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.
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Great book. It advanced the story and had some great action scenes. As always, William Dufris did a great job with all of the voices.
My only issue with the book is that the story has grown so much and there are so many different things going on that it felt a little abridged to me. By the time I was fully invested in one of the side stories, it would jump to another location. Hopefully he will bring some of the characters back together or start writing much longer books!
I will definitely keep following the series.
Its the usual fun but there is no story structure within the individual book. Its just a piece of a bigger novel. It just stops. It doesn't end
This book takes place across an entire alternate planet, two wars are being fought in several locations and new characters are being introduced. This cannot happen in a 16 hour book! After anxiously awaiting this book, it left you more on a precipice than the last, no breaks or conclusions to the story line. And so much of the little time is refreshing the reader on character traits, and situational background, very frustrating.
Write longer or wrap up some of the loose ends!
A nice 40 hour book like the King Killer Chronicles would get this book 5 stars.
This is a continuation of a series that I rank in the upper 25 percent of favorites so far. I've listened to a fair number of stories and a equal number of series, and this one does not leave me feeling flat. After seven installments, I like where the storyline is going... even if I cannot accurately predict how it will play out for the individual characters. Perhaps that is half of the fun? Honestly, it is a good 'series' listen, but one cannot enjoy the tale unless the story is heard from the beginning. This is not a stand-alone episode, even for one familiar with the characters. I found myself, in the first hour of the listen, trying to remember who/what/where/when/why. A bit distracting, but easily overcome as memory returned and the delight of the story unfolded.
The narration is gold-standard good; Mr. Dufris is an exceptionally gifted actor and his performance is never stale or disingenuous.
I can't wait to hear how Dennis Silva will save the universe!
When a new book comes out in this series I listen to the whole lot from the start. It sure shortens the long miles.
this was just as good as the others in ther series
I listen going to and from work
Taylor Anderson has put together a great group of characters. I like forward to each new book.
I like Brad Garrett
He bring the characters more to life. Each character has his or her own voice in the story.
The death of Flin's rangers
Hey, it's a great series to listen to while you are running down the road, and this installment is actually one of the better ones, although Anderson does tend to get bogged down in character development a little more than I care for.
He has a pretty good grasp of tactics and a great wealth of knowledge regarding seagoing minutia making the books a great listen. I keep buying them, so they have to be pretty good. I'd like to see a lot less talk and a little more action.
Mr. Dufris does a good job. Very consistent in the overall cadence and tone of the story.
If you are looking for a fun series to listen to, one not requiring any "in depth" thinking about, this is a great one, especially if you enjoy a good war story.
One of the most enjoyable of the hundreds I have listened to. The developement of the characters and emotion of the story line is great.
Cant wait for the next book in the series - hurry!
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Iron Gray Sea, the seventh book in Taylor Anderson’s DESTROYERMEN series, begins with the sinking of a battleship and then a wedding. The remaining Destroyermen are all together to witness the marriage of Captain Matthew Reddy to Lt. Sandra Tucker, but soon they must disperse again because they and their allies are still fighting all over the world on several fronts, and they are spread thin.
Their own technology is advancing rapidly but, with the help of the Japanese, so is the Griks’. Not only are the bad guys making better weapons and using better military strategy than they did before, but they are also using genetic engineering to create better soldiers. The allies must stay ahead of the Grik and get control of the sea and the air and, maybe eventually, the land.
The political situation is changing, too, especially in the country where Princess Rebecca’s parents rule. The Americans are happy to see that the concepts of freedom and liberty are spreading, but there is much opposition and a coup attempt seems likely. Princess Rebecca, special friend to the Destroyermen, must be kept safe. The Destroyermen also want to maintain enough influence in the various allied governments so they can help make decisions about which fronts get priority.
The Destroyermen are learning more about their new world and starting to figure out that the weird storms that brought them and others to this world are not as rare as they had previously believed. Explorers are now being sent to discover what else is out there. Perhaps they can find some new allies before the Grik overrun the whole planet.
My feeling, at this point in DESTROYERMEN, is that this series is going on too long and should have been condensed. I’m still reading, though, because I like these characters and I want to know what happens to them. I also like the audio versions produced by Tantor Audio and narrated by William Dufris. The previous book, Firestorm, did little to advance the plot and could probably be skipped, or at least skimmed. Fortunately, Iron Gray Sea is better than Firestorm. The wedding takes too long, but significant events occur, we see more of the world, and we spend more time with some of the characters we love such as Courtney Bradford and Princess Rebecca. There is a lot of loss in Iron Gray Sea, but there is also hope for the future.
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