Straits of Hell (Destroyermen #10) DNF

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Title: Straits of Hell

Series: Destroyermen

Author: Taylor Anderson

Rating: 0 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: DNF

Format: Kindle




My Thoughts:

I had to quit at the 10% mark because it was obvious that things were getting bigger in scope instead of resolved.

I read my last Destroyermen novel last year and was on edge about continuing the series due to Anderson simply bloating things up with new groups of humans, all over the place. This time I quit at the French/Italian/German/something group that shows up to ally with the Japanese. I think these are the french nazi’s from the previous book.

Just how many groups of lost humans have come to this world, why have they not connected before and why does Anderson do this to us? So I am done. I don’t care how well written these might be, Anderson is out of control in regards to story and plot and I won’t help him anymore by buying these.


Deadly Shores (Destroyermen #9)

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Title: Deadly Shores

Series: Destroyermen #9

Author: Taylor Anderson

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 465



The Alliance makes a big push to raid Madagascar, ancestral home of the Lemurians and now the home of the Grik queen.

During this time Matt Reddy realizes that he needs to truly become the military leader of the Alliance while staying out of the political arena.

A theory is put forth that this world is the dumping ground for multiple worlds and that is why you get all the differences. And we meet French nazis with submarines.


My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this book because it started with so much military/navy/ship porn that my eyes were glazing over and I was literally skimming pages of material.

It also doesn’t help that each book solves one problem and introduces 2 more, thus allowing Taylor to keep this series open indefinitely. I am not a fan of open series. I like it when the author knows the destination, even if they’re not sure how they are going to get there.

However, Taylor can write some of the best battle scenes I have ever come across. I was convinced I wouldn’t read any more in this series but the battle for Madagascar sucked me in so hard, so fast, so completely that if this book had just been that, it would have gotten 5 stars. So I’ll read the next book and complain about it too *smiles*

One of my other main issues is that Taylor is opening up the whole world and thus has too much material to work with. We have the Grik, the New Great Britain people, the twisted Catholic Dominion people, the unnamed People from the “south” I think and now French Nazis. Just how many “new” groups can Taylor stuff into this series? I find it ridiculous to be honest. Ridiculous and distracting. Each group is ancillary to the main Destroyermen and so we only get a little or no action from some groups in each book.

So while I enjoy this series, I can’t recommend it because of the ship porn [worse than Tom Clancy and his descriptions of missiles and such] and it’s ever growing scope. I wish I could recommend it however, as Taylor does some mighty fine writing.

Storm Surge (Destroyermen #8)


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Why even bother with a synopsis for this series? You’re not going to start with this book and by now, you already know what is happening: World War II on a fantasy world, ie Alt-History.


My Thoughts

This book went way up and way down for me. A couple of times I was ready to lay it down and quit the series. Mainly because Anderson is just working this for every detail that he can. I skipped whole pages as he described an officer on a boat/ship describe everything he saw as he made a tour.

Boat porn doesn’t work for me.

Then there were the times where the action was just so awesome that I was almost pumping my fist in the air. The fighting is great, just not all the strategizing and expansion of the war.

I just want to know when the end of this series is happening. I’ll gladly stick around until then, but I need to know. I can’t keep supporting this forever. And that is why I dropped this another 1/2 star. I feel like I’m being milked.


Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Author: Taylor Anderson

Storm Surge

Destroyermen #8

Iron Gray Sea (Destroyermen #7)

Iron Gray Sea
Destroyermen #7
Author: Taylor Anderson
4 of 5 stars


The new British Empire is dealt a grievous blow, the Alliance is beginning to break into factions due to its size, the Grik are quickly becoming “civilized” while the rogue Japanese are growing in influence, the Dom Empire is barely mentioned and finally, we are introduced to the “new” Empire who appear to want to be part of the Alliance.


My Thoughts:

While I enjoyed this (obviously, as I gave it 4 stars), the growth of the scope of the war and the continued introduction of yet more “empires”, with no resolutions to any of the already introduced problems, is beginning to wear on me.

I am still wrapping my head around the New British Empire and the Dom Empire and now I’m supposed to just accept another one? Tech is growing quickly and the Griks are changing so fast that I feel like they are also a completely new enemy.

Speaking of the Grik. They are changing as a species under the secret direction of the Japanese. It doesn’t work for me. A whole species, while it can adapt to new circumstances and new equations to their way of life, simply cannot continue as a cohesive whole while changing how Anderson is changing them. It just smacks of Deus Ex Machina for badguyness.

The Alliance. So far everything has worked well because strong, charismatic leaders have put the idea of wiping out the Grik ahead of politics and self interest. Sadly, that is changing.

And that leads me to my final point. This series is starting to scare me. Book 8 is already out and on my TBR and I see absolutely no way that it will be the final book. Shades of Robert Jordan are beginning to rise before me and I am wondering if this Destroyermen series will be the series that never ends.

I’ve bought the first 2 books but I don’t know if I can in good faith buy any more until I know that some resolution is in the works.

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Firestorm: DestroyermenFirestorm

Destroyermen #6

Taylor Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The war gets bigger. More characters. More technology. More tactics.

Lots MORE blah, blah, blah. One whole page described a plane taking off. Telling me every single boat’s name in a fleet. Describing how the gun/bullet combo of THIS gun is different/better/worse than THAT gun/bullet combo. It wore thin.

But those who love mil/sff probably ate it up.

I enjoyed the story. Lots of fighting with new twists to screw things up. At the end lots of things happen that open up this world even more. I do feel that Anderson is moving ahead a little too fast. I just hope he doesn’t let the story snowball out of control. Because I am really liking this overall storyline.

Rising Tides

Rising Tides: DestroyermenRising Tides

Destroyermen #5

Taylor Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The Grik get a rest from the spotlight [still in the story though] and instead we deal more with the British People, the Twisted Catholic Kingdom and some adventures due just to nature happening.

Anderson hops between story lines with a deftness that didn’t make me wish he would stay on the particular line I was reading, I was ok moving from one line to another. Which I am usually not a fan of.

This world is just so big and cool that we constantly get new adventures and I like that…

Distant Thunders

Distant Thunders
Destroyermen #4
by Taylor Anderson
Ebook, 432 pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this, with the following caveats;

1) So much techno-babble made my eyes glaze over
2) it is OLD technobabble-made my eyes glaze over even more
3) introducing the split in the “british” empire, the existence of the Dominion, the existence of lots of non-grik Grik and the continued expanding threat of the Grik, it was all too much for one book.
4) step by step repairs-BORING.

But other than that, good stuff ๐Ÿ™‚


Destroyermen #3
by Taylor Anderson
Ebook, 400 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this book, with it’s very large battle at the end, but it wasn’t as riveting as the previous book nor did I feel the excitement.

Taylor Anderson opens up enough extra cans that we know this could be a lengthy series[thankfully book 6!!! came out just as I was getting into this. Better not be as long as the Wheel of Time series though!]

I am not a big fan of alt/whatever, but this is keeping my interest. I do wish Anderson wouldn’t speechify so much though. Sometimes I feel like I’m re-reading the previous book as characters “remember” scads of info.


Destroyermen #2
by Taylor Anderson
Ebook, 400 Pages
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I was blown away.

This is a non-stop, seat of your pants, drag me along action sequence. It was exactly what I needed to de-stress today.

I was dragged along the emotional ups and downs right along with Cap’n Matt. Don’t know why things resonated so, but I felt a real connection with his battle with despair against impossible odds.

As for the bestiality hinted at in the previous books, it is expounded on slightly in this book. I realized though, that it wasn’t really talking about bestiality, because these are sentient creatures, and it IS sailors we are reading about. We’ll have to wait and see how cross-species interaction works out. Definitely not over the top or lewd. It is just taking into account how deprived sailors, with no women, would react to females of another sentient species.

Into the Storm

Into the Storm
Destroyermen #1
by Taylor Anderson
Ebook, 400 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I had no idea what this series was about, hadn’t even read a blurb, before I started it.

So I was under the impression it was about super robots, or mecha, or ninja’s or something. I mean, come on, Destroyermen? Sounds like an army of unstoppable killer thingies to me!

Little did I know I was wandering into the dark of Alt-History. Shudder.

However, it turned out ok. It was an interesting story, but it seemed a little too easier for them to solve their supply problems. The Spectre of Bestiality raises its ugly head, and that was one reason I only gave this 3 stars instead of 4.

I am looking forward to more in this series.