- Series: Destroyermen (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (November 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451462572
- ISBN-13: 978-0451462572
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Taylor Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Destroyermenseries. A gunmaker and forensic ballistic archaeologist, Taylor has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries. He is also a member of the National Historical Honor Society and the United States Field Artillery Association, which awarded him the Honorable Order of St. Barbara. He has a master’s degree in history and has taught that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He lives in nearby Granbury with his family.
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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.