Winds of Wrath: Destroyermen Series, Book 15 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Matt Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker are positioned to push the line of battle to the breaking point on an alternate Earth, in the thrilling return to the New York Times best-selling Destroyermen series.
Matt Reddy and his sailors have fought, bled, and died for their Lemurian friends and other allies from across time, but their enemies are still operational. In Africa, the Grik General Esshk has escaped defeat to build a new army and new weapons, and is desperate enough to use them to destroy the world if he can't have it.
In South America, the NUS, General Shinya, and the Army of the Sisters have the evil Dominion on the ropes and are closing in on the seat of its blood-drenched power, but the twisted Don Hernan has struck a deal with the fascist League, and Victor Gravois is finally assembling the awesome fleet of modern ships he's always craved. If he's successful, the war will be lost.
Undermined by treachery on a stunning scale, Matt Reddy must still steam his battered old ship halfway around the world, scraping up what forces he can along the way, and confront the mightiest armada the world has ever seen in a fiery duel to the death.
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|Listening Length||24 hours and 48 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 09, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #75,892 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021
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brings the "Destroyermen" series into port. We have known from the
excerpts of Courtney Bradford's post-war book that, he, at least survived
the war and that the good guys won. It was just a matter of having too
many balls in the air to get to that end-state, and in this book Anderson
manages that pretty well.
Since Captain Matthew Reddy and his WWI era Asiatic-Fleet destroyer,
the USS Walker, were caught in a freak probability storm while
fighting a hopeless action against a Japanese super-battleship,
they have found themselves on another Earth, one with more or less
familiar topography, but which went down different evolutionary
paths. They have found friends & allies in the lemur-like "Cats",
the Empire of New Britain founded by long-ago by other castaways,
the New United States started by Mexican-War era timelost Americans,
and the Republic of Real People, a south african based multi-species
The alliance has been fighting first and foremost against the
dinosaur descended Griks. What force can be spared from that faces
The Holy Dominion, an unholy merger of the worst of Aztec totalitarianism
and corrupted Catholicism with, and in the background, there is
always lurking the fascist League of Tripoli.
Having, in the last book, finally brought an end, more or less, to
the Grik war (without having to commit a genocide) the full force
of the alliance can now be brought to bear on the Dominion and their
League backers. Against those forces, we have our usual cast of characters,
much thinned over 15 books of losses and often on their last emotional leg.
Who will live, and who will die? I'll have to say I was surprised in a
couple of cases. Justice is meted appropriately if imperfectly, and
it appears that some of the cancer may metastasize, but for now the
survivors may have a bit of rest. (That's not a big spoiler, this is
not the kind of series that carries on 15 books and then the good guys lose).
The only complaint I would make (aside from maybe having wrapped
things up in a few less books) is that Anderson teases inter-species
romance, but always backs away (despite having inter-species families
with war orphan adopted kids), starting with de Silva's maybe-yes/maybe-no
throuple, and then Tabby's infatuation, but most perplexingly here
with aviators Fred & Kari. Those two are clearly a couple but
Anderson seems unwilling to go there.
That aside, it's been a good ride, and if Anderson returns to the setting,
I'll be along.
The Old Sarge
If you have not read any of the previous Destroyermen books, buy all of them and start from the first before reading this.
If you don't know what the Destroymen series is, well, you're in for a helluva treat. Imagine a WWII destroyer getting sucked into a dimensional warp to an alternate version of Earth where things evolved a bit differently. And without giving too much away, it turns out they're not the first humans to show up, and those that have come before have left their mark.
Yup, you're on your own from there. Good luck, and good reading!
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Simply the best Alt History series I have read and I urge anyone who has not read this series to start the journey