The long-planned raid on the heart of the Grik Empire has grown more ambitious - and dangerously ill-defined. Only Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, seems focused on its original intent.
Many Lemurians see an opportunity to reconquer their sacred homeland, which was stolen long ago, and have no intention of simply striking a blow and then pulling back. Others, Lemurian and human, have their own agendas - which may not be in the best interests of the Alliance. Complicating matters further is Reddy's suspicion that his task force is being stalked by an unknown power bent on aiding the Grik for reasons of its own.
As the raid begins and chaos reigns, Reddy has no choice but to go all in, risking everything in a desperate act that results in a sprawling, nightmarish battle on the beaches of "Grik City", on the very decks of Walker, and in the labyrinthine passageways of the Celestial Palace itself.
The final cost could be more than Matt Reddy - or the Alliance - can bear.
©2013 Taylor Anderson (P)2014 Tantor
I drive long distances and don't have a lot of time for print. The narrator does such a great job with the voices of the characters, he really makes the story come alive.
I have heard all nine books in the series. The story line is so powerful I have turned at least 10 others onto the series and we are so addicted to it. I can't wait for the tenth book. The whole concept is great.
When they shot the band..
Two moments. When Commodore Garrett died, and after the big battle on Walker and they confirmed Chief Grey died.
Thanks for not killing Silva or Lawrence.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
...But after 9 books, I'm starting to get attention deficit.
I find my thoughts increasingly being pulled away from the main story towards more "universal" thoughts about whether or not the author might be willing to tackle in the future the sci-fi properties of the "straka" thingy that pulled all these interesting characters together from different worlds.
Does the portal go both ways? Can any of the folks in this story ever end up leaving this universe? If not, why not? Why is it that no beings from a more advanced time period than 1944 ever end up in this world? Will the Destroyermen ever find clues that can help them seriously consider answers to these questions?
That said, it's still a great ride with more of the same type of action and imaginative twists and turns... which seems to still be working for now. But it IS beginning to beg the question: "Is war all there is ever going to be...? Or, can future books begin to address a larger arc so as not to devolve into a 'Game of Thrones-ish' type perpetuity?"
Anyway, if you've hung on through Book 8, then you won't be disappointed with Book 9. In fact, the volume gets kick up yet another notch here.
Oh, by the way, big hat-tip to narrator William Dufris. His performance continues to rock. And not just from his range of voice-diversity. His penchant for modulating the pace of narration to match the scene, and interjecting the little breathy gasps, gulps and chuckles all do great justice to Mr. Anderson's story and keeps this series a "4D" adventure.
Mel's recommendation: Buy it.
the world's fastest fat man
I liked how this one moved things along. The battle was taken to the enemy! I like how the newer characters developed. While some of the older characters were taken away (no spoilers here)
None, haven't came across any which are similar
I know it sounds stupid, but Petty the bird lizard thing has some great one liners!
As much as I liked it, no. The book is just too long to do so, even if you speed the narration up a little.
Once again I feel angry because of the ending. Just once I want the ending not to be a wind up to buy the next in the series!
It was good to see the previous story continued, but getting a bit over the top. Almost seems like it was written by someone else. I like the different aspects of the story, but come on, this book expanded too much. It appears the only reason for this book was to set up a new story line to sell more books.
I will not expand on the areas where the story seemed lacking so that those who read this can make up their own mind, but as for me, I think I am done with this series.
Steadfast, The Lost Fleet. Beyond the Frontier.
Not this book #9. Maybe the first several in the series.
This author needs to take a deep breath and get back to writing like he used to. Seems like he is only trying to meet a deadline or sell more books. I was very excited for the release of this book and wish I could have been kinder in the review, but it fell short of expectation.
Audiobooks are the greatest invention ever!
The Destroyermen series is terrific overall. I have enjoyed listening and re-listening to the stories. If you're a fan of the series, this buy is a no-brainer. If you are new to the series, start at the beginning. You won't regret it.
That said, Taylor Anderson is heading down the same road as John Ringo and David Weber. His creation is becoming unwieldy. I would hate for Anderson to do what Ringo did with his "Legacy of the Aldenata" series and Weber with his main "Honor Harrington" series, namely, simply stop writing them.
While this is a ride I don't want to end I know it one day should end. I want to know who wins the Hedren War, the Manticoran v. PRH war, AND I want to know who wins the Lemurian v. Grik v. Dominion v. Please Nobody Else war. I trust in Anderson's ability to end this series brilliantly. My only fear is that he simply won't write that last book.
Very well read and produced as usual for the series narrator, Just a bit of a shame that about one third was repeating info that is already in the series which was a bit boring, I hoped for an ending to the series but no just another fight too similar to the rest of the books almost like putting one of the earlier books in a blender, A pity as a new plot would have been great !
A chance to tie it all together but missed the boat. I assume he is looking towards the next book and did not deliver here. Every book is a stand alone and should put you in the cannot wait for the next one. I have read all others but have trouble getting thru this one.
A Stephen King he is not but who is.
Get the clef notes and move on.
We have purchased the audio books as they have been released but have been increasingly disappointed in the lack of character development or interesting dialogue. We will not purchase the next book until we have read all of the reviews to see if the story has advanced and there has been some character development.
I cannot speak to reviewers that seem able to "predict" an author's plot, or divine the paths that an author may take his stories, except to say that there are but a limited number of actual story plots that have ever been created-- or ever will be created. I suppose, in that context, all story is "predictable." However, the joy of reading a good story is not whether the plot has been done before, but rather, is the ride the author gives you worth the price of admission-- and in the case of Taylor Anderson's, DESTROYERMEN, series, I believe it well worth the price. Enough said about that.
As a writer myself, I can appreciate the labor that goes into constructing a good story. That labor has rightly been characterized as "labor pains" because, as in the case of childbirth, writing is a solitary thing that only the author can do. Taylor Anderson has "given birth" to not just one solitary story, he has birthed an entire universe, and populated it with near-to-real, and very lovable characters that drive the story along to the very last page. That is a very impressive feat! I won't delve into book 9 of the series (no spoilers from me), except to say to those following along, "Sound General Quarters. All hands to actions stations!"
The Destroyermen series opens on the first stages of WWII, in the Pacific. Our main characters serve aboard the USS Walker (DD-163), an aging WWI destroyer, and the USS Mahan (DD-102), her sister ship. Both ships are engaged in a running (losing) battle with a massive Japanese battleship, when they are swept into a strange storm that somehow transports them to an alternate Earth. The men and women of Walker and Mahan quickly find themselves in another kind of running battle, that for their survival in a strangely familiar but deadly new world.
The Destroyermen series is a wonderful alternate history/fantasy that captures the spirit of American WWII soldiers and sailors. Here there are no cynical criticisms of American foreign policy; no, "We should have done that, instead of this;" but rather an accurate salute to the "CAN DO" attitude that characterized the fighting men and women of the Greatest Generation. Politics are strictly confined to those the characters find themselves in. Taylor Anderson admits to having the author's itch, "What if?" and uses that itch to infect his readers with all the wonders of speculation we all had as children. "What if dinosaurs evolved into intelligent beings, along with other species?" "What if humanity wasn't the dominant species on earth?"
If you are a fan of good alternate history, are a patriotic American, or just love a good fantasy read, you will love the entire series. Adults and kids alike should find it an imaginative and thrilling ride. One slight caution however: Although it isn't any worse than what you may be exposed to on TV, there is a very limited amount of profanity in these stories (they are sailors after all). Children below say, 12, may need to wait on these, but everyone else should dive right in and begin swimming! Just watch out for the "Flashies!"
I would love to see this series made into a movie series. It's that damned good!
Way to go Mr. Anderson.
PS: Mr. Anderson, wonderful take on the old, "Cherry Bomb in the Toilet" prank! I almost choked on my beer laughing so hard when I read that. Silva truly must have been "Denis the Menace's" older brother.
This book just kept going with the action. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. Might be my favorite of the series.
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