Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win.
However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue. For when Reddy and Jenks report the situation to the New Britain Company, they are met with scorn and disbelief. It soon becomes obvious that the ruthless Company is attempting to overthrow the Imperial Throne - and that someone involved knows where Sandra and Rebecca are. From the halls of power to the ballrooms of the nobility, Reddy must navigate through a tempest of politics, deception, and betrayal if he is ever going to save the hostages and live to fight another day.
Battle stations! Listen to more in the Destroyermen series.
©2010 Taylor Anderson (P)2011 Tantor
If you have not started this series yet, I envy you. If you have started this series, than you are likely in the same boat as myself...in agony, knowing there will be such a long wait for book 6. I wish there was a device that could erase specific parts of my memory so that I could go back and listen the these books again for the first time.
I enjoyed this book even more than the first 4 even though there was much less action. It's obvious Mr. Anderson is setting up the sequence for future events, and I usually hate that, but he did such a great job, I'm afraid the actual events are going to be anti-climactic. I'm sure my fear is unwarranted.
As always, a superior performance by the narrator. I absolutely forget that all those characters are coming from just one person. Well done Mr. Dufris!
The series is terrific and this book is another WONDERFUL hit. Five stars should also be awarded to the narrator William Dufris! I love the way he allows each character a voice and brings the world written by the author to life.
The Destroyermen has turned into my favorite sci fi series. Taylor Anderson can sure spin a tale and William Dufris is one of the best narrators in the business. My only gripe with this series is that I can read faster than Anderson can write.
Outstanding, Taylor Anderson has done a superb job with this story line, each book in the series expertly moves various individual aspects along while at the same time keeping things fresh and exciting. The character development and dynamic stories emerges you into this wonderfully exciting world and the complexity that has been put into each part of these books set the stage for a wide rage additional stories. Well worth adding to your Audible collection no matter what your genre preference is.
The book was excellent. I do wish there had been more as some part left you hanging and then you found out later what happened. I cannot wait for the next in the series. The narator has been great throughout the series. Listen to them all!!!
I really look forward to these books, and I hope I don't have to wait that long for the next. It's a great alternate work series with pointed real world themes. Taylor Anderson has an excellent sense of humor while telling a very thought provoking story.
Best yet. Mr. Anderson has out done himself. He was able to masterfully move between numerous subplots and spin an exciting tale. I can't wait for the next adventure for our WWII Destroyermen.
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If you’ve been enjoying Taylor Anderson’s DESTROYERMEN series, there’s no reason to stop now. Rising Tides is another quality installment in which we do a lot of sailing, have some fun and laughs, and barely survive some frightening events — exactly what we were expecting.
Captain Reddy and his original crew of Destroyermen, of which less than 100 survive, are different men than those who entered the storm so many months ago. They’ve been tried and tested in many ways, and it’s brought out the best in most of them, though some make deadly mistakes due to inexperience. Right now the Destroyermen are rather spread out across the unpredictable south Pacific ocean. One group is trying to free an old submarine from a volcanic island. Another is trying to recover a sunken cache of planes and ammunition from a different island. Captain Reddy himself is pursuing the traitors of New Britain who kidnapped some of Reddy’s crew who, though he doesn’t know it, are now stranded on a deserted (and very dangerous) island. It’s obvious that the Americans will have to get involved in the messy politics of the New British… but at least they might meet some women.
Though the DESTROYERMEN epic has a completely different setting and cast, its structure is very similar to Robert Jordan’s WHEEL OF TIME. There’s a large ever-expanding cast of characters who begin to split off and have their own storylines, though each separate adventure has been coordinated by Reddy to further the allies’ goals. With each book, Anderson spends time reminding us about each character — where they are, what they’re doing, and all their particular personality quirks. This gets repetitive and, like Jordan, Anderson uses some of the same phrases or in-jokes to re-introduce his characters in every book.
The repetition also slows down the plot but, generally, Anderson’s story moves faster than Jordan’s does. By the end of each book there are few major developments, but the plot has definitely advanced (not always the case with WOT) and we’ve always enjoyed spending time with some likeable characters. A few new characters are introduced in Rising Tides, including a cute talking bird whose vocabulary, because he’s hanging out with Dennis Silva, consists mostly of curse words.
Though the structure of DESTROYERMEN is very similar to WOT, the story is not — it’s unique for a fantasy novel. I’m enjoying the industrial revolution that the Americans have brought to their new world and I’m learning a bit about some interesting topics such as fuel efficiency, developing bombs and mortars, radio transmission, the dangers of target fixation, and how to raise sunken ships. The Americans still solve problems a little too easily (I think Anderson wants to give us a scare but not stress us out too much) and they’re still a bit too righteous while the bad guys are over the top, but I’m willing to forgive this because DESTROYERMEN, overall, is genuinely entertaining. And I’m pleased with Tantor Audio’s version which is read by William Dufris.
I get bogged down in the battle scenes, don't care much for William Dufris, sometimes come across a minor anachonism, but cannot stop listening to these adventures or caring about an absolutely crazy cast of characters!
"I have never contemplated returning a book ......."
Difficult to say I could not get into the book and am unlikley to finish it
I will try others but NOT in this series
The alternative Earth story is something that has some attraction for me.
I rarely do not finish a book even if it is tedious and predictable. With this book I feel that there is nothing in the plot that I can associate with. Maybe if I had read earlier books in the series I would view it differently but I doubt it.
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