found that, other than a few "nit-picks", the story details were entirely authentic technically and the development quite complementary to the American Sailor's spirit and initiative. I am very glad to see that Mr. Anderson is no longer "casting off" the ship's lines but "taking in all lines" when getting underway (those babies are expensive and belong to the ship.) I would liked to have heard the order "Sound one long blast (on the ship's whistle)" instead of "Honk the horn" when WALKER last got underway from the pier but one can't have everything.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Stuff Aug. 21 2010
By Walter Mitty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Taylor Anderson has maintained his freshness and got me salivating for more.
He knows his subject and period extremely well and fills his pages with new plot (not repetition and rehash).
Reminiscent of Turtledove and Forschen at their best.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying sequel June 6 2010
By M. Pruna - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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