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Crusade: Destroyermen, Book 2 | [Taylor Anderson]

Crusade: Destroyermen, Book 2

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians - a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik. The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle.
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Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians - a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik.

The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle. Luckily, they are not alone. Reddy finally finds Mahan, the other destroyer that passed through the rift. Together, the two American ships will teach the Lemurians to fight and stand against the bloodthirsty Grik - or so they think.

For there is another vessel that does not belong on these strange seas - the massive Japanese battle cruiser Amagi, the very ship that Walker was fleeing from when the rift took them. Like Mahan, it followed them through. And now Amagi is in the hands of the Grik.

Battle stations! Listen to more in the Destroyermen series.

©2008 Taylor Anderson; (P)2008 Tantor

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"Dramatic.... At heart this novel is about how honor and ideals can bend or break under the stressful, life-and-death conditions of total war." (Publishers Weekly)
"Even better than the excellent Into the Storm." --(Booklist Starred Review)

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    Readalot SC USA 01-10-09
    Readalot SC USA 01-10-09
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    "Excellent Listen"

    At first I passed over this book series, because the plot did not catch my interest: Old Destroyer even by WWII standards, Alternate world, primitive people/monkeys ----- BUT I was wrong! This book and its narrator turned out to be very exciting and a page turner in a audible way. Obviously, I enjoyed both books so far in this series, but I thought this one was better than the first. Maybe it's just because characters grow on you. Looking forward to the next book!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 12-11-11
    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 12-11-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Wonderful"

    I don't generally listen to many books in a series since I generally find that the characters and story don't stay fresh enough to last through all of the sequels. I have listened to perhaps 4 of the Sharp books, 2 of the Lost Regiment (which this resembles to an extraordinary degree), 2 of the Lost Fleet and only the first of a lot of other series. I had not expected this to be any different, but was very pleasantly surprised.

    The story of the Captain and crew of the USS Walker is alive and full of both interesting humans and Lemurians, all people about whom I have started to care. The story stays interesting and I have found that I care about their fate. This is an astonishingly good series and book and is, in my view, well worth is high star rating. I have begun to think that I will end up buying all of the books of this series because I want to know what is going to happen and this has only happened for me in one other series (The Saga Of The Seven Seas).

    Great space opera here on Earth (or at least a variation thereof...).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Durango, CO, United States 01-07-09
    Michael Durango, CO, United States 01-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Better than Tolstoy"

    There is no reason to painfully slog through War and Peace when you can read Destroyermen: Crusade, instead. All the great themes are here: good and evil, love and hate, honor and treachery. You don't have to remember all those dreadful Russian names. Also, this is much more fun to read. I'm anxiously awaiting the third book.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Calimesa, CA, United States 04-12-12
    Laura Calimesa, CA, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Woman's Perspective"

    When I looked at reviews of this book 95% were from guys and rated very high, so I got them for my husband and he loved them as well. When I got around to giving these a try I was not dissappointed. Initially (while in our dimension) they were a little heavy on the military jargon, but once I got past that and they got through the squall, it was great. There is a lot of fighting, but this book wasn't just "guns ablazin'" over MY head military mumbo jumbo I didn't get. I could not wait to find out what happened next. I'm on #3 now and still into it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 09-14-13
    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 09-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "The best of Revisionist Sci-Fi"

    I have never had more fun than I have reading this series. Book 1 easily led to book 2. GREAT characters which continue through the rest of the series. Why did I write a review on Book 2? Because Book 1 was so good I desired more. Book 2 was not disappointing and had me listening to Book 3, etc.

    I have listened several times to the series. I am a disabled college professor (in my 50's) and listening to books is great. But I am not rich. I have 149 books in my library and I re-listen to series I like to stretch my credits.

    I think another time through this series is coming soon for me. As a scientist you can love Sci-Fi, or not let you analytical mind down and enjoy it as FICTION. I leave my analytical science trained mind behind and I have learned to love books which bring your imagine to its fullest.

    I enjoyed this book and the series. I HIGHLY recommend it!

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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 11-25-12
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "Didn't Disappoint - On to Book 3!"

    With the exception of one improvement the narrator makes in this book, all the glowing remarks I wrote in my review of book 1 applies here, as well.

    (Ref Book 1 review: http://www.audible.com/review-by-author/ref=pd_r_p3_2_prfl?customerID=A3UMNB3LTADVXG&asin=B002V5J20G )

    The improvement I noticed in this book 2 is narrator William Dufris' correction to the pronunciation of "foc'sl" (forecastle). (Yes, a small thing, but it's one of those nits that otherwise rankles some of the "saltier" Navy types.)

    Now, with that correction in place, I daresay Mr. Dufris is... PERFECT. :)

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    Ben United States 08-29-12
    Ben United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Picking Up Steam!"

    Taylor Anderson is back with his second book in his Destroyermen series. With book two Anderson seems to have worked out his "pace" problem from book one. He still gets a little too indepth with the battles and dialogue during the battles, which tends to weigh on the action sections, but he has improved dramatically from book one. He holds true to the plot line of alternate realities and does a fantastic job of filling out his "native" species that his Destroyermen must interact with. An improved book from book one and compelling all the same.

    William Dufris hits his stride in book two and shows why he has as many books on Audible as he does. Gone is the slight hesitation and over emphesising during the battles and his character development via vocal performance is superb. He brings Anderson's creation to life and breathes the wind into the sails of imagination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 03-15-12
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Action packed, good continuation of the series."

    Another great book, the narrator does a great job, and more depth is added to the story as you listen on in the second book.


    FYI, people complaining about AUDIO books prices when comparing them to a paper back book. Think for a second. The audio book must be produced, scripted to a point, and a GOOD actor hired to read the book and act out all parts. Don't whine about an audio books price

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    James orland park, IL, United States 01-17-09
    James orland park, IL, United States 01-17-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great listen"

    Destroyermen Crusade is a great follow-up to book one, "Destroyermen". The plotting and characters of the alternate reality military actionaire are worth the time. The battles are convincing and the results of the battles have a heartbreaking yet lifting ring that strikes me as having been written by someone who understands war.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-18-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    Can't put it down. On to book 3

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