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Blood in the Water
Author Taylor Anderson
Book Number 11
Published Due out June 14, 2016
Previous Straits of Hell
Next Devil's Due
Blood in the Water cover

Blood in the Water is book 11 of the Destroyermen Series due to be published June 14, 2016.

Cover blurb:

Taylor Anderson’s enthralling New York Times bestselling series of alternate history continues as game-changing revelations upend the Grand Alliance in a potentially cataclysmic war.

Ever since the USS Walker came from another world war to defy the terrifying Grik and diabolical Dominion, Matt Reddy and his crew have given their all to protect the oppressed Lemurians. But with the Walker in desperate need of repairs just as the Grik’s First General is poised to strike, Reddy is desperate. With more enemies than ever before arrayed against them, the crew of the Walker needs new allies. That means combing the lethal wilds of Madagascar to find the Lemurians’ fabled ancestors, as well as the enigmatic dwellers east of the Pass of Fire. But what Reddy’s crew unearths may be more than they can handle—discoveries so shattering they could tilt the balance of the war in either direction.

But Reddy’s greatest adversary is from his past: a madman named Kurokawa whose single-minded mission of revenge will shake the Alliance to its core and raise the stakes to the most personal and terrifying levels Reddy has ever faced.

Pokermind's interpretation of the cover art: two engine bombers (Kurokawa’s Japanese/Grik?), a carrier (one of the converted Grik ironclad conversions?) with two bomb hits, Walker or a Walker clone with a bomb hit on forward gun, and sail/steam DDs the one to the left of the carrier on fire. Look closely under the ‘T’ of ‘WATER’ either a P-1 Mosquito Hawk, or a Japanese/Grik fighter. Foreground beside Walker (?) a Gri-kakka? Looks like the tail of a Jap/Grik bomber in the water between the carrier and Walker(?).

Newly Introduced Characters BITW: Edit

  • Samuel Hudgens a New United States Navy lieutenant (XO) aboard the heavy frigate NUSS Congress. [BITW Hb. p. 89]
  • Ixtli a young Holy Dominion Jaguarnista rebel who speaks English. Taught by Captain Anson [BITW Hb p. 72-73].
  • Kaam Captain of the Guard, Naa-kaani Clan of the Shee-ree People. Leader of a group of hunters sent to find Chack-Sab-At's recruiting party. He leads the allied Clans in an attack on the Grik under Dennis Silva as a diversion while Chack leads the party to Capture the Grik steam tugs and barges and free Lemurian Slaves.
  • Lef-ten-aant Lemurian name of a South African flier, real name unknown. He was the only survivor of a plane crash who befriended the Naa-kaani Clan of the Shee-ree People. He later died, probably of appendicitis, but not before improving the Clan's English. His last act was to shoot the plane's radio least his friends bring unwanted guests. []BITW Chap 17]
  • Emmanuel del Rio Negro introduced and captured by Fred Reynolds and Kari-Faask in Blood in th Water. Partially successful Holy Dominion Ambassador to the Grik, but contacted the League of Tripoli. [BITW Hb. p. 86]
  • Ulysses Locke Lieutenant in NUS Navy, tall with red mutton-chop side burns, aboard NUSS Zachary Taylor, a graduate of the Mobile Naval Academy (Asylum).[BITW Hb. p.220]
  • Commodore (?) Semmes a Captain in charge of a New United States Squadron of two Ships of the line and four frigates with ship of the line NUSS Zachary Taylor as his Flagship. [BITW Chapter 18]
  • Shighat Regent Consort of Persia an ancient Grik. A friend of Regent Consort Ragak of Sofesshk of similar conservative views. Killed when General Halik's army defeated his. [BITW Hb. p. 161]
  • Sigg Captain in Halik's Grik Army. [BITW Hb. p. 122]
  • Ezra Willis captain of NUSS Congress, a portly hawk-beaked man who tells Fred Reynolds and Kari-Faask of the New United States. [BITW Hb. p. 166]
  • Ximen an elderly Holy Dominion Christian rebel [BITW Hb p.71].
  • Yikkit, Grik new style General trained by General Esshk under Shighat who transfers his loyalty to General Halik [BITW Hb. p. 164]

Vessels Newly Introduced in BITW: Edit

  • IRIS Akagi, Grik/Japanese carrier (CV) survivor of the Battle of Second Madras Convoy (TF Alden) [BITW Chapter 30]
  • USS Andamaan She was a protected seaplane tender with the gun deck removed and also carried troops. She could carry 20 Pb-1B 'Nancys' or 6 PB-5 'Clippers.' She could also carry troops. She was built from a captured Grik BB, Grik boilers and engines replaced. She had folding hanger doors bow and stern and catapults to launch aircraft, and cranes for their recovery. [BITW Hb. p. 97] Sunk in Kurokawa's attack.
  • NUSS Congress heavy steam frigate of the New United States Navy [BITW Hb. p. 89].
  • USS James Ellis named for Jim Ellis new Walker clone the first steel ship built by the alliance. [BITW Hb. p. 88]
  • USS Garan-Erris named for Geran-Eras new Walker clone the second steel ship built by the alliance. [BITW Hb. p. 88] Presumed sunk in Kurokawa's attack.
  • NUSS Eric Holland (Holly) a steam/sail fast steamer armed with 54 guns the largest being six inch eighty-pounder rifles. [BITW Hb. p. 219]
  • IRIS Kaga,Grik/Japanese carrier (CV) sunk at the Battle of Second Madras Convoy (TF Alden) [BITW Chapter 30]
  • Leopardo Leone (Exploratori) Class Destroyer (Italian) 372 feet (109.4 m x ) long by 34 feet (10 m) beam Weight 2,600 Tons. Twin screws with a maximum speed of 30 knots. Armament : 8 x 120 mm (4.9 "), 6 x 20mm (0.8 "), and 4, 21" Torpedo Tubes. Complement: 210 officers and men. [BITW Hb. p. 420]
  • IRIS Soryu, Grik/Japanese carrier (CV) sunk at the Battle of Second Madras Convoy (TF Alden) [BITW Chapter 30]
  • USS Sular "troop transport capable of transporting two thirds of First Corps, and her sides covered by sliding racks that could drop up to a hundred stacked dories." Grik boilers and engines replaced. [BITW Hb. p. 97]
  • USS Tarakaan Island SPD (Self Propelled Dry-dock) was loaded with a squadron of 20 PT boats

half of Third Corps tons of supplies, field artillery, ammunition, etc. [BITW Hb. p. 95]

  • NUSS Zachary Taylor a steam/sail fast steamer armed with 54 guns the largest being six inch eighty-pounder rifles.

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