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Mitch

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  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1752)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    neil says: "Entertaining and Well Narrated"
    "Destroyermen and The Lost Regiment"
    Overall

    Wow, this is a great series but I'm surprised nobody's mentioned the similarities between the Destroyermen series and the Lost Regiment series by William Forstchen.

    The parallels are too close to ignore. USS Walker lost in a weird storm and comes out in an alternate Earth. The 35th Maine regiment on a ship lost in a weird storm comes out in an alternate planet. Lt Commander Reddy of the USS Walker in total command of allied forces, Colonel Keane of the 35th Maine in total command of allied forces. "Cats" joining the ranks of the USS Walker, RUS joining the ranks of the 35th Maine. The traitor Capt. Tobias and his LT remaining loyal to Keane. The traitor Capt. Kaufman and his LT remaining loyal to Reddy. The woman nurse attracted to Reddy. The woman nurse attracted to Keane. The monsters eating people in both books...SGT Major Schuder made a general to train the locals in The Lost Reg. SGT Adler made a general to train the locals in Destroyermen. Overwhelming numers of enemy hordes in both series. "Cats" learning english better than the humans learning the cat tongue. The Rus and others learning English better than Keane and Co.

    Still it's a great and entertaining story but completely lifted...Not Exaclty the same but c'mon...Anyone who's read The Lost Regiment Series will recognize it immediately...

    If you loved the lost regiment, you'll love this series!!

    21 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Outcast: The Empire's Corps, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    A new novel set in the universe of The Empire's Corps! When Sameena's brother accidentally annoys a religious leader on her home world, her entire family is targeted for elimination. Forced to flee to save her life, Sameena stows away on a trader starship and is eventually welcomed into the crew, embracing their very different culture and making a new life for herself amongst the stars.

    jordan says: "takes the series in a new direction"
    "Great story from another angle"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Outcast in three words, what would they be?

    A MUST LISTEN


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story set in the same world with good "connectors" to the core of the storyline throughout. I found it to be VERY enjoyable and can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Ship: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Brinkley
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    The unimaginable has happened: the world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the USS Nathan James is relatively unscathed, but the future is grim and Captain Thomas is facing mutiny from the tattered remnants of his crew. With civilization in ruins, he urges those that remain - 152 men and 26 women - to pull together in search of land. Once they reach safety, however, the men and women on board realize that they are the earth's last remaining survivors.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Sailor Beware"
    "Could knock off about 8 hours of babbling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    A US NAVY DDG without a helicopter?? I don't think so. And a nuke. Why no MOPP suits??? How did the world escalate to nuclear war so fast??? Too many questions.

    This is a case where the TV series is MUCH BETTER than the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5450)
    Performance
    (3911)
    Story
    (3946)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "Sierra Hotel !!"
    Overall

    I don't usually write a review but after reading the one before mine I felt the need to bump it down.

    As a Naval veteran I find the authors' use of relative motion simplistic and realistic. Meaning, it adds a realism to the story you don't get in any other sci fi novels. It has added a dimension to the story and gets you thinking and trying to visualize the relative motion and drift. Scenarios sailors have to deal with day in and day out. Ships simply don't stop on a dime. The important factors are the characters are likeable, the story flows and the battles are very interesting. I loved the balance between the politico and the captain of the ship on each side of Black Jack. I am going to purchase the entire series. Great book...Keep them coming!!

    -Mitch

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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