Cover Artist: Studio Liddell
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Roc Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451465139
Date: 02 July 2013
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Batten down the hatches, there's a storm brewing. Captain Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker are back to continue the fight against their enemies on both fronts. In the East, things seem to be in good shape as the Doms are being pushed back and the forces prepare to launch operations. In the West, the situation isn't quite as rosy. There is an allied army trapped, surrounded, and running low on supplies and the new Grik Ironclads are a major problem.
Dennis Silva is at the heart of the action. He is part of an expedition that is attempting to make contact with the Grik he encountered in a prior inland trip. On the trip are friends, allies, and a former lover who isn't done with Silva yet. What he finds is not exactly what he expected.
Empress Rebecca is consolidating her power in New Britain. In order to prove she stands alone, she pushes away those people that mark her youth. But even with internal problems she is firm in her commitment to the greater war and a chance to deal with the Dominion.
The Allied forces are not the only ones with plans. Niwa recognizes that the Grik do not have as much time as expected to beat the Allies when he sees the most recent advances in weaponry. Kurokawa has planned to introduce his own advances and believes that his ironclads are enough to turn the tide. Kurokawa's plans go beyond India, and he will sacrifice anything and everything to advance his plans.
The Dominion has its own plans. Knowing the geography of our earth, creates certain expectations. In this world, there is a huge geographic difference that creates an opportunity for Don Hernan to prepare a surprise for the New British forces operating out of the Emerald Isles.
First introduced near the end of Iron Gray Sea, the Republic will finally come to the attention of the Allied forces. Although their role is small here, they hint at many new things. There are more potential enemies and allies to be met.
This is the eighth book in the Detroyermen series. It is not the best starting point for new readers. But Anderson does a nice job with reminders to queue readers in to the history of the large cast of characters. As I have noted in the past, this series at its best has the feel of Mysterious Island. Even eight books into the series there are still many new discoveries to be made.
This time there is something new. The opening is an essay attributed to Courtney Bradford (1956). This brief glimpse into the future of the world heralds a change of focus. The Grik although deadly, are no longer the ultimate threat the Grand Alliance faces. Although specialized killers and adaptable, they are no longer to be seen as the biggest threat to humans and Lemurians. As is often the case, the greatest threat to humans is humanity.
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