Into the Storm (Destroyermen (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Feb 2009
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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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This is the beginning of a very promising series. If you like S M Stirlings or John Birminghams books you will like this too.
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.
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!
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!
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....
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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I'd heard about this series before I picked up the first book, but had little idea what to expect. Once I started reading, I was swept up in the book. Read morePublished on 15 July 2014 by Steve Doyle
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... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by miss rh reardon
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.Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by E-Vil
I have a soft spot for a bit of alternative-history. Whilst I've never gotten into the works of Harry Turtledove I am a fan of John Birmingham's 'Axis of Time' and 'Without... Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2011 by Charles Green
Ok - a bit of a strange review title but if anyone has read the famous Anne McCaffery Pern stories, there are some really interesting parallels. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2011 by Mr. E. Nzegwu
There are plenty of alternative histories about and quite a lot of time/alternative reality stories where a bunch of people are plucked form our universe and history and fine... Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2011 by Nick Brett