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Maelstrom (Destroyermen) av Taylor Anderson
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Maelstrom (Destroyermen) (utgåvan 2010)

av Taylor Anderson (Författare)

Serier: Destroyermen (3)

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Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces-even as they look for allies to join their struggle. Meanwhile, the Japanese juggernaut Amagi, also trapped in this strange world, is under Grik control-with her fanatical commander approaching madness. And soon they will have amassed a force that no amount of firepower and technology will be able to stop. As the raging conflict approaches, Reddy, his crew, his allies, and his loved ones face annihilation. But if there is one thing they have learned about their new world, it is that hope-and help-may be just over the horizon.… (mer)
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Titel:Maelstrom (Destroyermen)
Författare:Taylor Anderson (Författare)
Info:Roc (2010), 432 pages
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as this series continu, it gets more and more ponderous... lots more exposition with less and less action or charactization... salvagable

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  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
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.

[a:Taylor Anderson|1077166|Taylor Anderson|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1290029263p2/1077166.jpg] 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." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I had some problems with this the third novel of the Destroyermen Series. It was not as good as the first two books, though having said that it was still a decent book.

The first difficulty had was the constant flashbacks in the first half of the book, rehashing previous information from the preceding books that the diligent readers of the series have already known. At times there was some new information but to me it seems the author was preparing the book for a reader that was reading the series out of order. As a result, the first part of the book dragged for me, it lacked that cannot-put-it down feeling of the first two books.

The second difficulty was the Grik enemy. They attack the same way with overwhelming numbers and the mindless slaughter of this enemy is becoming boring. The battle between the Japanese and USA war ships was well done but the rest of that assault was not credible at all.

On the positive side there are new characters introduced in the form of finding the of the submarine crew as well as the West India Company. One can see where future conflicts will shift in the future.

I have the fourth novel in the series and will read it in the next month. I just hope it returns to its gripping read of the previous novels ( )
  Lynxear | Dec 1, 2016 |
Maelstrom concludes a trilogy that ranks up as one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read. Trapped in an alternate dimension, Captain Reddy is now the Supreme Commander of the allied forces made up of American Destroyer Men and various Lemurian nations against the reptilian Grik and the Japanese in their unholy alliance. Reddy and his team recruit more Lemurians to their alliance, and in the process come across human descendants of another ship that landed in this world a couple hundred years ago, along with Grik that aren’t as evil as their enemies. All of this leads up to an epic battle to settle the score as they have to deal with the overwhelming numbers among the Grik, who now have armed their ships with cannons, and the more modern and powerful Japanese battle ship.

I always hesitate when I read the final chapter of a series that I really enjoy. I’m always wary that it’s not going to live up to the legacy created by the previous books in the series. Maelstrom, although not quite as good as the first two novels, certainly finishes the trilogy strong. I liked the introduction of the human descendants of the ship that crashed into this world, even though they didn’t play much of a role in the conflict. I liked the buildup to the final battle, and the epic final battle itself, which was well-conceived and well-plotted. The book was a little overly long for my liking, and I thought that it was a little slow in spots, but otherwise I thought it was a fitting conclusion that readers of the series will enjoy.

Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jan 12, 2016 |
3.5 stars Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

There??s just no rest for the weary. The destroyermen have had no time to search for other humans or to try to build their own community in their new parallel world because theyƒ??re still busy fighting for their lives. First thereƒ??s the Grik ƒ?? the ugly reptilian species who keep attacking and trying to eat them. Then thereƒ??s the captain of the Japanese battlecruiser Amagi, who wants revenge on the destroyermen for damaging his ship. Even though theyƒ??re clearly no longer in their own world, the Japanese captain is still fighting for his emperor and he also has hopes that he someday might rule this new world in the emperorƒ??s name. To this end, he has allied with the Grik, hoping to use them as a means to his end. His crew doesnƒ??t share his enthusiasm for working with the loathsome Grik, but theyƒ??ve been trained to follow the leader. There is one Japanese man, however, who may be willing to risk his life to keep the Japanese technology out of the Griksƒ?? hands.

While looking for more of their own allies, the destroyermen and the Lemurians find a few more humans and learn that there is a colony of them somewhere on this new earth. But they donƒ??t know where, and thereƒ??s no guarantee that these humans wonƒ??t treat the Americans with just as much disdain as the Griks have. Captain Reddy will have to worry about that later, though ƒ?? they just donƒ??t have the time to deal with those issues right now.

Maelstrom, the third novel in Taylor Andersonƒ??s DESTROYERMEN series, holds up well. Like its two predecessors, itƒ??s exciting, tense, and action-packed. Itƒ??s fun to watch the destroyermen learn to be creative and to try to accomplish their goals without many resources ƒ?? building forts and semaphores, creating mine fields, re-engineering faulty equipment, fixing their ship and airplane, and fighting gigantic sea monsters. In general, this story is less optimistic, though. Matthew Reddyƒ??s crew is still completely disciplined, but the never-ending work and the ƒ??dame shortageƒ? are taking their toll. I thought problems were solved a little too easily in the first novel, Into the Storm, but that is not the case here. Lives and property are lost and the spectacular epic battle at the end of Maelstrom is devastating.

Anderson relieves some of this tension with delightful black humor. In one scene, Dennis Silva and Courtney Bradford go (without permission) to hunt down the super-lizard that ate another crewman. Silva just wants revenge but Bradford, the naturalist, wants to see the lizard. They track it down by following a trail of huge turds, closely examining each to see if it contains their friend. This scene was funny and the audiobook narrator, William Dufris, did an excellent job with it.

Characters continue to develop satisfactorily. Many of our favorites are now moving into leadership roles, though theyƒ??re not always confident in their abilities. Captain Reddy is particularly introspective, thinking about how his experiences have made him into a different man. Meanwhile, the cast is freshened up with some new faces, too. A couple of these are hard to believe in ƒ?? such as the too-wise little girls who give noble speeches ƒ?? but they represent hope for the future.

Thereƒ??s quite a bit of rehash in Maelstrom ƒ?? Anderson reminds us of previous events and rehearses each characterƒ??s personality and quirks (e.g., Juan canƒ??t make a decent cup of coffee, the crew loves their Coke machine and hates Vienna sausages, etc), but this was probably not a problem for those who read the books when they came out rather than waiting, like I did, to read them back to back. If youƒ??ve enjoyed DESTROYERMEN so far, youƒ??ll definitely want to read Maelstrom. Iƒ??ll be moving on to book 4, Distant Thunders, sometime soon. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces-even as they look for allies to join their struggle. Meanwhile, the Japanese juggernaut Amagi, also trapped in this strange world, is under Grik control-with her fanatical commander approaching madness. And soon they will have amassed a force that no amount of firepower and technology will be able to stop. As the raging conflict approaches, Reddy, his crew, his allies, and his loved ones face annihilation. But if there is one thing they have learned about their new world, it is that hope-and help-may be just over the horizon.

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