Into the Storm (Destroyermen Series #1)by Taylor Anderson, William Dufris
Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the U.S.S. 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,
Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the U.S.S. 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.
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)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
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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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