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The setting and build up of the situation
Fairly typical for a multi book series.
I didn't read the book yet, But his change in timbre and the use of falsetto to depict other characters is appreciated.
5 hours is a long stretch.Ideal for a sunday night for me.
Keep it coming.
The premise is silly, an aging retrofitted outdated US Destroyer amid the Second Battle of the Java Sea is enters a titanic storm after being locked in a battle (painfully out gunned by the Japanese) in the south pacific and comes out on the other side... to a new world it seems. It sounds much like the start of a B movie, except it isn't. Strange new life inhabits this new, dangerous world, that's answered by a very interesting Darwinian "What if?". Large dinosaur like lizards, man eating fish, and plenty of creatures both friend and foe inhabit this strange new world.
Taylor Anderson commands an expert knowledge of technology from yesteryear, south pacific geography and uses fun evolutionary dissections to explain how this world works, without burdening the listener. The focus isn't the why or how, but rather what happens after such an event. The Lieutenant Commander USS Walker 163, commanded Matthew Reddy, leads a great swashbuckling series, that's part War/Military fiction, part sci-fi and part history, in a strange yet very entertaining series. Its well thought out, imaginative and takes premise that could have been rote with poor plot points, bad dialogue and silly archetypal characters and makes it smart enough to keep the science minded contented, and adventure seeker thrilled. Having bought and all 6 books (and am on 5th), I eagerly await the 7th in the series. In the end, this series has been... fun.
The only downside is you'll be hooked, eagerly awaiting each next book. William Dufris gets special merit, creating voices for individual accents for creatures human to non-human, American to Japanese to Australian, oaf to educated, young to old, female to male. It adds an extra dimension to story he brings life to Anderson's world. Drufis alone is reason to buy this book.
A good distraction, but not earth shattering literature. The characters were a little two dimensional, interpersonal and logistical problems a little too easily resolved.
Wow I love this series. Sci-fi, romance, and a crazy take on history.
My favorite character is Captain Reddy. He is a well rounded character and written so well I know him.
Dufris handles all the characters well, even the females!
Don't miss any of this series.
This book wasn't actually that bad, but the authors stated goal is that you can read any book in the series and not be missing anything. What that actually means is that the important details from each book are repeated in each subsequent book. If this had been done as an opening summary for each one, that would have been fine, but instead it is interspersed. I made it partly through book 3 before I became so fed up with the growing amount of repetition that I just gave up. I considered just skipping to the last book in the series, but by that time I was so angry with the author that I never want to read another thing he wrote.
I kept trying to get into the story but I did not care for any of the one dimensional stock characters nor was I interested in what they were doing.
I am a blessed man!
I liked the characters, the flow of the story and constant action. It is obvious early on this is the first edition of a series.
Great characters, an interesting adventure and excellent narration. I will probably go right to the next book. The only surprise was that the ending almost requires you to go on to the next book. The ending seemed to cut off in the middle of the adventure without a conclusion. Still, well worth the credit. Just get ready to get all 4 books if you like the first one.
It's the first book of a series I won't be pursuing. The premise has run far enough in this 3-part narrative for me: the initial engagement of the absurd premise has worn off, and the promise of upcoming conflicts with the coming-to-focus distant enemy doesn't, for me, promise enough to make me continue.