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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; 1 edition (3 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451462076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462077
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,875,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pursued by Japanese battleships, the USS Walker, a destroyer under the command of Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, tries to lose the enemy by heading into a storm, only to become trapped in a primitive alternate world populated by strange creatures. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Renshaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2010
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By SJ SMART on 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 The Crew take sides and help fight, and even though their ship is old and out of date in 1942 is better than anything in this alternative world where their are no engines, machines or guns.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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. I. Harrison on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Fergus on 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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I have been looking for an alternative history book series for some time, but never seemed to find one that I liked.

I think that I have now found it.

This is the story of the USS Walker, an obsolete destroyer on the run during WW2 from the Japanese in the far east. After some initial scene and charater introductions, we are pitched into a intense naval battle involving a Japanese cruiser, the Walker and a second American destroyer. Close to sinking, the Walker escapes into a heavy rain squall and is then pitched through a "portal" into an alternative Earth

Quickly it is discovered that all is not as it was, and in this reality, there are no humans and instead there are two sentient races engaged in a war for survival. One descended from lizards, the other from Lemurs.

What then follows is a fascinating tale of the crew slowly realising that the world has changed around them, and the choices they need to make in order to survive.

There is no padding or waffle in this book, every word and paragraph move the story along at a fast pace. There are plenty of action sequences in the book and they are well written. The character development, diplomacy and realisation of their predicament is equally enjoyable to read. I liked the authors use of an WW1 vintage destroyer, as although the humans have a technology advantage, it is not a massive one. They have just one destroyer, it is small, badly damaged and limited in firepower. Thus they cannot just steam in and shoot-up everything and install themsevles as Lords and Masters. Tactics, strategy and making alliances will be needed in order to survive.

I have since read the next few books in the series, and I can say that it gets better. I strongly reccomend this book and the ones that follow it to anyone who likes both modern and historical military action novels.
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