- Series: Destroyermen (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ace (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451462823
- ISBN-13: 978-0451462824
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,519 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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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.
You really need to start at the beginning. Even if not a SF reader you may find the story worth it.
Realizing the need for reinforcements, Reddy steams for Manila in hopes of recruiting more members to the cause. But, that leaves the Lemurians and remaining humans open to attack from the Japanese and Grik. Although Amagi had been damaged earlier, she has been repaired sufficiently to rejoin the attack. But Reddy may have an ace up his sleeve. There have been rumors of an "iron fish"; a submarine that was transported through the same storm as Walker was. To add this ship to Walker would give the Americans and Lemurians a distinct advantage over the Grik, but is it true? Further, are there other people in this world besides the Americans and Japanese? As Walker steams to the Philippines, the Grik have made plans for a massive assault on the Lemurians at Baalkpan. Will the Grik succeed, or will Reddy and USS Walker return in time?
I've grown to really enjoy the "Destroyermen" series, and with each book, the story gets better. Taylor Anderson has created an exciting alternate world full of unique creatures and thrilling battles. The character development has been especially good, and it's easy to root for Reddy and his crew against the evil Grik.
I recommend "Maelstrom" and the other books in this series very highly. Science fiction fans will really enjoy "Destroyermen".
His characters are fully fleshed out and grow along with the story - and in many instances he uses the stereotypes (e.g., Chief Gray) as to both poke fun at the stereotypes and as launching point to let the character develop in the new environment and strangely similar war. And in keeping with the different cultural climate of the 1940's, the few romantic relationships are handled with restraint and decorum - even Gunner's Mate Silva gets a PG rating.
If you've read accounts of the surface actions in the early days of WW-II, you'll see the resonances here, and of course, the nearly quixotic Battle of Samar echoes as the hopelessly outgunned and over-matched small boys of TF-77.4.3 (aka Taffy-3) took on a vastly superior Japanese battle group to protect the landing beaches at Leyte Gulf, except of course with the USS Walker and USS Mahan filling in the roles of destroyers and the Lemurian's SalissaHome filling in for the "baby flattops" of Taffy 3
I greatly enjoyed this trilogy and see here on Amazon that he's started a new series, which I look forward to reading.
*considering they've been extinct for 2000 years, he gets a bye on that one
The order of books: Into the Storm; Crusade; Maelstrom; Distant Thunders; Rising Tides;
firestorm; Iron Grey Sea; Storm Surge; and Deadly Shores.
You can read them individually, but you will miss a Great experience if you do not read them in order, It is well worth the time.
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Well written. Easily understandable. Very enjoyable read!