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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (3 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451462378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462374
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.9 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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aTaylor Anderson has brought a fresh new perspective to the tale of crosstime shipwreck. The action is gripping and rivetinga]and the description vivida] Anderson is a new talent to watch, and I look forward to the unfolding of this series, and his subsequent work.a
aS.M. Stirling, author of "The Sunrise Lands"

aGripping and riveting... Anderson is a new talent to watch.a
aS.M. Stirling, author of "The Scourge of God"

?Gripping and riveting... Anderson is a new talent to watch.?
?S.M. Stirling, author of "The Scourge of God"

About the Author

Taylor Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Destroyermen series. A gun maker and forensic ballistic archaeologist, Taylor has been a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries. He holds a master's degree in history and has taught at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.


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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 The Crew take sides and help fight, and even though their ship is old and out of date in 1942 is better than anything in this alternative world where their are no engines, machines or guns.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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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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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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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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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 "Conquistador". 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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An ok idea but rather, well, *flaccid.* Destroymen takes an idea that have sustained a single 200 page novel in the age of the pulps and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s to fill a series. This whole book felt like it should have been less than half a novel.
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This was a thoroughly enjoyable read... and quite gripping - I found it difficult to put down. This everyday adventure story about a couple of US destroyers being sucked into an alternative Earth whilst involved in a sea battle against the Japanese Navy is both entertaining and exciting. It has elements of "Island in the Sea of Time" (perhaps my most favourite - can you have "most favourite"? - novel) about it but, rather than being drawn into the past our heroes are drawn into a parallel world where no humans evolved and they get drawn into a war of survival between its two dominant species... the Lemurians and the Grik.
Now I know it is difficult to take a world full of Alexander Orloff Meerkat-type furry creatures seriously but these "goodies" (they're furry, big-eyed and look like Alexander Orloff for God's sake!) somehow take on human form in your imagination. The villains are red-eyed, roaring, murderous, intelligent raptors - obviously! Have I identified the only real flaw in the book?
Flaws apart, it IS a good read.
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