Devil’s Due (Destroyermen #12)

Devil's Due Book Cover Devil's Due
Destroyermen
Taylor Anderson
Sci-fi
Ace Books
June 13, 2017
Paperback
496

New York Times bestselling author Taylor Anderson continues the thrilling Destroyermen series of alternate history and military strategy, as the conflict is about to become terrifyingly personal....

Captain Matt Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker have been fighting for their lives ever since their ship was swept from the Pacific to another world and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between their Lemurian allies and the ravening Grik.

But things are about to get worse. With Reddy's family and allies held prisoner by the mad General Kurokawa, the mysterious League and evil Dominion plotting schemes of their own, and the Grik trying to build their swarm and concentrate power, Reddy faces danger on all sides.

Although desperate to confront Kurokawa, Captain Reddy fears he's subordinating the war effort for personal reasons. But Kurokawa is too dangerous to be left alone. With the mighty League battleship Savoie at his command, he plots a terrible vengeance against Reddy and his tiny, battered destroyer.

The stage is set for a devastating cataclysm, and Reddy and his allies will have to risk everything to protect what they hold dear.

 

A lot of Devil’s Due focuses on the same things as the rest of the Destroyermen series. The ongoing war (split fully between multiple fronts), a complex plot and cast of characters, and Anderson’s meticulous attention to detail, particularly where military technology is concerned. And that last bit ties into the character development we see this time around. The war is far from over, but it is starting to wrap up. There’s still plenty of fighting left to be done but the end is in sight. It’s starting to look like this may actually end. That they might actually win. And the characters start to ponder what that means.

Way back in book 1, the Lemurians were a (mostly) peaceful people. They only took up arms because the Grik forced them to. And they were a divided people with each Home and land city doing their own thing. The war changed all of that. Everyone’s under one banner now and everybody, soldiers and citizens alike, are helping the war effort. Their technology is decades ahead of what it was, but it’s all been focused on war. So, when peace finally comes, what does that mean? Things will never be like they were before. And the realization of that is starting to sink in.

The characters are fully aware that they did what they had to do. But all the deaths of the war, the orphans those deaths created, and the sheer psychological effects are unprecedented to these people. And while all this is going through everyone’s minds, the war continues as the final battle against Kurokawa draws near. I obviously won’t spoil how that plays out, but man, it was good.

Despite being 12 books in, this series is still solid. It’s not suffering from the decay many long-running series go through and I really hope it stays that way.

September 19, 2021

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