Distant Thunders (Destroyermen Series #4)

Distant Thunders (Destroyermen Series #4)

by Taylor Anderson

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The skies explode in this thrilling alternate history novel in Taylor Anderson's New York Times bestselling Destroyermen series.

After the terrible battle between the men of the destroyer USS Walker and their Lemurian allies against the savage Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange 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.
With the Walker undergoing much-needed repairs, Reddy knows the Grik have only been fended off, not defeated, and he will need all hands on deck to fight them off when they next attack—but Jenks’ loyalties seem uncertain.
As tension between the Allies and the Imperials mount, Reddy will come to realize that his suspicions are not misplaced—and that a greater danger than the Grik is about be revealed...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451463708
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Destroyermen Series , #4
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 55,356
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Taylor Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Destroyermen series. A gunmaker and forensic ballistic archaeologist, Taylor has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries, and an award-winning member of the National Historical Honor Society and of the United States Field Artillery Association. He has a master’s degree in history and has taught that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

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Distant Thunders (Destroyermen Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Whitworth More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
AvidReader777TJ More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully done, mixes facts of WWI and WWII into new world fiction beautifully, excellent intrigue, keeps reader on edge of seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
disissyd More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire destroyermen series is just an amazing read from cover to cover. Non-stop intrigue, action, and drama in a perfectly described alternate world. A definite must read!
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the defeat of the Amagi and the first wave of the Grik the Walker is layed up for repairs. But the Princesses British show up and all is not how it seems. Can the crew of the Walker and the Lemurians stand against the odds? An excellent read. A real page turner.
jamespurcell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moves the plot along nicely while upping the stakes with potential new enemies.
wmorton38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The weakest book in the series (although still not bad). Many of the incidents (repairing the beached sub, finding the, well, something, in the jungle, etc.) are obviously setups for later books. One part of a major plot point is resolved but another left hanging in true Edgar Rice Burroughs fashion. If you are a fan of the series (as I am) you will enjoy meeting the continuing characters (and the Walker)again but this is not a place for a newcomer to dip in.
SuseGordon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It wasn't just during WWI that the Time storm struck. The British East Indiamen have been in this world longer and they have adapted differently than the Destroyermen. As human beings, are we a better race than the Lemurians... not necessarily based on the story Taylor Anderson tells. And are all the evil Grik, all evil?
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Great book all around!!!!!!!!!
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Historically accurate over centuries.
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