The first three books in the Destroyermen series were uniformly excellent, pleasingly this fourth book maintains the very high standard.
Kicking off after the big battle depicted in the third book, we get a few pages of scene setting before the story quickly develops into several independant storylines. Multiple groups from the allies drive each of these story threads, each has an objective to achieve that will advance the fortunes of the grand alliance. The author expertly develops each thread and flips between then at well judged intervals. Some of the more marginal characters from earlier books are given much more more attention, allowing the author to develop them as less than perfect people who are struggling with their situation.
About halfway through the book I must admit that I felt somewhat cheated as I thought I see the inevitable conclusion to the main storyline. Of course I was lulled into this by the author and a few neat twists towards the end surprised me and set the scene for the next book.
If I were to make one criticism it would be that the crew from the good ship Walker appear to have been the most resourcefull and technically gifted bunch of sailors that ever existed. They are able to achieve significant leaps forward in terms of military technology and industrialisation in a remarkably short period of time. Whilst they are effectively re-inventing stuff that already exists from their original world, I fear that the pace needs to slow down to avoid it becoming too fantastical.
Wow! What can I say. This series has just grown better at each stage but THIS book! Thrilling, action-packed, edge-of-seat stuff! The cuddly meerkats are no longer "meerkats"... they're just characters in the story and only occasionally are you reminded that they have fur and tails! The nasty lizards, the Griks, are no longer simply mindless, carnivorous killers but have also taken on deeper characteristics. ...and now a further dimension has been added to the tale. I cannot recommend the Destroyermen series highly enough - entertainment is a given, thrilling is a byword.
This is the fourth book in the series and it shows: The writing flows and the caracters are more beliveable. I would recomend that you read the other books in the series first. The OT is rather intresting and the author knows the period and his belowed four stackers. The maps are sufficent, as always there is room for improvment in that department. My one fear is that the series will turn in to the something like "the lost regiment" series by W.R. Forstchen . after some 10 books it left you in the lurch. Always more savages to fight but it never finished. But for the Destroyermen I hope the series will finisin a logical way. Anyway, I have already preorderd the next book in the series.
Quite surprised at the twists and turns in this continuation to an excellent series. I had expected it to move on faster with the main plot, but side plots have been further developed, and there is greater depth to the landscape.
By the end of this book, the sense of anticipation and build up of what is to come is really strong. Now I have to wait for him to finish the next one.....
There will be some that criticise this for being too much of a scene setting book with too little action. In a way they could be right. However the book also positions itself well to allow a continuation of the series (and we know book 5 has already been written).
If you are a fan of the Destroyermen series you will not be disappointed. The book is well written and better proportioned in chapter length etc. The new situations and characters are bedding in nicely and the scope for future books is still significant. If you are new to the series though make sure you start with book one "into the storm".
I hope the author does not prolong the series too long and gives it a credible ending rather than trying to milk the series for all its worth.