Destroyermen: (Book 2)
Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians—a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik.
The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even
the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle.
Luckily they are not alone. Reddy finally finds Mahan, the other
destroyer that passed through the rift. Together, the two American ships
will teach the Lemurians to fight and stand against the bloodthirsty
Grik…Or so they think.
For there is another vessel that does not belong on these strange seas—the massive Japanese battle cruiser Amagi, the very ship that Walker was fleeing from when the rift took them. Like Mahan, it followed them through. And now Amagi is in the hands of the Grik.
—Peter Hodges on www.peter-hodges.com
“I mentioned in the review of Taylor Anderson’s first book,
Destroyermen: Into the Storm, that I thought the work defied easy
categorization. With its mix of science and military fiction, fantasy,
and history, there’s a little something for everyone in this book. After
reading Destroyermen: Cusade, I think I “get” what the series is about.
“Setting is just a crucible in which writers place characters to watch
them do interesting things. By definition, a crucible is piece of
laboratory equipment which is generally used as a container for
reactions at high temperatures. Taylor has put the crew of the Walker, a
WWI era four stacker destroyer, in a brilliantly designed crucible just
to see what would happen. Men of disparate backgrounds, education, and
work ethics come together to defend the Lemurian people who facing
annihilation at the hands of the reptilian Grik. They don’t face simple
domination; their people will be broken, harried, and eaten until they
are extinct. The Grik are not a pretty enemy, nor is there anything
redeeming about their character or culture (at least so far).
“Lt. Commander Matt Reddy, now Admiral Reddy at the behest of his
Lemurian allies, welds an alliance of many different tribes together,
spearheads a logistics drive to outfit them with rudimentary cannon, and
uses a paroled Japanese officer and an older Marine sergeant to outfit a
company of soldiers based on Roman infantry tactics. As you might
guess, being an intrepid reader, all of this preparedness results in a
huge battle at the climax of the book. The payoff is well worth it.
“Taylor’s sense of timing, comprehensible prose, and spot-on
characterizations keep the narrative moving at a brisk pace to the
inevitable conclusion. There are a few surprises along the way (even one
that I totally called), but nothing feels like a deus ex machina. If
you like action-packed adventure that hearkens back to the time when
heroes were black and white and larger than life, then you cannot miss
—Harriet Klausner on Genre Go Round Reviews
“This is a terrific graphic sequel to INTO THE STORM as readers will
believe they are part of Reddy’s crew with fully described sea, air and
land battles and a typhoon to add to the overall chaos. The story line
is filled with action, but the bottom line is Taylor Anderson’s deep
look at the deterioration of unit and individual values in combat. Does
for instance the seven modern day Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect,
Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage truly hold up
when the enemy has overwhelming fire power that leaves your comrades
dead, dying or severely injured?”
—Gail Pruszkowski on Romantic Times Book Reviews
“This combination of military sci-fi and alternate-world thriller,
Destroyermen, book two, picks up where book one ends, but newcomers will
have no trouble grasping the plot. Descriptions and action-packed
battle scenes add depth to a fast-paced plot. The two non-human races
are well thought out, and there’s enough twists to keep the pages