- Series: Destroyermen (Book 6)
- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451464389
- ISBN-13: 978-0451464385
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Taylor Anderson and his patched-up four-stackers have steamed to the forefront of alternative history. All aboard for a cracking great read!”—E. E. Knight, author of March in Country
“Taylor Anderson is one of the best at military science fiction as his plots combine cerebral thought-provoking issues within a great adventure tale; the alternate realm of the Destroyermen saga is worth the journey.”—Alternative Worlds
About the Author
Taylor Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Destroyermen series. A gunmaker and forensic ballistic archaeologist, Taylor has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries, and an award-winning member of the National Historical Honor Society and of the United States Field Artillery Association. He has a master’s degree in history and has taught that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
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I've bought every book in this series in hardback, I've put my money where my mouth is. I feel that this series will find it's way into a lot of hands over the years and only hardbacks can take so much love and come through strong.
If you are new to the writing of Taylor Anderson, for reference.. I enjoy the writing of David Brin, David Weber, Jack McDevitt, Arthur C. Clarke, William R. Forstchen, Hugh Howey, Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, Orson Scott Card, Jack Campbell, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, A. American, Maurice Sendak, Steven Bird, Michael G. Hopf, Peter Meredith ect...
PS- I recently discovered the existence of people that will read a book series' out of order. I do not understand this behavior; as with few exceptions a series is not only meant to be read "in order" but the story will bloom in a more satisfying manner for the reader by following the recommended order of the author(s) in my opinion. I strongly discourage reading the Destroyermen series out of order. It will ruin it for you. Destroy it for you, if you will...
Don’t be misled into buying duplicate volumes! It is important to realize that the book clubs have picked up on this popular series and are issuing the successive volumes in double volumes. You can get these on the secondary book market, either here on Amazon or on EBay.
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.
In early days of World War II, a Navy destroyer is locked in a life or death struggle with a Japanese battleship. In a last ditch attempt to escape, the USS Walker heads into a strange violent squall. When the destroyer emerges from the storm, its crew finds themselves in a very different world.
There they discover two nonhuman sentient races: the Lemurians, a relatively peace loving mammalian species, and the Grik, a violent reptilian species bent on conquering and consuming the Lemurians.
Eventually, they find that there are other humans who have entered this strange Earth at various times in the past. One group is descended from British explorers from the 18th century who now occupy what in our world is the Hawaiian islands. Another has its roots in Spanish explorers and missionaries from the 16th century. This group of humans have created a twisted religion formed from the marriage of the Spanish Inquisition and Aztec human sacrifice.
The crew of the Walker join with the Lemurians to help them survive the Grik onslaught. As the story progresses through Anderson's novels, the war with the Grik grows. A Japanese battleship has also entered this world. Its crew join with the Grik in order to fight and defeat the Americans helping the Lemurians.
In this novel the scope of the conflict has widened from Ceylon in the West, to the what we would call the California coast. In the West the battle with the Grik continues as the Grik become more technologically and mentally advanced. In the East, the Destroyermen, aided by the Lemurians, fight the evil Holy Dominion. There are defeats and victories as the war progresses. This novel is an interesting and exciting chapter in a fantastic Alternate History series.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be a real page turner. The battle scenes are exciting without excessive descriptions of blood and violence. And Anderson has created a memorable character in Chief Gunners Mate Silva. I like Anderson's writing style. It makes it easy to read and understand the plot.
I would make one suggestion to the author. As the series progresses there are many characters to keep track of. A list of the characters would aid the reader in remembering who is who.