In the Pacific, as USS Walker is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire.
But time is running out for the Alliance army in India, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle fleet and break through to their relief. All other plans go on hold when the attempt proves more difficult - and more heartbreakingly costly - than anyone imagined.
Meanwhile, the struggle continues on other fronts near and far: in the jungles of Borno in distant Southern Africa and in the Americas, where the allies are finally learning the terrible truth about the twisted Dominion.
The Alliance is on the offensive everywhere, but their enemies have a few surprises, including new weaponry and new tactics...and a stunning geographic advantage that Reddy never suspected. Until now.
©2013 Taylor Anderson (P)2013 Tantor
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Storm Surge, the eighth book in Taylor Anderson’s DESTROYERMEN series, is exactly what I was expecting, which means that while I enjoyed checking in on Captain Reddy and his crew and alliances in the alternate earth they found themselves in during WWII, I continued to wonder how long Anderson can draw out this war. Sure, world wars take years, so it’s not that I find the plot unrealistic (excepting the part about the parallel universe), but it’s just that I don’t really want to read about the same war for 154 hours (which is how long the series, so far, takes when reading it in audio format).
Well, it’s not all war, of course. Storm Surge starts at a baseball game in Manila — the Americans have taught their national sport to the Lemurians, the cat-like creatures they’ve allied with against the dinosaur-like Grik in this world were evolution produced those races instead of humans. Captain Reddy is healing from the wounds he took in the battle that ended the previous book, Iron Gray Sea. His forces are spread over half this world as they work on various projects, negotiate with allies, escape capture, discover secrets, develop new weapons, etc. As soon as Reddy is ready (sorry), they’ll strike a massive campaign that they hope will end the Grik empire and its alliance with a bad “Jap” who has also crossed over into this alternate Earth. Reddy has an ethical dilemma approaching: if they can develop a nerve gas, should they use it? Reddy hates the idea, but realizes it may save more lives in the long run.
I love Anderson’s characters; the Destroyermen and their new friends are wonderfully portrayed and it’s fun to see their little quirks, listen to their bantering with each other, and watch them develop as they find themselves in leadership positions in this new world. Some of them die, including in this book, and it’s sad to see them go. For many fans of the series, just this interaction with these terrific people will be enough to make them love Storm Surge.
However, I found myself getting impatient with the pace of the story and the numerous battle scenes. Each battle is excellently described and they’re all different and exciting, but it’s just that I’m tired of the war. The characters say they’re tired of it, too, so I’m sure they wouldn’t blame me for feeling this way. Like them, I’m ready for the war to be over and to move on to another phase of life such as Courtney Bradford’s explorations of the Galapagos Islands, something he’s anxious to do but that hasn’t panned out because they’re always preparing for war, at war, or recovering from war. At the end of Storm Surge, there are devastating loses and encouraging triumphs. But it doesn’t look like the war is going to be over any time soon….
I continue to listen to Tantor Audio’s version of the DESTROYERMEN series read by William Dufris. A few of his voices for the Lemurians are annoying, but overall his narration continues to be excellent. Storm Surge is 18 hours long.
This series was like climbing a tree. One starts on a solid trunk of a story line, then encounters a few interesting side branches, but you are still firmly attached to the trunk. As the books continue, the reader finds himself in a tangle of increasingly tiny, parallell story branches, the plot line lost. This last book reads as an English assignment: "write a 5,000 word essay on....".
Yeah. Many authors that develop a lot of interesting characters, and perhaps have a contractual obligation to their publishers, end up ruining a good story by dragging it out.
He has excellent voice characterization, but after the first 3 or 4 books, even he can't keep up with the increasing senseless complexity.
Mr. Anderson continues to mingle interesting characters, a multifaceted storyline and a fast pace which makes it difficult to stop listening even through I try to limit myself to my workout times. I'll continue to look forward eagerly to the next installment.
I started out with this Destriyermen book 1 now I am on book 8. restarted them and played them again ( a first) lol every min. Keep them coming, but faster.
all of this book is memorable.
I am a follower
Yes because if have listened to the series several times.
any one of the cats, he really makes you believe they are a different race.
not much to say but yet another great one in the series.
Another great book by Taylor Anderson can't wait for no. 9.
William Dufris does a Great job with the numerous voices and accents.
I am from Chicago. Enjoy reading listening to audio books such as Robert. B. Parker, Ian Douglas, Taylor Anderson, Jac Cambel an social work
Must read. Storm Surge is a an adventure you will not be able to put down. Taylor Anderson writes a great story about war and the consequences of doing so even when not to do so is not an option. Get all of the books and you will be hook just like me.
I found all of the story to be memorable.
He put his heart into the reading and made you feel that you were there during the war. He made the characters alive and make me care for all of them. Can not wait for him to record the next book next year.
War for life and freedom.
When I listen to the first book by Taylor Anderson, I was hook, I can not wait for next year for book 9. W Dufris did a great job of hooking me to the saga just by putting his heart in the story.
20 Years Army(Regular and National Guard)-Retired Police Officer-Now Long Haul Truck Driver.Like Building and Repairing Computers when home.
Oh yes,If you like sifi books most anyone would like this series. The plot and characters are well thought out. Alot of the ship descriptions and people are very factual. But mostly it just plain fun.
He reminds me of my CO when I was in service.
When some of the characters passed on.
Just a summary of the previous books in the series. Kind of a waste of time. The usual epic battle was like a pop gun. Once again, miracle of miracles, the evil Jap commander escapes again. Shocking!!! Enough already.
Get out of the political minor stories and move forward.
Narrator is fine. Subject matter needs work.
I paid full price for a summary.
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