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Deadly Shores

(Destroyermen #9)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,779 ratings  ·  87 reviews
National bestselling author Taylor Anderson’s explosive WWII alternate-history series continues as a do-or-die battle is waged that risks far more than anyone bargained for.

The long-planned raid on the heart of the Grik Empire has grown more ambitious—and dangerously ill defined. Only Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, seems focused on its original
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Roc
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Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This series has been a solid 4 stars for me. I know what I'm in for when I settle into one of these books. This is the 9th book in the Destroyermen series by Taylor Anderson. I have enjoyed these. The genres of Sci-fi/Alternate History/War are outside my norm regarding book choices, but these have all been a very pleasant surprise. I'm glad I stumbled on to them.

I like that the author keeps the story constantly going with new elements. The battle scenes are well written. I also like the charact
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
To be honest, I liked the story. The problem that I have is that it almost seems as Mr. Anderson is just stringing us along now. I had this feeling at the last book and it was more than reinforced this time around.

The original premise for the series is a pretty good one, and with that in mind, the fact of the destroyermen from Walker ending up where they did due to the Squall makes sense in context. But when you consider the technological improvements that have been brought to all the "peoples"
The fitting end of the series that wasn't

Another fine installment of the Destroyermen series. Most of this book was focused on the massive battle where the Lemurians are attempting to liberate their ancestral home from the evil Grik. A few exploration items here and there, but nothing compared to the battle for Madagascar. Unfortunately, it seemed like this was originally intended to be the final book in the series, based on the number of major characters who ended up dead by the end of the book
Kat  Hooper
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I love Taylor Anderson’s characters and the world he has built in his DESTROYERMEN series, and the audio editions of these books are wonderfully performed by William Dufris. But Deadly Shores is the ninth book in the series and the war, which is pretty much the focus of the entire plot, seems like it’s still winding up. There’s just no end in sight.

There are a couple of personal changes for Captain Reddy’s crew and alliances, including the death of an important character, alliances are starting
Ryan Rauber
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine addition to the Destroyermen series. Fans of this series probably won't be disappointed. There are some minor problems in this series, though. His world-building has gotten so big with so many characters that Taylor Anderson cannot reasonably give quality time to each storyline in this book. The first half of the book includes a battle on the eastern front against the Dominion. Though the last 1/3 involves an invasion of Madagascar against the Grik on the western front. Plenty of ac ...more
Kathy Davie
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ninth in the Destroyermen military science fiction (alternate history on an alien Earth) series and revolving around the captain of the USS Walker and the friends with whom they’ve allied.

My Take
Whew. Another pip from Anderson. Only third-person omniscient point-of-view can work in this, if we’re to know the thoughts and actions of those on the different fronts. Lord knows, there are enough of ‘em!

The main battlefronts are Matt and company attacking the Griks at their home base; Imperials, 'Cats
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The action is becoming more complex as the still mostly unknown Republic of Real People play into the story, and the even more mysterious League begin to emerge. Can't give deails without spoilers so I'll just say things become interesting (more so than before, that is!) ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: scif-fi, series, reviewed
I think that I'm starting to lose interest in this series. While the battle is moving we now have three theaters of war and we only really covered one battle at each location.

While that is sufficient to move the story along I am not seeing an end in sight for the series. We had a clear goal after the first couple of books. However it keeps growing and growing and we still know very little about the scope of either of the two main enemies.

The author has now taken us to the end of the world as it
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alt-history
This series is getting almost to big for its own pages; trying to cover a "world war" on all fronts in one novel is just about too much. With that caveat; this book is pretty tightly written and keeps a good pace. There is a lot of action for only covering three battles. (Three and half maybe.) We are nine books in and there is no end in sight; I hope Anderson starts to wrap up at least some of the action so the rest of the story can go on. ...more
John Cooley
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome, several of my theories about that world were confirmed in this volume, can not wait for the next one.....
Sharon Michael
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another good one, a little slow in a few places where the author was 'catching up' on groups in other places but the main plotline was, as usual, fast, tense and well written battle scenes. ...more
Jon Curme
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book as always, though the narrator had the same slow start before he got into the voices properly. addressed some of my concerns about captain's interactions with the lemurians ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, alt-history
This series continues to work. I don't even know how he does it. I'd love to just spend a few days running through the books from start to finish and checking out the frequency of different character's perspectives and different locales. I've never read a series with such a huge scope that was able to sustain itself for so long. I've read series with 9+ books before, but they almost always a serial adventures focusing pretty narrowly on one person, like Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan novels ( ...more
Mayank GO
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Great addition to the story.

The end story begins, hopefully. The Allies, by more fluke that plan, take the fight to the Grik. More than the outcome, the real story is in the fighting details and how the whole thing unfolded. Not everyone survived, but somewhere the ratio of Grik to Allies death seemed slightly more skewed. Also, I got sufficient indications that there was a lot of fluff added just to make this part of the story into a full novel. New characters are hinted at which is making me n
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ninth installment in the Destroyermen saga provides plenty of adventure and excitement, yet I find a part of my mind nagging at me with the thought, "Is this series ever going to wrap up? Can they ever relax for more than a day or two?" Our heroic alliance takes the battle to the hyper-aggressive Grik homeland on Madagascar in what is intended to be a (literal) tail-tweaking raid ala Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Japan in World War II. It turns into much more than that. And new enemies are hinte ...more
Steven Bragg
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The author does a good job of making his stories entertaining, with lots of action and a reasonable amount of plot development. He also introduces a modicum of realism by killing off the occasional main character, though he keeps the series going by adding an equal number of new participants. The problem is the dialog, which is not smooth. The wording could have been pulled straight from a comic book, with lots (and lots) of exclamation points. So, I keep reading these books for the action passa ...more
Victor H
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is no words to describe the emotion and attachment to the crews of USS Walker, the Lemurians, the Japanese officers, and the Imperials. This book is by far the best in the series. I've been reading the series in ebooks and have decided to get the physical books so that our kids can read them. Very few, if any books, are able to blend valor, honor, sacrifice, naval / land battle tatics, and history together in such a way like Mr. Anderson. ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, 5 for the last part with the battle on Grik homeworld- so intense had to just listen and not multitask!!! THe endings usually confuse me, not sure who the people are at the end in the epilogues at times! Sometimes I wish I was reading to keep track of all the names, but still love these books, so could actually read some day and get even more enjoyment yet!!!
Marshall Clowers
Finally, some resolution. Capt. Reddy has a strategic raid underway; but when it come to their ancestral lands, Adar wants to roll a hard six.
There's a lot going on across three continents. New enemies emerge (expected) and some unexpected allies are found. Good action on land, sea, and air.
Problem now is my library doesn't have the next book :(
Richard Larmer
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty typical of the series; which I have read from the first book. Not exactly classic fiction, but a good read. The print on the print font on the paperback edition was so small that I had to use 4.0 readers to be able to see it. I normally can read books with my normal glasses; so be forewarned.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I started laughing at the beginning of the book when faced with Dom arrogance. But the great war became tedious, I finished reading it thank goodness. I will wait to continue reading the rest of the series.
Michael Laflamme
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The world of the destroyermen grows larger, with a terrific battle at the end and a mysterious power reveals itself for the first time. Truly a great series of adventures. Right up there among the finest!
Eugene Kuznetsov
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
The series began well, but it's been getting increasingly more monotonous and long-winded, to the point that I'm skipping entire plot lines because I couldn't get myself to care about them. I don't think I'll manage to finish the series. ...more
Pam Bales
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great military adventure continues

Excellent series. Intriguing plot, wonderful characters, and fabulous setting make me glad there are many volumes to come. Just like so many books, sad there are so many and so little time.
Charles  van Buren
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Still a good series, January 14, 2015

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In skimming the other reviews, I noticed 2 distinct schools of thought: 1. Great series, give us more! & 2. Good series, but don't you think it's time to start thinking about an ending? Personally, I think things are getting more interesting & there is plenty life left in Destroyermen. In this volume we find that more than Americans & Japanese have arrived from the
Brad Brushman
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best in the series yet!
Dabbling Madman
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book... still in shock, have no one to talk to...
Pat Wright
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

Great action and story. This one is one of my favorites. Can’t wait to start the next book in the series. Highly recommend this!
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very strong series, loved every entry so far. Great writing, great characters, great story.
Ed Obarowski
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Destroyermen series. You will not be disappointed!
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“A few Grik lunged at them, but the vast majority only wanted to get out of their way. These they left alone, conserving ammunition. It was a little disconcerting. They’d never seen so many “civilian” Grik before, and it was stunning how little fight they had in them.

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