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Into the Storm Audiobook

Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Michael Frisco, TX, USA 03-06-09
    Michael Frisco, TX, USA 03-06-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story, Fantastic Action"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Darren S. Chicago, IL United States 03-07-13
    Darren S. Chicago, IL United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterful Story Narrated by a Master!"
    What other book might you compare Into the Storm to and why?

    The vividness of the writing and narration can only be compared to watching a classic movie like Casablanca or the Sands of Iwo Jima.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a perfect match of a great story and a great narrator!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas goleta, CA, United States 02-14-12
    Thomas goleta, CA, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpectedly good story teller!"
    What did you love best about Into the Storm?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first. His style is well suited to this story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An epic story of survival and fellowship.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chiefkent Gulfport, MS USA 06-06-09
    Chiefkent Gulfport, MS USA 06-06-09 Member Since 2006

    chiefkent

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    "Riveting Read, Numb Narration"

    From the very first, the author sucks you right into the most improbable situations and causes your suspension of disbelief,to flow seamlessly. Whether you're a fan of naval action or a sci-fi nut, (or both like me), you can effortlessly forgo reality and take an escape. The author weaves the technology of a US Navy, 1919 WICKES Class destroyer into an entire world, all of his own creation. The sole problem is the failure of the narrator to do his homework to learn how to pronounce simple naval and military terms properly. Someone needs to explain to Mr. Dufris that a B.A.R., (Browning Automatic Rifle), is not a 'public house', and so isn't pronounced, "bar", and that the front of a ship, the fo'c's'le, differs from a "focksall" or a "foxhole". His constant and nerve grating mispronunciations through ALL 3 books ought to have been caught by the producers. These are only 2 examples of everyday terms that are consistently mangled by the narrator to the detriment of an otherwise excellent story. The flow of the story is significantly effected by the narrator's ignorance of things both Naval and military, making it all too obvious that all 3 books were recorded at the same time - and that the producers didn't really care.

    10 of 17 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

    From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.

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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 5 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 5 people found this review helpful
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    K. Waters 03-12-10
    K. Waters 03-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story and a fantastic narrator"

    But, there's a lot of foul language. If that kind of stuff doesn't bother you, then you owe it to yourself to get this book.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 04-07-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2016

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "A Little Warning Please. THIS BOOK IS FOR CHILDREN"

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    charles bassett 06-26-16 Member Since 2003
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    "won of the best"
    Would you listen to Into the Storm again? Why?

    already listen twice to it


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

    a great reader of books , have some other books he has read also


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    great story


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlita Withers 06-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "terrific start"

    Imaginative, fun, exciting, with moments of sincerity beyond "mere sci-fi fluff".
    Expertly narrated by William Dufris.
    Will make you glad there are more books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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