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)
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The men and two women of the USS Walker are worn out and homesick. They???re resigned to being stuck on a parallel world, but they at least hope to find some more humans. There???s a severe ???dame shortage??? so, though Commander Matthew Reddy and Nurse Sandra Tucker are in love with each other, they know they must not indulge their feelings because it might lower the morale of the rest of the destroyermen.
There???s plenty to keep them occupied meanwhile ??? they???ve recovered Mahan and a reconnaissance airplane, and both need a lot of work. They???ve also discovered that the threat from the reptilian Grik is much worse than they had imagined. The Grik have hundreds of sailing ships and are intent on wiping out the Lemurians and their new American allies. The worst news of all is that the Japanese battlecruiser Amagi is with them, but the destroyermen don???t know if ???the Japs??? are fighting with the Grik or if their ship has simply been taken.
Many of the passive Lemurians just want to run away, but the only way to defeat the Grik is to band together and fight. Thus, some of the destroyermen and their new friends are visiting Lemurian colonies to try to muster up an army while others are training troops, building defenses, drilling for oil, and producing weapons.
Crusade, the second in Taylor Anderson???s DESTROYERMEN series, is even more exciting than Into the Storm. The action is non-stop and the allies are working harder than ever to try to stay alive and make the most of their bad situation. The struggle is relentless and stressful, but Anderson works in some appealing shipboard humor to ease the tension.
Anderson continues to develop his characters. Captain Reddy is hard-working, conscientious and completely overwhelmed by the need to keep his people safe and sane in their new world and he worries about the impact the destroyermen are having there. He???s good-natured and merciful, but ruthless when necessary. Sandra Tucker, who is soft-hearted and highly competent, is now in charge of everything medical. Dennis Silva, the big rowdy Gunner???s Mate, is finally beginning to live up to expectation and we discover that he???s really a softie at heart. Shinya, the Japanese prisoner who has given Reddy his parole, has been a valuable asset on Walker but he now struggles with his honor because of the presence of Amagi. Several of the Lemurians are main characters, too.
One small issue that continues is that Anderson???s good guys tend to be a little too good while his bad guys are a little too bad. The Grik are a mindless swarm who hiss when they speak and eat their enemies. Similarly, most (but not all) of the Japanese are portrayed as loyally but blindly obeying their leader, even when he???s wrong. It???s explained that in the Japanese society, obedience is the highest virtue while Americans work individually to hold up the morals which society has collectively agreed upon. Thus, with only a few exceptions on each side, ???the Japs??? are willing to fight for the Grik because their leader tells them to, while the Americans are nobly fighting for liberty and justice for all. Maybe it really would have been this way, and maybe the Japanese will come around later ??? I don???t know ??? I just wanted to mention this slightly uncomfortable aspect of the plot for those who may care.
Even though the situation seems a little too black and white, it???s still easy to get caught up in the heroic deeds and the fight for freedom. I???m listening to William Dufris narrate the audioversion of Crusade. He does a good job with the human voices, but he makes some of the heroic speeches of the Lemurian allies sound corny and trite (some of them are corny and trite, but he makes it worse) and the hissing speech for the Grik is over the top. Still, those are minor parts, so overall I???m enjoying this version and I???m starting on book 3: Maelstrom.
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Alternate history and military SCI-FI fans will love these books! I have listened to the first four and I enjoyed them all.
3.5 stars. Good military sci-fi. Story continues to be interesting, with new plot twists added. Its still lite on detail and character development. Scenes and technologies are not described in the kind of detail you'd get from John Ringo, for example---still very enjoyable, but missing clarity. There are an ever-growing number of characters in this story and its becoming more and more difficult to remember who's who. I'll definitely continue to read this series for the story alone, with the hope that other characters besides the lead come to life.
Improbable totally fun
I liked William's voice.
I listened to it walking the dog driving and mowing the lawn.
Bought book 3 because of book 1 & 2.
Deeper character development. As the story continues it gets harder to stop listening. I especially like the way that minor plot lines get tied up at the end of the book yet the story continues. Must read the next one.
The first book is novel and one does not know which direction it will go. Unfortunately, it did not have any conclusion but left one having to get book 2. Still I thought the originality of the book 1 was well worth it, enough to try book 2. Bad move. Unless you really get into the new inhabitants and their personalities, the book drags on. A lot of filler sequences that made one think that this book is going to be one of many. The action scenes are repetitive and now strung out, again to fill space. And as in the first book, no concluding end. Again, ending in a way that tries to make you buy book 3. This though is where I jump ship. The novelty is gone and no final book is in sight. In fact, I feel that no final book is even planned. You must get into the characters to stick with this series. The narration though is great and is the only reason I did not give this one star.
Oh, my goodness.... I was so bored with this story and the reader's voices drove me crazy. I did not make it very far at all with this book.
Continues to both excite and please, Taylor Anderson has done a superb job with this story line, each book in the series expertly moves various individual aspects along while at the same time keeping things fresh and exciting. The character development and dynamic stories emerges you into this wonderfully exciting world and the complexity that has been put into each part of these books set the stage for a wide rage additional stories. Well worth adding to your Audible collection no matter what your genre preference is.
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