I can't remember when a book has disappointed me as much as this one did. In the first two books the author developed characters and plot lines that were original and interesting. In this book the monologues, dialogues and mental monologues drag on and on. You could skip the first half of the book and miss nothing at all. Then when the final battle comes in drags on and on in such confusing detail you reach the point where you don't care anymore who wins just as long as it will get over. I finally ended up listening to hours of it in the background as I did other things. It's as if the author has fallen so in love with the world he has created that he is rapped up in minutia that only he could care about.
Loved the first, liked the second. I find the third barely tolerable. Did I really pay for this, what was I thinking. Winded, repetitive, became so contrived and I found the story to fall apart.
The author spends the first three hours of the book reminding everyone of what has happened in the first two of the series, rather than jumping right in -- I mean, if you're on book three, you shouldn't need THAT much retelling. The author also tends to segue at the most inconvenient times. For example, if one of our ships is starting a run toward three other enemy vessels, it's extremely frustrating for the reader to have someone watching the battle start reminiscing about where the flag on her prow came from and why those colors were chosen and whether or not her people needed one, too...
All that being said, this is a fascinating story. I'm continuously intrigued about the new elements that get introduced, and learning more about what's changed in the new world around them. I could wish the author would be a little more active in the description of the battles and less with the heart-rending emotional moments.
I have no complaints with William Dufris' narration. (I'm in awe of his voicing the enemy leaders' conversations. Recording that session had to hurt!)
Plot twists and new characters start to make the series less of a Lost Regiment copy. Plenty of action scenes compensate for the leaden romantic relationships. Sets up well for next book although you could comfortably stop here.
Okay, I marked down the previous book in the series with the remark that I wanted to introduce the author to the word despite. In this book, I found that he does indeed know the word. He even used it once. The other 100 times, he reverted to the phrase, "in spite of." It was distracting. Other than that, I liked the story.
I enjoyed this book this is the 3rd or 4th time I've read through it or listen to it. the only thing I really have a challenge with is the rehashing of previous stories. I understand the need to put storylines into perspective for first-time readers, but in this book it is overdone. the story is enjoyable, I enjoyed the detail given about the ship and its crew and the Navy in general as well as the battle scenes. the plot and characters are engaging and overall delightful. for those who are like me who enjoy a good science fiction story you will enjoy this book and the series.
I really enjoy the Destroyermen series, but man is Taylor Anderson milking this or what?
In book one, the USS Walker, an obsolete steam-powered destroyer dragged to an alternate Earth from 1942, along with her Japanese battlecruiser adversary, allied with a race of peaceful lemur-people against the reptilian Grik. In book two, the war against the Grik continued, with a few chapters told from the POV of the crazy Japanese captain and the evil Grik.
Book three, Maelstrom, is basically the next chapter, and it's literally just another chapter in the story, albeit a 400-page chapter. The Americans and their Lemurian allies continue to prepare for the massive Grik invasion, the captain of the Amagi continues to chew scenery as a megalomaniacal psychopath, and the Grik continue to chortle and salivate at the thought of eating all their enemies.
There was a little bit of extra characterization, as it's hinted that the Grik are actually capable of learning and evolving. And the Walker meets more wayward visitors from Earth, and descendants of even earlier ones. Which is cool except it seems likely to be a recurring shtick - whenever the author needs to add a twist, hey, let's discover another ship or lost civilization that got yanked to this world from the old one.
Despite my griping, I still really enjoyed this book. It's full of sea battles, dashing heroism, mustache-twirling villainy, and all the stuff a fan of military SF should enjoy. You could make this a typical space opera just by moving it to space and making the Grik and the Lemurians aliens instead of products of an alternate evolutionary history on Earth. The Destroyermen series is almost in the planetary romance genre, except for all the emphasis on military tactics and nautical terminology.
It's great fun, but I'm looking at the six or more books ahead of me in the series and wondering if we will plodding through this same war with the same adversaries for all of them.
Better than Book 2!
I was disappointed by the second book's failure to at least attempt to conclude any story lines. This was much better. A long build up to a long great battle and a more or less proper ending.
Obvious sequels to come for sure, but at least now I feel I can choose to continue the series, or to end it here without feeling like I read just half a book.
Dufris - great narration as usual.
I am now up to Book 3 in the series and the start it tends to recap a lot of the previous story line so if you have read the previous books it tends to be a bit flat. It took a while to get into the new story but once there it was a very good listen, you can see how the writer is adding new elements that will give life to the future books. I have enjoyed each book and this one was no exception. Looking toward how the story will continue just hope that we don't spend to much time recapping in the next book.
Yes I am enjoying how the story is unfolding.
Fantastic diverse voices