“Taylor Anderson is one of the best at military science fiction as his plots combine cerebral thought-provoking issues within a great adventure tale; the alternate realm of the Destroyermen saga is worth the journey.”—Alternative Worlds
Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of USS Walker has found an unlikely ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to find a traitor who abducted the women they would die for: Reddy’s love, nurse Sandra Ticker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire.
But when Reddy and Jenks report the situation to the New Britain Company, it soon becomes obvious that the ruthless Company is attempting to overthrow the Imperial throne—and that someone involved knows where Sandra and Rebecca are. And Reddy must navigate through a tempest of politics, deception, and betrayal if he is ever going to save the hostages and live to fight another day…
The intrigue-heavy fifth installment in the saga of a temporally displaced WWII destroyer and crew moves from southeast Asian jungles to Hawai'i dueling grounds. Capt. Matt Reddy is faced with the dual tasks of breaking the treacherous Honorable New Britain Company and securing an alliance with the slave-keeping Empire. Doing so, however, incurs the enmity of the Holy Dominion, displaced colonial Spaniards who practice a blood-drenched sort of Catholicism. While Matt struggles with moral ambiguities, the younger officers gain more responsibilities and face the fatal consequences of mistakes in command, and Lt. Sandra Tucker leads imperial heir Princess Rebecca and a boatload of Company escapees across a dinosaur-crammed Pacific island. Anderson continues to broaden the scope of the story, but never lets the philosophy drown out the action, tossing in a full-scale naval battle and a volcanic tsunami for the twin climaxes.
The continuing saga.
This book is a great continuation of the Destroyermen series and adds some very interesting twists and turns and new elements to the story. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Grik are going to develop as a race with some of the new concepts that they've introduced. And, how Grik General Halik and the Japanese officer Niwa are going to affect things going forward. They made some interesting comments and have developed a sort of friendship. Further reading will tell the tale.
Well thought out, brilliantly spun tale. Compelling read.
Quirky and Fun!
This series is a departure from cliche' science fiction or fantasy. I find myself really liking and caring about these characters, as if they were old friends. My grandfather's stories about his life in the navy during World War II were never this interesting, but these books make me wish I had payed closer attention. I look forward to the next one with much enthusiasm.