The crew of a WWII destroyer face their greatest challenge yet as they try to survive in a strange new world in the next thrilling book in the New York Times bestselling series.
Commander Matt Reddy and his crew are afraid it may finally be the end of the USS Walker. Ever since their ship was transported to another world, and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between the Lemurians and the vicious Grik, the Walker has been taking a pounding. With Walker out of commission for repairs, Reddy takes command of a different ship and joins a desperate battle to block the Grik swarm.
Meanwhile, the humans and their allies face a deadly second front in the Republic to the south. All of Reddy's forces are committed, and there's no turning back. Either they'll win—or lose—everything...
The breathless 13th installment in the saga of a WWII destroyer crew on an alternate, dinosaur-populated Earth (following 2017's Devil's Due) brings the war to the reptilian Grik's homeland of Africa. With the human protagonists' talisman ship, the USS Walker, laid up for repairs, focus shifts to another stranded vessel, the converted freighter USS Santa Catalina, commanded by the men who salvaged her (in 2010's Distant Thunders). They are tasked with stopping the Grik Final Swarm before they can reach the open ocean. Heroic stands abound as humans, their lemur-like 'Cat allies, and the vicious Grik find reasons to dig in and defend against overwhelming attacks. Anderson restricts his attention to the active war zones (Africa and South America) in his global narrative of tolerant Allies walloping their Axis opponents. Interestingly, as he humanizes the formerly mindless killer Grik, he makes the human fascists more repellant, even to one another. Even the strongest warriors are starting to complain that the "rush" of combat is waning, perhaps signaling that the series will be ending soon. In the meantime, this volume is a perfectly satisfying continuation of a strong alternate dimension series.
Not the best in the series
Although I enjoyed the book, I feel like the excitement and fun that these books usually bring just wasn’t there in this one, some things were touched upon, but nothing really changed.