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Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7 | [Taylor Anderson]

Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.
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In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

War has engulfed the other earth. With every hard-won victory and painful defeat, Matt Reddy and the Allies encounter more friends-and even more diabolical enemies. Even, at last, in the arms of the woman he loves, there is little peace for Reddy. The vast sea, and the scope of the conflict, have trapped him too far away to help on either front, but that doesn't mean he and Walker can rest. Cutting short his "honeymoon," Reddy sails off in pursuit of Hidoiame, a rogue Japanese destroyer that is wreaking havoc in Allied seas. Now that Walker is armed with the latest "new" technology, he hopes his battle-tested four-stacker has an even chance in a straight-up fight against the bigger ship - and he means to take her on.

Elsewhere, the long-awaited invasion of Grik "Indiaa" has begun, and the Human-Lemurian Alliance is pushing back against the twisted might of the Dominion. The diplomatic waters seethe with treachery and a final, terrible plot explodes in the Empire of New Britain Isles. Worse, the savage Grik have also mastered "new" technologies and strategies. Their fleet of monstrous ironclads - and an army two years in the making-are finally massing to strike.

©2012 Taylor Anderson (P)2012 Tantor

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    Shellbin 08-07-12
    Shellbin 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Bad."

    I am amazed that all of the reviews for this audiobook are so positive. Personally, I found this latest installment of Destroyermen insufferable, and that’s an understatement.

    The first few Destroyermen books had their flaws, for sure, but those flaws were far outweighed by a number of positive factors, like the discovery of an interesting new world: who were the Grik, and how about the other humans, from a different time period? Slowly discovering the answers to these questions, as the author gradually unravelled the mysteries, kept things interesting. Now, the sense of mystery is gone. Also, the character development in the earlier books, while not amazing, was sufficient enough that I cared about a number of the people in the story. Now that too is gone. The characters are more like caricatures. The Lemurians, whose heads we actually got inside before, have now been reduced to belittled half wits, always eager to please; I could not tell one from another. It comes off as kinda racist, actually, the way they are portrayed now. The exception is the elder Lemurians who, as before, speak as if they have been not only speaking English for many years, but also doing some seriously erudite studying of vocabulary, idioms and hard core literature, but it seems more extreme now.

    Princess Rebecca’s little pet: profoundly irritating. I’m sure it’ll save her life soon. The exchanges between Matt and Sandra are rife with cringe-inducing, hackneyed lines and are painful to listen to. The Dom: why do so many of these books have an evil religious cult thrown into the mix? (the also-in-a-state-of-downward-spiral SM Stirling Emberverse series also suffers from this, as do a few other recent/comparatively recent fiction outings). And why, oh why, Grik Zeppelins? Zeppelins?

    The originality of the earlier novels has been lost.

    Iron Gray Sea was the last Destroyermen book that I will read or listen to. This is a situation where it may have been better for the author to wrap things up before they got stale - and then started something fresh. I am happy that the majority of the people who listened to the book loved it and are clamouring for more - at least those who have taken time to rate & review. I am not, alas, in that majority.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 08-07-12
    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great series! Book 7 is a cliffhanger...Boo"

    I love this series, but part of what make these books great is the way Taylor Anderson finds a way to progress the storyline while bringing each installment to a satisfactory conclusion. Not so much in book 7. Lots of action, huge battle scenes, but the biggest is just left hanging, with our intrepid capt. Reddy saying - hey, we're getting our arse's handed to us, but I have something up my sleeve ....The End.

    As usual, William Dufris gives a masterful performance. It's like a one man dramatization.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 08-22-15
    Scott 08-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Gets Better And Better ..."

    I was not sure what to expect when I first got the first book of this but after following 7 books of this I am still curious where things are going to go next. This series has me hooked and it is eating all my credits =)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Stewart United States 08-05-15
    Cameron Stewart United States 08-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Taylor Andersons books are brilliant."

    If I could give him a score of 11/10 I would. His book series are one of the best I have ever read in every way that matters. I'm going to start on the next book immediately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George 10-02-14
    George 10-02-14
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    "Yawn...."

    The battles continue in book 7 of 9. By now, the reader is accustomed to the technology inject and the static fighting between multiple entities as the war plods on for multiple volumes. There are still multiple story lines and one of them keeps popping up at the end of each book: "Gee, where did that come from?" Not much got resolved, the enemies are still the same and the USS Walker crew dwindles. I wonder what will happen next?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    noneya 11-09-13
    noneya 11-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Back on Track"

    Lots of tension, good battles exciting!!! The Grik have gotten stronger!! Much stronger and have our friends up against it while Walker is away chasing down the Jap Destroyer. This book certainly shakes up the status quo of the alliance. Adar offering to leave as commander n chief, The New British Isles new leader... Its a very good book and I couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 05-15-13
    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Really A Sci-Fi Fan But I Like This Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters are all well defined, sometimes predictable, but still providing a good storyline


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I have never really been a sci-fi fan, but this series has gripped my imagination. About the only downside that I have had a issue with is that in Iron Grey Sea, the audio level was a lot lower. I drive a truck for a living, so I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and books 1 thru 6 were fine, but this one was so hard to hear over the truck noise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 04-01-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2014

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "WOW I can't believe this series ends here"
    What made the experience of listening to Iron Gray Sea the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed all the characters and the story line is interesting with a parallel to our own WW11 experiences from hind sight


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron Gray Sea?

    Many, want to read the next one hopes Mr Anderson will continue writing and give us more of the story closer to the end


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    This reader is remarkable in his wide range of characters, I liked them all


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lost battles Lost worlds


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to getting the next book, enjoyed the story line and the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Stokley Opelika, Alabama 01-10-13
    B. Stokley Opelika, Alabama 01-10-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Love it"
    Would you listen to Iron Gray Sea again? Why?

    Yes. Love the narrator and I'm a sucker for alternate reality books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the flow of the story and how the narrator handles multiple characters. I've heard all of the other books in the series and have come to feel as if the characters are old friends. I particularly love his portrayal of Silva..the lovable rogue of the bunch.


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

    No, but I plan to.


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    Cooki3Monst3r USA 01-06-13
    Cooki3Monst3r USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2012

    FacePush

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    "Cant wait for the next book!"

    So I recently finished the last published book in the series and i am still hungry for more. The story closely resembles another series a gratly enjoyed " The Lost Regiment". I like the dynamic between the main characters and also the flow of the book was very smooth, never realy felt lost while reading this series. I love the British guy who is always talking about the animals and plants on the new world, what a fun character. The only rip I have on this series now that I have finished book nine is that there were sevral parts that were just plain slow or unneeded. Love the series as a whole and cant wait for the next book which I think comes out in the summer of 2013.

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