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Maelstrom (Destroyermen Series #3)
     

Maelstrom (Destroyermen Series #3)

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by Taylor Anderson
 

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The alternate history saga of The Destroyermen continues...

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the battleship Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come. Meanwhile,

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The alternate history saga of The Destroyermen continues...

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the battleship Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come. Meanwhile, the Japanese juggernaut Amagi, also trapped in this strange world, is under Grik control. Soon, they will have amassed a force that no amount of fire-power and technology will be able to stop. Reddy, his crew, his allies, and his loved ones face annihilation. But if there is one thing they have learned about their new world, it is that hope-and help-may just be over the horizon...

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Bringing all guns to bear, Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Reddy (now Supreme Commander by acclamation after the events of 2008's Crusade), trapped in an alternate dimension with the crew of the WWII destroyer USS Walker, must unite and lead a coalition of displaced American sailors and native, pacifist Lemurians against the raptorlike Grik and their Japanese allies, who possess a more modern battle cruiser. To defeat the Invincible Swarm, the Walker braves the perils of the deep seas, where "mountain fish" threaten to swallow the ship whole. Anderson adds friendly Grik and the descendants of previously displaced humans to the mix of tense battles against impossible odds and close observations of how warriors and weapons perform under stress. Experienced military SF readers will enjoy the attention to technical and historical detail while likely forgiving the occasional bout of melodrama. (Feb.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440698620
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/03/2009
Series:
Destroyermen Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
36,828
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Taylor Anderson has a Master’s Degree in History and teaches that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He is the author of a historical work entitled “The Life and Tools of the Rocky Mountain Free Trapper” and a number of short stories and articles. He also won several Inter-Collegiate Press Association awards while a student. He is a voracious consumer of literature of every description and a careful and meticulous historian.


Besides his academic accomplishments, he is a gun-maker and forensic ballistic archeologist, having collaborated with numerous museums as well as the National Parks Service and the U.S. Army. He is a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries and has even done some acting. A list of productions in which he has been involved is available, but it is safe to say he has played at least an advisory role in many of the movies made in the last 15 years that involved 19th and early 20th Century combat.


He is a member of the National Historical Honor Society and the United States Field Artillery Association – from which he was awarded the Honorable Order of St. Barbara. He owns a collection of 18th and 19th century artillery pieces and fires them with live rounds for movie sound, documentaries, competition and fun. His cannons have also appeared in many films. He knows precisely what they are capable of and that is reflected in his writing.


As a sailor, he is conversant in the capricious vagaries of the weather and the sea and as a historian, he is trained to research what he is unable to experience first-hand.
Careful research was essential to writing Destroyermen because one of the main characters is, after all, USS Walker. Over 270 “four-stacker” destroyers were built during and after WW I, but none remain today. Anderson spent thousands of hours researching the class and volunteering to work on the restoration of a similar type ship.


He also wanted the “alternate Earth” he created for the story to seem as though it could realistically have evolved the way it did. That required studying the most recent theories regarding prehistoric life and scientifically extrapolating evolutionary trends based on millions of years of environmental fluctuations. The result is a novel that is far more unusual and thought provoking than the basic “alternate history/universe” premise might imply.


He was moved to write Destroyermen because he has long been inspired by the sacrifice made by the men (and women) of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet at the outbreak of WW II. Long neglected by historians, the stand they made truly ranks with Thermopylae, The Alamo, Bastogne and Wake Island. He hopes to keep alive, at least peripherally, their memory. The alternate history/fantasy angle finds an opening because some of the ships of the Asiatic Fleet really did disappear without a trace.


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Maelstrom (Destroyermen Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Formerly Lieutenant Commander of the WWII battle destroyer USS Walker in this other earth he and his crew landed in; Matthew Reddy was promoted to Supreme Commander after the recent events against the more modern Japanese battle cruiser and the Grand Swarm of the reptilian Grik (see CRUSADE and INTO THE STORM). Still he knows the recent victories will not prevent the Grik abetted by the Japanese from swarming all over his crew and their allies the pacifist Lemurians.
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To win the war and not just delay the inevitable, Reddy leads his sailors into the deadly deep seas; home to "mountain fish" who can eat the Walker in one bite. However, he also has found unlikely allies in Grik who oppose the war and other displaced humans who like the Walker sailors entered this other earth at some time or their offspring. Still he knows in the end he must lead his puny forces in battle against an invincible armada.
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Once gain it is the incredible naval battle scenes that makes for a great military science fiction thriller (and saga). The story line is action-packed from the onset, but it is the war at sea especially that is fun to follow. Taylor Anderson uniquely combines the big picture battles with in depth look at how the crew and others psychologically cope with maiming and death of friends and bunkmates knowing they can be next. Especially interesting is Reddy who knows he is sending people to their death and realizes this will haunt him and his future decisions forever; this is mindful of Eisenhower with his D-Day decisions impacting his later presidency especially his belief to avoid land wars in Asia. MAELSTROM is an excellent military sci fi.
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Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third in the Destroymen trilogy "Maelstrom" was good but left me saying "what's next?" There are rumors that more might come - hopefully so! Anderson has developed a very interesting alternate Earth. I've grown "attached" to the core characters, especially Silva and Chack but I would like to know what is in store for characters new and old alike (Princess Becky, Lawrence the "tame" Grik, etc). Will there be war or skirmishes with the New Brit Empire? Will the Grik rebuild now that they haven't eaten Kurakawa? How is it the Amagi was the only Japanese vessel sucked through the "squall"? Three allied vessels made it, why not more Japanese? While I thoroughly enjoyed this installment I'd agree with some the first two were better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another well developed book from Taylor. Just read the first two first ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like a long story presented as a series. This fit the bill. The story was imaginative and fast paced. The characters were varied and well developed for the story. As a science fiction fan, it was nice to see a story based upon the past instead of the future.
HammerRI More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed the series and can't wait for the next book in the sequence.
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AvidReader777TJ More than 1 year ago
This book and entire series is excellent, great characters, wonderful integration of historical facts with new fiction.
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WaxaReeds More than 1 year ago
A good story line creates peril for the good guys. The perils pile on and Anderson is not afraid to kill characters off to develop the story. Great battle action and the melding of modern (1940s) technology with ancient ones adds pleasure to the book. The apperance of a new major player makes book #4 a must read.
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Will send to our troops overseas when finished reading
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A solid read for any Sci-fi fan.Whats not to love, WWII, Destroyers,Dinosaurs. dimesional travel. alternate life forms and A good story. Looking forward to the next book in the series
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