Deadly Shores: Destroyermen

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National bestselling author Taylor Anderson’s explosive WWII alternate-history series continues as a do-or-die battle is waged that risks far more than anyone bargained for.

The long-planned raid on the heart of the Grik Empire has grown more ambitious—and dangerously ill defined. Only Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, seems focused on its original intent.

Many Lemurians see an opportunity to reconquer their sacred ...

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Overview

National bestselling author Taylor Anderson’s explosive WWII alternate-history series continues as a do-or-die battle is waged that risks far more than anyone bargained for.

The long-planned raid on the heart of the Grik Empire has grown more ambitious—and dangerously ill defined. Only Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, seems focused on its original intent.

Many Lemurians see an opportunity to reconquer their sacred homeland, which was stolen long ago, and have no intention of simply striking a blow and then pulling back. Others, Lemurian and human, have their own agendas—which may not be in the best interests of the Alliance. Complicating matters further is Reddy’s suspicion that his task force is being stalked by an unknown power bent on aiding the Grik for reasons of its own.

As the raid begins and chaos reigns, Reddy has no choice but to go all-in, risking everything in a desperate act that results in a sprawling, nightmarish battle on the beaches of “Grik City,” on the very decks of Walker, and in the labyrinthine passageways of the Celestial Palace itself.

The final cost could be more than Matt Reddy—or the Alliance—can bear.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/31/2014
Anderson continues the dramatic saga of WWII-era humans transported to an alternate, dinosaur-populated Earth. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Reddy leads a “Grand Alliance” of Americans and Brits with native felinoid Lemurians against the reptilian Grik, who are aided by stranded Japanese sailors. The Lemurian coalition must also tackle the human religious fanatics of the Aztec and Catholic Holy Dominion, stretching the now “world” war from the foothills of the Andes to the shores of Madagascar. As Reddy struggles with separation of military and civil authority, the Grik discover the concepts of honor and friendship. While expanding his universe with yet more mysterious arrivals and dangerous creatures, Anderson focuses clearly on the action at the heart of the war, bookending his narrative with two intense, if melodramatic, battles by land, sea, and air. As the Alliance carries the fight into enemy territory, Anderson deftly sketches in the political fighting on the home front. This capable sequel to Storm Surge will continue to keep series fans engaged. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-01
Another (Destroyermen, 9) of Anderson's World War II alternate-history yarns (Storm Surge, 2013, etc.). Over the centuries, various groups of humans—invariably warriors, so how come there are so many women?—have arrived on an alternate Earth already inhabited by two intelligent races, the dinosaurian Grik and the catlike Lemurians. Among the immigrants are descendants of conquistadores, who formed a powerful, belligerent and bloodthirsty empire called the Holy Dominion; WWI Germans; a Czech battalion from the Russian Revolution; offshoots of a somewhat different British Empire; and mysterious skin-wearing, stone tool-equipped warriors with English accents—as well as Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, and his battle group, together with various Japanese navy vessels from the same era. And the latest influx—French Nazis in a gigantic submarine, intent on sinking U. S. ships—clearly derives from an even stranger reality. A Grand Alliance has formed to battle the insensate Grik. Flushed with previous successes, Alliance Chairman Adar, a Lemurian, intends a raid on Grik-occupied Madagascar, the revered homeland of his species. Reddy is reluctant to interfere with Adar's plans even though he suspects he's making a mistake. So it proves: The raid escalates into a full-scale battle, for which Reddy's battered forces are unprepared. What might have been a wholly grim saga is lightened by the antics of chief gunner's mate Dennis Silva and his cohort. But there's a great deal of sophomoric banter to wade through before the anticipated grand battle. Anderson gives us little idea of how or why these disparate folk all ended up on this particular version of Earth, although with so many races and technologies from different worlds and epochs, it's starting to get uncomfortably overcrowded—and the characters more anonymous. An about-average addition to the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451465665
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Destroyermen Series , #9
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 43,720
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson is the author of the Destroyermen novels: Storm Surge, Iron Gray Sea, Firestorm, Rising Tides, Distant Thunders, Maelstrom, and Into the Storm. He is a gunmaker and forensic ballistic archaeologist who has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries. He is also a member of the National Historical Honor Society and the United States Field Artillery Association, which awarded him the Honorable Order of St. Barbara. He has a master’s degree in history and has taught that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He lives in nearby Granbury with his family.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    Always recommended!

    If you are in to this genre, you have to love the books in this series. They can be a bit repetitive, but the idealized hero struggling to overcome the elemental forces of nature and mankind is always the perfect escape from a too real daily existence. The robust mix of action drama, transcendent alternate worlds, military history “buffism” and racial conflict and coexistence is really well done and always fun. Taylor Anderson keeps you interested by introducing new players and new obstacles for the intrepid Lohengrin-esq Cmdr. Matthew Reddy and united and motley empire of peoples. We devoted Destroyermen series readers will be trying to anticipate how the Grik will continue to evolve under the revolutionary pressure of total war and what new trans-dimensional imports will show up next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Great series. I really enjoy the characters. They are well writt

    Great series. I really enjoy the characters. They are well written and the stories and very well developed. Can't wait for book 10!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Good book wonderfull clifhanger

    SPOILERS FRENCH NAZIES ARE YOU KIDDING ME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Starrykit

    This is still pretty good, I still wish I could find the first part.

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    I enjoyed it immensely

    I'm not a professional book reviewer so all I can say is that I've enjoyed the entire series, and felt it money well spent. I did like that several of the lesser dealt with characters from previous books at least put in appearances of one length or another in this one. So begins the wait for the next installment!

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Fun Read

    The saga continues with excellent storyline, character development and action. Just wasn't long enough - double the length of the books would be great.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Great fantasy

    The only problem with this series is that the books don't come fast enough

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Swift

    This just got adventoures ((I know I spelt that wrong..)) It's getting even more epicer! Lolz! Continue!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Blood Fallen, Chapter One: Changes, part three ~LightBlood

    I sigh, looking down at my bloody tank top & pants. "Damn it," I mutter, wishing I hadn't chosen my best outfit to fight in tonight. I sigh again & let my thoughts drift back to the battle. They were right, Xavier had told me. But who are they? Who is he anyway? I snap my head upwards, hearing a crack of a branch from the woods. I stood quickly, a sword materialising in my hand, the same one from earlier in the day. I look around & sigh in relief as a deer padded out of the forest into the meadow. I lower my hand & the sword disappears once more. I shake my head, tired of the tricks. I turn to sit back down but then I see a flash of light, glowing green, from the corner of my eye not far off. I was still standing so I decided to go ahead & check out where the light came from.<br>Walking slowly & cautiously, as well as holding out my hands for balanse, I press forward through the tall grass. Once a dull pain, my head felt like it was splitting in half as I moved closer. I automatically assumed it was just a headache; I have been getting many lately, & each varied in strength. This was the worst yet.<br>I shok my head to clear my thoughts again as I pulled back some tall grass blocking my view. At first glance, I thought I saw little tufts of grass swaying in the wind. Upon further evaluation, the tufts of grass began to have more humanistic characteristics. Soon, it looked like small humans that were dancing around, glowing a brilliant green. The little humanlike creatures were beautiful with long, golden blonde hair braided down their backs & slightly pointed ears. They were all female, wearing long dresses that were snug on their legs and had a small slit up the side of the left leg.<br>I rubbed my eyes, thinking I was imagining this. "Wh...who are you," I ask them in a whisper, kneeling down. One of them slowed and evemtually stopped dancing in front of me. She wore a small, golden crown on her head while everyone else seemed to be wearing flower crowns, so I assumed she was their leader, perhaps even their queen.<br>"We are elves," she says politely to me. "Would you like to join us for the night in our celebration?"<br>I must have looked confused for she hastily continued. "My name is Zoroaster & I assure you, you will be quite safe. You will simply be an elf for the night, until the celebration is over." Her eyes had a glint in it, like she wasn't sharing everything she knew, but I soon found that to be the least of my worries. I found myself nodding, agreeing to this unreal proposition.<br>"I will do it. I will dance with you," I say softly.<br>Zoroaster nodded briefly. "Touch my crown gently & you will change form for the night," she replies. I follow her directions & also stay on my knees. I leaned forward to touch the crown & as I do, I notise the other elves seem frozen in place, unmoving & unflinching, as if time had stopped. I made a mental note to ask about that afterwards as I finally touched the crown. I blinked & in that tiny time, I had shrunk down to Zoroaster's height, but still on my knees. I stood up & looked around, now looking exactly like the other elves.<br>Zoroaster takes my hand & leads me into the center of the dancers. "To continue, you must name yourself to share the power. So, my beautiful maiden, what shall be your name?"<br>I think for a moment & reply, "Lapsa." Latin for fallen, I recall, perfect for my current feelings.<p>Song of part: Creeping Death by Metallica<p>Story at: 'dead' all res<p>~LB

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    Posted May 19, 2014

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