Maelstrom (Destroyermen #3)
Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for...more
The Americans are plopped into the midst of an existential conflict between the voracious, raptor-like, carnivorous Grik (bad guys) and the peaceful, mammalian Lemurians. Captain Reddy and the crew of the Walker, of course, side with the ...more
I've loved the war and battle scenes in this wonderful story, and this is the best one yet. An archeologist, historian and, believe it or not, a ballistics expert Anderson has threaded the needle between realistic warfare that matches reports from ...more
In book one, the USS Walker, an obsolete coal-burning destroyer dragged to an alternate Earth from 1942, along with her Japanese battlecruiser adversary, allied with a race of peaceful lemur-people against the reptilian Grik. In book two, the war against the Grik continued, with a few chapters told from the POV of the crazy Japanese captain and the evil Grik.
Book three, Maelstrom, is basically the next chapte ...more
I think this book was my favorite one so far. First, I love the constant battle between good and evil that the author manages to depict so well. I loved the battle scenes. They completely drew me in. I al ...more
The behemoth Amagi; the Japanese Battle cruiser that chased of Walker and Mahan to begin with has followed them through the squall that brought them here. While the American's encountered the Lemurians, the Jap's met the Grik and while they initially were able to hold their own against them, the Grik saw worthy prey and made t ...more
This story is insanely good. Taylor's biography tells that he's a history professor which is probably what makes his story so rich. His description of war seems so authentic, both sides trying to achieve an advantage over the other with each advantage seeming at times over whelming yet at others so fleeting. With the e ...more
Third book in the series about two destroyers swept into an alternate reality by an odd squall during an epic battle in WWII. The humans try to find more allies while bringing their current Lemurian allies up to speed in terms of 'modern battle tactics' [as of WWII]; attempts ar ...more
Density... If you open this book and flip through the pages you will see great swaths of exposition and not a lot to break them up. This is poor writing and a disservice to we readers. One thing is that action does not happen without people speaking. Especially in this environment. That has to be balanced with endless meeting dialogue. Somewhere the auth ...more
There’s just no rest for the weary. The destroyermen have had no time to search for other humans or to try to build their own community in their new parallel world because they’re still busy fighting for their lives. First there’s the Grik — the ugly reptilian species who keep attacking and trying to eat them. Then there’s the captain of the Japanese battlecruiser Amagi, who wants revenge on the destroyermen for damaging his ship. Even though the ...more
None of the numerous cliffhanger situations feels the least bit contrived, th ...more
The story: the USS Walker is a WWI destroyer that has fallen into an alternate universe and it must battle its nemesis, the Japanese cruiser Amagi. This is the battle that has been building up since book #2.
Any problems? Just like the second novel "Crusader" there is a lot of build up. The complaints I had about unlikeable rogues is gone. ...more
For the Japanese juggernat Amagi also transported to this world, is under grik control - and soon they will have amassed a force ...more
The novel spends too much time in the beginning recapping t ...more
A good half the book was devoted to the battle against the Grik's 'Invinicible Swarm' and the Carrier Amagi, and it was a doozy!
My only minor complaint would be it was a little too easy... sure, there were damages, but somehow ...more
This story finds the crew of Walker bound for the Philippines in search of new allies. On the way home, they recover the crew of a lost S-class submarine and some shipwreck survivors, including the heir to the New British throne (descendants of a British East India crew that arrived some 200 years earlier).
There are some stirring battles, as well as fine character interaction. These characters live and breathe, and their hurts and loves feel very real to me. I feel ...more
U.S.S Walker and crew finally finish off their hated Japanese foes in this alternate WWII universe - or did they? Sure, the Amagyi is sunk, but the Grik have the Japanese crew... The Grik have also been dealt a massive defeat - though not a mortal defeat - but the Americans lost their beloved Walker in the process. The Grik will be back; ...more
The three Destroyermen books felt like one to me. I enjoyed reading all of them, and have just purchased and am looking forward to reading the fourth. I really enjoy the characters, as well as how they are reacting to their new world. ...more
The action sequences are well drawn out and exciting. The plan to recover from battle is clever and certain revelations about the world they live in are interesting. I can only hope that this series continues to improve.