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Crusade Audiobook

Crusade: Destroyermen, Book 2

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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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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 03-04-13
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid listener/reader.

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    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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    Cheryl 02-26-13
    Cheryl 02-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "It was to gorery for me and to slow"
    What would have made Crusade better?

    I don't know I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it wasn't what I was looking for. To many things to follow.


    What could Taylor Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know. I don't know if I was looking for more thrill but not gore, or more romance or mystery. It just didn't touch me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice wasn't into the story enough. I couldn't see it as being part of what was going on, so I was concentrating more on the voice than the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I think there was a story line it was just too deeply embedded for me to get into the book.


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    Richard Riverview, FL, United States 02-04-13
    Richard Riverview, FL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Love to read or listen....busy all of the time except when I am out and about....

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    "On 7 books to go"
    If you could sum up Crusade in three words, what would they be?

    It leads to another book.....


    Would you be willing to try another book from Taylor Anderson? Why or why not?

    Yes...but I have to get through this series first....


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance...


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

    No, to long for one sitting....would have to break it up..


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    Preston 01-16-13
    Preston 01-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wordy"

    Getting a little tiresome, but perhaps I should have taken a break after Book1. Ambivalent about downloading Book 3.

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    Brian CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 01-02-13
    Brian CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen"
    Would you listen to Crusade again? Why?

    unfolds very nicely. I little slow at some points and as usual in a series such as this repetition gets annoying. The ability to speed up the audio playback helps solve that problem. Like skipping paragraphs in a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters, story development.


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    Sheldon Toronto, ON, Canada 11-21-12
    Sheldon Toronto, ON, Canada 11-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Addictive Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Crusade the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Dufris does an excellent narration of an action packed adventure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An introduction to life aboard a WW2 fighting ship.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Brings the characters to life. Easy to distinguish his voices and the mood of the characters.


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

    Yes. I kept driving around the block.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to finish the series.

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    bruce TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 10-30-12
    bruce TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "This sequel stands up to my expectations"
    What made the experience of listening to Crusade the most enjoyable?

    Character development continues as we get to know the crew and locals better. Relationships grow and allegiences and trust between species mature as we get to know more of the locals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At the risk of spoilers, bringing other survivors of the 'temporal event' into the plot line increases the possibilities of challenges and plot intrigue. Moving of from this second installment, the arc of the plot is truly unpredictable


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

    Dufris' narration is spotless and unencumbered by trying to go into too many character voices.


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    Terence Brighton, CO, United States 09-24-12
    Terence Brighton, CO, United States 09-24-12
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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 - Phantasy Productions 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.

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