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Distant Thunders: Destroyermen, Book 4 | [Taylor Anderson]

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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    John M Lafayette, CA USA 06-17-10
    John M Lafayette, CA USA 06-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very enjoyable - could have used more action"

    If you have enjoyed the other books in the Destroyermen series, you will certainly enjoy this one. We reconnect with the crew of USS Walker and her allies 3 months after the devastating, yet victorious, battle with the Grik. Everyone has been very industrious since that battle and the first two-thirds of the book is effectively a tour of all the industrious things different groups have been doing.

    The final third of the book finally brings some serious conflicts and setbacks (and battles!) that have made the series so enjoyable. The Grik are in the background for most of this story, though there is no doubt they will rise to menace our heroes again.

    Overall I did enjoy the book, but it mostly felt like a bridge between the prior three books and future books. That was OK with me because I enjoy the characters and the "lost world" aspect of their surroundings. I do expect the next one to have a lot more action as all the allies' industrious activities on the home front get put into high gear.

    The narrator generally does a fabulous job with the voices - certainly not easy with multiple human and non-human characters. Though I though his vocalization of "Larry the lizard" left a bit to be desired - though that certainly didn't take away from a thoroughly enjoyable time.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 04-27-13
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredibly Detailed"

    Throughout this series I have thought the details provided by the author regarding all manner of things have alternated between overly tedious to wonderfully enlightening. He gives a complete background on minor characters and gadgets the characters have invented. However, I have come to really appreciate the details. In this installment of the series the destroyermens' relationship with the 18th century Brits is developing into a story of its own. I have written in previous reviews that Audible should make the illustrations and maps that are in the printed books available as PDF files for audio book fans. I went to the Audible website's chat site and made that suggestion to an Audible rep who said he would pass it along. I hope that the suggestion is acted upon for this series and all the other books that Audible sells. But back to this story. I am happy to note that the quality of the writing is just as high in this fourth book as it was in the first. The characters remain a source of inspiration for their courage and ingenuity. The author is now delving into one of life's great questions - what makes us human? This question is reflected certainly in the author's presentation of the Lemurian "people", but now he has opened that box regarding the Grik and other reptilian species as well. I am anxious to see how this plays out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CK 01-21-11
    CK 01-21-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable but..goes nowhere."

    This is the 4th book in this series I've listen to, and although I have my complaints (very repetitive dialogue, somewhat silly story) they have been a fun listen. Distant Thunders: Destroyermen however was a bit of a disappointment. The previous 3 books build up to the climax, the climax happens, and finally wrap things up while setting the scene for the next book. Distant Thunder however, is all build up, with a side show attached, and it doesn't even wrap up the side show. I am still looking forward to the next book, but I really wish this one had a good story arch in of itself like the previous three installments.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 06-28-15
    Scott 06-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I'm Hooked. .."

    this book series is getting better and better with each book I listen to. I hope we continue being given unabridged books and excellent voice actors ... great job to the author for keeping things sharp and great job to the narrator...

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    David 06-25-15
    David 06-25-15 Member Since 2007

    When the heck is Tom Clancy going to write another book? Come on Tom, hop to it!

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    "Not bad, not great but not bad. Worth the Credit"
    Where does Distant Thunders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm more of a Tom Clancy type of reader but this caught my eye. It's an interesting story line in a twisted mind sort of way.


    What did you like best about this story?



    At first this series was pretty interesting. Folks started getting killed off rather fast for my liking. At this rate, the author better find some new friends for his characters quickly or he'll the few main characters will be by themselves.
    I am beginning to the different layers in the story line, he obviously did his homework and developed almost a flowchart story line. I agree with an earlier comment that access to the maps and other illustrations that are in the printed versions of the books would be nice to see here an option. The narrator is very talented. I have no idea how he keeps the different voices right.


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    Dark Adapted Texas 03-04-15
    Dark Adapted Texas 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Story Continues...and well"

    I got to Taylor Anderson by way of David Weber and Larry Correia, and I am glad I made the trip. It can be a daunting thing to create a coherent alternate world with depth, and Anderson continues to flesh out this dangerous world where the crew of a transported World War II US Navy destroyer and her crew have found both fast friends and enemies savage and treacherous. The savage ones, the reptilian Grik, feature less prominently than in the first three books but the treacherous ones take center stage in this episode.

    The crash Industrial Revolution (similar to Weber's Safehold series) is in full swing with aircraft and aircraft carriers making moves toward relevance in the story, and the USS Walker is refloated and repaired to continue to be the center of action. The mysterious New Britons share the spotlight in both good and evil guises.

    The production continues to be high quality with the narrator providing identifiable accents and voices for the various characters, human and not. The story is advanced and I am eagerly anticipating the fifth book.

    Certainly worth your time if you have done the first three books. If you haven't you will be caught up with details during the story, but you have missed a lot. Listen to the first three books and you will enjoy it more.

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    George 07-28-14
    George 07-28-14
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    "Action Packed"

    Book 4 in the Destroyermen series continues to engage the reader. New characters emerge and a few of the old characters are enhanced. Silva, for example, becomes a central character who impacts events. New alliances and antagonists emerge while the old "Grik" bad guys continue in the background. Can't wait for Book 5.

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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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