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Firestorm Audiobook

Firestorm: Destroyermen, Book 6

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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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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 08-08-13
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 08-08-13 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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    "Firestorm"

    Originally published at Fantasy Literature.

    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.

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    Brandon S. Gillette Lawrence, KS 07-12-13
    Brandon S. Gillette Lawrence, KS 07-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not buying any more until the last one is done"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    As always, Dufris has a good feel for his characters and puts a great deal of energy into his reading.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 03-18-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2016

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Things are really getting hot war both fronts"
    What did you love best about Firestorm?

    I enjoyed the action both on the sea battles and the land battles


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many to pick just one Dennis is a character but they are all interesting


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Without a doubt Mr Dufris is one of the greatest readers around I enjoyed all of his books so far<br/>Keep up the great work


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

    Both reactions made the book that must a pleasure to enjoy


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next one

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    Barry United States 02-20-13
    Barry United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Barry

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    "This story just keeps getting better"
    Would you listen to Firestorm again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Firestorm to and why?

    The book (and the overall series) are as well written and character driven as any alternative-world series I have jumped into.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His abilities to voice the emotions of a wide range of characters brings color to the story, and at times heightens the tension.


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

    Not extreme, just pleasurable. I hated to stop listening when I had to. I might have guffawed a time or two...


    Any additional comments?

    Great read - that covers it.

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    Fan Diego Ceiling Fans - Your Comfort. Your Style. 02-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Really good series"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    G Fitterer ITHACA, NY, United States 12-25-12
    G Fitterer ITHACA, NY, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story but starting to hope for an ending"

    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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    Kindle Customer Memphis, TN, United States 11-13-12
    Kindle Customer Memphis, TN, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Firestorm"
    If you could sum up Firestorm in three words, what would they be?

    was great listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Slvia -- he is such and gruff but loving character


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Slvia


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Earth 2 Firestorm


    Any additional comments?

    Don't want the story to end yet!!!

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    Simon Riverhills, Australia 11-05-12
    Simon Riverhills, Australia 11-05-12
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    "Love the whole of this series."

    Not my usual genre as I prefer military. Bought the first of these not knowing it was set on an alternate world.

    Got sucked into the story half way through the first book. Have listened to all 8 now and can;t wait for the next one!

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

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    "Win, or perish."
    Would you listen to Firestorm again? Why?

    The story once again heats up dramatically as we see the strife between the tyrannical Holy Dominion which spans the west coast of the Americas in this alternate Earth as it seeks to purify the 'heretics' of the New Britain Empire and their newly forged allies of Matthew Reddy and crew.<br/>Meanwhile the out of sight Grik have new weapons at hand thanks to the their own Japanese alliance.


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    Jean-Guy Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia 08-17-12
    Jean-Guy Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia 08-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Firestorm the most enjoyable?

    Gripping story line


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    All the Limurians and Denis Silva


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

    had a few sneakers


    Any additional comments?

    This series rivals David Drake's RCN Series

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