River of Bones: Destroyermen Series, Book 13 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The crew of a WWII destroyer face their greatest challenge yet as they try to survive in a strange new world in the next thrilling book in The New York Times best-selling series.
Commander Matt Reddy and his crew are afraid it may finally be the end of the USS Walker. Ever since their ship was transported to another world, and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between the Lemurians and the vicious Grik, the Walker has been taking a pounding. With Walker out of commission for repairs, Reddy takes command of a different ship and joins a desperate battle to block the Grik swarm.
Meanwhile, the humans and their allies face a deadly second front in the Republic to the south. All of Reddy's forces are committed, and there's no turning back. Either they'll win - or lose - everything....
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 10, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #31,081 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#66 in Alternate History Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#335 in Alternate History Science Fiction (Books)
#384 in Military Fantasy (Books)
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Mr. Anderson has the usual problem any other of an installment series has -- how to bring new readers up to speed while keep us long-timers moving along? I personally wish the answer would be "go back and read all the books in order"; if you pick this one up without the background you'll be lost and frustrated. Mr. Anderson has a love of detail necessary to build a world, and that sometimes means that the action has to wait a bit. Don't worry, it comes and it's very well written.
Complaints? Yes. A longer book would be nice...
destroyer slipped while in a battle for her life in the opening rounds of
World War II rarely stay static for long.
After finally successfully taking out mad admiral Kurokawa, Matthew Reddy's
fleet, at least those elements close enough to matter, is battered and
sidelined for emergency repairs. This is unfortunate because the Grik
have not been idle in their theater and are ready to dispatch a fleet
of galleys across the narrow ocean passage which separates their deep
heartlands from the captured capital. If they break into the open sea,
the battle is lost because no matter how many hundreds are sunk, enough
of the swarm will get through to land troops where there is simply not
enough force on the ground (nor any means to deliver it) to defeat them.
The only hope is to bottle them up in the river narrows leading to the
sea, and the only ship available to do it is the converted cargo ship
Santa Catalina. Every man & Cat on board knows it is a suicide mission
but one that has to be run -- the correlation of forces will never be
any more favorable as the Grik will always have the numbers, and are
rapidly becoming technologically sophisticated. While we follow the
action on a number of different fronts, and learn some alarming information
about the Dominion & The League of Tripoli, the main focus here is on the
impossible and doomed mission of the Santy Cat in the titular river.
In fact things are so bad that human tank Dennis Silva actually asks a
question nobody thought to ever hear.
This was a good installment in the "Destroyermen" saga. For the action,
of course, but also for the characters. In particular, we see the new
Grik troops, the second generation chosen from the birthing pens for
intelligence and initiative, start to come into their own, developing
distinct personalities and even beginning to question the wisdom of their
first generation superiors. There are even some tantalizing glimpses that
the new Queen Mother is starting to understand that she is getting the
mushroom treatment. I think Anderson's long term goal is to develop
an enemy that can surrender thus avoiding a 1930s SF style genocide.
I also have to think he is building up to interspecies romance, despite
having pulled back somewhat with Silva, Risa & Pam. At this point, it's
hard to imagine Kari & Fred in any other pairing, and Alan & Karen Letts
having adopted two Cat orphans mixes families already. The Republic Of Real
People won't like it, but they are finally fully committed to the Alliance
so they will eventually have to lump it.
Author Taylor Anderson keeps SO many balls in the air at the same time!
It feels like World War II (before my time, of course) coverage when the Point-Of-View (POV) skips between each of the MANY fronts of the Grik/Dominion/League war and catches you up on each regarding not only what the Allied forces are doing but also some of what the enemy forces are doing!
What made this book so good is that I'm rooting for ALL of the Allied forces! There are characters that I am vested in fighting in each of the many fronts of this war. This is a good thing. So, it is always interesting when the POV skips to the next front!
PLUS, the Grik enemies have evolved in the few short years since the Americans came to this world.
In the beginning, the Allies could count on Grik Rout. The Grik would attack en masse. If they met stiff enough resistance, they would usually break and individually run away as fast as they could.
Unfortunately, the Grik have had time to make "New Army" soldiers. These young Grik (now two years old approx.) have been trained from birth to think on their own and to behave much more like trained soldiers. They have learned how to form up into fighting lines where they can support one another and even retreat in an orderly fashion when they are losing the battle.
This, of course, is not good news for the Allies who had enjoyed being able to count on mindless Grik Rout! (The Allies deal with it, of course, and no longer factor Grik Rout into their battle plans.)
Highly recommended for all military sf/alternate history fans! As always with a series, you’ll get more out of this book if you had already read the preceding dozen books!
If you are new to the series, starting with volume 1, INTO THE STORM, is a good idea. This first volume is a sort of micro scale story of individuals against a hostile world. The later volumes are more of a macro scale story of entire peoples against each other in a world engulfing war. Individuals still appear in the stories and new characters are introduced but they interact within the context of grand scale war.