But time is running out for the Alliance army in Indiaa, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle...more
The war is definitely headed global with new allies and potential allies. The Republic of Real People in South Africa with an incredible assortment of species, races and ethnic groups living in a sort of constitutional monarchy under a Lemurian kaiser is apparently the most enthusiastic of the newly met people. The group sprung from the WWI and post - WWI Czech Legion is probably the most unexpected and improbable Grik haters. The United States o ...more
There are a lot of different characters in this series so sometimes it is a little chaotic to keep track of, but they are memorable and wonderfully drawn. I also like ...more
I consider this a bridge story, and it's a game of waiting. Waiting for improvements to weapons, ships, and personnel who need to heal. A dangerous game of waiting as too many are under siege. Anderson really knows how to keep the tension on, although this particular story is not as dramatic as the earlier ones. Mostly, I suspect, due to ...more
This is the first Destroyermen book I didn't buy and I'm glad of that decision. The scenes that I merely liked were few and far between. There were scenes I was bored by and scenes that I absolutely loved. The whole sequence of the giant-sized Dennis Silva, Lawrence the Lizard and Abel Cook on their Corps of Discovery journey was spectacular. I would have happily read an entire book about that adventure. The book's money shot comes from tha ...more
Another great installment in the series. So many different plot lines and characters to keep track of, but well worth it. Also enjoying the tech advances that we see play out. Some sad moments with various characters who don't make it, and then times when we can cheer for our heroes. Definitely plenty of snippets and nuggets of the world beyond the Alliance's purview to draw on for the future books in the series. Looking forward to the next one. ...more
So, Storm Surge is really the point in this series where we enter full-on World War level of conflict. Despite Captain Reddy and his crew initially being alone in this new world, we keep seeing more new civilizations. And each one is inevitably dragged into the growing conflict between the Alliance and its enemies. Mainly because the villains’ ultimatums tend to be either “join us or die” or just “die”. Remember kids, bein ...more
Just a tangent about actually studying the craft of writing: these are sprawling, enormous books that kind of vi ...more
Honestly, I felt that the first seven books were really well written popcorn fiction. Storm Surge felt like it had more depth than the previous entries. There are still plenty of crazy naval battles and even more jungle warfare. So if that's what you're into, this is another fun book in the ...more
I get nervous that soon there will be too many moving parts to easily follow and this book seemed bigger than previous ones, but I’m glad. I enjoyed all of it. Have to wait a whi ...more
The amount of detailed description on the land and sea battles is incredible - wasn't sure I'd like it but it's great. Also loving the technological advances and how they're described.
Looking forward to the rest of the series, hope they keep coming. ...more
It was only a few years into the USS Walker's crew's adventure and at this point, they had trained primitives into going from making wooden ships into building aircraft and aircraft carriers...
Kinda felt like he pushed it a bit too far, should have ended the war with the Grik at this point and sought a new direction.
Plenty of furious action on both land and sea. Even Mallory gets in on the action, finally unleashing his P-40's.
Good stuff all around. ...more
Its still hard to keep track of all the characters and it’s still very hard to keep track of all the locations without better maps, I’d like at least one map showing all the known locations.