I got to Taylor Anderson by way of David Weber and Larry Correia, and I am glad I made the trip. It can be a daunting thing to create a coherent alternate world with depth, and Anderson continues to flesh out this dangerous world where the crew of a transported World War II US Navy destroyer and her crew have found both fast friends and enemies savage and treacherous. The savage ones, the reptilian Grik, feature less prominently than in the first three books but the treacherous ones take center stage in this episode.
The crash Industrial Revolution (similar to Weber's Safehold series) is in full swing with aircraft and aircraft carriers making moves toward relevance in the story, and the USS Walker is refloated and repaired to continue to be the center of action. The mysterious New Britons share the spotlight in both good and evil guises.
The production continues to be high quality with the narrator providing identifiable accents and voices for the various characters, human and not. The story is advanced and I am eagerly anticipating the fifth book.
Certainly worth your time if you have done the first three books. If you haven't you will be caught up with details during the story, but you have missed a lot. Listen to the first three books and you will enjoy it more.
Book 4 in the Destroyermen series continues to engage the reader. New characters emerge and a few of the old characters are enhanced. Silva, for example, becomes a central character who impacts events. New alliances and antagonists emerge while the old "Grik" bad guys continue in the background. Can't wait for Book 5.
Maybe I should have read the first books in the series before this one, I thought the Taylor Anderson spent way too much time giving us background that never grabbed my attention.
This series is great and somehow just keeps getting even better.
The characters are exceptionally interesting and I just like hearing what they have been up to. The overall story arc is great and the individual stories are fascinating. I wish all novels could be this engaging!
I'm amused to see that other reviewers say how both Destroyermen and Lost Fleet are their favorite series; I thought it was just me. I have even built a model of the USS Walker, which is my first model in over ten years.
William Dufris is a great narrator and shines with his work in this series.
If you like: alternate history, time travel stories, The Sand Pebbles, empire building, Lemurs, naval combat, or any outrageous adventure, then listen to this series, you won't be disappointed.
Well written, funny, historically accurate (until time changes of course), a wonderful start to an SM Stirling style empire building adventure series.
Loved it, loved the narration, recommend it to all my friends and family, and now to you.
After the war with the Grik, the crew of the Destroyer Walker is forced to reconcile its losses and regroup its forces, rebuilding and refitting Walker is priority #1, second to finding resources to repel a future Grik offensive. In this alternate Earth, Reddy and his crew discover that other humans exist on this earth, and they have internal strife of their own, bringing war once again to the doorstep of the Allied forces on this alternate Earth.
I would change how the chapters are arranged. There are many breaks in the story that appear to be natural chapters ends. the author chooses to continue with the story by changing setting, for example. As a listener, I would be nice to have some of those 'natural breaks' as good pausing points.
There are strong shades of the Master and Commander, Horatio Hornblower, and Honor Harrington series. It has all to do with the similarities in naval command themes.
When the Walker was raised and repaired.
Yes, it would make an interesting visual feature. The Lemurians would be great if played by Sacha Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer. As fas as the humans, it doesn't really matter who plays them since the visual attraction is based on the strange world.
Taylor Anderson continues to deliver in the Destroymen series.The concept of the obsolete Pacific fleet destroyer that were basically target practice in WWII being such a huge force for good in this parallel world that it gets sucked into is quite interesting. With the world there much more hostile than the world we are from, with the Grik on one side, a world that seems intent on eating you (the pirannah-like fish and the larger mountain fish) and only one real ally, the Lemurians you would think that the prospects for the Americans to be pretty grim.
But Captain Reddy and his crew continue to persevere. Even in the face of interaction with the New Britain Imperial Navy and the increasing threat of the Grik don't seem to keep them down. The action is pretty non-stop, with a lot of story lines going on at the same time. The main focus is on the developing relationship and exploration of the New Britain (and the associated "Company" (Far East India Trading Company basically) which is the power that is manipulating the throne) given that they have the Princess Rebecca in their protection. While CPT Reddy is away an agent of the Company kidnaps Rebecca, her protector Dennis Silva as well as Reddy's fiance are kidnapped.
A lot of this book was build-up. Exploring the development of additional technologies and critical repairs that hopefully will pay off in the future novels. In addition to the Grik menace, the less than friendly Imperials there is also hints of another set of humans located in the America's that may present another threat in the future. Lots of space for these threads to continue to develop. I already picked up the next book in the series because I am excited to see how it develops.
I have really enjoyed the Destroyermen series; with its epic battles, fights for survival, nation building. It is a grand story told on a grand scale. However I find myself constantly annoyed at the book. The author is constantly providing character assessments, shedding introspective light, and providing background for thought. Great once maybe twice, but I was perturbed in the first book, livid in the next, flabbergasted in the third, and so on. Maybe if I had read the books a year or so apart I would have appreciated the reminders, but as I read them in succession I was just annoyed.
Despite this I would recommend the book, it has a great dynamic story told well enough to draw you into the alternate realm.
I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.
Alternate history and military SCI-FI fans will love these books! I have listened to the first four and I enjoyed them all.