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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464064
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 10.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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My son is reading this series. He waited quite awhile for this one to come out. I will definitely get the next one for him as he is really enjoying them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Keep writing them, I'll keep reading them Feb. 13 2011
By azog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have no major complaints on this volume. It pretty much keeps up with the prior volumes, and we start to get more and more into the heads of the terrible Grik. Thankfully the book ends with the conflicts being unresolved, which means there will be more to come, and I look forward to reading more.

There was no preface matter, which kind of made it a bit hard to bite in to. At this stage in the story, we're following at least four separate plot lines, and it can be a bit cumbersome at times to keep things straight. For instance: two different crews salvaging two different vessels, as well as a group of castaways. One of the salvage crews meets up with the castaways in a manner which felt rather rushed to me, under circumstances I would normally find unbelievable.

The Kindle edition could use a wee bit more editing, as random capitalization appeared in italicized phrases.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
excellent Feb. 6 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
WWII USS Walker Navy destroyer Captain Matt Reddy leads his crew to Hawaii. They and his new friend New British Imperial Navy Commander Jenks face a difficult task of rescuing two women from a traitor. For Reddy and Jenks the abductions are personal as Nurse Tucker and Princess Rebecca are the victims. However, their effort to obtain help from the Honorable New Britain Company fails. The pair realizes the New Britain Company is dishonorable and must be destroyed before a velvet coup d'etat occurs. Reddy also must forge the Grand Alliance with the New British Empire; though he loathes the latter's slavery policy as an inhuman abomination.

The pact with the Empire angers the displaced Holy Dominion colonial Spaniards. Worshippers of a blood sacrificial form of Catholicism, they vow to slaughter Matt and his crew. Meanwhile Reddy's junior officers are delegated to having responsibilities that lead to unfortunate and in some cases avoidable deaths. The leaders learn under this under the baptism of fire, but face the moral aftermaths of sending people to die.

As the war remains heated in this parallel Destroyermen universe, the officers of the USS Walker obtain a taste of decision making in combat when they know they will send young people to their deaths. Adding to that gut wrenching horror is inexperience leads to errors compounding the deadly count. Eisenhower understood this when he ordered D-Day knowing thousands of young men would never go home and as president carefully used the military something his successors never learned. Besides the anguish of sending people to die even for a worthy cause, Taylor Anderson provides an incredible battle at sea that will have readers in awe rereading it and ponder nature's involvement in the war with the destruction of Talaud Island.

Harriet Klausner
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Another Excellent Work Feb. 6 2011
By William Meinert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Taylor Anderson has joined the ranks of Harry Turtledove and John Ringo as a master of alternative history fiction. His latest book wraps up neatly the threads spun in his last book, and now his fans are left dealing with the implications. Others have detailed the plot, and I see no need to go into it, but suffice it to say that any history buff, military buff, and World War 2 buff can and should read and enjoy these books! Like many of his fans, I will now wait in breathless expectation for the next book in the saga. Well done, Mr. Taylor, Well done!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What's Not to Like? March 25 2011
By Jeff Kindrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is something in this book to satisfy a variety of tastes in SF: military, parallel universe, "modern" techs' affect on more primitive society and more. War is not a glorious, romantic adventure, but it does bring out the absolute best, and worst, traits in human behavior like no other activity invented by mankind. As the "Destroyermen" series has progressed, Taylor Anderson has become ever more adept at showcasing these different faces of armed conflict via continually evolving, multi-dimensional characters. The majority of the beings in these books are sentient non-humans and he does a decent job of getting inside some of their heads in a believable way (I doubt its even possible for any relatively sane human to imagine and describe totally alien thought patterns), even introducing a surprising new race to the mix in this book.

The technical details and operational descriptions of service aboard a destroyer bring an added layer of authenticity to all the books of this series, and there is no let up in "Rising Tides". My own service was in the Naval Aviation community in the Vietnam War; my squadron twice deployed aboard U.S.S. Enterprise and plied some of the same waters as Matt Reddy's U.S.S. Walker, but life aboard a nuclear carrier is very different from life aboard even a modern destroyer let alone a WWI vintage four stacker. Immersed in this book I feel the vibrations, smell the mix of odors and hear the sounds whether in the ship's day-to-day routine or the heat of combat.

There are fewer "flashback" references to events in earlier books of the series which suits me. The Kindle edition does have some "typos" but so do many hard and soft cover books. I've enjoyed every book in the series but I think this is my favorite.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great addition to the series Aug. 13 2011
By Shaun Hullick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Being a fan of of this genre, with other favourites being the Lost Regiment,Sea of Time, Vampire Earth and other alternate reality offerings, I find this series engrossing. The plot, character development and design of this world spanning tale have all the ingredients for a classic in the field.

I would highly recommend this book and series to any fan of the genre.

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