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Rising Tides (Destroyermen #5)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,565 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds a extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, as Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the U.S.S. Walker continue their battle for both freedom and survival, the stakes become much more personal...and much more perilous.

Hardcover, 433 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Roc Hardcover
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The Pirate Ghost
I've been singing the praises of this series until you guys are probably tired of hearing it. So I'm taking a different tact.

I think this song sort of captures the mood at the end of this book, and kind of the end of all books in the series so far, save one, maybe Malestrom. The proud USS Walker, victorious in battle, steaming into port, wounded and proud passing the cheering crowds of humans and lemurians. The song reminds me of coming home from deployment "manning the rails" of the USS Wiscon
Kat  Hooper
3.5 Originally posted at FanLit.

If you’ve been enjoying Taylor Anderson’s DESTROYERMEN series, there’s no reason to stop now. Rising Tides is another quality installment in which we do a lot of sailing, have some fun and laughs, and barely survive some frightening events — exactly what we were expecting.

Captain Reddy and his original crew of Destroyermen, of which less than 100 survive, are different men than those who entered the storm so many months ago. They’ve been tried and tested in many w
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Destroyermen fantasy-military series based in an alternate South Pacific.

The Story
A bit of backstory: in the first book, Into the Storm, Walker and Mahan are American battleships being chased by the Amagi, a Japanese destroyer [it's shortly after the bombing at Pearl Harbor] when a massive storm comes up at sea swallowing all three ships and spitting them out in a totally new Earth. Oh, they're still in the Pacific…but it sure ain't Kansas, Toto. One bit of luck is that all three sh
Jun 21, 2012 Daniel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5 by Taylor Anderson is a solid book. But it feels like you are treading water, because overall the story is taking its sweet time in developing. I still have high hopes and at this point I am quite invested in the characters in series and am curious how things will progress.

This really felt like a development book, setting up the next couple of books for some bang up, drag out fights. Not to say that the book is totally devoid of action, but the biggest danger i
Evan Hunt
Book Report: Rising Tides

By Evan J. Hunt

Rising Tides is a great read if you’re into alternative history, military adventure, suspenseful action, and science fiction.

The book Rising Tides takes place in the early 1940’s on an alternate earth. The USS Walker, an outdated U.S. Navy destroyer, was on a “cushy assignment” in the Philippines when the Pacific front of the Second World War opened up. Itself and the rest of its battle group pursued by the Japanese, only the Walker, and another outdated d
David Erickson
Jun 17, 2013 David Erickson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys reality mixed with fantasy and tales of war
Recommended to David by: bought it after reading the previous novel in the series
This is the fifth novel in the Destroyermen series and the second one I've read. I enjoyed the first enough to buy this one and I've got the last one in the series just waiting.

This continues the saga of the US Navy destroyer USS Walker that has been relocated to another world similar to Earth, but with significant differences. Captain Reddy, now supreme commander of the allied forces, continues the war effort to eradicate the evil Grik. In the meantime they save another nation from being conque
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Once again Anderson Taylor produces a superb read! I have seen some critics claim that the book feels like he's laying out the plot for the next stage - not so! In "Distant Thunders" Taylor introduced some new elements that were fundamental to the overall arc in this alternate Earth that he has created. In this book he starts to tie these elements together in what is, of necessity, a number of episodes taking place parallel to each other. In so doing he produces a tale of real adventure. His "me ...more
This was the most expansive book in the series. Following six different story leads, Anderson's alternate history tale weaves it way across a world that is both frightening and fascinating. The character list grows with more diverse humans and ...? Fun read with a storyline that keeps you reading (rather then watching TV, sleeping, or getting to work on time!). What Next?
When I read a series I sometimes find that the books that come after the first one are not as good, not as well written, & not as interesting. This is not happening with the Destroyermen books. This is the 5th book and it is as interesting, as well written as the first.
Wish there were more stars to give these books.
"Rising Tides" is book 5 of the Destroyermen series. The author is really hitting his stride with this series. Lots of action as the story widens in scope.

The Story: the battle moves to Hawaii as Captain Reddy goes in search of his love, Lt. Sandra Tucker and the Princess. Tucker has to hold it together as she takes command of the survivors lost on an island of monsters.

Any problems? There are a couple of times (brief) where some minor characters get too much dialogue and it gets a little sappy.
Emily Karn
Oct 23, 2014 Emily Karn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ScFi/Alternate History/Military Fans
Recommended to Emily by: store clerk
In a parallel universe, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of USS Walker continue their battle for both freedom and survival, but the stakes have become much more personal...

Reddy has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britian Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire.

But first thet
Sharon Michael
Another really good one.
Dave Kramer
Another exciting adventure in the parallel world that Taylor Anderson has created into which groups from different centuries of our history have been thrust, and are interacting more and more. Our heroes on the WWII destroyer Walker and their Lemurian allies can't seem to keep up with the number of enemies and potential enemies out there in this very different version of the South Pacific. They continue to fight the reptilian Grik warriors who are learning from earlier encounters and are only go ...more
The slower pace of Distant Thunders continues in the first half of Rising Tides. The story itself is divided between the Allied mission to the Empire of New Britain, salvage efforts on the S-19 submarine and a cargo ship full of fighter planes, the Allied offensive against Rangoon, and finally the adventures of the castaway Silva, Princess Rebecca and Sandra Tucker. This makes for a somewhat scattered narrative. However the action soon picks up in the second half with a harrowing climax in the h ...more
Thomas Harlan
Interestingly, this book is better than the previous books in the series, though I still have a number of issues with the series as a whole:

1. Still no explanation of how the Grik civilization can feed itself, much maintain forward momentum.
2. The good guys are getting powerful a mite too quickly. These books also work way better when the good guys are behind the power curve and scrambling to just wring out survival (see Bill Forstchen's Lost Regiment series, particularly the 2nd and 3rd books).
Rising Tides, the fifth volume in the Destroyermen series, should have been exactly what I was hoping for. It pulls together a lot of the cliffhangers and peripheral side-quests from the last couple of volumes and provides interesting resolution on most fronts. I also believe that it provides a sense of realism by allowing something of a lull between the storms of the last action-packed volume and the next volume with the inevitable next clash with the Grik (I am assuming. I haven’t read the syn ...more
fifth book in the series about US naval personnell swept into an alternate reality during WWII; their destroyer represents the highest level of technology in this reality.

This book picks up where 'distant thunder' leaves off. (view spoiler)
Maxwell Muehlegger
When the people fight these parrot looking things they get beaten by a little parrot. and the parrots can remember anything so the parrots cused alot. I am thinking about stoping reading the book. Because You have no clue what the story is about until chapter 5. I am on chapter 20 and I still find it confusing on. Every chapter there is a new character it is hard to keep up with all the characters. Although I think I would understand it more if I didn't start with book 5. In my defense it was n ...more
Szetong De
Predictions for this book: Matt reddy leads a revolt in new Britain against the company. Gigantic battle between aef and grik. Salissa and humfra-dar participate as flattops. S-19 task force succeeds. Reddy comes back and joins the battle at a critical moment, turning the tide. Silva and co. found. P-40s found on tge catalina join in tge battle. Reynolds shot down perhaps? This is as of january 10th, 2010

Revolution in new britain: kinda
Gigantic battle between aef and grik: check
Salissa an
I must have been away from the series for a while because it took me a minute to figure who was what. Actually about 90 pages in I started remembering some of what was going on and what had happened in the last book. Perhaps this could be due to my advanced age in years or it could be that the characters are scattered all over this strange new world they have found themselves in. And the amount of characters has grown larger with each passing novel in the series. Needless to say the story is ama ...more
Anderson has done another exciting book in #5 of the destroyermen series. From the title, I assumed that it would be a connecting book between the set up last book and whatever comes in the next one; I was not disappointed. Author balances several plot lines and finally brings a couple of them together at the end while cementing future actions. Where is book #6?
This addition to the Destroyermen series is more of an interim story in the overall tale of the epic war being fought between the Alliance and the Grik, but in terms of wrapping up plotlines from the previous books and moving the story forward, Anderson does an excellent job of sorting out dangling threads as well as setting up what's coming next.

Reddy and Co. have secured new allies in the battle against the Grik, but have made powerful new enemies in the bargain. The Grik are stepping up their
Janet Martin
Love this series, despite its flaws and my unlove for William Dufis.
I like this series and this book did not disappoint. Ill be getting to the next book in the series soon.
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I'm reading this series because my husband bought the books and read them. Not usually a genre that I would pick but this series is more fun to read than most in this genre.
Aug 06, 2014 Neb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Eric Flint, fans of David Weber, fans of alt history
I'd been way behind on this series and made an effort a few weeks ago to catch up. This series is like candy for action-adventure or space-time FUBAR stories (whatever that means to you), and "Rising Tides" became a real page-turner at about the halfway mark. Power reading through these novels is exhausting, though, because the characters really get put through the wringer again and again. Still, the payoffs are good and the world-building is utterly engrossing. I'll be sad when I get to the end ...more
The fight against the Grik, slows while major attention is placed on The Walker's voyage to the Imperial Homelands. The scope of characters has grown so that it is not possible to provide the detail of happenings on all story threads. For example, the SS-19 was sent down to 400 feet depth by the Talaud caused wave, we do not find out what happened until it shows up to save Sandra, Rebecca, Silva, and party. Would like the story of how it succeeded in rising. Ah Well maybe in the next book.
Jordan Steinhoff
This started out in danger of becoming a transition book but turned out to be a very good story.

All the main stories from the last book are picked up again and the progress well. Contact is made with the New Britain Empire. Silva's group of people are in dire straights but fight on. Will the Grand Alliance get an Air Force or a Submarine corp?

Good continuation of all the plot points to date and a welcome break from all Grik all the time.

Looking forward to the next book.
Nachman Kataczinsky
An interesting read. Well written and flows well.
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