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 20th-century scale, they must defeat Walker at his own game: war.
©1999 S. M. Stirling; (P)2008 Tantor
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"I've Finished the entire series"
and I am richer for the experience. These travels back through time somewhat reminiscent of Weber's Safehold series are such an enlightening mix of history and science fiction. Nantucket citizens of the present are cast back 30 centuries into the past privileged to forge a brave new world. The characters are unexpected time travelers. Who would conceive of a black woman admiral in command of the Nantucket navy doing battle with the ancient Greeks and Egyptians led by one of the most evil characters ever brought to life in literature? I cheered her victories out loud. 75 hours of relentless interest. What a great series. Buy this and you won't be disappointed if you would love to change the past.
This third installment got quite a bit more tedious than the first two installments covering too much territory and too many battles as the characters got lost in the action. But I suppose it was difficult to avoid. I loved the first two books and merely enjoyed most of the third.
"You can't beat this series"
I loved this series when I read it in papareback and loved hearing the voices come alive even better. You will not be dissapointed, But you wil have to buy all three, LOL.
"Okay story but it dragged for me"
This is hard to put into words... The story was pretty good but I guess it just dragged on too long. It wasn't interesting enough to make me want to listen to it every chance I could get. It is long to begin with, about 21 hours; but it look me over 6 months to finally listen to the entire book as I would find myself not really caring if I listened to it vs. music in my car.
This became more evident to me after finishing this book as the next book I listed to (from OSC) I zipped through in a week. Then another, and another, as I was more compelled to listen - and found I wanted to listen to these next books; while driving, doing dishes, late at night, etc. This wasn't the case for Against the Tide of Years unfortunately. So I guess I'm bailing on the 3rd book. The thought and detail that went into the story is amazing and I liked the premise. I'm not saying it's bad, but for me it just didn't keep me on the edge of my seat.
"BOOK GOOD, BUT JUMPS AROUND TOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!"
I ENJOYED THIS S.M. STIRLING BOOK, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS THE CHANGE SERIES, I STILL LISTEN TO IT AGAIN EVERY FEW MONTHS. LOVE THE ESCAPE FROM THESE WORRIED TIME IN WHICH WE LIVE
THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGING HISTORY
JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING
IS THERE EVER GOING TO BE AN END TO THE CHANGE SERIES SAGA?
"One of the best alt-history books ever."
This series is superb. If you like "Yankee in King Arthur's Court" style time travel, this is prime material.
I've read a lot of SM Stirling. If you like alternative history, you'll like this. He does a better job of sticking to the story arc than he does in the Emberverse series.
"exactly as when I read it"
against the tide of years with a wonderful read with exceptional storytelling and a wonderful narration. it conveys a rich and vibrant history full of nuances and cliches that are all together not unwelcome. the character development of both the Nantucket arc and the Walker Kingdom both flourish however the Walker Kingdom is sort of neglected during the second part of the book I wish that it had been more fleshed out but all in all a very very good listen and an even better read. be warned once you start listening if this is your cup of tea you won't be able to put it back down again not until you've listened to all three. can't wait to start the very last one.
"Great Story... WHO got picked to read it?"
2/3 of the way through the book. So far, pretty engrossed in this trilogy. Very intriguing and attention holding.
The blacksmith that was kidnapped. What do ya do?! Realistic.
Todd... if the book is rather military, you need to know military pronunciation! Corpsman is pronounced 'COR'man'.... not 'CORPSman'. And the 'Mogollon Rim' is the 'MOH'ghi-ahn' Rim.
OH! And that 'Asian' concept of 'indebtedness'... is 'GIRI'... like 'GHI-ri'... not 'JIRI'.
Sorry pal... but you took the job to read this kind of story - need to get it right. Your voice grates on my ears now!
The whole story is moving. Many different facets developing simultaneously.
"Very good alternative history novel"
I've enjoyed the Nantucket Series very much. Very good thought exercise on what ifs and how small changes in history affect greater outcomes in the future.
I have to agree with some other comments about these stories being a wee bit drawn out and some, um, slightly unusual characters. But I enjoyed them anyway. A good book should stretch your imagination a little bit.
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