- Series: Destroyermen (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Roc; 1st edition (October 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451462300
- ISBN-13: 978-0451462305
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anderson raises the stakes for Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker in this dramatic sequel to 2008's Into the Storm. The sailors and marines become further enmeshed in the politics of the parallel Earth into which their WW2 destroyer has mysteriously been transported. As they deal out rough justice to miscreants in the ranks and prepare their pacifist Lemurian allies to fight the Grand Swarm of the reptilian Grik, they in turn must face their own worst nightmare: the appearance of a Japanese battle cruiser. Anderson throws in tense land battles against overwhelming odds, a massive typhoon and a phenomenal aerial duel, but despite the pyrotechnics, at heart this novel is about how honor and ideals can bend or break under the stressful, life-and-death conditions of total war. (Oct.)
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*Starred Review* The second adventure of Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the good crew of Asiatic Fleet destroyer Walker—swept from World War II into an alternate world as violent as the one they left—is even better than the excellent Into the Storm (2008). They and their catlike Lemurian allies sail to rescue a nearby kingdom threatened by the lizardlike Grik. The people there are in the middle of a succession crisis, which keeps them from doing much to help themselves. The only good news comes from finding the other U.S. destroyer that crossed over, the Mahan, and the support of a Lemurian warrior queen, who, with her magnificent coat of black fur, is a notable addition to sf’s gallery of her profession. Not so good is the Grik’s ace in the hole: the Japanese battle cruiser Amagi, which also crossed over, and whose captain is bent on vengeance. Damaged though she is, the Amagi is the most powerful weapon now in this strange alternate world, so when the Grik move, the action becomes bloodier and more intense. What will happen in the forthcoming Maelstrom is anybody’s guess, though there will surely be more of the best felinoids since Andre Norton at her best, more intelligent action, more skillful handling of a very large cast, and an obstinately maintained refusal to slow the pace. --Roland Green
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The plot and battles are fun, but the flaws from the first book seem more evident here. The pacing is too slow, and some parts feel overwritten. The character's also tend to speak in 'speeches,' giving some of the dialogue a stilted feel. Some of this borders on rambling. Very rarely is there an organic 'back and forth' between characters. There's also the problem of telling instead of showing.
The story and characters have caught my interest, however, and I look forward to the third book. The worldbuilding is certainly interesting. All in all, this is a fun series.
1. Unknown Seas: combines v. 1 & 2
2. Fire on the Water: combines v. 3 & 4
3. Rising Storm: combines v. 5 & 6.
4. Iron and Fire: Combines v. 7 & 8.
The first four volumes are pretty much concentrated on one major confrontation, but by volume 5, Rising Tides, the story begins to splinter into several battlefronts, and we begin to lose many of the secondary characters near and dear to our hero: Matt Reddy.
The USS Walker and her sister, the USS Mahan, are obsolete 4-stack destroyers, but in this world, they are the most powerful ships afloat. Reddy and his crew have allied themselves with the Lemurians in their war against the Grik. So far, the battles have been one-sided, with Reddy and his crew easily destroying the wooden Grik ships. But now, in "Crusade", the Grik have planned an all-out assault against Reddy, USS Walker, and the Lemurians. Plus, the Grik have another huge advantage; The Japanese ship Amagi, which was fighting with Walker and Mahan before they entered the mysterious storm, has also been sucked in and is now operating with the Grik. Will Amagi be enough to turn the tide against Reddy, Walker, and Mahan?
I've really enjoyed the first two books of the "Destroyermen" series. The characters are well-developed, and the story is exciting. I'm a fan of science fiction and World War II history, so I get the best of both worlds in this series. Taylor Anderson has done a good job of blending both elements together into a fine, readable series.
I recommend "Crusade" to anyone who enjoys sci-fi. The story is exciting, and you'll find yourself rooting for the beat-up USS Walker to win.
What they dont realize, until later is that the Grik have allied themselves with the Japanese Battleship they had been engaged with when the Walker and the Mahan entered the storm and found themselves on this alternate earth.
I wont reveal anything else about this story, but as always, there are some devastating losses and a seemingly overwhelming enemy. Will they survive? Apparently, since there are now six books in the series, lol, but i am far behind in my reading. I cant wait to read book three.
Excellent concept and writing make this series a winner so far.