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Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1 (Unabridged)
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by Taylor Anderson (Author), William Dufris (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 16 hours and 16 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 Oct 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00722WZ3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

Familiar landmarks appear, but the water teems with monstrous, vicious fish. And there appear to be dinosaurs grazing on the plains of Bali. Gradually Matt and his crew must accept the fact that they are in an alternate world---and they are not alone. Humans have not evolved, but two other species have. And they are at war.

With its steam power and weaponry, the Walker's very existence could alter the balance of power. And for Matt and his crew, who have the means to turn a primitive war into a genocidal Armageddon, one thing becomes clear: They must decide whose side they're on. Because whoever they choose to side with is the winner.

©2008 Taylor Anderson; (P)2008 Tantor

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant story 25 Feb 2009
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I really enjoyed this story - the USS Walker is an old World War one era four stack destroyer with the Pacific fleet in World War Two. Its 1942 and allied forces are being pushed back by the Japanese. The USS Walker is under attack and being pursued by a large Japanese force so hides in a squall, but this takes the ship and its crew to an alternative Earth where their are no humans but two races at war, (and a sea full of huge prehistoric beasts.) The Crew take sides and help fight, and even though their ship is old and out of date in 1942 is better than anything in this alternative world where their are no engines, machines or guns. Just sailing ships, crossbows and swords.

This is the beginning of a very promising series. If you like S M Stirlings or John Birminghams books you will like this too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and different 14 Feb 2010
By Mrenshaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Wow. What a different story!

The attention to detail and historical accuracy really helps the tale jog along.

Set in world war 2, the crew of a 4 stack destroyer enter an alternate earth that has evolved somewhat differently. Having watched Avatar, I now have a mental image of those aliens as The People from the Destroyermen series.
Although there are never really any big surprises in the book, it's well written and pacey with a different view on the world and really does do character development.

I've written this review having read the three available books in the saga - I had to import book 3 from the US as it's not available here and can't wait for the next one.

Highly recommended!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 16 April 2009
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Yes it has been done before but the quality of the writing and an obvious love of the subject matter by the Author lifts this way above average. As well as being a cracking adventure story the book introduces you to an aspect of the Pacific Naval War during the early part of WW2 that is extremely interesting and I had previously been unaware of. Educational,entertaining and a great read. I look forward to reading the sequels in due course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice twist in the world of fantasy 9 July 2012
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This felt a very fresh take on fantasy writing or perhaps a fresh take on World War navy action?

The story

An obsolete and outgunned '4 stack' destroyer is fleeing for it's crews survival from a Japanese fleet. In a bid to escape they steer into a storm and seemingly evade danger, only the world they knew before the storm has undergone some drastic changes when they emerge from it and now their obselete ship may be the most powerful weapon on the planet.

What follows did feel very original but at the same time had a definate early star trek feel, as the crew find friends and enemies, and a good old scrap!

The Writing
It's good and played with a very straight bat, so that it feels really like a historical 'Reeman' type book but with monsters. There is a large and convincing cast list, which was initially a bit befuddling but was dropping into place come the end.

Perhaps the writing could have been a bit more tongue in cheek as we are essentially talking fighting lizard men here but did not stop me enjoying the story. My only other critisism is that Bradford the ship's Aussie sounded nothing like any other Aussie I have ever heard and was a bit like having a character played by Dick Van Dyke but I am splitting hairs now!

Should you read it?

Well judging by all these glowing reviews Yes! I certainly enjoyed it and would also like, as a Brit, to ackowledge the little homage to HMS Exeter at the start of the story.

The authors knowledge and enthusiasm for the navy gives this a grounded and authentic base on which I'm sure the series is able to build. So I have ordered part 2!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strangely good ! 13 Jun 2010
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I thought this would be a bit cheesey but how wrong i was , its very well written and i could not put it down .
I highly reccomend this if you are into naval fiction or sci-fi .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars alternate history - half good, half mediocre 15 Nov 2009
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Synopsis: Jave Sea, 1942, and while engaged in one of the real battles of this period, an American four-stacker sails through a time portal and winds up in an alternate world, where they land in yet another war. They are forced to choose sides, and to try and replenish their dwindling stores of everything; but at least they have technological advantage!

My opinion: half the book is pretty good - the Navy part, and the personalities involved (and I include USS Walker here!) are engaging. But the aliens, or alternate world races, are so basic that it made me feel the author consulted his 13-year old daughter to make them up. And that is where the book falls down for me; I like the premise, and the author certainly can write, but half his players are feeble. Pity!
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5.0 out of 5 stars husband loves it 31 Dec 2013
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this is one of the first books in the destroyermen series that i bought for my husband he loved the book and i bought he more in the series he checks to see now as often as possible if any new ones have been added
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read 16 Aug 2013
By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The concept of other versions of our world existing side-by-side with ours is one much loved by science-fiction and fantasy writers - think Philip Pullman's trilogy and S.M. Stirling's "Conquisador". In this case, an obsolete WW1 US destroyer, fleeing from a vastly superior Japanese force in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, goes into a squall and emerges in the same world geographically speaking, but different in that evolution has taken an entirely different course. There are no humans, but there are other species, and they are at war. What should our heroes do?

This, the first book in a series, is an enjoyable opener. It starts to creak and groan a bit at the seams as the improbabilities mount (e.g., the obtaining of fuel for such a ship in a world which doesn't use oil). And of course they just happen to have on board the right people for (a) scientific/engineering expertise and (b) romantic interest. And a Catalina flying boat!

Will I buy more? Hmmmmmm...really not sure....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
Book arrived very quickly, was listed as read but from the quality you couldn't tell, it looked band new. best purchase ever made on Amazon. would recommend to everyone and anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative History & Naval Battles? Yes please!
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