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Purgatory's Shore (Artillerymen Book 1) Kindle Edition
The United States, 1847. A disparate group of young American soldiers are bound to join General Winfield Scott's campaign against Santa Anna at Veracruz during the Mexican-American War. They never arrive.
Or rather . . . they arrive somewhere else.
The untried, idealistic soldiers are mostly replacements, really; a handful of infantry, artillery, dragoons, and a few mounted riflemen with no unified command. And they've been shipwrecked on a terrible, different Earth full of monsters and unimaginable enemies.
Major Lewis Cayce, late of the 3rd US "Flying" Artillery, must unite these men to face their fears and myriad threats, armed with little more than flintlock muskets, a few pieces of artillery, and a worldview that spiritually and culturally rebels against virtually everything they encounter. It will take extraordinary leadership and a cadre of equally extraordinary men and women to mold frightened troops into an effective force, make friends with other peoples the evil Holy Dominion would eradicate, and reshape their "manifest destiny" into a cause they can all believe in and fight for.
For only together will they have any hope of survival.
“Anderson masterfully digs into detailed military strategy and battle action while forcing his characters to reconsider the racial biases and religious dogma of the mid-19th century. This is a must read for fans of Harry Turtledove and other alternate-history authors.”—Booklist
"The writing is first-rate and the clash of technologies is a terrific example of science fiction’s ability to ask, “what if.” Highly Recommended."—Amazing Stories
“Anderson deftly switches his military and social focus to an earlier milieu of muskets and slavery, adding new layers to the history of this alternate Earth while providing longtime fans with plenty of recognizable touches. This is a promising series starter.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Taylor Anderson and the Destroyermen series
"I cannot recommend [these books] too highly."--New York Times bestselling author David Weber
"Taylor Anderson...[has] steamed to the forefront of alternative history."--National bestselling author E. E. Knight
"The fact that Anderson has a gift for complex plot and dialogue and a fabulous sense of humor makes reading his work a fun and guilt-free pleasure."--North County Times (CA)
"If you like a fun tale set in a well-developed world, pick up the Destroyermen series and kick back and enjoy."--SFRevu
About the Author
- ASIN : B08R55VC7S
- Publisher : Ace (September 21, 2021)
- Publication date : September 21, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5922 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 492 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,630 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I had so totally enjoyed Taylor Anderson's first alternate history series The Destroyermen and I am delighted to be BACK in the World of the Destroyermen, albeit about 100 years earlier!
About 100 years earlier is brilliant because we get the world but we also get an entirely new cast of characters to root for, in particular new Mi-Anakka. The Mi-Anakka (known in the first series as Lemurians or 'Cats) were my favorite nonhuman race in the last series and I'm very pleased to see them again in The Artillerymen, the tale of the 1847 Americanos.
Even better, we still have the vile Holy Dominion as the main enemy, one of the ones we loved to hate in the Destroyermen series!
The 1847 Americanos had been bound for Veracruz to join General Zachary as replacement troops in the Mexican-American War. They had sailed from the United States right into that same green-tinged awful storm at sea that got Captain Reddy's Asiatic Fleet in early 1942.
All of their ships (save one) were lost resulting in the Artillerymen being land-based. So, it is different enough from the U.S. Navy-centered previous series that we can enjoy a new adventure in the same treacherous world (yes, still full of Grik and dinosaurs) from the last series.
Can’t wait for the next book in the new Artillerymen series!
Highly recommended for The Destroyermen fans, series fans, alternate history fans, and fans of a well-told action-packed tale of courage and striving together against long odds!
Expect fantastic and memorable characters, intense battles, detailed mid-19th century weapons, and just a cracking good read.
I cannot recommend this book enough and I am SO very happy I have more of this fascinating world Taylor has created to explore.
The characters are just not that interesting even the ranger captain who is important for his name and lineage is just not. The book even seems woke-ish at times. There is no Mathew Reddy, no silva, no mice, Chack, Ticker, etc just some stuffy mildly engaging characters.
The worst problem is it does not keep me interested, I read every Destroyermen in 72 hours some faster the first time. I am actually writing this because I am bored with reading it and I decided to look at some reviews. I will be loyal to this author for a while because everybody has a bad day. I also went to Tarleton State for a year long ago so I got some investment.
You can read this without reading the Destroyer Men series but you would really miss out on a great great series! Read them all!