Blood In the Water: Destroyermen
by Taylor Anderson
Cover Artist: 3DI Studio
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Roc Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451470638
Date: 14 June 2016 List Price $27.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Humans and Lemurians are gaining allies, but they are about to learn more about the forces aligned against them. They know the Grik, Dominion, and the Japanese. They will finally learn more about the mysterious group centered around the Mediterranean.
Nearly exhausted from fighting on two fronts with their supply chain over extended, the Grand Alliance is nearing what they hope is the final confrontation with the Grik. A supply fleet is bringing the material and troops needed to make the next push. But even as new allies are found, the extent of the Grik preparations comes to light.
Just like in life, the enemy does not follow the path you hope they will take. The supply fleet is a ripe target for Kurokawa, who is developing ties with the Fascist troops. Those new allies have their own plans for a ship with a precious cargo. A crazy old man will be the powder that sparks the keg. The explosion and well laid plans will lead to the next chapter of adventure on this world.
On the Dominion front, things seem to be going well. The forces of New Britain are pushing forward. A special mission is undertaken to find the other former U.S. forces. Things seem to be going well, perhaps too well.
This is the eleventh book in the Destroyermen series and thus not the best starting point for new readers. The long course of the series has allowed the characters and world to be highly developed. Even with all of the development, there are still many unexplored areas, sure to be viewed in future volumes. There are hours of entertainment awaiting in each volume.
The clash of multiple cultures and people from different traditions is a large part of the attraction. This is similar to what was developed in the Lost Regiment series, but taken to a new level of complexity. There are multiple people and multiple species warring in both. Additionally both have a lot of tech build up and rediscovery of old tech which is similar to many lost in time stories, most particularly the Ring of Fire series, but also the classic Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp.
Taylor Anderson is an expert in some of the tech that is being used by the characters. This makes the scenes he writes in the use of that equipment realistic. He also builds in equipment degradation which is sometimes overlooked. Modern technology is more susceptible to wearing as equipment is so easy to replace so durability is not a high priority.