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Crusade (Destroyermen Series #2)
     

Crusade (Destroyermen Series #2)

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by Taylor Anderson
 

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Swept from the World War II Pacific into an alternate world, Lietenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker have allied with the peaceful Lemurians in their struggle against the warlike, reptilian Grik. But the greatest threat is yet to come. For the massive Japanese battleship that Walker was fleeing back in the Pacific also

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Swept from the World War II Pacific into an alternate world, Lietenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker have allied with the peaceful Lemurians in their struggle against the warlike, reptilian Grik. But the greatest threat is yet to come. For the massive Japanese battleship that Walker was fleeing back in the Pacific also came through the rift, and it's in the hands of the Grik.

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Publishers Weekly

Anderson raises the stakes for Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker in this dramatic sequel to 2008's Into the Storm. The sailors and marines become further enmeshed in the politics of the parallel Earth into which their WW2 destroyer has mysteriously been transported. As they deal out rough justice to miscreants in the ranks and prepare their pacifist Lemurian allies to fight the Grand Swarm of the reptilian Grik, they in turn must face their own worst nightmare: the appearance of a Japanese battle cruiser. Anderson throws in tense land battles against overwhelming odds, a massive typhoon and a phenomenal aerial duel, but despite the pyrotechnics, at heart this novel is about how honor and ideals can bend or break under the stressful, life-and-death conditions of total war. (Oct.)

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From the Publisher
"William Dufris narrates this sci-fi saga with an impressive swagger." ---AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451462572
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Series:
Destroyermen Series , #2
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
163,330
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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S.M. Stirling
Taylor Anderson has brought a fresh new perspective to the tale of cross-time shipwreck. (S.M. Stirling, author of The Scourge of God)
From the Publisher
"William Dufris narrates this sci-fi saga with an impressive swagger." —-AudioFile

Meet the Author

Taylor Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Destroyermen series. A gun maker and forensic ballistic archaeologist, Taylor has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries. He holds a master's degree in history and has taught at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

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Crusade (Destroyermen Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Mike_O-Eagle007 More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting read with an excellent storyline. I read at the gym on the stationary bike for a warm up, but with this book, my warm ups went from 30 minutes to an hour. Couldn't put the book down and had to quickly order the 3rd book. The story is interesting as it takes you to an alternate earth, but concentrates only on a small part of it, the south Pacific. Two pre-WWII destroyers are transported to the alternate earth, but in the same location as their WWII patrols, and interesting comparisons of the two in geological and biological terms make it all realistic. But the focus is not only on the strangeness of the world and its inhabitants, but the historical realism of the old destroyers and their crews! From wooden ships to WWII destroyers, Taylor Anderson adds great detail from the strategies for fighting each to the realistic conflicts between all. Taylor Anderson makes this believable and immerses you into this alternative world. Great Story, Great Characters, Great Entertainment!
HumblePablo More than 1 year ago
Not being particularly interested in the science fiction genre, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Mr. Anderson¿s first book in this series, Into the Storm.

It was with anticipation, therefore, that I sought out this the second volume in the Destroyermen series. And I was not disappointed in any respect.

It is a fast paced story, with an extraordinarily unique plot, and characters, good and bad (make that cold-bloodedly evil for most), that keep you both interested and thinking about aspects of their ¿history¿ or back-story that Anderson suggests or that logically might apply. Any book that fully entertains on its own, and yet which also has the reader expanding the ¿story¿ because one has become interested enough to puzzle out even more story lines, is a credit to the author.

Anderson raises serious questions about honor, heroism, venal motivation, and raw terror, and uniquely, not only from the perspective of the humans alone, but also the ¿evolved¿ lemurs, and the cold-blooded Grik raptors --- a terrified Grik, in the hands of Anderson, is a sight to behold and relish.

The combat, realistic in every respect, is riveting. And when the equipment (antiquated, in the main, World War I destroyers, and small arms) are not sufficient in quantity, the characters manufacture historically correct alternatives that are familiar to any amateur historian, and perfectly capable of being reproduced in the setting of this story. The alternative dimensional aspects of Anderson¿s tale, the characters in it and their reactions to the stresses they face, ¿play well¿ and make for a superior read.

I want more, and to that end, have pre-ordered the third volume due out next February, Maelstrom. Perhaps Anderson will neatly wrap up this story, but I suspect that there is much more that can be written about these characters, and hope that he will continue or expand the ¿destroyermen¿ universe with more stories in the future.
DOUG24 More than 1 year ago
TWISTS AND TURNS FOR THE GOOD AND BAD MAKE THIS A VERY INJOYABLE READ AND KEEPS ME COMING BACK FOR MORE AND THIRSTING FOR MORE PLOT TWISTS. INTERESTING TAKE ON THE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND HOW THEY MAY HAVE PLAYED OUT! THIS IS THE ONLY EXTREME AND I KNOW HOW IT PLAYS FOR KEEPING THE SIDES SOMEWHAT EVEN AND OUR HEROES THE UNDERDOG BUT IT PUTS THE JAPANESE IN VERY BAD, AND SOMEWHAT STILTED LIGHT. KEEP THEM COMING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO UPCOMING BOOKS WHEN THIS SERIES CONTINUES.
JMT More than 1 year ago
The second in this series and it holds up dramatically well with the first novel, "Into the Storm". Great Plot, well developed characters, moves like a fast river, and flows into scene after scene. The action scenes are as well presented and dramatically done as I have read. Certainly a new author that needs to be high in the charts. This book continues in the same riviting fashion as his first novel. Thumbs up for a great novelist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
US Navy Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker still struggle to adjust to being on an alternate earth. However, he knows they do not have any time to understand how they were transported and how to get home. Instead he and his team train their local allies, the gentle peace-loving Lemurian, for war against the feral reptilian Grand Swarm of Grik.---------------- However, the scenario turns even uglier for the displaced World War II Americans. A Japanese battle cruiser from their earth has arrived. The War in the Pacific has expanded to this alternate earth.------------------ 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?-------------- Harriet Klausner
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very hard to stop reading
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An interesting premise started this series and things keep evolving. I do recommend reading them in order.
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