Deadly Shores: Destroyermen
by Taylor Anderson
Cover Artist: 3DI Studio
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Roc Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451465665
Date: 06 May 2014 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Mathew Ready and the crew of the USS Walker are back for more action. Enemies and allies both old and new will make the lives of the crew very interesting.
All is relatively quiet on the Eastern front. The battles with the Dominion have created inroads, but the armies of the Dominion are massing. Concern of a hidden fleet are on the minds of the allied leaders. The Dominion leadership have their own trap set, the question is who will trap whom. The New British Islands are slowly coming together after the murders that decapitated the government.
In the West, a daring plan to threaten the Celestial Mother is hatched. The Allies plan to pull a Doolittle raid on the ancient lands. The plans are made, but much is not clear. There are as many different agendas as there are leaders. The ancient homelands are another trap, one from which many may not escape.
The Strakka, major storms that open the way to other timelines, have brought in additional players. It remains to be seen if they will join a side or play their own game. The new group that is introduced, but only from an oblique angle, is of great interest. They will change the formula going forward.
There still seems to be a long ways to go in the series. As one enemy faces defeat, another one crops up. Kurokawa is still on the loose and definitely has plans. He has contact with another group of people. It is not clear if it is a new group or another one that has been loosely introduced. His plans include breaking from the Grik.
The new Grik are an additional challenge. They have learned to defend. They don't break as easily as those that were being bred. With the right leadership, they could become a new force to balance the forces of the Celestial Mother.
One of the things that is slowly starting to happen is war weariness. Some see the end and want it over, others are traumatized by what they have seen and done. These are very real phenomena that soldiers in every war face.
I look forward to each new entrant into the series. There is still a lot of potential for new adventures as things progress. I especially look forward to the actions of Dennis Silva in each novel. He has a big personality and a knack for creating havoc. When he cuts loose, something worth seeing is going to happen. Of course as a later novel in a series it isn't the best starting point. Readers should look for Into the Storm first.
Although the exact mechanics aren't known yet, there is a similarity to the randomness of transfer in the Lost Regiment series by William Forstchen. There is also a similarity to Jules Verne's Mysterious Island.