Into the Storm (Destroyermen Series #1)

Into the Storm (Destroyermen Series #1)

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by Taylor Anderson
     
 

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Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the US Walker?a Great War-era destroyer-finds itself retreating from pursuing Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, desperately leads the Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover-only to emerge into an alternate world. A world where two

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Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the US Walker?a Great War-era destroyer-finds itself retreating from pursuing Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, desperately leads the Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover-only to emerge into an alternate world. A world where two species have evolved: the cat-like Lemurians and the reptilian Griks-and they are at war.

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

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S. M. Stirling
Taylor Anderson has brought a fresh new perspective to the tale of crosstime shipwreck. The action is gripping and riveting...and the description vivid... Anderson is a new talent to watch, and I look forward to the unfolding of this series, and his subsequent work. (S.M. Stirling, author of The Sunrise Lands)
Publishers Weekly

Forensic archeologist Anderson uses fascinating, little-known historical details to bolster his debut tale of modern marines transported to a parallel world where dinosaurs still roam. Whisked away in the midst of battling the Japanese in the early days of WWII, Lt. Cmdr. Matt Reddy, captain of the USS Walker, finds his ship, crew and passengers suddenly involved in a very different war between the peaceful mammalian Lemurians and the vicious, raptor-descended Grik. Reddy must support his crew through the loss of their home world, teach the Lemurians to use steel and steam and keep a sister ship, commanded by a delusional army captain, from falling into the claws of the Grik. Paying homage to such tales as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Robinson Crusoe and William R. Forstchen and Greg Morrison's Crystal Warriors, Anderson expands on familiar concepts with high-tension nautical battles and skillful descriptions of period attitudes and dialogue. (June)

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The four-stacker destroyer, USS Walker, played a part in World War II. Here, as Lt. Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy's first command ship, the destroyer plies the waters of the South Pacific in search of Japanese submarines. When a particularly vicious battle forces Reddy to retreat, the enemy pursues the ship through a heavy squall. Surviving the storm, the crew finds itself in strange waters, filled with monstrous fish. Likewise, dinosaurs stalk the lands known as Borneo and Madagascar. Two sentient races have evolved enough to war against each other: the catlike Lemurians and the raptorlike Grik. Reddy and his crew must choose which group to side with. Anderson's alternate history debut combines a love for military history with a keen eye for natural science. Reddy is a likable protagonist, epitomizing the best of the wartime American military. This series opener belongs in larger libraries and will appeal to fans of military sf.
—Jackie Cassada

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"Taylor Anderson has brought a fresh new perspective to the tale of cross-time shipwreck. The action is gripping and riveting…and the description vivid…. Anderson is a new talent to watch." —S. M. Stirling, author of The Sunrise Lands

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451462077
Publisher:
Roc Hardcover
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Series:
Destroyermen Series, #1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
17 - 18 Years

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S.M. Stirling
Gripping and riveting... Anderson is a new talent to watch. (S.M. Stirling, author of The Scourge of God)
From the Publisher
"Taylor Anderson has brought a fresh new perspective to the tale of cross-time shipwreck. The action is gripping and riveting…and the description vivid…. Anderson is a new talent to watch." —-S. M. Stirling, author of The Sunrise Lands

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William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered tweny-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century.

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Into the Storm (Destroyermen Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the onset of World War II, the desperate allies put into the navy several warships that have seen their better days. Commander Matthew Reddy leads one of them a destroyer that he fears will fail. When the enemy engages his vessel, Matthew realizes how helpless they are he orders his men to steer into the eye of a nasty storm to elude their foes.--------------- However, Matthew fully understands what it means to jump from the frying pan into the fire when the storm abates he and his crew find themselves in a world where dinosaurs live and humans are non existent. However Matthew learns of two sentient races at war each side demands he join them as his junk ship is superior by far to what either side possesses. -------------- With a nod to Star Trek and DC comics, INTO THE STORM is an engaging military science fiction parallel earth thriller. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action. On the plausible side is this alternate earth with dinosaurs and sentient races and the crew entering the ¿portal¿ on the doubtful column is the impact of a broken down destroyer on a world war (potential technological leaps in the long run aside). Still fans will appreciate Taylor Anderson¿s fine tale.----------- Harriet Klausner
Bronze_Barbarian More than 1 year ago
I am totally blown away by Taylor Anderson's tale here - this rivals another of my favorite series, the Empire of Man Series by David Weber & John Ringo (March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars, We Few). Every bit the epic story as their series was, but with a more 'grounded' quality (no spaceships in this one) and less 'space opera' to it. But the battles, the human dramas, the character development, the inter-species relationships, and the sheer...adventure of it, has few equals. I love this series and have already finished the second book and am 1/2 way through the third. Move over, Mr. Weber and Mr. Ringo (and Mr. Drake), you now have a new peer...overall, a SUPERB example of the military sci-fi genre and a real Keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible book, I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for book 2 the 'Crusade' to come out in October. I think it is refreshing for a new author to skillfully combine WWII descriptions, men, boats and planes together with a different dimension, monsters and race, but still make it flow effortlessly together into a fast paced great read! This well told tale is obviously a great candidate for Peter Jackson or George Lucas to put on the big screen. His author's notes on several items in the book were great.
JMT More than 1 year ago
If you love well researched history, riviting action, adventure, well developed characters that stay true to te end, and yes,sci fi, this is your book.

A great read with all the necessary ingredients. Try it, you will love it. This reader does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night and paid for it the next day. Looking forward to the next book. To the author.. well done.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
Anderson has created a fascinating alternate world with two races of non-human sentient beings who are involved in a death struggle. Into this alien world falls an American destroyer from the Asiatic fleet in the early, desperate days of World War II. The use of an obsolete destroyer from the early 1940s was a great idea. No jets flying off a modern day aircraft carrier; just some modest sized guns on a beat-to-hell ship. Anderson does a nice job of filling in some details of the Lemurian society, which gives the book a realistic feel. Why not five stars? A few reasons. The lemurs are intelligent, fair-minded, inquisitive and peaceful at heart. The Grik are evolved raptors who have gained intelligence but lost none of the viciousness that marked their ancient ancestors. They are the epitome of evil. That is perhaps not far-fetched, but it is rather predictable. There is virtually no description of Grik society other than they are evil killers. It isn't clear that they have language, although they clearly must. The only true criticism is that everything is a bit too convenient. Need oil? No problem. Just happen to have picked up an Australian oil engineer and there are two crew members who worked on the Texas oil rigs. Can't speak to the Lemurians? No problem. They can learn English in about a week. These are really minor criticisms, and don't really detract from the overall quality of the book.
akibono More than 1 year ago
It is a revisitation and a mix of the concepts of parallel universes and alternate realities with a new twist. The lemurs of Madagascar became self-aware and intelligent. The "Storm" has taken ships and mariners across the divide since time began. Dinosaurs and other ancient life forms evolved and co-habit in this new-old world. One thing remains unchanged; war not only between humans but now also involving non-humans.
JCC62 More than 1 year ago
I am a WWII buff and I find historical inaccuracies very distracting to a story line. Taylor Anderson has made a commendable effort to remain true to historical accuracy as well as writing a very entertaining story. This is a good vacation book, rainy day book, etc. I highly recommend this book and its sequels.
NorthDakotaGhost More than 1 year ago
I like that Anderson uses an old obsolete destroyer and not a super modern aircraft carrier. It makes for a more interesting story.
Barsoomian More than 1 year ago
A very good read. Found this by happy accident. Just finished the first book and immediately purchased the second books and started reading (in preference to a long list of books already on my reading list). Well done Mr. Anderson!
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Galkor_Flint More than 1 year ago
If you like science fiction books, and you want a good series to read, then the Destroyermen is the series you should be reading. Starting out in World War 2, and under pursuit of the Japanese Navy, Uss Walker and Mohan Head into a squall for protection. But something happens when they are in the squall and though the land is familiar, they are in a new world unknown to them. As they begin to come to terms with the way this new world works, they enter into a new war, not for just freedom, but their very survival.
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And when I say "alternate history" with this author's books, I mean REALLY alternate. The divergence point in this world takes place 65 million years ago. I can't say more without giving the gaffe away completely, but you may be able to guess. In any case, a pair of vintage World War I American destroyers, while fighting a more modern Japanese ship, slide through a spacial warp and emerge in a parallel universe -- with much more dangerous enemies. Fortunately, there are also allies here; but the American destroyermen will still have a terrible fight for survival ahead. The reading goes at a good speed, and there's very little to slow it down, not enough to justify a lower star rating in my opinion. Recommended for history buffs, of course, but also for others looking for a good action yarn, the first of a long series.
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