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Crusade I found book one in the Destroyermen series to be fun and entertaining, if a bit flat and cheesy, style wise Book two, though, actually had me wanting to stand up and cheer Not that it s any less flat and cheesy, but there are some quintessential qualities that Taylor Anderson brings to this series that I ve been missing in sci fi and military fiction lately.Duty, honor, bravery, sacrifice, and heroism Men acting like men Yes, the women both human and Lemurian are pretty brave too A w I found book one in the Destroyermen series to be fun and entertaining, if a bit flat and cheesy, style wise Book two, though, actually had me wanting to stand up and cheer Not that it s any less flat and cheesy, but there are some quintessential qualities that Taylor Anderson brings to this series that I ve been missing in sci fi and military fiction lately.Duty, honor, bravery, sacrifice, and heroism Men acting like men Yes, the women both human and Lemurian are pretty brave too A war that feels like a war.This book is very similar to an old WWII movie the ones made before we got cynical and stopped presenting Americans as the good guys The USS Walker and its sister ship the USS Mahan have allied with the Lemurians, a civilized race descended from lemurs in the alternate Earth in which the two destroyers find themselves They face the Grik, an almost mindlessly violent race descended from reptiles or dinosaurs In Crusade, we learn that the Japanese battleship Amagi, which chased the two American destroyers into the storm that brought it to this world, followed them, and is now allied with the Grik.This makes the two sides pretty starkly black and white Americans and friendly lemur people vs Japanese and evil crocodile people.But, the Americans and Lemurians are not universally good, and the Japanese are not universally evil There is in fighting among the various land dwelling and sea going tribes of Lemurians, some of the Americans get themselves into trouble with bad behavior, while in addition to Lieutenant Shinya, the captured Japanese officer who has now become effectively a part of the Walker s crew, Anderson also writes some scenes from the point of view of the Amagi s crew, and specifically, its unfortunate executive officer The Japanese are Imperial Japanese They have a duty, and an enemy But while their captain is evidently going mad, the rest of the crew is starting to have doubts about whether they d really rather be allied to cannibalistic lizard men than Americans Crusade is a series of battles, political alliances, and chases, with the tension ramping up as they discover that the Grik are invading the home of the Lemurians in a massive swarm, and worse, accompanied by a Japanese battlecruiser The climax, in which the Walker faces a vastlypowerful ship it can t possibly defeat, is worthy of the most rocking naval adventure As they are trying to evacuate thousands of Lemurians in the face of the Grik invasion, and no matter what they do, they must cope with the inevitable losses of thousands , the tragedy and heroism of both humans and Lemurians is rousing, inspiring, a real edge of your seat adventure.Removed from the geopolitical considerations of Earth, the Americans in this world are a little pocket of America all their own, and it s what they make of it And so far, they are what you d expect from a red blooded US Navy crew sailors, heroes, not untarnished with the occasional scoundrel, but good men worthy of respect and admiration without the author doing a lot of jingoistic chest beating.The technical details all seem to be authentic and well researched, from the advantages and disadvantages of the two American four stackers vs the huge, ultra modern Amagi which is struggling with damage of its own and the difficulties of getting repairs and fuel from its Grik allies to the aerial duel between a salvaged seaplane and a Japanese spotting biplane, to problems with American torpedoes Throw sailing ships and the Lemurians giant seagoing homes into the mix, and you ve got a blend of Horatio Hornblower, Battlestar Galactica, and Midway.I m giving this book 5 stars because it was exciting all the way through, and I was worried about the heroes at every step of the way when the Amagi shows up, you really feel the Oh, shit moment as Captain Reddy realizes how badly they are screwed This book improved the last by adding depth to Lemurian culture including , ah, relations between humans and Lemurians some good, some very much not , and even a little bit to the Grik, although so far they re still pretty much just a mindless horde of barely sentient monsters led by evil overlords.It s not literary, it s just the modern version of a pulp adventure, but damn, I like it, even if I am looking at the length of the series 9 books and counting now and reviews of later books in the series that seem to indicate that the author is no hurry to wrap it up I m surprised that I am actually enjoying these books Alternate history is so not my thing, but this has been kind of fun I like the characters They are well drawn and down to earth There is such a strong conflict of good vs evil that flows throughout the whole story The story moves at a nice pace with something new always coming into play When I started this, I wasn t sure if I wanted to read it, but I m glad I did SO 4 STARS. The gripping and riveting Destroyermen saga continuesLieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making Swept from the World War II Pacific into an alternate world, they have allied with the Lemurians a mammalian race threatened by the warlike reptilian Grik The Lemurians are vastly outnum What can I say here This is prime, number 1, grade A brain candy No redeeming characteristics hereno deep literary meaningsno nuanced story telling This is the story of an obsolete WW1 destroyer and a destroyer escort of the same age thrown into a world of wooden ships, intelligent lemur like creatures that the humans call monkey cats and large also intelligent carnivorous lizards who don t take prisoners after battle They simply eat the enemy.Oh there s also an ultra modern W What can I say here This is prime, number 1, grade A brain candy No redeeming characteristics hereno deep literary meaningsno nuanced story telling This is the story of an obsolete WW1 destroyer and a destroyer escort of the same age thrown into a world of wooden ships, intelligent lemur like creatures that the humans call monkey cats and large also intelligent carnivorous lizards who don t take prisoners after battle They simply eat the enemy.Oh there s also an ultra modern WW2 Japanese Battle Ship ailed with the lizards.sort of a wrench in the works.This is the second in the series and I enjoyed it as much as the first It s full of action and the characters are well fleshed out human and otherwise We get a good expansion of the plot line and the end while an obvious set up for the next book is also good.I like itI recommend itenjoy Another good entry in the series Things get tougher Anderson isn t kind to all the characters There weredeaths than I expected, but it s a very tough world situation Since reading the first one, I found out why they didn t mention why the world is as it is This takes place in 1941 I hadn t realized just how much our science had progressed since then Kudos to Anderson for getting so much right.If you haven t read the first, do NOT read this one They really need to be read in ord Another good entry in the series Things get tougher Anderson isn t kind to all the characters There weredeaths than I expected, but it s a very tough world situation Since reading the first one, I found out why they didn t mention why the world is as it is This takes place in 1941 I hadn t realized just how much our science had progressed since then Kudos to Anderson for getting so much right.If you haven t read the first, do NOT read this one They really need to be read in order They re great as audiobooks, although a bit long There s some repetition touchy feely stuff that gets a bit old, but still highly recommended I am not a big fan of reading the second book in a trilogy or series and skipping the first book, but I found myself in this situation when a new title at the library caught my eye Destroyermen Crusade is a novel in that famous science fiction fantasy tradition, the transplanted people into a parallel universe In this case, two United States destroyers are apparently in the midst of a battle with a Japanese Battle Cruiser Amiga during the Battle of the Java Sea in World War II, when as a resu I am not a big fan of reading the second book in a trilogy or series and skipping the first book, but I found myself in this situation when a new title at the library caught my eye Destroyermen Crusade is a novel in that famous science fiction fantasy tradition, the transplanted people into a parallel universe In this case, two United States destroyers are apparently in the midst of a battle with a Japanese Battle Cruiser Amiga during the Battle of the Java Sea in World War II, when as a result of a storm they are transplanted to an alternative Earth which is inhabited by two alien beings the Lemurians, a group of sea dwelling tree people who befriend the Americans and the Grik, a murderous canibalistic race of ferocious lizards who kill and eat everything in their path In this second volume, the American s of the USS Walker have already fought one battle against the Grik and have discovered their disgusting ways Now Captain Reddy and his crew, comprised of Lemurians and Americans are on a mission to convince the various nation states of Lemurians to join together to defeat the Grik The first part of the plan is to go to another Lemurian island and try to save them from being overrun and eaten by the Grik Of course, nothing ever goes according to plan, and the people who are under siege may not help the Americans at all There are some thrilling naval action battles between the Walker and its advanced armaments and the Grik ships In a subsequent section of the novel, the Grik return with their allies the Japanese ship Amiga and the Walker and their allies must escape from a second Armada The Walker does end up using some torpedoes and Anderson artfully interjects the problem with American torpedoes in WWII that is that they didn t work into the narrative.I liked this novel and will be on the look out for the next one, but it seems to me we already know how these books will turn out but getting there is part of the fun This book continues the fun of the first book It s very Edgar Rice Burroughs meets In Harm s Way the Movie Strong characters, difficult complex plot with intricate details that I find facinating I m already into book three and loving it This is a fun series Highly recommended for lovers of science fiction, Fantasy, and alternate reality stories It has a little Harry Turtledove in it too Fun read. Crusade by Taylor Anderson good honest old fashioned beat the the baddies up sci fi military romp Aha but wait there s , a whole lotSecond episode has all the bones for some epic mashup battles, medieval versus 19th and 20th century technologies, something to definitely get your chomps around and have some fun. In Crusade we rejoin Captain Reddy and the crew of the Walker They have forged an alliance with the mammalian Lemurians against the predatorial, rapacious Grik After saving the sea folk, the Humans and Lemurians turn to rescue the land based Lemurians A captured Grik ship leads them to believe an all out assault is going to be made on the unsuspecting city states Sure enough the Walker and an armada of Lemurians arrive to lift the siege and smash a Grik fleet.Crusade suffers from second book In Crusade we rejoin Captain Reddy and the crew of the Walker They have forged an alliance with the mammalian Lemurians against the predatorial, rapacious Grik After saving the sea folk, the Humans and Lemurians turn to rescue the land based Lemurians A captured Grik ship leads them to believe an all out assault is going to be made on the unsuspecting city states Sure enough the Walker and an armada of Lemurians arrive to lift the siege and smash a Grik fleet.Crusade suffers from second book syndrome I predicted three stars before I even cracked it open In the first book everything was new and there were questions all over the place Where was the crew of the Walker Who were the good guys How would they survive, especially in the face of the Grik menace By book two these questions are answered The Walker is in an alternate world where evolution took another path They will survive by forging an alliance with the Lemurians They will defeat the Grik by converting to a total war footing and arming the Lemurians with cannons In this book it is about watching the predicted story line unfold There is a surprise in the story that adds a bit of a spark, but for the most part the story unfolds as expected.Does this all mean that the book is bad Nope It was a fun read It just wasn t cracking with originality It s a fun book and a fun series however, the Destroyermen series just doesn t rise to that next level in my mind Good, but not great, brain candy Three stars out of five Yes I liked it.No, I m not going to give you a lengthy description of the book because I don t believe I am the Roger Ebert of the literary world.This is what matters to me.1 I enjoyed the book.2 I don t regret the time I spent with it.3 I wouldn t mind rereading relistening to it at a later date.This book meets those requirements If what matters to me matters to you and you enjoy military science fiction, this book might be for you.


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