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Rising Tides (Destroyermen Series #5)

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    Taylor Anderson provides an incredible battle at sea that will have readers in awe rereading it and ponder nature's involvement in the war

    WWII USS Walker Navy destroyer Captain Matt Reddy leads his crew to Hawaii. They and his new friend New British Imperial Navy Commander Jenks face a difficult task of rescuing two women from a traitor. For Reddy and Jenks the abductions are personal as Nurse Tucker and Princess Rebecca are the victims. However, their effort to obtain help from the Honorable New Britain Company fails. The pair realizes the New Britain Company is dishonorable and must be destroyed before a velvet coup d'etat occurs. Reddy also must forge the Grand Alliance with the New British Empire; though he loathes the latter's slavery policy as an inhuman abomination.

    The pact with the Empire angers the displaced Holy Dominion colonial Spaniards. Worshippers of a blood sacrificial form of Catholicism, they vow to slaughter Matt and his crew. Meanwhile Reddy's junior officers are delegated to having responsibilities that lead to unfortunate and in some cases avoidable deaths. The leaders learn under this under the baptism of fire, but face the moral aftermaths of sending people to die.

    As the war remains heated in this parallel Destroyermen universe, the officers of the USS Walker obtain a taste of decision making in combat when they know they will send young people to their deaths. Adding to that gut wrenching horror is inexperience leads to errors compounding the deadly count. Eisenhower understood this when he ordered D-Day knowing thousands of young men would never go home and as president carefully used the military something his successors never learned. Besides the anguish of sending people to die even for a worthy cause, Taylor Anderson provides an incredible battle at sea that will have readers in awe rereading it and ponder nature's involvement in the war with the destruction of Talaud Island.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

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    A great installment to a fantastic series. Anderson continues to broaden the scope, adventures and appeal of his story and characters.

    Taylor Anderson's 5th entry in his Destroyermen series is no less enjoyable than the 1st four books. This one continues the story arc of the 4th book with only minimal contact with the Grik, however, the stage is being set for the Grik storyline to pick back up. I won't give away any specifics to the story other than to say that the questions left unanswered in book four were addressed and more questions have been raised. More characters are introduced and additional storylines are created that makes for interesting situations for the Allies to deal with. What makes Anderson so enjoyable to read is that he tells his story so well. I don't mind waiting to find out the answers because he has created a great story and amazing characters. It may even be the characters and their development that, ultimately, makes this series so memorable. Anderson has continued to up the ante for the Allies and ultimately more responsibility is heaped upon individuals and how they deal with them makes them very "human". For me this makes them very easy to relate to. I guess the best thing I can say is that I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series. I'm glad Anderson didn't stop it at a trilogy as was originally planned and I eagerly await further installments.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Worst of the 5.

    In books 2 through 4 I thought Mr. Anderson spent too much time retelling the story, in book 5 he is over the top. He also spends too much time with character introspection and dialog which, in my opinion, does nothing but add pages to the book. I like a good novel with lots of pages, this book probably had 100 to 150 more than it needed. If I wanted to read books with lots of unnecessary detail, which I don't, I'd read books written by David Weber such as the Honor Harrington Series. As a Nook Book I paid about half the price of the hard cover version and even then I think I over paid for what I got.
    Except for this book I really did enjoy reading the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    Whole series is great fun!

    this entire series is really well thought out and nicely written! I couldn't recommend it more highly. The author has created a very engaging world of great detail and greater adventures.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Great read!

    I really thought the 5 books Ive read were fantastic... Im soooo looking forward to the next 5 and I cant wait for #6... Im a destroyerman myself... GREAT series Please continue... Thank you very much...

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