• Storm Surge

  • Destroyermen, Book 8
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,522 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Long in tooth...

After a year away from Taylor Anderson's "other earth", I'm starting to wait less eagerly at the next book in the series. Its fun, irreverent and entertaining and the expanding world is interesting but between the meat of the pages, I kept waiting for more ground to be covered. With a cast that now easily spans beyond a few dozen, I'd expect the novels to expand to fit the multiple plot lines and/or move slightly faster.

As much as the inner kid in me loves in the idea of dinosaur piloted zeppelins duking it out with a fleet of vintage WWII boats and planes piloted by Humans and Lemurs, I'm worried by the end I'll of experienced too much of a good thing.

There's only so many times Walker, Mahan Salissa and Catalina can make death defying escapes. Only so many Human enclaves that seem feasibly to be "off the grid" as far as the Grik and Lemurians are concerned and only so many antics that sideshow (stooges) trio of Dennis, Larry and Moe can perform.... before all the troupes are tired.

I'm all for this series but I'd like to see it wrap up. Perhaps an end could lead to more adventures but for now I just want the feeling that this series has a conclusion.... even if just for a moment.

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Endless, endless, endless series

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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....".

Has Storm Surge turned you off from other books in this genre?

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.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has excellent voice characterization, but after the first 3 or 4 books, even he can't keep up with the increasing senseless complexity.

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Back In Action

Its nice to see some of the political intrigues getting finished up. Hopefully the Alliance will pull together again after some of the internal strife. Cant wait for the next book as usual.

Nice to see them (The Alliance) find more allies and scary to think that the Grik/Jap might have too.

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Great Book

I love the way Taylor Anderson develops and interacts the characters in his books, I can't wait for the next one...

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I can not wait for book 9. Book 8 is Great !

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As soon as a new book is released I immediately wait for the next one. I have always been pleased with the characters moving in and out of the chapters. I don't know how the author keeps everything moving like he does. Maybe submarines are coming soon as the alliance keeps coming up with new weapons. The torpedo was a game changer in this one.

So in a word, YES I recommend this book and it would be a shame that an avid reader has not started getting to know the characters from the first moment of the first book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Silva. He keeps coming into each story when a light or serious moment is needed.

What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

He does a great job and is clearly the voice of the series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I finished it in 4 days. I love a long book when it is so interesting.

Any additional comments?

I wonder what devious plans the Japanese Admiral will come up with next. It is hard to imagine that in a real society that this guy would not have been executed or ended his life himself. He just suffered one heck of a pasting.

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The war continues...

Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

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.

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Just a summarization of prior books

What disappointed you about Storm Surge?

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.

What could Taylor Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get out of the political minor stories and move forward.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator is fine. Subject matter needs work.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I paid full price for a summary.

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I Need More

The Comedian Joan Rivers,
Was doing skits on the Tonight Show's With Johnny Carson. Talking about microwave ovens, she complained about how slow they worked. She would standing in front of her's and scream. Hurry!!! Hurry!!! Hurry!!! Hurry!!!

This is exactly how I feel about Taylor Anderson. Hurry!!! Hurry!!! Hurry!!! Hurry!!!
He would not like having me this is manager, I would be a slave driver! Taylor, what makes you think you could stop and go to the bathroom? Taylor, what makes you think you could stop to sleep, you did that last night? Taylor, what makes you think you could stop and that a break? Taylor! Were waiting! Keep them coming!

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It Continues Hungry for more

I really didn't pay attention when I first bought this book. Then once I listened, I am hooked. My ears hunger for more.

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great story really enjoyed it.

really enjoyed the narration and have been a fan of this series for a long time

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  • 02-16-20

Beginning to repeat

I like serial books and the subject matter is unusual and interesting., but I am finding so much of the story line just repeating.

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  • Shane Scott
  • 09-27-20

Excellent

A great progression in the story and world building. The great William Dufris RIP is on top form yet again.
Highly recommended

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  • Peter
  • 01-30-17

Still good

Waited a long time for the next episodes and had almost given up. Storm Surge is as good as the rest now getting on with 8 & 9

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  • Bevs
  • 03-04-16

another hit

I really enjoyed this book, it moved the story on well. the new allies on both sides opens up an already massive story

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  • Michael A
  • 05-25-16

A riveting story and a first class performance

This has been a throughly enjoyable series. Taylor created such rich, relatable characters, and the twists and turns in the story keep me glued to the audio pages. William on the other hand is a master storyteller. His rendition of the various characters is absolutely superb, full of feeling , or not, as required, his English so well enunciated. A dynamic storytelling duo par excellence.