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Against the Tide of Years
Against the Tide of Years
Against the Tide of Years
Audiobook21 hours

Against the Tide of Years

Written by S.M. Stirling

Narrated by Todd McLaren

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

In the years since the Event, the Republic of Nantucket has done its best to re-create the better ideas of the modern age. But the evils of its time resurface in the person of William Walker, renegade Coast Guard officer, who is busy building an empire for himself based on conquest by technology. When Walker reaches Greece and recruits several of their greater kinglets to his cause, the people of Nantucket have no choice. If they are to save the primitive world from being plunged into bloodshed on a twentieth-century scale, they must defeat Walker at his own game: war.
PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateDec 1, 2008
Against the Tide of Years

S.M. Stirling

A well-regarded author of alternate history science-fiction novels, S.M. Stirling has written more than twenty-five books, including acclaimed collaborations with Anne McCaffrey, Jerry Pournelle, and David Drake. His most recent novels are T2: Infiltrator, The Peshawar Lancers, and the Island in the Sea of Time trilogy.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The second of the Nantucket alternate history series. The action moves from the British Isles to the Meditteranean and Middle East as the two warring factions from the future slug it out in the Bronze age.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Very interesting! I really enjoy post-apocalyptic and alternate-history fiction, and I like early history as well. This one is a little of all-of-the-above. The storyline is absorbing and interesting; the action takes place in several locales. I find it interesting to contemplate how history as we know it would be re-written as a result of the actions of the characters. I previously read the first book in this series (Island in the Sea of Time) and look forward to the third one in this trilogy. I enjoy it enough to have committed to the other series from this author as well.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The second book of the Nantucket series picks up a couple years after the first book, though there are bits and pieces set during the intervening years as well. The Nantucketers have spread further around the globe with numerous bases in North and Central America as well as the British Isles, South Africa and the western Indian Ocean.

    After the events in book one Walker has established himself firmly in ancient Greece where he is building an empire. It is up to the Nantucketers to find and recruit willing allies to help bring him down.

    As this is the middle book of the series it does suffer a lot from being used to set up the final book. Due to the circumstances there is little exlporation and the book is mostly focused on building relations and an army in the Middle East. At times it can get rather detailed, and some might say boring. But it's all necessary for the final confrontation brewing for book 3.

    I can't wait to get into the last book though I really hope it goes a bit further than this war as I really want to know what happens centuries later, how the world has fared.

    Overall a good book in a hard place. The middle book is generally always the weakest but it's done a good job here.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    This is the follow on book to Island in the Sea of Time. Its a bit confusing sometime to figure out which book follows which, since there are several related novels, but this is the direct sequel. The Islanders of Nantucket and their allies have survived for 8 years now in the past, steadily regaining lost technology and improving their living conditions. However, William Walker has relocated to Greece along with his various evil followers, and they still have to deal with him. I'm not sure what it is exactly about these books that makes them good. The characters are good, and the plot feels plausible. He writes about military strategy in a convincing way, though there are a number of tactical situations that aren't quite right. Despite all that, he manages to make it feel right, which makes it a good book to read.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    This book took some time to get through. It follows along several years after the events in Island in the Sea of Time. The book could have used a better copy editor. There were a lot of mistakes that threw the reader out of the story. Overall, it was OK. There were characters added in this installment that didn't seem to have any purpose to the story. I hope they are important in the final book in the trilogy.