Seeing how the story continues to unfold in The Destroyermen series is what makes Iron Gray Sea great. It is a story in and of itself. The pace is, for me and in this type of story, perfect although it may not appeal to some readers. It is the "human" factor - how the different characters (both human and non-human) react to different circumstances, how they grow and change - on both sides - that keep a reader engrossed. I also like seeing how the Pacific Theater of World War II is adaptetd to this world and how the characters deal (even after, as of this book, two years) with their new circumstances and allies. Another aspect I like is that Iron Gray Sea reads like a new chapter in a book that you don't want to end, yet is fresh and new without being repetitive. Look forward to the next book.
Iron Gray Sea follows Matt Reddy, Sandra Tucker, Orrin Reddy (Matt's cousin), the McDonalds (Imperial Allies) and their Lemurian Allies in the continued fight against General of the Sea Hisashi Kurokawa and his Grik Allies with the focus on the India front. There is also a hint of what may come with a look into the Holy Dominion as well. There is action, shifting allegiances on a personal level in some sectors, unfolding plans, and battles with cost to both sides.
Iron Gray Sea is the seventh installment of the Destroyermen series. The book may be read as a stand alone novel, but reading it in context of the other books will give the reader a better appreciation for this one.
In Taylor Anderson’s acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II.
Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom …
War has engulfed the—other earth. With every hard-won victory and painful defeat, Matt Reddy and the Allies encounter more friends—and even more diabolical enemies. Even, at last, in the arms of the woman he loves, there is little peace for Reddy. The vast sea, and the scope of the conflict, have trapped him too far away to help on either front, but that doesn’t mean he and Walker can rest.
Cutting short his “honeymoon,” Reddy sails off in pursuit of Hidoiame , a rogue Japanese destroyer that is wreaking havoc in Allied seas. Now that Walker is armed with the latest “new” technology, he hopes his battle-tested four-stacker has an even chance in a straight-up fight against the bigger ship—and he means to take her on.
Elsewhere, the long-awaited invasion of Grik “Indiaa” has begun, and the Human-Lemurian Alliance is pushing back against the twisted might of the Dominion. The diplomatic waters seethe with treachery and a final, terrible plot explodes in the Empire of New Britain Isles. Worse, the savage Grik have also mastered “new” technologies and strategies. Their fleet of monstrous ironclads—and an army two years in the making—are finally massing to strike...