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Maelstrom Audiobook

Maelstrom: Destroyermen, Book 3

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces - even as they look for allies to join their struggle.
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Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces - even as they look for allies to join their struggle.

Meanwhile, the Japanese juggernaut Amagi, also trapped in this strange world, is under Grik control---with her fanatical commander approaching madness. And soon they will have amassed a force that no amount of firepower and technology will be able to stop.As the raging conflict approaches, Reddy, his crew, his allies, and his loved ones face annihilation. But if there is one thing they have learned about their new world, it is that hope - and help - may be just over the horizon.

Battle stations! Listen to more in the Destroyermen series.

©2008 Taylor Anderson; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Jeffrey Sherman, CT, United States 03-18-13
    Jeffrey Sherman, CT, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My Commute Addiction"
    What did you love best about Maelstrom?

    I drive at least 2-3 hours a day and have been listening to Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series. I simply can't get enough - I used to dread my commute time, but now I look forward to every chance I get to listen. I've even exchanged my music list while jogging for more time to listen to these stories. Dufris is amazing as the narrator; he has brought each of the characters alive. I will be incredibly sad when I have completed the series (and will likely grieve by listening to them all over again!!!). I'm simply addicted to this story and hope Mr. Anderson has no plans to stop the series any time soon.


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    Richard Riverview, FL, United States 02-25-13
    Richard Riverview, FL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Love to read or listen....busy all of the time except when I am out and about....

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    "Maelstrom Redefines Science Fiction"
    Where does Maelstrom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ahead of the rest, but not number one


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Maelstrom?

    The last third of the book when the planning all comes together


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The coming together of Becky the strip lizard with the crew.....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Book made me laugh in many different locations through out the book....it was fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like the rehashing of the features of the past book....

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

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    "The tension builds and confrontation looms"
    What made the experience of listening to Maelstrom the most enjoyable?

    The whole alternate Earth landscape adds to the mystery and beauty of this series, always injecting itself into the strife and battles that occur, a menacing factor that seems to be just below the surface, ready to gobble up any hapless victim or straggler that falls behind. This book accounts for both sides of this other worldly struggle, as a defeated Grik force, amasses its forces for a confrontation with the formerly peaceful Lemurians


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dennis Silva, a slapstick naval officer with charismatic charm to heighten your sense of patriotism and loyalty to ones fellow crew mates. His character immerses you into his shoes as you are living the role.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Dufris is spot on in maintaining a distinct voice for nearly all characters, even the somewhat mindless Grik are differentiated in their speeches.


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

    Definitely eager to never stop listening, this makes my daily commute to work so enjoyable and time just whisks by as the story progresses.


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    Hunter heber, UT, United States 10-28-12
    Hunter heber, UT, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring and slow"

    I really liked the first two books in this series. This one was really slow and boring. Did not finish it. Lousy follow up book.

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    Winston 09-17-12
    Winston 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Should have been part of another book in the serie"

    This book seemed to have been broken off of another book - seems to not have any actual story other than to roll of the first and lead into the 3rd book

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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 06-30-12
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "3.5 stars"

    There???s just no rest for the weary. The destroyermen have had no time to search for other humans or to try to build their own community in their new parallel world because they???re still busy fighting for their lives. First there???s the Grik ??? the ugly reptilian species who keep attacking and trying to eat them. Then there???s the captain of the Japanese battlecruiser Amagi, who wants revenge on the destroyermen for damaging his ship. Even though they???re clearly no longer in their own world, the Japanese captain is still fighting for his emperor and he also has hopes that he someday might rule this new world in the emperor???s name. To this end, he has allied with the Grik, hoping to use them as a means to his end. His crew doesn???t share his enthusiasm for working with the loathsome Grik, but they???ve been trained to follow the leader. There is one Japanese man, however, who may be willing to risk his life to keep the Japanese technology out of the Griks??? hands.

    While looking for more of their own allies, the destroyermen and the Lemurians find a few more humans and learn that there is a colony of them somewhere on this new earth. But they don???t know where, and there???s no guarantee that these humans won???t treat the Americans with just as much disdain as the Griks have. Captain Reddy will have to worry about that later, though ??? they just don???t have the time to deal with those issues right now.

    Maelstrom, the third novel in Taylor Anderson???s DESTROYERMEN series, holds up well. Like its two predecessors, it???s exciting, tense, and action-packed. It???s fun to watch the destroyermen learn to be creative and to try to accomplish their goals without many resources ??? building forts and semaphores, creating mine fields, re-engineering faulty equipment, fixing their ship and airplane, and fighting gigantic sea monsters. In general, this story is less optimistic, though. Matthew Reddy???s crew is still completely disciplined, but the never-ending work and the ???dame shortage??? are taking their toll. I thought problems were solved a little too easily in the first novel, Into the Storm, but that is not the case here. Lives and property are lost and the spectacular epic battle at the end of Maelstrom is devastating.

    Anderson relieves some of this tension with delightful black humor. In one scene, Dennis Silva and Courtney Bradford go (without permission) to hunt down the super-lizard that ate another crewman. Silva just wants revenge but Bradford, the naturalist, wants to see the lizard. They track it down by following a trail of huge turds, closely examining each to see if it contains their friend. This scene was funny and the audiobook narrator, William Dufris, did an excellent job with it.

    Characters continue to develop satisfactorily. Many of our favorites are now moving into leadership roles, though they???re not always confident in their abilities. Captain Reddy is particularly introspective, thinking about how his experiences have made him into a different man. Meanwhile, the cast is freshened up with some new faces, too. A couple of these are hard to believe in ??? such as the too-wise little girls who give noble speeches ??? but they represent hope for the future.

    There???s quite a bit of rehash in Maelstrom ??? Anderson reminds us of previous events and rehearses each character???s personality and quirks (e.g., Juan can???t make a decent cup of coffee, the crew loves their Coke machine and hates Vienna sausages, etc), but this was probably not a problem for those who read the books when they came out rather than waiting, like I did, to read them back to back. If you???ve enjoyed DESTROYERMEN so far, you???ll definitely want to read Maelstrom. I???ll be moving on to book 4, Distant Thunders, sometime soon.

    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

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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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    Laurie Calais, ME, United States 10-22-11
    Laurie Calais, ME, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "great entertainment and narration"

    I love this whole series . I have not actually read any of the books--just listened to them. The narrator does a great job with the voices and accents. I couldn't wait for the next book each time.
    I recommend it to anyone

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    G Fitterer ITHACA, NY, United States 09-01-11
    G Fitterer ITHACA, NY, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but getting a little boring"
    What did you like best about Maelstrom? What did you like least?

    I like the characters and the interaction between them.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't like the ending that much. Did not get the 4th book yet because I was getting bored and didn't like where the story was heading.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like how William reads.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would but doubt that others would find it as interesting as me.


    Any additional comments?

    Will probably buy the next book soon.

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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-19-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Must Read Series"

    I like to read a lot of military SciFi, so I was dubious about a novel centered around WWII technology. If you think that way too, it's a big mistake.
    I nearly spent every waking momment getting through this series, and I actually cursed the characters through my Ipod.
    It may be SciFi/Fantasy, but it somehow rings true. Maybe it's because we're a lot closer to steam boilers than we are to worm holes. We live and work with Cats and Gricks and Crazy Red-Necks everyday.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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