- Series: Destroyermen (Book 7)
- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451414233
- ISBN-13: 978-0451414236
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 150 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are several threads in parallel, and each receives adequate coverage in this volume. In a few cases the author doesn't spend enough time bringing ideas to conclusions.
The threads, or semi-independent story lines: former IJN Commander, "lord" Sato Okada sails in search of the newly transported/arrived deatroyer Hidoiame, with the repaired freighter Mizuki Maru which has been converted to an armed merchant cruiser or "Q-Ship." Newly minted alliance "Commander" Alan Letts continues direction of new weapons development and improved logistics; Matthew Reddy and his beloved, Lieutenant Sandra Taylor make wedding plans, the alliance goes on the offense in Indi-aa. Of course the Grik and "General of the Sea" Hisashi kurokawa have their plans aided by the crafty General Halik... Not to mention the machinations of the Holy Dominion and other traitorous humans.
I generally love this series, and can't wait for the next volume; I feel that the author tried to cover too much ground in too little space this time, by ever-expanding the scope. That still won't cause me to abandon the Destroyermen! New allies will appear, as well as new or improved weapons. This seemed to be a "stepping stone" in the story line and I look forward to more excitement in the next volume! Still, a very strong 4 stars and recommended.
Let me also say that this is a series that my husband, son, and I all enjoy though probably for different reasons. I enjoy the character driven story line and while finding it harder to follow the battles/tactics. Safe to say that my husband and son probably have the opposite experience. One of the things we all agree on is our enjoyment of the "back" manufacturing of various weapons, machinery, and technology.
I enjoy the interaction of the different species and countries and find their commitment to finding balance to be encouraging. Would that we would see the same in our "real" world. On the other hand, all is not perfect and, especially in this latest book, we see the possibility that the Allies will neither agree on where to focus their energy, nor on exactly who is in charge of making those decisions. And then there are the new storylines of potential allies/enemies....
This is a excellent series and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys history, revisionist history, good characters, interesting settings, action epics, etc... Start at the beginning and prepare to be amazed by this 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.