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
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.
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.
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.
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 !
Yes, it is an amazing story with action, adventure, and love. It would make a great movie!
I can't really pick a "best" part, it grabs you from the first page and keeps you wanting more.
Great job! Captured the voices great and added a lot of character to the characters!
That tough, you could go several different directions with this. This is Avatar on steroids!
Taylor does a great job in keeping your attention and wanting more! I cant wait for the next book!
The continuing story with a new cast of different peoples and times
Too many to list It was interesting when they got to India
Again he does a great job of bringing each charcters to life Keep up the good work
Yes, but life won't permit that, I did burn thru it as fast as I could
Please don't stop writing and look forward to the next one SOON
This series is one of the best. Lots of action and colorful characters make each book in the series an excellent choice.
Silva--- The author winds him up and keeps him ticking.
I just wish the next book will be here tomorrow. I just love the series.
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