A World War II destroyer is sent back in time and joins lemur-people in a war against dinosaur-people.
If that concept sounds awesome to you, then you should read this book. If that concept sounds silly to you, then I've just told you everything you need to know.
Now, to be more precise, it's not entirely clear whether the USS Walker goes back in time or sidewise, but either way, the ship, on the run from a vastly superior Japanese fleet, winds up in an alternate timeline in which humans never evolved. Instead, they find themselves in a South Pacific inhabited by "Lemurians," who sail the seas in gigantic aircraft carrier-sized "home ships," and are currently facing an invasion by the savage, saurian "Grik"... who have sailing ships that are direct copies of 19th-century vessels from our timeline. Obviously, the Grik at some point encountered other humans who wound up in this timeline.
The USS Walker's crew includes a large cast of characters notable mostly for their individual personality quirks, like any war movie, and the Lemurians also get some named characters who will obviously be important in future volumes. The Grik, at least in this book, are just a bloodthirsty horde of nameless monsters, and all we learn about their culture is that they're insanely violent and driven to conquer. They are so mindlessly violent, in fact, that it seems incredible they could even take the time to learn how to operate sailing ships. Hopefully they'll get fleshed out a bit more in future books.
Into the Storm is the first volume in what appears to be a long series. There is nothing deep about it, but the writing, while nothing remarkable, was straightforward serviceable storytelling with brave men (and Lemurians) fighting a vile foe, and a lot of naval tactics, resource management, and inter-species diplomacy. I found it great fun, enough that I'll continue with the series unless and until it loses steam.
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I had this series in my wish list for some time. When they dropped price of first book to $6, I tried it. Good strategy because now I am hooked. Interesting concept with good narration. It a combination WWII book, Distopia novel, and SCIFI. If you like any of those genres you will like this. I had images of pirates of the Caribbean and Alien in terms of movies. Also combines some British naval action which is another genre I enjoy. So if you like series like Master and Commander or Horatio Hornblower you may like this.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
IF THEY SINK THE BOTTOM HALF, THE TOP HALF GOES TOO.
When you start listening you may think, you have read this book before. That is because Taylor pretty much borrows from other writers, to write one of the most predictable books, I have ever read. At first you may think you are listening to Master and Commander, but then you are listening to William Fortschen's Ralley Cry Series. In Fortschen's little known book, a Civil War ship full of solders goes into a storm and comes out in an alternative world. That book was no where as popular as this, but it is a much better book. Then you enter Doyle's The Lost World, the characters in the book even mention Conan Doyle and The Lost World.
Then in the Spirit of a Clint Eastwood western the warrior Americans teach a peace loving people how to protect themselves or was that The 13th Warrior?
This is not a bad book and I got it because of the high rating it had, but it is not anything new. For the less read it may be pretty good, for the experienced reader, it may seem a little cliche.
Into the Storm is a good start to a series that has real potential. Taylor Anderson starts with a good storyline. He does start slow however. Anderson seems to be personally facinated with naval warfare and so becomes very involved with his battle between the US and the Japanese at the beginning of this work. As much as it adds to the later series it drags this book down to a crawl to begin with. It also seems that his characters are a little slow on the uptake. I'm not sure someone who spent as much time on the sea as Anderson lets on his main characters have, would be so slow as to not realize their situation much sooner than he allows them to in the book. Anderson gets off to a good start with this book even though it moves about as fast in the beginning as a fully loaded frieghter under tow by a tug.
Even though William Dufris has many books under his belt and is an accomplished vocal theaspian, he seems to struggle early on with this work. It was not bad but it was noticable. As the book continued however he seems to settle in and become comfortable with his subject. When taken as a whole this work is good start to finish.
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book (can I give it 6 stars?). Anderson and Dufris have a winning combination. This book is SciFi meets Fantasy meets History meets Alternate Reality. The language was a little ruff (they are Navy men after all) though not crude. A few slight sexual references (IE, "boobies" no sexual acts), though not that bad (I've seen a lot worse on TV). It was refreshing to listen to a book that is not filled with unnecessary sex, extremely crude language, vampires, and such. Funny, exciting, sad. Great adult book, would be a great listen for older teens as well.
This book is just "Fun". They have combined two of my childhood loves which were dinosaurs and WWII weaponry and made it into a adventure romp with no equal in recent memory. The book reminds me a bit of the The "Final Countdown" but with non of the moral questions about should we interfere in another peoples history. They have a destroyer and they are going to blow up some "Grick" Spanish galleons. Fun characters but a bit stereotypical, from the Wise captain to the gentle giant deck ape Sylvan. The characters do develope more as they hit the later books. In closing I have to say fun read and couldnt reccomend it more.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
I find little to recommend here except that it is action-packed. For me, there needs to be much more. It was not badly written nor was it great. At my age, I only have time for the great ones. I was not blown away by anything unique or compelling. I was not drawn to any of the characters particularly. The plot was predictable and not once was I surprised by the story or the characters. This is only the first book in a series and perhaps things get better but I will not get sucked into that trap again. I read through 4 of Robert Jordan's Wheel of TIme series before I realized things never got better than the first book.
If you're just looking to kill time, it's not a bad book but there are plenty of great ones I haven't gotten to yet.
More fantasy than sci-fi, this well-written story hearkens back to the 1980 movie "The Final Countdown." In both tales, a U.S. naval vessel is suddenly transported back into time and/or a parallel dimension. I had a little trouble at first getting into this book but ended up finding it surprisingly engaging. It was reminiscent of Burroughs' John Carter series with a bit of J.R.R. Tolkien thrown in.
This book was a very entertaining read, with excellent narration and good pacing. Im usually not a fan of alternate history but this series is a blast. If you like naval fiction, or military fiction in general you will have a lot of fun with the destroyermen series.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Very popular in modern Sci fi idea of shifting into parallel universe during WW2 just caught me off balance.
I read all 7 books in the series available at the moment and it still keeps my attention sharp and focused so I greedily expect book 8.
NEXT BOOK IS "Storm Surge" Expected publication: July 2nd 2013