Into the Storm (Destroyermen Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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.

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781440632624
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Destroyermen Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 33,478
  • File size: 823 KB

Meet the Author

Taylor Anderson
Taylor Anderson has a Master’s Degree in History and teaches that subject at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He is the author of a historical work entitled “The Life and Tools of the Rocky Mountain Free Trapper” and a number of short stories and articles. He also won several Inter-Collegiate Press Association awards while a student. He is a voracious consumer of literature of every description and a careful and meticulous historian.


Besides his academic accomplishments, he is a gun-maker and forensic ballistic archeologist, having collaborated with numerous museums as well as the National Parks Service and the U.S. Army. He is a technical and dialogue consultant for movies and documentaries and has even done some acting. A list of productions in which he has been involved is available, but it is safe to say he has played at least an advisory role in many of the movies made in the last 15 years that involved 19th and early 20th Century combat.


He is a member of the National Historical Honor Society and the United States Field Artillery Association – from which he was awarded the Honorable Order of St. Barbara. He owns a collection of 18th and 19th century artillery pieces and fires them with live rounds for movie sound, documentaries, competition and fun. His cannons have also appeared in many films. He knows precisely what they are capable of and that is reflected in his writing.


As a sailor, he is conversant in the capricious vagaries of the weather and the sea and as a historian, he is trained to research what he is unable to experience first-hand.
Careful research was essential to writing Destroyermen because one of the main characters is, after all, USS Walker. Over 270 “four-stacker” destroyers were built during and after WW I, but none remain today. Anderson spent thousands of hours researching the class and volunteering to work on the restoration of a similar type ship.


He also wanted the “alternate Earth” he created for the story to seem as though it could realistically have evolved the way it did. That required studying the most recent theories regarding prehistoric life and scientifically extrapolating evolutionary trends based on millions of years of environmental fluctuations. The result is a novel that is far more unusual and thought provoking than the basic “alternate history/universe” premise might imply.


He was moved to write Destroyermen because he has long been inspired by the sacrifice made by the men (and women) of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet at the outbreak of WW II. Long neglected by historians, the stand they made truly ranks with Thermopylae, The Alamo, Bastogne and Wake Island. He hopes to keep alive, at least peripherally, their memory. The alternate history/fantasy angle finds an opening because some of the ships of the Asiatic Fleet really did disappear without a trace.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    engaging military science fiction parallel earth thriller

    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

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    Finest Example of the Art

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    WOW! Give this new novelist an A+.

    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.<BR/><BR/>A great read with all the necessary ingredients. Try it, you will love it. This reader does.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    Great read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    cant wait for next volume

    read a friends hardcover, bought the paperback - eager to get rest of series but B&N stopped stocking hardcover anticipating the paperback of vol 2 very frustrating B&N

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    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.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Very Enjoyable Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Fun if you like the time travel / alternate reality theme.

    I like that Anderson uses an old obsolete destroyer and not a super modern aircraft carrier. It makes for a more interesting story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    What if you found yourself in a world where man never evolved?

    Anderson brings us an interesting series with "Destroyermen: Into The Storm". In the opening days of World War II, the navies of the allied nations found themselves being savaged by the Navy Of Imperial Japan. While fighting a last ditch battle against a Japanese Cruiser, two American Destroyers find themselves seeking cover in an ocean squall, but they quickly realise this is no ordinary storm. When the ships break free of the weather, everything appears normal, except for the sea creatures that are tearing the few Japanese survivors apart in the water. When the ship sails close to land the sailors are confronted with another enigma. The coasts are the same, but the land shows no sign of agriculture, and the inhabitants seem to be dinosaurs.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    Incredible Story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    totally rad sci fi brah!

    This is alternate history/sci-fi at its best. Anderson is a fantastic new author and I look foreward to reading the rest of the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    All 8 books were great, Waiting for book #9. 

    All 8 books were great, Waiting for book #9. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    We enter the storm with them

    A fantastic book. When I finished the book and was left hanging and I had to get the next book( I have eight of the books so far). Can't wait for the nineth book!

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    If you like science fiction books, and you want a good series to

    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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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Excellent book, intriguing, creative and exciting series

    Great characters, gripping action scenes, does a wonderful job of incorporating factual historical events and equipment into a fantasy world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    An unspoken hit

    A fantastic WW2 era naval thriller with an exciting and creative alternate reality twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Cool idea and very well written

    There are what if sturies then there are what if stories. Rewriting history that far back is a realy cool idead and i would recomend this to anyone who likes history or palentology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Excellent start to an alternative-history series

    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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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    A good read.

    Wasn't sure about this series. started reading it and thouhgt it was not as good as others. started out slow and I kept reaqding it since I paid for it. But after getting into the story I was hooked and now I am on book 4. nto as good as the hunger games but not much is

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Well done alternate timeline

    Those who enjoy Eric Flint's "Ring of Fire" series, this wil have a pleasantly similar-yet-different experience. The characters are consistent yet change over time/experience. Mr. Anderson accurately reflects the thinking processes of a different time and avoids "preaching" about how things should be (both in reference to then and now). Great action and uses many experienced personages to get his military and biological/zoological references as accurate as possible.

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