Destroyermen: Crusade (Book 2)
Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians—a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik.
The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle. Luckily they are not alone. Reddy finally finds Mahan, the other destroyer that passed through the rift. Together, the two American ships will teach the Lemurians to fight and stand against the bloodthirsty Grik…Or so they think.
For there is another vessel that does not belong on these strange seas—the massive Japanese battle cruiser Amagi, the very ship that Walker was fleeing from when the rift took them. Like Mahan, it followed them through. And now Amagi is in the hands of the Grik.
—Peter Hodges on www.peter-hodges.com
“I mentioned in the review of Taylor Anderson’s first book, Destroyermen: Into the Storm, that I thought the work defied easy categorization. With its mix of science and military fiction, fantasy, and history, there’s a little something for everyone in this book. After reading Destroyermen: Cusade, I think I “get” what the series is about.
“If you’re not steeped in the military culture (or not a resident of Texas) this concept may be a little foreign. Honor, as Taylor has portrayed it in this book, is doing what’s right no matter the cost. There is really only one right choice at each branching point in the book–that is sticking by your allies, doing your best to accomplish your goals, and remaining loyal to your men no matter the circumstances. Doing so makes the overall goal of defeating a terrible enemy a reality. Taylor teaches some excellent lessons about what it means to be a man in this series, showcasing this with several of his characters “growing up” during the course of the plot. Young men at high school age could learn a great deal by giving these books a once over.
“Setting is just a crucible in which writers place characters to watch them do interesting things. By definition, a crucible is piece of laboratory equipment which is generally used as a container for reactions at high temperatures. Taylor has put the crew of the Walker, a WWI era four stacker destroyer, in a brilliantly designed crucible just to see what would happen. Men of disparate backgrounds, education, and work ethics come together to defend the Lemurian people who facing annihilation at the hands of the reptilian Grik. They don’t face simple domination; their people will be broken, harried, and eaten until they are extinct. The Grik are not a pretty enemy, nor is there anything redeeming about their character or culture (at least so far).
“Lt. Commander Matt Reddy, now Admiral Reddy at the behest of his Lemurian allies, welds an alliance of many different tribes together, spearheads a logistics drive to outfit them with rudimentary cannon, and uses a paroled Japanese officer and an older Marine sergeant to outfit a company of soldiers based on Roman infantry tactics. As you might guess, being an intrepid reader, all of this preparedness results in a huge battle at the climax of the book. The payoff is well worth it.
“Taylor’s sense of timing, comprehensible prose, and spot-on characterizations keep the narrative moving at a brisk pace to the inevitable conclusion. There are a few surprises along the way (even one that I totally called), but nothing feels like a deus ex machina. If you like action-packed adventure that hearkens back to the time when heroes were black and white and larger than life, then you cannot miss the novel.”
—Harriet Klausner on Genre Go Round Reviews
“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?”
—Gail Pruszkowski on Romantic Times Book Reviews
“This combination of military sci-fi and alternate-world thriller, Destroyermen, book two, picks up where book one ends, but newcomers will have no trouble grasping the plot. Descriptions and action-packed battle scenes add depth to a fast-paced plot. The two non-human races are well thought out, and there’s enough twists to keep the pages turning.”