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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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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Terence Brighton, CO, United States 09-24-12
    Terence Brighton, CO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "not as good as the 1st book"

    But still pretty good. Traditional act ii stuff and leaves you a bit disappointed, but will definitely check out book 3.

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    Drewzilla VA 09-18-12
    Drewzilla VA 09-18-12 Member Since 2012

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    "The other side of the coin is revealed"
    What made the experience of listening to Crusade the most enjoyable?

    The way the narrator is able to keep the personality of each character separate, so as to easily identify them, he adds traits that I myself would likely add had I been reading instead of listening to the Audio book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dynamic at the inter-species relationships, both diplomatic and platonic. The revelations about the mind behind the global menace that is the Grik


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Revenge setting sail and valiantly attacking the Grik head on.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Walker's silent stalking of Amagi in the pitch black night of the ocean.


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    Joseph Ruder Belleville, IL 07-21-12
    Joseph Ruder Belleville, IL 07-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "getting better and better"
    If you could sum up Crusade in three words, what would they be?

    Keeps getting better


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings the characters to life and is very consistent in voicing


    Any additional comments?

    While bordering on too simple at times in the beginning, it keeps pulling interesting twists. The further in I get the more I am enjoying this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 06-26-12
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "3.5 stars"

    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 04-30-12
    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "I love this entire series!"

    Alternate history and military SCI-FI fans will love these books! I have listened to the first four and I enjoyed them all.

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    Bryan Lawrence, KS, United States 03-09-12
    Bryan Lawrence, KS, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "3.5 stars. Good military sci-fi."

    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.

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    G Fitterer ITHACA, NY, United States 09-01-11
    G Fitterer ITHACA, NY, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but first book was the best"
    If you could sum up Crusade in three words, what would they be?

    Improbable totally fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crusade?

    The battles


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked William's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it walking the dog driving and mowing the lawn.


    Any additional comments?

    Bought book 3 because of book 1 & 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Central U.S. 02-17-11
    Kindle Customer Central U.S. 02-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved It. Even Better than the First"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 07-19-10
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The novelty is gone. Drags on."

    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.

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    Sonic0620 Rockford Il USA 05-07-09
    Sonic0620 Rockford Il USA 05-07-09 Member Since 2010
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    "It Gets Better!!!"

    Book two is even better then the first one!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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