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.
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I really enjoyed book one. I will be using my a my one credit on book two. If you are in to sci-fi and and parallel dimensions, this book is for you. I thank this series will become one of the best ever. Taylor Anderson is a good writer, and William Dufris is very good at telling the story.
The author has done an amazing job of bringing the characters to life, and the battle scenes are riveting and exciting. This is a great book and I hope there are many more in the series.
I really wanted to enjoy this more - but I just had too hard a time getting into it. I think it has to do with a pet peeve in sci fi when the author gives us the perspective of the aliens and what they are thinking. It always comes out sounding too anthropomorphic and, well, human.
I got half way through it and didn't finish it. It just didn't interest me - not the human nor the alien characters.
The narrator on this was fine. I just wish his accent for the main character, a Texan, didn't sound so much like a bad George Bush impersonation.
The vividness of the writing and narration can only be compared to watching a classic movie like Casablanca or the Sands of Iwo Jima.
It's mind-boggling how Dufris can take a ship full of men and give vivid, fully-differentiated portrayals of each one. There is a reason he is one of the superstars of the audiobook world. He's a great actor with a naturalistic, human feel to his work. We get warmth to help us connect with the human side of daily life aboard ship and the energy to soar to heights of excitement during the thrilling battle scenes.
There are some great funny scenes, and sections that made me laugh. My strongest reaction was to the action scenes. The battles -- especially at the end -- were so gripping it was almost impossible to stop listening.
This is a perfect match of a great story and a great narrator!
I took a chance on this book and was very surprised, I'm buying the second book in the series today. I've read the Newt Gingrich alternative US history series and loved them so much that when I saw
I like the Lemurian characters and their reactions to the U.S. sailors. The story is built upon the foundation of the sharing of these two cultures.
No, this is the first. His style is well suited to this story.
An epic story of survival and fellowship.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
First off, I think Audible should implement a new rule, where if you're this irritated by a book, they should DONATE your credit to a worthy charity somehwere. What I'm about to write only applies to this book as an ADULT review. As a children's book, I'm sure this waste would be quite highly rated. I could certainly see how a 10-yr old with little/no expectations of original story, interesting characters, and somewhat believable premise would love a work of fiction such as this.
However, if you are over 10 yrs old, have an IQ north of 70, and have ever read any book relating to WWII or Sci Fi, skip this one. It will set you back intellectually to a place where only the most depraved souls linger. The story is not original at all, the lack of details is truly atrocious (both characters, language, and setting), and the characters are so shallow and dull that they will mean absolutely nothing to you.
Again, this is an adult's perspective on this book. I'm sure there are children out there that would think this book is the greatest thing since Harry Potter. I just wish these people (Audible) would've warned me, in the description of the book. "WARNING: FOR KIDS" would have been nice.
I tried to keep this review spoiler free, but there is one last thing... If you're going to put a "Sea Monster" in your story, make it scary, original, and interesting. Otherwise, LET US KNOW they're purely in there for kids! Let us know this ON THE COVER OF THE BOOK! The monsters/creatures in this book are obviously written for children, and I couldn't believe the level of juvenile absurdity I was listening to. I wish I could get a refund for this one.
The narrator is great. Clearly, he did the best with what he was given.