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Storm Surge

(Destroyermen #8)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,082 ratings  ·  94 reviews
In the Pacific, as USS Walker is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Matt Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire.

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

Published 2013
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Charles  van Buren
One of the most entertaining volumes of the series

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
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This entire series has been a solid four stars for me. This book fits into many genres. While I enjoy sci-fi, I can't say I seek out alternate histories or even war books for that matter, but these books have been a pleasant surprise. The wonderful narrator makes my listening experience even more enjoyable. I love all of his voices.

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
Kathy Davie
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eighth in the Destroyermen military science fiction fantasy existing in an alternate universe as the World War II crews cope with a different kind of war.

My Take
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
Oh my god, Anderson, will you please RESOLVE SOMETHING?!

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
I.F. Adams
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Hey Look, more fightin' and politickin!

Seriously, if you're on Book 8 and complaining, either you skipped the prior 7 books or are a masochist for doing the same things over and over.

Still enjoying it.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment

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.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taylor continues his richly woven tales n the alternate reality that the USS Walker found itself thrust upon with continued skill. The narratives always flow in & out of the multiple theatres of action and (sadly) he doesn't shie away from the grim realities of warfare that those who've worn the uniform understand too wall. Unlike TV & movies, it isn't just the "redshirts" or minor players who can be injures or killed... ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely hate when 500 page books turn out to be too short! This book was jam-packed with stuff, and still it didn't have enough! I remember reading that Mr Anderson wanted to write 9 novels for this series. I must say, if it all gets wrapped up in one more, I expect it to be at least 1500 pages long! Not that I'd complain. ...more
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, alt-history
Been a while since I decided to give the series a break. I love the books, but I think I did 4 in a row at double-speed, and there is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Well, that lasted for a couple of weeks, and then I realized I was listening to books that I didn't really like again, and decided it was time for a treat. Taylor Anderson didn't let me down. These books are fun!

Just a tangent about actually studying the craft of writing: these are sprawling, enormous books that kind of vi
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book I read was Destroyermen: Storm Surge. And like the rest of the Destroyermen books that I have put a review on, this is one of my personal favorites. The book is the ninth in the current fifteen book series. The story starts with the Grand Alliance (Please note that this review can count as spoilers) in a tight spot on their Western Front. Their armies in India have - for the first time ever in their fight against the Girk - been out maneuvered. While the army was able to solidify into a ...more
Pam Bales
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So - took almost forever to read Iron Gray Sea, but then a little over a week to read this one. I was on a roll and decided to stop waiting to read great books. Military fiction is a continual draw, but then I get tired of it and have to give it a rest - years sometime, but then I grab it and go. You know going in that war is terrible and that friends will be lost and you must go. Always tears at the heart, but a great author has learned how to deal with the realities of life and cover them well ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the eighth book in Anderson's Destroyermen series - the saga of a group of WWII American sailors transported to an alternate world with its own wars and a different evolutionary cycle. In this book, we learn that the alliance of cat-like Lemurians and 19th-century era British refugees may have more enemies and allies than they knew of, and that there are more alternate worlds than we realized. We discover this even as the allies fight a desperate battle against the lizard-like Grik over ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, digital
I like that the "baddies" are becoming a bit more relatable. I really didn't like the idea of the protagonists committing (even justifiable) genocide, but it's looking somewhat less necessary after this book.

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
Dabbling Madman
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So it’s 4:40AM I woke up a bit too early and decided to finish this book. Bit of a cliffhanger at the end but a happy one. Major, MAJOR developments in Storm Surge. New areas discovered along with new factions. Grik are becoming so aware that they choose not to fight sometimes. Some serious losses and some more defects.

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
Paul Burnell
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying this series. Other reviews I've seen have found that the series is dragging, but not me, I'm loving the periodic reveals that we're getting about this new world.

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.
Dave Evans
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved this series right upto this book. Taylor has a good writing style however, I felt that the series had run out of steam by this point and gone too far.
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.
Marshall Clowers
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Grik war is rapidly becoming a World War for Capt Reddy and company. Allies are found is some odd places, but it looks like the Griks might have new friends too.
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.
Sarah Shields
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
Another great book in the series! I've taken a bit of a break from listening to these, but it was great jumping back into the action. It was exciting to see some old faces again, and I'm really interested to see what happens with the Republic of Real People as this war advances. ...more
Ben Jackson
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I grabbed this purely off the cover, now I wish that I had realized that it was part of a series. Was hard going dropping in the middle of a series, but by the end, I was thoroughly hooked on this book! Great book!
Jonathan DiBernardo
Eager for more.

I love reading about the adventures of the Grand Alliance. I will read the rest eagerly and hope more are forthcoming. Three new peoples discovered who will bring more adventure!
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book in the series so far. Covered a lot of ground and a lot of action!
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.
Well, I'm not gonna keep repeating how good this series is, only that Storm Surge was just as great a read as the rest have been. ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If i could keep track of all the people it would be a 5 star, hard when you listen but sooo exciting and I love them, can't wait to do next one but can't summarize the last one!!! But it was great ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
War, war and more war. But the drama seems to increase.
Brad Brushman
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The books keep getting better and better!
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story was sad in spots but madr you laugh in others
Mayank GO
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Another strong addition to the series. Focussed more on Grik, than Doms.
Even so far into the series, more mysteries are being added. Looking forward to the next one.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
another good chapter in this epic story
Pat Wright
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites in the series

This book is one of my favorites. Great action and I like hearing more about what’s in the rest of the human world!
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