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
"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)
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.
fun twist, giving a basically worthless destroyer a chance to bring salvation to a people about to overwhelmed by barbarians...
Remarkable! I loved the first book and didn't expect the second to match up. However, despite unusual pacing at the start, it flew to incredible heights and left off with a great cliffhanger. Starting the next one tomorrow now that part two is over, three days after acquiring it.
This is a melding of history and sci-fi, yet it is done so incredibly well it feels absolutely real. of course, it helps that one of the masters of the audiobook world, William DuFris, is the narrator. He gives such a thorough impression of the characters, and the kind of variety necessary to tell this tale is mind-boggling. Yet, without calling attention to himself, Dufris lays out the story in an astounding fashion. This was just a dynamite audiobook, and I look forward to the next part of the story.
This book was an excellent follow up to the first book. The narrator works very well with the material and the material is very well written. The historical accuracy of the equipment portrayed is top notch and the world that has been established in these two books is compelling and rich. This series is definitely on my recommended list!
The second in a series; at the end I felt like I should read/listen to #3 right away. However, I'll need a break from these characters, theme and plot. All the books are one large, long book. In this one, the pre-WWII DD meets a Japanese battle wagon, working for the lizards, that came through the same rip in reality. Although, the book is tactical reality for destroyermen, I can't help but wonder how he will treat the continuing peace that must eventually break out. Think HMS Bounty survivors?
The second book in the series continues on as if it were one giant book. I posted a review of the first book that noted many fine points. I like this concept for a story, but was concerned it would get tedious. I don't know if tedious is the right word, but the story is getting pretty involved. The author puts a lot of time in describing things that add some imagery, but really don't further the storyline. I suppose it does get the reader more into this alternate world, but sometimes I wish the author would just get going. The other point that should be addressed is the place names, ship names, character names, etc. This is a weak point in any very involved audio book. I would hope that Audible will someday allow customers of their books to download a printable guide that has a glossary, maps, illustrations and the like to make up for this inherent shortcoming of an audio book. This particular novel series uses a "made up" language for fantasy creatures and the names of characters and other names becomes very confusing.
If you like a very detailed accounting of a fantasy world with many characters, settings, and even historical periods, you should like this book. If you are not willing to invest many, many hours in a series of books that tell a pretty simple story, look some place else.
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