Authors: Taylor Anderson
Into the Storm
Iron Gray Sea
Straits of Hell
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Names: Anderson, Taylor, 1963â author.
Title: Blood in the water/Taylor Anderson.
Description: New York City: New American Library,  | Series:
Destroyermen; 11 | “A ROC book.”
Identifiers: LCCN 2015047839 (print) | LCCN 2016001092 (ebook) | ISBN
9780451470638 (hardcover) | ISBN 9780698162976 (ebook)
Subjects: LCSH: Imaginary wars and battlesâFiction. | Destroyers
(Warships)âFiction. | Naval battlesâFiction. | BISAC: FICTION/Science
Fiction/Military. | FICTION/Alternative History. | FICTION / War &
Military. | GSAFD: Alternative histories (Fiction) | Science fiction. |
Classification: LCC PS3601.N5475 B58 2016 (print) | LCC PS3601.N5475 (ebook)
| DDC 813/.6âdc23
LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2015047839
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
NDEED, ANYONE WHO EVER SERVED BELOWDECKS ABOARD A SHIP IN COMBAT, WHETHER IN THE ENGINEERING SPACES, THE AMMUNITION HANDLING ROOMS, THE MAGAZINESâIT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE
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, THIS ONE'S FOR ALL THE ONES YOU NEVER SEE, WHO DID WHAT THEY DID IN THE HOT, DARK PLACES BELOWDECKS
ITHOUT THEM STAYING FOCUSED AND PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES JUST LIKE IT WAS ANY OTHER DAY WHEN THEIR SHIP STEAMED INTO BATTLE, THE SHIP COULDN'T FIGHT
T COULDN'T EVEN MOVE
T MIGHT'VE BEEN EASIER FOR SOME, NEVER SEEING THE BOMB, THE SALVO OF SHELLS, OR THE TORPEDO COMING AT THEM, KNOWING IT WAS ABOUT TO HIT
IMAGINE, IT HAD TO BE A HELL OF A LOT
As always, thanks to my agent, Russell Galen, and my editor, Anne Sowards. The more I get to know and work with Anne, the more I appreciate her! I'm sure she must be the best wild, wandering prose tamer in the business.
Thanks to all my great pals who continue to provide, um, “character inspirations.” I've named most of them so often that I'm going to quit before they get too puffed up. They know who they are. I still appreciate all the great (and really smart) folks who I jabber with on my Web site. Their input and their (mostly) sound arguments have kept me from veering off down some really stupid trails from time to time. I
name all of them here, but special thanks (in no particular order) to Bill, Charles, Clifton, Alexander, Joe, David, Matthieu, Alexey, Justin.Â .Â .Â . I'll get to more of them next time! If you check out the Web site and scroll the posts, you'll very quickly figure out who I mean. Extra special thanks to Captain Pat Moloney. And Jim, of course, for being particularly “inspirational”âin odd and amusing ways.
Finally, my greatest thanks go to my wife and family, the most important people in the whole wide
(For those new to the series, don't be alarmed by the number of names listed here. They don't
appear in any one volume. Many not currently active in the narrative
remain active on the sidelines, however, and may turn up again. The list is updated with each volume as a courtesy to those who have followed the series from the startâso they'll always know who is where.)
See index for details of ships and equipment specifications.
“Lemurians,” or “Mi-Anakka” (People) are bipedal, somewhat felinoid folk with large eyes, fur, and expressive but nonprehensile tails. They are highly intelligent, social, and dexterous. It has been proposed that they are descended from the giant lemurs of Madagascar.
“Grik,” or “Ghaarrichk'k,” are bipedal “reptilians” reminiscent of various Mesozoic Dromaeosaurids. Covered with fine downy fur, males develop bristly crests and tail plumage, and retain formidable teeth and claws. Grik society consists of two distinct classes,
the ruling or industrious “Hij,” and the worker-warrior “Uul.” The basic “Grik-like” form is ubiquitous, and serves as a foundation for numerous unassociated races and species.
Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Patrick Reddy, USNR
âCommanding. CINCAFâ(Supreme Commander of All Allied Forces).
Cmdr. Brad “Spanky” McFarlane
âExec. Minister of Naval Engineering.
Cmdr. Bernard Sandison
âTorpedo Officer and Minister of Experimental Ordnance.
Lt. Tab-At, “Tabby” (L)
Lt. Sonny Campeti
Lt. Ed Palmer
Surgeon Lieutenant Pam Cross
Ensign Laar-Baa-Ra (L)
âPB-1B “Nancy” pilot.
Chief Quartermaster Patrick “Paddy” Rosen
âActing First Officer.
Chief Bosun's Mate Jeek (L)
âFormer Crew Chief, “Special Air Division.”
Chief Engineer Isak Reuben
âOne of the “original” Mice.
Gunner's Mate Pak-Ras-Ar, “Pack Rat” (L)
âSonarman, AntiâMountain Fish Countermeasuresâ(AMF-DIC).
Min-Sakir, “Minnie” (L)
Leftenant Doocy Meek
âBritish sailor and former POW (WWI). Now liaison for the Republic of Real People.
âImperial Marine Bugler.
Admiral Keje-Fris-Ar (L)
Lt. Sandy Newman
Captain Jis-Tikkar, “Tikker” (L)
â“COFO” (Commander of Flight Operations); 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Squadron, and 1st and 2nd Pursuit Squadrons aboard
Lt. Cmdr. Mark Leedom
âCOFO at Grik City.
Lt. Araa-Faan (L)
âLeedom's Aryaalan Exec.
Lt. Cmdr. Russ Chappelle
Lt. Michael “Mikey” Monk
Lt. (jg) Dean Laney
Surgeon Cmdr. Kathy McCoy
Stanley “Dobbin” Dobson
âChief Bosun's Mate.
(Badly damaged at the Comoros Islands)
Captain Jarrik-Fas (L)
Lt. Stanly Raj
Cmdr. Muraak-Saanga (L)
Exec. and sailing master.)
Lt. Naala-Araan (L)
âHigh Chief, commanding.
Captain Mescus-Ricum (L)
MTB-Ron-1 (Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron #1)
â5xMTBs (#s 4, 7, 13, 15, 16)
General Queen Safir Maraan (L)
General Mersaak (L)
“The 600” (B'mbaado Regiment composed of “Silver” and “Black” battalions), 3rd Baalkpan, 3rd, 10th B'mbaado, 5th Sular, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 1st Sular
5th, 6th B'mbaado, 1st, 2nd, 9th Aryaal, 3rd Sular
Major Risa Sab-At (L)
â(Chack's Sister)âIn temporary command.
Major Alistair Jindal
âCommanding. Imperial Marine, and Chack's (currently Risa's) nominal exec.
1st and 2nd battalions of the 9th Maa-ni-laa, 2nd Battalion of the 1st Respite.
Captain Enrico Galay (former corporal in the Philippine Scouts)
2nd and 3rd battalions of the 19th Baalkpan, 1st Battalion of the 11th Imperial Marines
Lt. Colonel Saachic (L)
3rd and 6th Maa-ni-laa Cavalry
âRolak's “pet” Grik, captured at Rangoon, and now “mayor” of Grik prisoners at Grik City.
Kapitan Adler Von Melhausen
Kapitan Leutnant Becker Lange
âVon Melhausen's Exec.
âCOTGA (Chairman of the Grand Alliance), and High Chief and Sky Priest of Baalkpan.
Surgeon Commander Sandra Tucker Reddy
âMinister of Medicine, and wife of Captain Reddy.
âSteward's Assistant and Sandra's friend and bodyguard.
Gunnery Sergeant Arnold Horn (USMC)
âformerly of the 4th Marines (US).
Lieutenant Toryu Miyata
Ensign Nathaniel Hardee
Lt. Col. Chack-Sab-At (L)
âCommanding the expedition.
âAustralian naturalist and engineer. Minister of Science for the Grand Alliance and Plenipotentiary at Large.
Chief Gunner's Mate Dennis Silva
Lawrence, “Larry the Lizard”
âorange and brown tiger-striped Grik-like ex-Tagranesi (Sa'aaran).
Corporal Ian Miles
âFormerly in 2nd of the 4th Marines.
Caesar (Kaiser) Nig-Taak
General Marcus Kim
âMilitary High Command.
âDirector of Spies for the Republic of Real People.
Long-Range Reconnaissance and Exploration
Cmdr. Greg Garrett
Lt. Saama-Kera, “Sammy” (L)
Lt. (jg) Wendel “Smitty” Smith
Chief Bosun's Mate Jenaar-Laan
General of the Army and Marines Pete Alden
âCommanding. Former sergeant in USS
General Lord Muln-Rolak (L)
General Taa-leen (L)
1st Marines, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th Baalkpan
General Rin-Taaka-Ar (L)
Major Simon “Simy” Gutfeld (3rd Marines)
1st, 2nd Maa-ni-laa, 4th, 6th, 7th Aryaal
General Faan-Ma-Mar (L)
9th and 11th Divisions composed of the 2nd, 3rd Maa-ni-laa, 8th Baalkpan, 7th and 8th Maa-ni-la, 10th Aryaal.
Colonel Enaak (L)
â5th Maa-ni-laa Cavalry.
A near-division-level “cavalry” force of aging Czechs and Slovaks, and their continental Lemurian allies. They are militarily, if not politically, bound to the Grand Alliance.
Colonel Dalibor Svec
Primary Army/Navy air base in Indiaa, on the north shore of Lake Flynn, West of Madraas.
Colonel Ben Mallory
4th, 5th, 7th, 8th Bomb Squadrons (PB-1B Nancys) and 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Pursuit Squadrons (P-1C Mosquito Hawks “Fleashooters”). The 3rd Pursuit Squadron is composed of eight operational Army Air Corps P-40Es
Lt. Walt “Jumbo” Fisher
âCommanding Pat-Squad 22.
Lt. (jg) Suaak-Pas-Ra, “Soupy” (L)
Lt. Conrad Diebel
2nd Lt. Niaa-Saa, “Shirley” (L)
S. Sergeant Cecil Dixon
Commodore Kek-Taal (L)
5th Naval Air Wingâ14th and 17th Pursuit Squadrons, 20th Bomb Squadron.
Cmdr. Perry Brister
Lt. Rolando “Ronson” Rodriguez
Lt. (jg) Jeff Brooks
âSonarman, AntiâMountain Fish Countermeasures (AMF-DIC).
Lt. (jg) Paul Stites
Lt. (jg) Johnny Parks
Chief Bosun's Mate Carl Bashear
Taarba-Kaar, “Tabasco” (L)
Cmdr. Cablaas-Rag-Laan (L)
*Repairs to USS
(DD-102) have been suspended until a floating dry dock can be spared for her.
Cmdr. Alan Letts
âChief of Staff, Minister of Industry and the Division of Strategic Logistics. Acting “Chairman” of the Grand Alliance.
Cmdr. Steve “Sparks”
âMinister of Communications and Electrical Contrivances.
Lord Bolton Forester