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Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1 | [Taylor Anderson]

Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

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.
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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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    John S MA 03-06-14
    John S MA 03-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Kind of fun"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-29-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "THE TAILESS ONES"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 11-28-12
    Professor 11-28-12

    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)

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    "GOT STUCK!!!"

    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

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 10-28-12
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "Tora! Tora! Tora! x Predator. It works!"

    Author Taylor Anderson does a great job here in setting the scene of a vicious WWII sea battle. The opening chapters build -- in both complexity and pacing. Just as the story is rounding its peak, you take a quick and much needed breath. That's precisely when Mr. Anderson allows that breath to transport you to a whole other world. ("We sure as hell ain't in Kansas anymore...")

    There's much to like here for both military adherents and fantasy/sci-fi fans. Mr. Anderson's depiction of military dialog and Navy shipboard culture is spot-on. As a former Navy guy, I especially appreciated the good-natured ribbing and comical scenarios in which Mr. Anderson's destroyermen find themselves. It sort of reminded me of Henry Fonda's "Mr. Roberts." (Salty old Navy types will reminisce of "West Pac deployments.") Meanwhile, fantasy/sci-fi fans will find much to like here in the conflict the destroyermen find themselve plunked in the middle of in a "lost world" type conflict between Lemurians and Gricks.

    Narrator William Dufris is excellent. Story pacing, character diversity and voice inflection are but a few of his talents. With one forgivable exception of his pronunciation of the ship's "forecastle" (it comes off sounding like "fox-sel" as opposed to the "folk-cil" (foc'sle) that navy folk will insist upon), Mr. Dufris otherwise adds those wonderful little details like a character catching his breath to speak after a quick gulp from a soda can. These weren't lost on me: it's a nice touch Mr. Dufris adds that gave his performance that three-dimensional edge.

    BOTTOM LINE: Imagine "Tora! Tora! Tora!" meets "The Final Countdown" meets "The Lost World" meets "Predator." It may sound like a mess. But, it works! Imagine my surprise. On to Book 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 08-29-12
    Ben 08-29-12 Member Since 2012

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    "A Good Start!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 11-10-11
    Charlie Lethbridge, AB, Canada 11-10-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Bad. Not Great."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-16-11
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-16-11 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "Another Lost World?"

    I liked the characters, the flow of the story and constant action. It is obvious early on this is the first edition of a series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 02-16-11
    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 02-16-11 Member Since 2010

    Many explorations and adventures await!

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    "Not bad!"

    Entertaining! Great story line and pleasantly pleased. Can't wait to purchase the next book in the series. Well worth the credit. Only negative was the narrator....sounded too feminine to me for the parts and makes the characters sound goofy imo, but that is the only reason I didn't rare five stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Central U.S. 01-28-11
    Kindle Customer Central U.S. 01-28-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Listen!!! Great Fun!!! Great Narration"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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