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Distant Thunders Audiobook

Distant Thunders: Destroyermen, Book 4

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 Commaner Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy - an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.
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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 Commaner 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's 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.

Battle stations! Listen to more in the Destroyermen series.

©2010 Taylor Anderson (P)2010 Tantor

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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 06-14-14
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 06-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Too slow, I need more stimulus."

    Maybe I should have read the first books in the series before this one, I thought the Taylor Anderson spent way too much time giving us background that never grabbed my attention.

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    Morton Northville, MI, USA 09-02-13
    Morton Northville, MI, USA 09-02-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Another superb Destroyermen novel"

    This series is great and somehow just keeps getting even better.

    The characters are exceptionally interesting and I just like hearing what they have been up to. The overall story arc is great and the individual stories are fascinating. I wish all novels could be this engaging!

    I'm amused to see that other reviewers say how both Destroyermen and Lost Fleet are their favorite series; I thought it was just me. I have even built a model of the USS Walker, which is my first model in over ten years.

    William Dufris is a great narrator and shines with his work in this series.

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    Clifton Houston, TX, USA 03-25-13
    Clifton Houston, TX, USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Love this Series"

    If you like: alternate history, time travel stories, The Sand Pebbles, empire building, Lemurs, naval combat, or any outrageous adventure, then listen to this series, you won't be disappointed.

    Well written, funny, historically accurate (until time changes of course), a wonderful start to an SM Stirling style empire building adventure series.

    Loved it, loved the narration, recommend it to all my friends and family, and now to you.

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    Drewzilla VA 11-02-12
    Drewzilla VA 11-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A series that continues to shine"
    What made the experience of listening to Distant Thunders the most enjoyable?

    After the war with the Grik, the crew of the Destroyer Walker is forced to reconcile its losses and regroup its forces, rebuilding and refitting Walker is priority #1, second to finding resources to repel a future Grik offensive. In this alternate Earth, Reddy and his crew discover that other humans exist on this earth, and they have internal strife of their own, bringing war once again to the doorstep of the Allied forces on this alternate Earth.


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    Edgar Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-30-12
    Edgar Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Destroyermen story continues to unfold!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change how the chapters are arranged. There are many breaks in the story that appear to be natural chapters ends. the author chooses to continue with the story by changing setting, for example. As a listener, I would be nice to have some of those 'natural breaks' as good pausing points.


    What other book might you compare Distant Thunders to and why?

    There are strong shades of the Master and Commander, Horatio Hornblower, and Honor Harrington series. It has all to do with the similarities in naval command themes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Walker was raised and repaired.


    Could you see Distant Thunders being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it would make an interesting visual feature. The Lemurians would be great if played by Sacha Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer. As fas as the humans, it doesn't really matter who plays them since the visual attraction is based on the strange world.


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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 06-13-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 06-13-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Keeps moving on"

    Taylor Anderson continues to deliver in the Destroymen series.The concept of the obsolete Pacific fleet destroyer that were basically target practice in WWII being such a huge force for good in this parallel world that it gets sucked into is quite interesting. With the world there much more hostile than the world we are from, with the Grik on one side, a world that seems intent on eating you (the pirannah-like fish and the larger mountain fish) and only one real ally, the Lemurians you would think that the prospects for the Americans to be pretty grim.

    But Captain Reddy and his crew continue to persevere. Even in the face of interaction with the New Britain Imperial Navy and the increasing threat of the Grik don't seem to keep them down. The action is pretty non-stop, with a lot of story lines going on at the same time. The main focus is on the developing relationship and exploration of the New Britain (and the associated "Company" (Far East India Trading Company basically) which is the power that is manipulating the throne) given that they have the Princess Rebecca in their protection. While CPT Reddy is away an agent of the Company kidnaps Rebecca, her protector Dennis Silva as well as Reddy's fiance are kidnapped.

    A lot of this book was build-up. Exploring the development of additional technologies and critical repairs that hopefully will pay off in the future novels. In addition to the Grik menace, the less than friendly Imperials there is also hints of another set of humans located in the America's that may present another threat in the future. Lots of space for these threads to continue to develop. I already picked up the next book in the series because I am excited to see how it develops.

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    david 05-06-12
    david 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series, to repetitive"

    I have really enjoyed the Destroyermen series; with its epic battles, fights for survival, nation building. It is a grand story told on a grand scale. However I find myself constantly annoyed at the book. The author is constantly providing character assessments, shedding introspective light, and providing background for thought. Great once maybe twice, but I was perturbed in the first book, livid in the next, flabbergasted in the third, and so on. Maybe if I had read the books a year or so apart I would have appreciated the reminders, but as I read them in succession I was just annoyed.
    Despite this I would recommend the book, it has a great dynamic story told well enough to draw you into the alternate realm.

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    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 04-30-12
    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.

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    "I love this entire series!"

    Alternate history and military SCI-FI fans will love these books! I have listened to the first four and I enjoyed them all.

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    L. Shapiro baltimore md. 04-25-12
    L. Shapiro baltimore md. 04-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best of the new SCI-FI story's today"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Distant Thunders to be better than the print version?

    not really.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all of them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of them


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    since I listen when driving to work(a two hour commute) the longer the better


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    Kindle Customer 10-05-11
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    "Great Follow-Up to the Series"

    4th in series. This book was a little different than the prior three, in that unlike the first three, Book 4 leaves a lot of plots unresolved. Fear not though as Book 5 will resolve those issues, in other words treat book 4 and book 5 as one volume. William Dufris' narration is perfect for these books (though as noted elsewhere William Dufris could read the phone book and make it sound like a classic).

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