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What a fun and unique little series this has been This is the 6th book in the series I think it has helped me to read them in order Even though the author brings some resolution at the end of each installment, I m not getting lost even though things tend to move quickly The sad thing is..is that my library doesn t have the rest of this series on audio there are 5What the heck This book felt a littlecomplex as the original characters are being spread kind of thin on the wa What a fun and unique little series this has been This is the 6th book in the series I think it has helped me to read them in order Even though the author brings some resolution at the end of each installment, I m not getting lost even though things tend to move quickly The sad thing is..is that my library doesn t have the rest of this series on audio there are 5What the heck This book felt a littlecomplex as the original characters are being spread kind of thin on the war front and plus, many have died But there are alwayscharactersnot necessarily humanbut still, there areAnd they are all well drawn The best part for me is the good vs evil drama that plays out in each one I loved the battle.I will say that this one seemedviolent and graphic then I remember the others being But this author is such a great storyteller Now I just need to see how to get my hands on the next 5 At this point, if you re still reading the Destroymen, you re pretty well committed Wish I had aprofound review beyond I liked it.A few twists and turns, but nothing thats earth shattering given the setup and events that occurred in the past books. You could easily retitle this book And then For example And thenthey sent an expedition to South Africa And thenthere were Dominion troops hidden in the woods And thenthey mounted guns on their reconnaisance planes And thenZEPPELINS The zeppelins are especially important, because now we really know it s alternate history.I know that and then could be used as a description of the way any plot driven book is structured, but Firestorm really brings it to the fore It mostly se You could easily retitle this book And then For example And thenthey sent an expedition to South Africa And thenthere were Dominion troops hidden in the woods And thenthey mounted guns on their reconnaisance planes And thenZEPPELINS The zeppelins are especially important, because now we really know it s alternate history.I know that and then could be used as a description of the way any plot driven book is structured, but Firestorm really brings it to the fore It mostly seems like a bridge between Rising Tides and Iron Gray Sea and now that I think about it, I think Rising Tides would have been a much better title for this book that s a continuing series of oneupmanship between the Grand Alliance, the Grik Empire, and the Dominion The Grand Alliance uses one trick, the the Grik come up with something, then the Grand Alliance comes up with something to counter it, then the Grik surprise everyone and use a new strategy, etc., and the same thing for the Grand Alliance and the Dominion.In that way, the book is pretty predictable, because every time the Grik or the Grand Alliance despite featuring prominently in the action, the Dominion has basically no viewpoint time in the book come up with a new plan to overcome their enemies, it s obvious that the other side is going to come up with a new plan to top that, and then after they deploy that plan, their opponents are going to come up with a new plan, in an endless cycle of repetition However, that does make the book exciting, and I found myself caught with two conflicting imperatives On the one hand, when I wasn t actively reading Firestorm, I wasn t really that interested in picking it up again, but when I was reading it, I found myself eagerly devouring it with the aim towards finding out what the next scheme was.The worldbuilding continues to be a major bright spot, and one of the reasons I like the Destroyermen series so much is seeing exactly how much has changed from Earth and how those changes have cascaded into butterfly effects I was especially interested in the scraps of info Firestorm gave about the fauna of the Americas, which even in the brief description of the megafauna, sounds very different than the primarily lizard and dinosauroid based life we ve seen up until this point I could put up with a lot to see what new things the crew of the Walker will discover next, and this book didn t require me to put up with too much.Unfortunately, that statement applies two ways, and I think that s why I wasn t that fond of the ending I suspect the whole book is basically one long buildup to Iron Gray Sea, and in terms of plot, not all that much happens Ceylon gets invaded, but the Grand Alliance doesn t make it to India New Ireland is retaken, but the war doesn t push all the way to the Dominion The ending is just another big AND THEN with a lot of treading water and minimal forward movement It reminds me of Lord of Chaos, honestly, where if you dial down to the details, there are a lot of things that happen, but it s mostly a lot of bouncing around between character viewpoints and little overall plot advancement I can only hope this isn t the beginning of a slide that ends in, to pick the worst of all possible worlds, Tom Kratman having to finish the Destroyermen series after Anderson s death Then we d learn that the real reason the Grik are so psychotically evil is because travelers from our world converted them is Islam Although, I guess the Grik are kind of Communist, and the Grand Alliance did just introduce gold backed currencyIt s a workmanlike entry in the series, but I m glad Iron Grey Sea is already out and I don t have to wait to read it This book allowed fordepth of character as we get to know Silva better and that s what we call an adventure right there we get to knowabout the supporting cast Anderson s series is spread between Hawaii, as far north as Japan and China and as far south as Indonesia The technology boom in Baalkpon is in full gear and the hairy scary lizards who really aren t lizards are in retreat Jim Ellis has a chip on his shoulder and the army is growing, training and able to kick so This book allowed fordepth of character as we get to know Silva better and that s what we call an adventure right there we get to knowabout the supporting cast Anderson s series is spread between Hawaii, as far north as Japan and China and as far south as Indonesia The technology boom in Baalkpon is in full gear and the hairy scary lizards who really aren t lizards are in retreat Jim Ellis has a chip on his shoulder and the army is growing, training and able to kick some seroius booty Rebecca is a wonderful addition to the story, firey, strong willed, young and already been through a lot Sandra Tucker, lovely as a Betty Crocker Housewife in a a little black dress and Tabby and the mice have to break up what s with them anywaysgreat characters Lots of action, ship to ship combat, guns blazing and somebody needs to learn how to duck Oh, and Silva s on a mission from God ahem Yeah, I thought that was a hoot too Laughed so hard I almost wrecked my car Silva s just one of those characters that borders on realistic but is just too much fun to not enjoy 4 stars, consistantly good, the only reasons for not giving five is that this book is less combat andtransitional to the next phase of Anderson s story It s good, fun, and necessary, just not as fun as the books behind it, or the ones coming up Still with all things being relative, a mediocre Destroyerman book is as good as a great book from most other series More fun reading ( E-PUB ) ♱ Firestorm ♉ Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker find themselves caught between the nation they swore to defend and the allies they promised to protect For even as the Allies and the Empire of New Britain Isles stand united against the attacks of both the savage Grik and the tenacious Japanese, the Holy Dominion a warped mixture of human cultures whose lust for power overshadows even the Grik is threatening to destroy them both with a devastating weapon neither can withstand Once again, Anderson s skill at crafting battles has outdone itself Where the previous book had the largest naval battle to date, Firestorm boasts one of the largest land battles of the series The other world war now in full swing has heated up to a fiery crescendo The Battle of New Ireland island against the blood thirsty psuedo Catholics, the Dominion, was an intense war of its own spread over four cities, harbors, mountains and forests The Allies were put to the test in urban combat for Once again, Anderson s skill at crafting battles has outdone itself Where the previous book had the largest naval battle to date, Firestorm boasts one of the largest land battles of the series The other world war now in full swing has heated up to a fiery crescendo The Battle of New Ireland island against the blood thirsty psuedo Catholics, the Dominion, was an intense war of its own spread over four cities, harbors, mountains and forests The Allies were put to the test in urban combat for the first time, as well as finally meeting resistance in the skies above, both there and especially on the seas.Best of all, though, was Dennis Silva at his most absolutely relentless finest His becoming the first long range sniper of the war, if even just the one time, has cemented him as favorite character for sure This book rarely ever let up from the intense struggles of the building, two front conflict I could go on about some of the other big things happening, but I ll just end up giving away the good stuff Absolutely worth continuing the series If you ve read any of the Destroyermen books and there s no point in beginning with this book if you haven t read its predecessors , then this is everything you ve come to expect from the series In fact, I haven t bothered to review books 2 5 largely because the quality, tone, and general feel of the books doesn t vary much from one to the next The biggest change is that while the first few books reminded me of Burroughs and his lost worlds with their focus on the U.S.S Walker s efforts to If you ve read any of the Destroyermen books and there s no point in beginning with this book if you haven t read its predecessors , then this is everything you ve come to expect from the series In fact, I haven t bothered to review books 2 5 largely because the quality, tone, and general feel of the books doesn t vary much from one to the next The biggest change is that while the first few books reminded me of Burroughs and his lost worlds with their focus on the U.S.S Walker s efforts to save the cat monkey people Lemurians against the depredations of the lizard y Grik , the last couple books have benttowards Turtledove or Stirling with their alternate history human civilizations the New British Imperials and the Aztec Catholic Holy Dominion Anyway, in Firestorm the world grows larger as the action moves to Saaylon and the New British colonies on the west coast of North America as the American Lemurian Alliance against the Grik Jap menace is forced to confront the Holy Dominion s threat to their new allies, the New British Empire As you d expect from a Destroyermen book, the march of martial progress sees both sides introducing new technologies and techniques and Anderson s characters rise to the occasion with their usual but enjoyable blend of courage, innovation, and sacrifice That said, there are three primary weaknesses particular to Firestorm The first is that the biggest shocker of the book is revealed on the cover somebody slap the artist, especially since the U.S.S Walker doesn t actually fight the view spoiler Zeppelins hide spoiler cause it s on the other side of the world at the time The second is that Anderson feels the need to repeat a LOT of information with each of his books, reminding the reader about characters back stories and major involvements in the series to date if I had a nickel for every time he s explained that Chack was formerly a staunch pacifist before the Grik invaded this is actually a problem in books 2 5 as well, but since I didn t review any of them, I felt I ought to mention it here interestingly, Anderson actually tones this down in book 7 kudos to his editor Unlike my review of the first book, I m not going to harp on the issue of convenience because frankly, either you ve drunk the kool aid and embraced the A Team montage tech social development that parallels the war effort and admittedly, it is fun watching them try and cobble together a better mouse trap so to speak or you quit on this series a long time ago No, my issue is the view spoiler zeppelins hide spoiler and Anderson s sadly generous depiction of their effectiveness, particularly given his impressive grasp of naval warfare and the abilities limitations of associated technologies To elucidate without going into too much detail, view spoiler with the aid of the mad Japanese Captain Kurokawa, the Grik are able to build a massive fleet of primitive zeppelins that are able to carry a sizable crew, a large military payload, and cross the Indian Ocean While all of these qualities are possible, this particular MIX of capabilities with that tech base is impossible To explain, a primitive airship is a VERY short ranged vehicle because of the prodigious rate at which it consumes fuel and the weight of said fuel for their size, airships have relatively small useful payload capability , while the lifting gas keeps the airship up, an airship must have powerful engines to counteract the effects of wind, since the large envelope is essentially a giant sail As a comparison point, German WW1 era zeppelin bombers were comparatively sophisticated thanks to aluminum frames, compact gasoline powered internal combustion engines, and otheradvanced features and they rarely flew bombing raidsthan a couple hundred miles from their bases in Belgium across the comparatively placid North Sea and were often blown off course The idea that MUCHprimitive craft could cross the thousands of miles across the tempestuous Indian Ocean at high altitude no less with a sizable military payload to specific targets and in formation is simply laughable and for me made the last few chapters of the book very difficult to swallow I admit, this is nerd rage, but compared to the level of detail and consideration Mr Anderson usually puts into his books, this lapse was jarring hide spoiler digression over Anyway, in spite of these issues, Mr Anderson continues to develop a fascinating world and an intriguing and challenging war for his dauntless crew of heroes 2.5 stars Originally published at Fantasy Literature is the sixth book in Taylor Anderson s DESTROYERMEN series about the WWII navy warship USS Walker that was hurled into an alternate Earth during an electrical storm If you didn t know that, you should probably stop here and go back to read the first book, Into the Storm, and the subsequent volumes before continuing on In Firestorm, our heroes are spread out across the world trying to stop e 2.5 stars Originally published at Fantasy Literature is the sixth book in Taylor Anderson s DESTROYERMEN series about the WWII navy warship USS Walker that was hurled into an alternate Earth during an electrical storm If you didn t know that, you should probably stop here and go back to read the first book, Into the Storm, and the subsequent volumes before continuing on In Firestorm, our heroes are spread out across the world trying to stop evil in its several guises There are the Grik the lizard like horde that eats people who seem like the most natural enemy But then there are the bad Japs who also came through the storm and who were enemies back when everyone was on the real Earth And there s also the Dominion, a society of humans who adhere to a warped version of Christianity and who enslave women The Destroyermen and their Lemurian allies are fighting on all these fronts with Walker and the ships and planes they have salvaged, captured, or built since arriving.There are a few new twists in Firestorm The Grik, with the help of the bad Japanese, are beginning to genetically engineer their soldiers so that they now fight smarter not so much with the hive mind mentality they had before They ve also created a surprise weapon which, for any sighted reader, turns out not to be a surprise because it s clearly displayed in all its glory on the cover of the book There are a couple of other minor twists involving new ships and personnel along with news from the real world , but mostly the plot continues as it did in the previous book, Rising Tides.In my previous reviews of the DESTROYERMEN series I ve mentioned that it s a lot like Robert Jordan s WHEEL OF TIME a slow moving plot and a huge cast of characters spread out over an entire world At this point in the series, this description seems evenappropriate and I think I can predict that readers who loved WOT all the way through will probably love DESTROYERMEN and vice versa The plot does not advance very far in Firestorm similar to some of those middle WOT books and I almost feel like it could be skipped Anything significant that happens will probably be recapped in the next installment, since that s been Anderson s habit from the beginning However, if you just love spending time with Anderson s amiable characters and they are great characters , you ll probably enjoy Firestormthan I did.I m reading the DESTROYERMEN series in audio format They re produced by Tantor Audio and read by William Dufris Dufris is usually a great narrator, and he is here, too, but his voices for the Lemurians can get annoying, especially in this book, since they do a lot of the talking I wonder if Dufris had realized that the Lemurians would be talking so much in future installments, would he have given them those voices in the beginning Probably not Firestorm Destroyermen USS Walker might not be a Texas Ranger, but she would do Chuck Norris Proud USS Walker sails full steam ahead into deeper dangers despite Dominion Doms dastardly duplicitous deeds dealing death and destruction right back into the new menace facing them, flying Grik s grimacing faces The alliance grows, but in doing so it needs to protect and cover expanding territory, extending its protection and spreading its forces to the breaking point Forces beyond control force a Firestorm Destroyermen USS Walker might not be a Texas Ranger, but she would do Chuck Norris Proud USS Walker sails full steam ahead into deeper dangers despite Dominion Doms dastardly duplicitous deeds dealing death and destruction right back into the new menace facing them, flying Grik s grimacing faces The alliance grows, but in doing so it needs to protect and cover expanding territory, extending its protection and spreading its forces to the breaking point Forces beyond control force a multi front war into the laps of the Human Cat coalition The strange storms that brought Walker and her crew continue to cause transferences.Are you Ready Or are you Reddy Holy Kissing cousin of circumstance, Bataan Either way new Japanese menaces sail the savage seas, some willing to resort to cannibalism of captives that will never get the chance to struggle through the rigors of a Death March on this new Bataan less world Once exiled Japanese crewmen return leading Samurai Cats to save some from the stewpot, if only for another day to face other dangers Technological advances sea saw the balance of power, changing the course of the war on both sides The Grik s are learning, if only by attrition, that some things takethan just waves of cannon fodder, and that the meat grinders can grind exceedingly fine Even the grist of the mill might have some value in the hands of capable leaders, who are slowly learning to respond and mold the remains into something so ultimately un Grik like, as to closely approximate intelligent responses to danger, including the human standby, that he who survives to fight another day might just have to run away to do it, rather than fight until death that day.Traitors nearly cut the legs out from under New Britain s chances, much as the Dominion and the Companies perfidy launched the earlier attack on the civilians at the Dueling Grounds, which almost caused the loss of the Governors legs From Whom Words Shadow Doles DOLE archaic one s allotted share, portion, or destiny This has been the weakest entry of the Destroyermen series thus far It very much feels like a running in place, mostly filler addition There was precious little plot or character advancement and the one big surprise of the book is spoiled by the cover illustration Dunno what they were thinking It was okay, but towards the end I was skipping most of the descriptions and really hoping forinteresting stuff All the really good stuff happens in the last five pages.Hopefully this slow bubbl This has been the weakest entry of the Destroyermen series thus far It very much feels like a running in place, mostly filler addition There was precious little plot or character advancement and the one big surprise of the book is spoiled by the cover illustration Dunno what they were thinking It was okay, but towards the end I was skipping most of the descriptions and really hoping forinteresting stuff All the really good stuff happens in the last five pages.Hopefully this slow bubbler will set up a crack blam action packed story in the next volume.I was also terrifically annoyed the rampant abuse of putting words in quotation marks Anderson uses the technique correctly each time, but he abuses it so much that at times it became comical, with up to ten or twelve occurrences on a single page In previous books he overused the ellipsis as a method of indicating that a character or worse, himself as the author was searching for the right word I wonder if someone told him to tone that down and instead he s gone to the quotation mark as a crutch It s a tool, and tools shouldn t be this obtrusive.Perhaps if there weresubstance to the novel, the practice wouldn t have been as objectionable