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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.

Battle stations! Listen to more in the Destroyermen series.
©2010 Taylor Anderson. (P)2011 Tantor

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A smashin good read and an excellent performance

It has been my experience that some series suffer from drag. This book is even more high paced that the earlier ones. The books keep getting better and better, more story lines, unexpected twist, triumphs mixed with defeats. Taylor does an excellent job of blending a wonderful concept with the lives and experiences of his characters. What a purely exciting story. Has me longing for the next one already.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I love this series.

Where does Firestorm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Destroyermen series is among my favorites in my audiobook library.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoy the simplicity of the characters in this series. If I want dark, conflicted antiheroes then I have other books to read. If I want real, gritty, often unlikable characters (that seem to be in vogue these days) then I'll go to work. The characters in this series are unlike the varied and inconsistent personalities that make characters more

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

I love William Dufris' work with the Destroyermen series. It is difficult for me to immerse myself in his other performances because when I hear a character in some of his other works all I can think to myself is,

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

I downloaded this the first day it was available from Audible. I was finished with it three days later and started right from the beginning again. I did the same thing with Distant Thunders and Rising Tides.

Any additional comments?

There are people that like to read stories and then sit down to analyze, parse, nitpick, and discuss how the craft of the writing process. I cannot express how much I do not want to have dinner with such people.<br/><br/>If you enjoy science fiction in general and military science fiction in particular, this is the first place I would send you. Start with the first one,

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • Bessemer, AL, United States
  • 10-15-11

WOW!

This book even surpasses book three in the amount of action involved. A great mix of all emotions in this one. Taylor does an exceptional job in telling an exciting and gripping story of three major battles going on at the same time. The narrator is great. I hope the production company does not make the mistake of other series and change narrators. Taylor writes and Dufris narrates an exceptional story. I can only think of one thing for Taylor Anderson to change....don't wait so long for the next book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • SPRING HILL, FLORIDA, United States
  • 11-28-11

give us more Soon

What did you love best about Firestorm?

Duris Reading is voices made this book for me. the story is a cliff hanger.

What did you like best about this story?

it brings the rest of the other books in line.

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

will find them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

each death of the cats and members of Walker's ship, was well placed.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for Book 7 to come out. I read lisened to the other stories in my library ( all 5 of them again and head somethings I messed. great month.) this is not just a ship / WWII book it's need to be a movie.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • United States
  • 11-02-11

Great continuation to a wonderful series.

Usually, by the 6th book of a series I am running out of enthusiasm for the next book. However, this book left me looking forward to the next book in the series. This book series paints a wonderful story of life in an alternate timeline. The author strikes a great balance between character development and plot development. I really have enjoyed this series so far.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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As Good As the Rest

Taylor Anderson has weaved a great story here. There is a lot of detail and thought put into this story and it ranges from the mundane to the obvious. This installment moves the story along as it should and it brings new characters into the lime light while keeping the main characters at the spear point. This is a huge story about a small group trapped in a different world. I love this idea and the way it's being laid out. One of the best things for me is watching and reading how the author has grown in his skill and craft over these novels. If you haven't read the other books start there first and enjoy the series.

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the adventure continues

Great continuation of series. As with all the Destroyer Men series fast paced and interesting plot twists like trained Bombardier Pterodactyls.

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The ever expanding scope, always on the edge

Can things get worse? For the crew of Walker and her allies, the only answer is yes. Now solidly engaged in a two front war against opponents that individually outnumber the entire alliance, the scope of this story continues to grow (my biggest concern is that every books seems to be making the scope bigger! There really doesn't appear to be an end in sight).

Now forced to stave off an attack by the Holy Dominion while simultaneously continuing to strike at the Grik, the story is steadly expanding to a global scope. The focus of this book is the expansion of air. Both by the HD with their trained attack flying Grik and by the Grik themselves with the introduction of Zeppelins developed by the Japanese cruisermen.

The best part is the Captain Reddy finally gets to be reunited with his love, even if just for a little while.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Too complex...

I really enjoyed earlier books in the series, but this one moves too slowly, has too many characters, too many ships, too many locations. I find it difficult to follow, way too much dialogue and not enough character interaction or development. Much of the story revolves around discussing tactics. The actual action sequences, as usual, are engaging and enjoyable, but there is not enough action and too much blather. I don't like this one as well as the previous books. Pity.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another epic adventure

The war continues on multiple fronts. A lot of action in this book holding my interest and I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Peter
  • 09-10-14

where is the rest of the series?

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

I cried with anger when I found out that no 6 was not the last book; see comments below

Any additional comments?

I assumed that no 6 Firestorm was the last book in the series, but it is not. Research shows four more titles. I rang audible and they have no knowledge of these future titles and if and when they might have them. This is very annoying, as I would not have wasted my money if I had known I could not get the whole series. Cracking story buy it looks like Audible has dropped the ball, VERY UNPROFESSIONAL, NOT IMPRESSED!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • MAVIS
  • 10-27-13

Another Winner for Taylor Anderson

What made the experience of listening to Firestorm the most enjoyable?

Book 6 in the series and just as engrossing as the first. So descriptive and well written it draws the "reader" into the story and you feel part of it. You feel the pain of us walker and her crew. The absolute size of the homes and territories. Like home but different.The narration is spot on William Dufris' is so good at creating the different voices of all the characters

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

When do we get books 7 & 8

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • potamus29
  • 06-23-13

Epic in the true sense

Would you listen to Firestorm again? Why?

Having just made it to the end of the six book saga I doubt that I will listen to them again any time soon. I enjoyed the books a lot but they're not a classic re-read.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are well fleshed out and the performance by William Dufris was pitched just right for me. A slight flaw was his attempt at an Australian accent for one of the main characters, it jarred a little every time, but the rest were excellent. The author's technical understanding of historic naval warfare was used to great effect and his vision of an alternate world is very believable..

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

I became quite involve in the story lines of the books and listened to them in series with no breaks. I could imagine losing track of some of the characters if other books were interspersed.

Any additional comments?

Very much worth a listen but make sure they are in the right order.