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Into the Storm Audiobook

Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

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Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

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.

Battle stations! Listen to more in the Destroyermen series.

©2008 Taylor Anderson (P)2008 Tantor

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    carl801 03-16-12
    carl801 03-16-12

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    "I should know better..."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 03-15-12
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I was skeptical at first..."

    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.

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    Jim WARMINSTER, PA, United States 03-10-12
    Jim WARMINSTER, PA, United States 03-10-12

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    "Good but Sloooooooow"
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    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..

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    Stephen Hagerstown, MD, United States 03-10-12
    Stephen Hagerstown, MD, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great premise but fall short."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because although I can tell the author loves his characters the story just seems to go in circles.


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    Bill 03-10-12
    Bill 03-10-12

    A professional with a life-long love of reading.

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    "A fun little read, well presented"
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    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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    mario Vilvoorde, Belgium 03-04-12
    mario Vilvoorde, Belgium 03-04-12 Member Since 2013

    A SciFi fan, roboteer and inventor. With a personal library over 2000 real books, 20 gig of bought Ebooks,and a gold membership here.

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    "A classic displaced persons tale"
    What did you love best about Into the Storm?

    The setting and build up of the situation


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Fairly typical for a multi book series.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I didn't read the book yet, But his change in timbre and the use of falsetto to depict other characters is appreciated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    5 hours is a long stretch.Ideal for a sunday night for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it coming.

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    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 02-28-12
    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Swashbuckling WW2/Fantasy Adventure (Spoiler Free)"

    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.

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    Tilo 02-21-12
    Tilo 02-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Surprisingly good"

    The story seemed kinda cool like the movie "Final Countdown", but I was worried it was a bit corny with the cat monkeys and such. But it worked, the narration was great and this series is very long so I can keep following this adventure for a long time.

    A couple of cool parts of this story is that there is a a second ship that came through the storm too, the USS Mahan and even a plane! Also the civilizations of this world have been previously shaped by an earlier human ship from perhaps the 17th-18th centuries. The lemurs sail around in ships bigger than aircraft carriers. So there are many elements involved that Anderson weaves convincingly together to make this a very interesting tale.

    I really like the historical and evolutionary perspective of how this world and its civilization has developed and how it has been (being) influenced by high tech human aliens from another time and place.

    I am secretly thinking that there might be humans in this world, just not advanced and living in caves or something.

    I don't know if this is a plot hole but the lizard men are seemingly simple minded and blood thirsty but I don't think this makes sense from their technology. I don't like how they were portrayed earlier as suicidal killers because this doesn't seem to pan out with the screams later. Because of this I could probably make this review a 4 star rating instead but perhaps things will reveal themselves in later books

    So, yeah, its kinda like if Spielbergs movies (think E.T) weren't done by him they would probably have been silly flops. But Anderson and Dufris make this work. So if you find the story intriguing, you won't be disappointed if you got this.

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    Fritz Kramp White Lake, MI United States 02-08-12
    Fritz Kramp White Lake, MI United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Decent escapist fun!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A good distraction, but not earth shattering literature. The characters were a little two dimensional, interpersonal and logistical problems a little too easily resolved.


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    K. CARLSBAD, NM, United States 02-02-12
    K. CARLSBAD, NM, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series!"
    If you could sum up Into the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Wow I love this series. Sci-fi, romance, and a crazy take on history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Captain Reddy. He is a well rounded character and written so well I know him.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Dufris handles all the characters well, even the females!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss any of this series.

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