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.
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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!
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.
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I love Taylor Anderson’s characters and the world he has built in his DESTROYERMEN series, and the audio editions of these books are wonderfully performed by William Dufris. But Deadly Shores is the ninth book in the series and the war, which is pretty much the focus of the entire plot, seems like it’s still winding up. There’s just no end in sight.
There are a couple of personal changes for Captain Reddy’s crew and alliances, including the death of an important character, alliances are starting to shift, a possible new enemy is discovered, we meet a few strange new creatures (including flying saber-toothed squids), Courtenay makes a suggestion about how the world works, Silva plays a few pranks, and there are a couple of exciting battles. But mostly Deadly Shores is more of the same, even with the same jokes about the Coke machine and Juan’s coffee. For some readers this may be all they want — after all, it’s fun to just hang out with the Destroyermen. The reader reviews at Amazon show that few fans are complaining.
But I have literally thousands of books on my TBR list and I tend to get annoyed when I realize I’ve just spent 17 hours of my life on a story that shows no sign of wanting to end. I’m giving Deadly Shores 3 stars because I think it will please the devoted fans who are still reading this series, and the book is up to par with the previous installments, but I really hope Anderson has an ending in mind and that it won’t take too much longer to get there.
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.
This series is never boring. Every battle is different than the one before but even being mostly action plenty of character development occurs. It just occurs during the action.
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.
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