Straits of Hell (Destroyermen #10)

Straits of Hell Book Cover Straits of Hell
Destroyermen
Taylor Anderson
Sci-fi
Roc
May 5, 2015
Paperback
420

New York Times bestselling author Taylor Anderson’s phenomenal alternate history Destroyermen series continues as a game-changing conspiracy throws the hope of honor, trust, and survival into chaos....

Matt Reddy’s old Asiatic Fleet destroyer USS Walker has been mysteriously transported to an alternate version of earth. Here WWII is no longer raging, and Reddy and his crew have been trying to find a new place for themselves in this strange new world.

Now, along with the felinoid Lemurians and Imperial allies, they fight to keep the reptilian Grik, a race growing in supremacy, from reconquering the Lemurians’ ancestral home on Madagascar. Reddy and his crew are exhausted, far from reinforcements, and wildly outnumbered, so the odds seem greater than ever before.

As for the fate of the Americas, Don Hernan and the evil Dominion have gathered to annihilate the forces behind the walls of Fort Defiance as a shadowy power with an agenda all its own rises with chilling resolve.

As the war teeters on a knife-edge, a tipping point may have been reached at last—and cold steel and hot-blooded valor will remain the ultimate weapons.

 

So, Straits of Hell starts us in on the endgame sequence. The Alliance is heading towards the Grik’s front door before their enemies can regroup. They know full well that if the Grik manage to regroup, the war is lost. With how quickly the Grik breed and how fast they’re catching up to modern military technology, the Alliance will be both outmanned and outgunned if the Grik are given time. All they have to do is reach the Grik capital and finish the fight. On the other hand, there’s the river to consider.

Now, rivers are incredibly important in military history. A river can be a limited natural barrier against infantry and vehicles; whoever controls the bridges controls that barrier. Where watercraft are involved, the river provides a convenient means of transportation for equipment, supplies, weapons, and troops. The river in Straits of Hell is also critical because it controls the Grik capital’s access to the ocean. And Taylor Anderson handles this masterfully. Both sides know that the river is a choke point. This war that has spanned an entire ocean is now down to whoever controls this river having the upper edge.

And Taylor Anderson depicts this masterfully. It’s a slow crawl up the river, fighting past enemy defenses on the water and shores alike. Not to mention going in with limited resources in the first wave while the rest of the fleet rallies. There is a lot of action here, even for this series. And the Grik are fighting better while this is going on. Most of the old Grik relying on zerg rush tactics have been killed. The living officers are fighting smart and using real tactics.

Another solid entry in the Destroyerman series. The Grik storyline is coming to a close, leaving more room in future novels to deal with the Alliance’s other enemies.

July 18, 2021

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