Iron Gray Sea (2012), the seventh book in Taylor Anderson’s DESTROYERMEN series, begins with the sinking of a battleship and then a wedding. The remaining Destroyermen are all together to witness the marriage of Captain Matthew Reddy to Lt. Sandra Tucker, but soon they must disperse again because they and their allies are still fighting all over the world on several fronts, and they are spread thin.
Their own technology is advancing rapidly but, with the help of the Japanese, so is the Griks’. Not only are the bad guys making better weapons and using better military strategy than they did before, but they are also using genetic engineering to create better soldiers. The allies must stay ahead of the Grik and get control of the sea and the air and, maybe eventually, the land.
The political situation is changing, too, especially in the country where Princess Rebecca’s parents rule. The Americans are happy to see that the concepts of freedom and liberty are spreading, but there is much opposition and a coup attempt seems likely. Princess Rebecca, special friend to the Destroyermen, must be kept safe. The Destroyermen also want to maintain enough influence in the various allied governments so they can help make decisions about which fronts get priority.
The Destroyermen are learning more about their new world and starting to figure out that the weird storms that brought them and others to this world are not as rare as they had previously believed. Explorers are now being sent to discover what else is out there. Perhaps they can find some new allies before the Grik overrun the whole planet.
My feeling, at this point in DESTROYERMEN, is that this series is going on too long and should have been condensed. I’m still reading, though, because I like these characters and I want to know what happens to them. I also like the audio versions produced by Tantor Audio and narrated by William Dufris. The previous book, Firestorm, did little to advance the plot and could probably be skipped, or at least skimmed. Fortunately, Iron Gray Sea is better than Firestorm. The wedding takes too long, but significant events occur, we see more of the world, and we spend more time with some of the characters we love such as Courtney Bradford and Princess Rebecca. There is a lot of loss in Iron Gray Sea, but there is also hope for the future.