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If you’ve been enjoying Taylor Anderson’s DESTROYERMEN series, there’s no reason to stop now. Rising Tides is another quality installment in which we do a lot of sailing, have some fun and laughs, and barely survive some frightening events — exactly what we were expecting.
Captain Reddy and his original crew of Destroyermen, of which less than 100 survive, are different men than those who entered the storm so many months ago. They’ve been tried and tested in many ways, and it’s brought out the best in most of them, though some make deadly mistakes due to inexperience. Right now the Destroyermen are rather spread out across the unpredictable south Pacific ocean. One group is trying to free an old submarine from a volcanic island. Another is trying to recover a sunken cache of planes and ammunition from a different island. Captain Reddy himself is pursuing the traitors of New Britain who kidnapped some of Reddy’s crew who, though he doesn’t know it, are now stranded on a deserted (and very dangerous) island. It’s obvious that the Americans will have to get involved in the messy politics of the New British… but at least they might meet some women.
Though the DESTROYERMEN epic has a completely different setting and cast, its structure is very similar to Robert Jordan’s WHEEL OF TIME. There’s a large ever-expanding cast of characters who begin to split off and have their own storylines, though each separate adventure has been coordinated by Reddy to further the allies’ goals. With each book, Anderson spends time reminding us about each character — where they are, what they’re doing, and all their particular personality quirks. This gets repetitive and, like Jordan, Anderson uses some of the same phrases or in-jokes to re-introduce his characters in every book.
The repetition also slows down the plot but, generally, Anderson’s story moves faster than Jordan’s does. By the end of each book there are few major developments, but the plot has definitely advanced (not always the case with WOT) and we’ve always enjoyed spending time with some likeable characters. A few new characters are introduced in Rising Tides, including a cute talking bird whose vocabulary, because he’s hanging out with Dennis Silva, consists mostly of curse words.
Though the structure of DESTROYERMEN is very similar to WOT, the story is not — it’s unique for a fantasy novel. I’m enjoying the industrial revolution that the Americans have brought to their new world and I’m learning a bit about some interesting topics such as fuel efficiency, developing bombs and mortars, radio transmission, the dangers of target fixation, and how to raise sunken ships. The Americans still solve problems a little too easily (I think Anderson wants to give us a scare but not stress us out too much) and they’re still a bit too righteous while the bad guys are over the top, but I’m willing to forgive this because DESTROYERMEN, overall, is genuinely entertaining. And I’m pleased with Tantor Audio’s version which is read by William Dufris.
I get bogged down in the battle scenes, don't care much for William Dufris, sometimes come across a minor anachonism, but cannot stop listening to these adventures or caring about an absolutely crazy cast of characters!
I love this entire series, and Rising Tides doesn't let you down. If you are jsut starting the series and are looking forward to the reviews of the later books, read no more. I can tell you that this is a series worth starting and finishing.
When is the next book coming out?!
Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5 by Taylor Anderson is a solid book. But it feels like you are treading water, because overall the story is taking its sweet time in developing. I still have high hopes and at this point I am quite invested in the characters in series and am curious how things will progress.
This really felt like a development book, setting up the next couple of books for some bang up, drag out fights. Not to say that the book is totally devoid of action, but the biggest danger in this book really came from nature (rouge waves, volcano's) and not from the Grik or to a lesser degree the New Dominion.
The fun (but sometimes dragging part) of this story is that there are number of diverse story lines all running concurrently. CPT Reddy and the Walker visiting New Britain, Sandra and the Princess still shipwrecked, the recovery of the ship full of P-40E's, the attempts to recover S-19, and the ongoing campaign against the Grik. Add in the nature of slow travel and sheer size of the Pacific and things are going to slow down.
That said, I will buying the next novel shortly. Great writing style and even when it is slow it is still a great read with engaging characters and societies.
These 5 books are one of the best I heard in years. well writen, great story line.
William you realy put me in the mood to lisen, can't stop. I get into trouble with wife for lisening too long.
could put the player down
But I lost where is the book 6? hanging on! plaese make the story finish, don't leave us fans hanging!!!!
I love books a lot
I love this series and i hope there is more, like a book six. But you have to start at book one to understand, the story.
Anderson has done another exciting book in #5 of the destroyermen series. From the title, I assumed that it would be a connecting book between the set up last book and whatever comes in the next one; I was not disappointed. Author balances several plot lines and finally brings a couple of them together at the end while cementing future actions. Where is book #6?
A good book and redemption from last book. He is no S. King and does not turn out good books each and every time, this is a winner.
It will be interesting to see if the next one is thrown in or thoughtfully written.
I like the series very much but some have a loss of cohesion and too much filler.
The background universe and refreshing story
I have to go back and get the earlier books. To refresh my memory. Silva is a hoot and I want to see more of his development. It's very nice to find books not openly dismissive of basic American values. This series is about freedom.
Well the saga continues! I am happy that the story and the author's imagination continue to rock along without any depreciation in quality. We are introduced to more humans in this installment. I have to say that the narrator's talent is up to the task of providing the many dramatic voices for this novel. His performance is top notch and I have wondered how much I would enjoy reading the printed version as opposed to the audio version. I really like the audio. I now go to the Amazon website and "look inside" the printed versions to bring up maps and sketches that are included in the books, but the audio versions don't include. I photograph my computer screen with my camera and then print the photo so I can have a map. The world of the destroyer men is ever expanding and the maps are becoming necessary to appreciate the story - I still don't know why the audio books don't have a PDF file of the maps included. However, this installment carries the story and the world farther than I thought possible, but the author, as usual, did it in spectacular fashion. I just wonder how many more books he'll be able to write. I suppose that it could be an infinite number.