Distant Thunders (Destroyermen Series #4)

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After a terrible battle against the Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy must contend with the arrival of a ship captained by Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy-an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before. But the British bring a new and different kind of threat along with them...

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Overview

After a terrible battle against the Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy must contend with the arrival of a ship captained by Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy-an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before. But the British bring a new and different kind of threat along with them...

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Rebuilding after the ship-shattering climax of 2009's Maelstrom, Capt. Matt Reddy and the crew of the dimensionally misplaced USS Walker continue pushing their Bronze Age allies, the Lemurians, through the Industrial Revolution to take the war to the invading reptilian Grik. Somewhat aided by the paddle-wheel steam frigates of New Britain, Reddy liberates conquered cities to the west and then races to the east in a refloated Walker to re-rescue New British princess Rebecca Anne McDonald. The fun of watching eager aviators take to the air in carved wooden aircraft leavens the nostalgic sense of worlds being left behind and cultures forced by war to undergo unpleasant changes. Anderson raises questions about the morality of chemical warfare, genocide, and summary execution in wartime while holding out the possibility of diplomacy with relentless killers. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451463708
  • Publisher: Roc
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Destroyermen Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 201,247
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson teaches at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, and is the author of The Life and Tools of the Rocky Mountain Free Trapper.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered tweny-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    Good read for females as well as males of all ages!

    I have read all of Taylor Anderson's books todate and find that with each book he has out done the first. My husband suggested that I go back and reread the first book "Destroyer Men, Into the Storm", and too my surprise I found that I enjoyed it more the second time around. The first chapters are hard to get into as there is so much technical information that I was lost in the over load of it all,(not knowing much about the Navy) BUT, as I ventured further into the story the second time I was compelled to keep reading and found I couldn't put the book down once again. Thus saying all that, the second read read better and faster and I found I had over looked alot of the dynamics of the story that made for a better read the second time around. So, though I haven't read the other books twice I did enjoy the plot and the unfolding of the characters more because I had reread the first book. Now, being a woman and one with a military back ground I did appreciate the significance of these time crossings and how Taylor plays out the roles of the Navy men, Lemirians and Greks, it works.
    Also, I must address the comment from one of the reviewers statements about women not getting into this kind of story plot because of the machanical and technical detail of the 4-stackers described in such detail, this is just poppy-cock on his part, my mother-in-law is 72 years old and enjoyed all the books so much that she can hardly wait for the next one out! Frankly I am glad that Taylor has put the effort into so much detail, I have come to appreciate the Navy and what they had to go through with the equipment they had to use, I, myself had to train with outdated equipment in an age when computer technology was rapidly on the heals of our servicemen and we were in the stoneage so to speak. So, in all, it is a MUST READ, and THUMBS UP for anyone wanting to venture into a new relm and deeply intricate story that continues to push the limits of the characters and begs for you to fallow Captain Redding into this new/old world and discover what will happen next. I find it hard not to wonder just where Taylor will take us and knowing Taylor personally I know it will certainly be an adventure worth waiting for to read. Thank you Taylor for the pleasure it has been to travel in this world you created. I can hardly wait for number five to come out!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    The latest Destroyermen science fiction thriller, Distant Thunders, is an action-packed entry with strong relevant moral questions

    The reptilian Grik continue their assault using any sort of mass weapons of destruction against the Lemurians whose strongest supporter are the dimensionally displaced U.S. Navy Captain Matt Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker. The American navy desperately is trying to move forward the Bronze Age Lemurians into at least an Industrial Age and preferably past that too especially with their ship badly devastated in the last encounter (see Maelstrom). That is the only hope for the allies against the overwhelming superiority of the invading Grik.

    Reddy and his unit make some progress using paddle-wheel steam frigates developed in New Britain as the Americans free cities in the west from the previously invincible conquerors and give new hope to their allies. However when word reaches Reddy that the enemy has captured New British Princess Rebecca Anne McDonald, he rushes back east on the renovated USS Walker to mount a rescue of a key symbol.

    The latest Destroyermen science fiction thriller, Distant Thunders, is an action-packed entry with strong relevant moral questions about the rules of combat engagement running throughout the adrenalin pumping story line. Reddy ponders whether negotiations with a species apparently seeking genocide are feasible as the enemy seems resistant to a peaceful solution although the displaced hero recognizes some of the beliefs on both sides may be bogeyman propaganda. He also wonders whether are any weapons of mass destruction include biological, chemical or nuclear in their arsenal that will be used especially on the brink of perhaps extinction acceptable? Taylor Anderson is one of the best at military science fiction as his plots combine cerebral thought provoking issues within a great adventure tale; the alternate realm of the Destroyermen saga is worth the journey.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Fantastic read

    Wonderfully done, mixes facts of WWI and WWII into new world fiction beautifully, excellent intrigue, keeps reader on edge of seat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Good series

    Good series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    fun book series

    good series, starting to get predictable, if you are lost in the middle of the ocean and out of water you will be found 5 minutes before you die.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    I think that this book is good

    I love this book and I think that everyone should be able to read it except for little kids. It might prove too violent for them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    Book #4 in a series of interesting and entertaining books in the alternative history/world genre.

    For me the books have each become better then the preceding. Mr. Anderson has done a good job of allowing his characters to grow along with the story which also seemingly continues to expand. Well it should as he has an entire world of possibilities to explore and populate. I was afraid when I purchased the first book I was going to be disappointed, but was pleasantly surprised as it was very readable, and as mentioned above, each new installment has been better.

    This series is a read for simple entertainment, and I appreciate BEING entertained. So far this story does that. From the beginning you simply have to accept the characters plight, along with how they arrived at it. Doing so simplifies things amazingly and we DO have the Bermuda Triangle, right? I doubt very much that the author expects many women to become fans as it's written with many references toward machines and mechanics. While other books may on occasion mention a device as a part of the story, one of the main characters in this series is a 1200 ton machine in the shape of the USS Walker DD 163. As the story unfolds I get the impression the author is breathlessly awaiting the chance to introduce another bit of machinery, and not only mentioning it, but describing it's function. Picking the old 4 stacker was smart. While they were fast, the most sophisticated machinery aboard (aside from the radio) was the geared turbines for propulsion, so this made home made maintenance for most everything else a possibility.

    Adding to the simple enjoyment of the story I suppose having served in the U.S. Navy myself aboard a late WW2 era Destroyer (much upgraded) in the early '70's, and being a home shop machinist I can appreciate some of the characters' issues and problems. The author's choice of time for the characters (including the ship) to be transported to this alternate world is understandable. As the American Civil War propelled industry and invention forward, this particular period after WW1 leading up to WW2 was also. Luckily for the American sailors the Lemurrians are inquisitively intelligent, industrious, and also happily seem to share many of the same views. What the heck, it helps the story to unfold and allows the time warped sailors to survive by industrializing the Lemurrians to a degree.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    ELDERS DEN

    ELDERS DEN

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    I got interested in this series because I grew up during WW 2 an

    I got interested in this series because I grew up during WW 2 and being NAVY for 21 years was able to relate to a lot of the text in the stories. I have read series #1, #2 and #3. I read one book at a time thru Nook and am just started #4. My only hope is they series will still on Nook until I get to #8. Fascinating stories. Thank you Mr. Anderson. My rating is a 5 star. for all of your stories that I have read so.far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Historically accurate over centuries.

    Historically accurate over centuries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Dapplestream

    Sniffs and crpuchs. Mouse i hissed to silverstarvand a vole. I go for the mouse you go for the vole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Silverstar

    Drops in her hunters crouch and pads silntly to the vole the pounces on it and snaps its neck

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Firepaw

    Thanks timekit. I hope you become an apprentice soon too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Fireling

    Umm.. hi..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Amazing addition to great series!!!

    Fghj

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