Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker find themselves caught between the nation they swore to defend and the allies they promised to protect. For even as the Allies and the Empire of New Britain Isles stand united against the attacks of both the savage Grik and the tenacious Japanese, the "Holy Dominion" - a warped mixture of human cultures whose lust for power overshadows even the Grik - is threatening to destroy them both with a devastating weapon neither can withstand.
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The author is consistent with allowing an equal measure of success by the allies but random acts of defeat by the evil empires they fight. Mixed in is a creative use of US Military might circa 1950. The story if fun almost seems real at times!!
This was book 6 in the series...I have listened to them all! And will listen to the remaining ones to see if the epic battle will end all conflict. At times I want to see it made into a movie or tv series and then I would rather the imagery to stay with the book.
I love this audio actor. Different voices, lots of expression...you can almost see the facial expression of the characters as he reads their parts.
no laugh no cry but I think I may have done a fist pump or two after successful campaigns
I like me!
chak or whatever that monkey cats name is.
i have to say i really enjoyed the first 4 books, not sure why 5 & 6 fell like more of the same with a different enemy. id like to finish the series but ill wait to see if they ever go on sale. after all its how i got into the series
Each book is around 15-16 hours which sounds long. It's not. The time passes quickly and then it is over which is disappointing. Anderson could have kept going and I would have kept listening.
When a series reaches this point, they usually drag. Not much new happens and characters get confusing. This series stays interesting with surprises when you thought there could not have been any more.
So many enemies have been introduced though, it is tough to see how our intrepid good guys/women led by CPT Reddy are going to prevail.
Keep writing Mr. Anderson. We are waiting for the next installment.
Nice to see the Dame famine coming to an end and that the New British Empire will be allies. The Grik are certainly getting more threatening and their new Technology will make the future far more uncertain for the Allies!
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Firestorm is the sixth book in Taylor Anderson’s DESTROYERMEN series about the WWII navy warship USS Walker that was hurled into an alternate Earth during an electrical storm. (If you didn’t know that, you should probably stop here and go back to read the first book, Into the Storm, and the subsequent volumes before continuing on.)
In Firestorm, our heroes are spread out across the world trying to stop evil in its several guises. There are the Grik — the lizard-like horde that eats people — who seem like the most natural enemy. But then there are the “bad Japs” who also came through the storm and who were enemies back when everyone was on the “real” Earth. And there’s also the Dominion, a society of humans who adhere to a warped version of Christianity and who enslave women. The Destroyermen and their Lemurian allies are fighting on all these fronts with Walker and the ships and planes they have salvaged, captured, or built since arriving.
There are a few new twists in Firestorm. The Grik, with the help of the bad Japanese, are beginning to genetically engineer their soldiers so that they now fight smarter — not so much with the hive-mind mentality they had before. They’ve also created a surprise weapon which, for any sighted reader, turns out not to be a surprise because it’s clearly displayed in all its glory on the cover of the book. There are a couple of other minor twists involving new ships and personnel (along with news from the real world), but mostly the plot continues as it did in the previous book, Rising Tides.
In my previous reviews of the DESTROYERMEN series I’ve mentioned that it’s a lot like Robert Jordan’s WHEEL OF TIME — a slow-moving plot and a huge cast of characters spread out over an entire world. At this point in the series, this description seems even more appropriate and I think I can predict that readers who loved WOT all the way through will probably love DESTROYERMEN and vice versa. The plot does not advance very far in Firestorm (similar to some of those middle WOT books) and I almost feel like it could be skipped. Anything significant that happens will probably be recapped in the next installment, since that’s been Anderson’s habit from the beginning. However, if you just love spending time with Anderson’s amiable characters (and they are great characters), you’ll probably enjoy Firestorm more than I did.
I’m reading the DESTROYERMEN series in audio format. They’re produced by Tantor Audio and read by William Dufris. Dufris is usually a great narrator, and he is here, too, but his voices for the Lemurians can get annoying, especially in this book, since they do a lot of the talking. I wonder: if Dufris had realized that the Lemurians would be talking so much in future installments, would he have given them those voices in the beginning? Probably not.
That's hard to say. I like the book so far, but since the narrative just keeps going and going seemingly without end, I don't know if I would be on the hook if it just starts to drag on and on and on and eventually sucks.
No spoilers possible. There isn't an ending yet. None of the books sufficiently wraps things up, it's just one long story that is still going.
As always, Dufris has a good feel for his characters and puts a great deal of energy into his reading.
My sincere hope is that this series, though it started very well does not just continue until all of the magic is gone (like American TV, the goal is to stay on until it sucks bad enough to cancel).
I enjoyed the action both on the sea battles and the land battles
Too many to pick just one Dennis is a character but they are all interesting
Without a doubt Mr Dufris is one of the greatest readers around I enjoyed all of his books so far
Keep up the great work
Both reactions made the book that must a pleasure to enjoy
Look forward to the next one
Yes - eventually. The arc of the series is filled with events which are insignficant at inception, but critical to the long term flow. At some point (probably after book 8 comes out this summer, I would like to go back and connect the dots again.
The book (and the overall series) are as well written and character driven as any alternative-world series I have jumped into.
His abilities to voice the emotions of a wide range of characters brings color to the story, and at times heightens the tension.
Not extreme, just pleasurable. I hated to stop listening when I had to. I might have guffawed a time or two...
Great read - that covers it.
Yes and no. I want to make the story last but this is one of the series that I have a difficult time putting down. I appreciate this series as a very nice change of pace. At this point in the series, I/m invested in the characters, there's plenty of action and some nice plot twists.
I enjoy the story but it is about time to wind down. Instead of closure there are additional story lines. The narrator is wonderful but I don't want to read about the Grik anymore.
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