The Space/Time travel of an outmoded Destroyer from WWII to a parallel earth is an over-the-top premise, but the author makes the travails of the destroyermen and their unfailing courage and ingenuity believable and consistent. So the story is not about the strange and dangerous world, but about the characters, of course the heroes are outnumbered, beset, betrayed, but they all refuse to give up. Their ideas and knowledge shape the world around them for the better. It's light reading, but I liked it. I am currently waiting for the 7th book.
I liked Chak Sa'b Aht (hope he spells that way), a Lemurian "alien" from the parallel earth that has a successful career in the new 'Maahrines' which has a perfect sense of Humor.
The likeable Rogue of the Chief Gunner's Mate Silva Character is always a highlight in these books.
I laughed out loud several times and although I did not actually cry, the poignancy of several scenes and the gallantry in the face of death, doom and destruction the main characters face, choked my throat on several occasions.
The cynic in me knows that there's a severe element of Deus Ex Machina, of sacrificial deaths to put the hero through the wringer without terminating the story, of the naive Good vs. Evil structure. But despite all that You are pulled inside the world of the Destroyermen.
The Destroyermen have an impact out of all proportion to their small number on the entire World of the parallel universe. The author makes this feat believable in spite of a sceptical reader.
One of the best modern sci-fi books I have read.
It probably sounds funny but one of the memorable moments was when they went into the storm.
I don't really know.
It's like Lost only with a plauseable preamace.
I have read every book in the series and can't wait for the next one. It is due out in July! I need everyone to buy these books so the author will write more!! LOL
I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.
First of the series and my least favorite book of the four I have listened to, but still very good. Alternate history and military SCI-FI fans will love these books! I have listened to the first four and I enjoyed them all.
This was a great story, right up to the point where the USS Walker disappears into a black cloud. Haven't we done this before? Right! Kirk Douglas and the USS Nimitz disappeared into a black cloud, too, about 30 years ago. It was the Exec, though, who got the beautiful brunette nurse. Wasn't there a Japanese prisoner fished out of the ocean? Jeez, I just realized, there is a difference...the Destroyermen don't have a dog! Oh, yeah, Kirk Douglas also made it back home. I fear the Destroyermen are stuck in alternate reality hell for at least 10 books.
I can imagine some folks are probably endlessly facinated with this story. It just wasn't for me.
The narrator was above average. I wouldn't reject an audiobook solely because he was reading it, which is the second best thing you can say about a narrator.
This is a great story, very original to me, and entertaining. I must admit the first third of the book was boring, but it picks up for sure.Don't let the books synopsis turn you away like it almost did to me. This really is worth the download and listen.
FYI, people complaining about AUDIO books prices when comparing them to a paper back book. Think for a second. The audio book must be produced, scripted to a point, and a GOOD actor hired to read the book and act out all parts. Don't whine about an audio books price.
This book is a good listen..it starts off slow and stays that way..the narrator although good,he does the various voices very well ,but does not add much excitement to the book and there are some tense moments but they all seem so slow..The story is good and the author seems to know a lot about the operation and protocol of running a destroyer and the day to day operations and commands. I just kept waiting for the narration to pick up speed a little..all in all though a good job with the story and so- so performance..
No, because although I can tell the author loves his characters the story just seems to go in circles.
A professional with a life-long love of reading.
For those with a fantasy bent, this book will satisfy. While it may not be a five star classic, it is fun to listen to and the reader does a good job in the presentation. You won't be disappointed.
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The setting and build up of the situation
Fairly typical for a multi book series.
I didn't read the book yet, But his change in timbre and the use of falsetto to depict other characters is appreciated.
5 hours is a long stretch.Ideal for a sunday night for me.
Keep it coming.
Say something about yourself!
The premise is silly, an aging retrofitted outdated US Destroyer amid the Second Battle of the Java Sea is enters a titanic storm after being locked in a battle (painfully out gunned by the Japanese) in the south pacific and comes out on the other side... to a new world it seems. It sounds much like the start of a B movie, except it isn't. Strange new life inhabits this new, dangerous world, that's answered by a very interesting Darwinian "What if?". Large dinosaur like lizards, man eating fish, and plenty of creatures both friend and foe inhabit this strange new world.
Taylor Anderson commands an expert knowledge of technology from yesteryear, south pacific geography and uses fun evolutionary dissections to explain how this world works, without burdening the listener. The focus isn't the why or how, but rather what happens after such an event. The Lieutenant Commander USS Walker 163, commanded Matthew Reddy, leads a great swashbuckling series, that's part War/Military fiction, part sci-fi and part history, in a strange yet very entertaining series. Its well thought out, imaginative and takes premise that could have been rote with poor plot points, bad dialogue and silly archetypal characters and makes it smart enough to keep the science minded contented, and adventure seeker thrilled. Having bought and all 6 books (and am on 5th), I eagerly await the 7th in the series. In the end, this series has been... fun.
The only downside is you'll be hooked, eagerly awaiting each next book. William Dufris gets special merit, creating voices for individual accents for creatures human to non-human, American to Japanese to Australian, oaf to educated, young to old, female to male. It adds an extra dimension to story he brings life to Anderson's world. Drufis alone is reason to buy this book.