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Maelstrom (Destroyermen) Hardcover – February 3, 2009

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Bringing all guns to bear, Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Reddy (now Supreme Commander by acclamation after the events of 2008's Crusade), trapped in an alternate dimension with the crew of the WWII destroyer USS Walker, must unite and lead a coalition of displaced American sailors and native, pacifist Lemurians against the raptorlike Grik and their Japanese allies, who possess a more modern battle cruiser. To defeat the Invincible Swarm, the Walker braves the perils of the deep seas, where mountain fish threaten to swallow the ship whole. Anderson adds friendly Grik and the descendants of previously displaced humans to the mix of tense battles against impossible odds and close observations of how warriors and weapons perform under stress. Experienced military SF readers will enjoy the attention to technical and historical detail while likely forgiving the occasional bout of melodrama. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Taylor Anderson teaches at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, and is the author of The Life and Tools of the Rocky Mountain Free Trapper.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered tweny-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Destroyermen (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045146253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462534
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taylor Anderson is a gun-maker and forensic ballistic archeologist who has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries. He has a Master's Degree in History and teaches at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Telemachus on June 26, 2009
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I've really enjoyed reading this series so far. Taylor Anderson has spun a really wonderful yarn in this final book of the Destroyermen trilogy. Although I am a huge fan of Alternative Reality fiction, I wasn't expecting to like this series because of the rather outlandish premise. Evolved lizards...maybe. Evolved lemurs?? I didn't think so.

Anything I'd say about the plot of this final book of the trilogy would risk being a spoiler. But, if you enjoyed the other two books, you will not be disappointed. If you didn't enjoy them...why are you buying a third one?

I've really come to enjoy the crew of the U.S.S. Walker and their Lemurian allies. Anderson makes this series work. It's exciting and well-written and I've become quite fond of the characters he has created. Yes, you have to suspend disbelief here and there, but there is plenty of humor and this has been a pleasant escape from day to day activities. I look forward to seeing more tales from this alternate universe...he leaves plenty of room for new adventures to come.

I bought the kindle version. I chafe at the price that is only slightly less than the hardbound and only purchased at this price during a weak moment. I contend that the Amazon's and the publisher's business models for ebooks are fundamentally flawed. I only purchased this one because I was heading out on travel and desperate for a good book. I've been routinely passing up other ebooks similarly priced as I am sure others have as well. Also, there were some minor formatting problems here and there in the kindle edition.

However... Bravo Zulu to Taylor Anderson! Recommended!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mbogren on February 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Taylor Anderson's third book in this series continues to impress and entertain. This is not great literature (although Anderson is a first rate writer and storyteller), but it is great entertainment. Anderson continues to throw in enough twists and turns to keep things interesting and fresh.

This series centers on a weird storm that sends two obsolete American destroyers in the early days of WWII to an alternate universe. This universe, although similar to our earth, has subtle geographic differences. There are not so subtle differences in the inhabitants of this world. There are two sentient races, the Grik who seem to be eveloved velociraptors, and Lemurians, who are evolved giant Lemurs. The Grik are the epitome of evil -- they want only to wipe the Lemurians, their historical "prey," from the face of the earth by killing and eating them. The Lemurians are peaceful by nature, but formidable warriors when pressed. The Americans are thrust into this world just as the Grik have rediscovered the Lemurians in the equivalent of Indonesia centuries after the Lemurians fled from their original home (Madagascar). The Lemurians and Grik are fighting with wooden ships and pre-gunpowder weapons. The Americans come to the aid of the Lemurians with their awesome "modern" ships.

The third entry in the series builds up to the seminal battle, when the Grik attack the primary Lemurian land settlement. (Most of the Lemurians are sea-going, living on gigantic wooden sailing ships known as Homes). The Grik are aided by a Japanese battle cruiser that was sent to the alternate universe in the same event that transported the Americans. Anderson writes great dialogue, his plot moves quickly, his battle scenes are gripping and the result is always in doubt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Formerly Lieutenant Commander of the WWII battle destroyer USS Walker in this other earth he and his crew landed in; Matthew Reddy was promoted to Supreme Commander after the recent events against the more modern Japanese battle cruiser and the Grand Swarm of the reptilian Grik (see CRUSADE and INTO THE STORM). Still he knows the recent victories will not prevent the Grik abetted by the Japanese from swarming all over his crew and their allies the pacifist Lemurians.

To win the war and not just delay the inevitable, Reddy leads his sailors into the deadly deep seas; home to "mountain fish" who can eat the Walker in one bite. However, he also has found unlikely allies in Grik who oppose the war and other displaced humans who like the Walker sailors entered this other earth at some time or their offspring. Still he knows in the end he must lead his puny forces in battle against an invincible armada.

Once gain it is the incredible naval battle scenes that makes for a great military science fiction thriller (and saga). The story line is action-packed from the onset, but it is the war at sea especially that is fun to follow. Taylor Anderson uniquely combines the big picture battles with in depth look at how the crew and others psychologically cope with maiming and death of friends and bunkmates knowing they can be next. Especially interesting is Reddy who knows he is sending people to their death and realizes this will haunt him and his future decisions forever; this is mindful of Eisenhower with his D-Day decisions impacting his later presidency especially his belief to avoid land wars in Asia. MAELSTROM is an excellent military sci fi.

Harriet Klausner
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