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.
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©2008 Taylor Anderson; (P)2008 Tantor
"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)
fun twist, giving a basically worthless destroyer a chance to bring salvation to a people about to overwhelmed by barbarians...
Have to dock story points for being nearly a total imitation of Fortschens crossover Civil War series- at least through the first two books. Many characters and enemies are near carbon copies. A cut below the Lost Regiment but still entertaining through book two.
The story is very good, but I want to introduce the author to a new word. Despite. He needs to delete the phrase, "in spite of" from his vocabulary. He uses it so much that it is distracting.
This second book ramps up the tension with the certain knowledge that the Grik are almost innumerable. In addition to this it seems the Japanese cruiser that hunted them has crossed to their world as well and has allied themselves to the Grik. It is a solid second book in the series.
This book is the second installment of the Destroyer Men series. It continues the story of two US boats in the Pacific during the beginning of the war being hammered by the Japanese. Somehow while trying to evade the Japanese, the two boats find themselves in a different time period. In this book they find out that the Japanese boat that was firing on them in WWII is now in their new time period. Worse yet, the Japanese have formed an alliance with the enemy Gricks!
Total escapism! Great narration.
This is book two of the Destroyerman series. In book one, Into the Storm, Destroyermen, two American destroyers, Walker and Mahan, are limping away from a powerful Japanese war ship, the Amagi, during World War II when a Pacific storm whisks them into a parallel universe. They are separated and the first story focuses on Walker and her crew as they encounter new species: the friendly cat-like Lemurians, who are farmers and fishermen and the ugly, reptilian (dinosaur-like) Grik, who are clearly a barbaric foe.
This second book expands on the personalities and relationships of the Americans and their Lemurian allies who they are training to fight and resist the attacks of the Grik. There are several cities and factions of the Lemurians to cope with. Young but fiercely brave Queen Moran of the Bibadans is one of the first to recognize the leadership of Captain Reddy and the need to take an aggressive stand. Unfortunately the neighboring tribe city of Arial is led by a cowardly King and a sniveling Prince who would betray a temporary alliance. This causes civil war with the mature head of the army, Lord Rollack, joining forces with Queen Moran and the Americans to force back a Grik attack.
There are plenty of personal stories and drama to engage the reader in the characters. Sinji is a Japanese Lieutenant who has become part of the crew on Walker, as has a young Jac, who sees himself as a Destoryerman now, no longer a Lemurian sailor. The teams, American and Lemurian, have discovered that their vessels are more than just ships; they have become homes to the officers and crews. The story is rich with actions of individuals, some brave and some despicable. There is racial prejudice and discipline to deal with. There are strategy plans, vibrant battles, betrayal, dishonor and sacrifice. Well into this story it is discovered that the more powerful Japanese ship, the Amagi, has also been pulled into this alternate world. Its crazed Captain is seeking revenge against the Americans and has allied with the Grik. The Captain has no regard for innocents to the dismay of his second in command.
I am invested in the characters and am apt to hold my breath at times of betrayal and danger. If you like a story full of personal interaction, some military strategy and plenty of action I highly recommend this series.
Audio Notes: William Dufris does an excellent job keeping up the pace, presenting the characters and conveying the tension to bring the story alive. I am definitely looking forward to listening to the rest of the series!
It is important to listen to this series in order but anyone that enjoys; action, war, naval or fantasy books should find this series an absolute delight.
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