Deadly Shores (Destroyermen #9)

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Taylor Anderson
May 6, 2014

National bestselling author Taylor Anderson’s explosive WWII alternate-history series continues as a do-or-die battle is waged that risks far more than anyone bargained for.

The long-planned raid on the heart of the Grik Empire has grown more ambitious—and dangerously ill defined. Only Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, seems focused on its original intent.

Many Lemurians see an opportunity to reconquer their sacred homeland, which was stolen long ago, and have no intention of simply striking a blow and then pulling back. Others, Lemurian and human, have their own agendas—which may not be in the best interests of the Alliance. Complicating matters further is Reddy’s suspicion that his task force is being stalked by an unknown power bent on aiding the Grik for reasons of its own.

As the raid begins and chaos reigns, Reddy has no choice but to go all-in, risking everything in a desperate act that results in a sprawling, nightmarish battle on the beaches of “Grik City,” on the very decks of Walker, and in the labyrinthine passageways of the Celestial Palace itself.

The final cost could be more than Matt Reddy—or the Alliance—can bear.


So, the Alliance is ready to fully take the fight to the Grik. Kind of. Not really. Just sail up the river and conquer their capital. Simple, right? But like many plans, it works great until you actually implement it. “No plan survives contact with the enemy,” Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (probably). And boy is that true here. Certain people in the Alliance are still coming to terms with the Grik getting smarter. The Alliance is still using sound military strategy, but the Grik are getting better at doing that too.

Now, the Lemurians know what the plan is here. Go in, hit the Grik, get out. But their target is their ancestral homeland. Reddy goes in knowing that once the fighting actually starts, this isn’t going to be a battle for the Lemurians. It’s going to be a crusade. Not so much in the religious sense of the word, but more in that the Lemurians can finally get some payback against the ancestral enemies that they’ve been powerless against up until this point. And there is a bit of a religious undertone with how their faith was based on things from Earth. Anderson just doesn’t explore that aspect of it too heavily here.

We do also see some developments on the eastern front here, but Deadly Shores pretty heavily focuses on the western theater. It does bounce between other places too since Anderson has like 50 different characters to show off at this point. It makes it kind of hard to give everyone enough screentime, but a lot of war series end up this way. Heck, long-running series in general (at least for books). Authors can throw in new characters whenever in their storytelling because they don’t have to hire new actors.

Anyway, this series continues to be a fun, action-packed sci-fi romp. Looking forward to seeing where the next book takes these characters.

June 20, 2021

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