Destroyermen (book series)

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The Destroyermen series is a series of alternate history books, written by American writer and historian Taylor Anderson. The eight books in the series so far are Into The Storm, Crusade, Maelstrom, Distant Thunders, Rising Tides, Firestorm, Iron Grey Sea, and Storm Surge.[1]

The books chronicle the adventures of the crews of the destroyer USS Walker (DD-163) and the Japanese battlecruiser Amagi, in the early stages of the War in the Pacific during World War II, being transported to an alternate Earth. This earth is the same geographically as the one they left, but evolution took a different turn eons ago.

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Into The Storm[edit]

In Into The Storm, the story begins during the Second Battle of the Java Sea. The USS Walker (DD-163) is a destroyer of the United States Asiatic Fleet, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy. The Walker was a part of the surviving ABDACOM fleet, consisting of the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Exeter, HMS Encounter, and the United States Navy destroyers Pope, and Mahan, all of which were fleeing from Japanese Naval forces. However, the Japanese forces closed range, and opened up on the small Allied fleet. The Exeter took a major hit, and ordered the remaining four destroyers to leave the crippled cruiser.

The destroyers were systematically sunk, starting with the Encounter, followed by the Pope shortly thereafter just as happened in the real naval battle. The surviving destroyers, Walker and Mahan then encountered the Japanese battlecruiser Amagi. Seeing no other option, Lieutenant Commander Reddy commanded the pair of destroyers to stage a torpedo attack, which sinks an accompanying destroyer, and badly damages the battlecruiser, before the ships were enveloped in a freak squall, and transported to an alternate world, where humans never evolved.

There are two races, the Lemurians, evolved giant lemurs from Madagascar, who are peaceful farmers and fishermen, and live on huge oceangoing houseboats called Homes. Walker's captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, meets with the Lemurian leadership, and forms an alliance with them to fight the other race, the Grik, who are at war with the Lemurians. The Grik are possible descendants of the dinosaur, Velociraptors.

Crusade[edit]

In the second book, Crusade, Reddy, and the crew of Walker, are training the Lemurians how to fight. The Amagi is now under Grik control, and her captain is half-mad.

Maelstrom[edit]

By Maelstrom, Reddy, his crew, and their Lemurian allies, are fighting the Grik. By Distant Thunders, the tide is turning.

Distant Thunders[edit]

Rising Tides[edit]

Firestorm[edit]

Firestorm is book 6 of the series.

The 6th volume in the series follows the growing threat from the 'Dominion', a Grik / Japanese superweapon, and the arrival of more ships through the 'squall', including a Japanese destroyer.

Iron Grey Sea[edit]

Book 7 was released on July 03, 2012. Many new developments but also picks up some older story lines that had previously taken a sideline.

Iron Gray Sea is the seventh book of the Destroyermen series. Lieutenant Commander (United States) Matthew Reddy, Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces, the captain of USS Walker (DD-163), marries Nurse Lieutenant Sandra Tucker. The Grand Alliance is taking the war to the Grik and the Japanese. The Lemurians, Walker's allies, have been fighting the Grik for a year and are now winning. Walker, in the past year, has been rebuilt, is now part of the Little class.

Storm Surge[edit]

Book 8 was released on July 02, 2013.

The eighth book in the series picks up with the desperate situation in Grik India from Book 7, as well as covering some new developments on the Eastern Front in the battle against the Dominion.

Deadly Shores[edit]

Book 9, expected publication: May 6, 2014

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.[2]

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