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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The premise is silly, an aging retrofitted outdated US Destroyer amid the Second Battle of the Java Sea is enters a titanic storm after being locked in a battle (painfully out gunned by the Japanese) in the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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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.
A good distraction, but not earth shattering literature. The characters were a little two dimensional, interpersonal and logistical problems a little too easily resolved.
Wow I love this series. Sci-fi, romance, and a crazy take on history.
My favorite character is Captain Reddy. He is a well rounded character and written so well I know him.
Dufris handles all the characters well, even the females!
Don't miss any of this series.
Anderson has a great concept and the beginning of this story is great with an vivid and exciting description of WWII combat. We then enter a parallel world which is full of potential for adventure. Anderson does an okay job here, but as I read, I felt it could have been a lot better. The story dragged a little longer than it needed to and it seems like he's going to stretch what could have been a shorter novel into a series. You could certainly find a lot worse out there, but I don't think this had the finishing power to motivate me enough to read on in the series.
This book wasn't actually that bad, but the authors stated goal is that you can read any book in the series and not be missing anything. What that actually means is that the important details from each book are repeated in each subsequent book. If this had been done as an opening summary for each one, that would have been fine, but instead it is interspersed. I made it partly through book 3 before I became so fed up with the growing amount of repetition that I just gave up. I considered just skipping to the last book in the series, but by that time I was so angry with the author that I never want to read another thing he wrote.
I've now listened to the whole Destroyermen series. All 5 of them and I can't wait until the 6th one comes out. I was an old sailor for years and I've found that not only can Taylor keep your interest up, he has a knowledge of the marine environment better than almost any other writers. I highly recommend that you listen to the entire series. You won't regret it.
Great characters, an interesting adventure and excellent narration. I will probably go right to the next book. The only surprise was that the ending almost requires you to go on to the next book. The ending seemed to cut off in the middle of the adventure without a conclusion. Still, well worth the credit. Just get ready to get all 4 books if you like the first one.
It's the first book of a series I won't be pursuing. The premise has run far enough in this 3-part narrative for me: the initial engagement of the absurd premise has worn off, and the promise of upcoming conflicts with the coming-to-focus distant enemy doesn't, for me, promise enough to make me continue.
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