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.
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©2008 Taylor Anderson (P)2008 Tantor
I happened to pick up this first book in the Destroyermen series during an Audible sale, and I am sure glad I did. This is the first novel in a series (of soon to be seven!) books following the exploits of Capt. Matthew Reddy and his crew of the USS Walker. The story follows this crew of a doomed naval destroyer being harassed by the Japanese navy following the battle of the Phillipines and e Java Sea in the opening months of WWII. During their escape from the Japs, they are caught in a strange electrical storm that transports them and seven other friendly and enemy ships to an alternative Earth where there was no dinosaur extinction event, so evolution did not follow the same path.
They find themselves on a very hostile planet, but soon allying themselves with the sailing ship based "Lemurian" civilization who are in the opening battles against a widely expansive "Grik" empire, who are descendants of dinosaurs. Their technology is about 14-15th century, so the crew of the Walker have to fight the Grik and bootstrap the Lemurian technology to support a more modern army capable of meeting this threat.
This is a very enjoyable listen, the story is very entertaining, and the narrator is top rate. For this story he has name up two different a cents for the non human species, one of which have no movable lips!
This story appeals to anyone who enjoys historical military fiction, empire building and a bit of sci-fi thrown into the mix.
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.
This is hands down my favorite book series! If you like syfi mixed with some military history then this is for you.
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.
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.
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