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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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    Greg Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-17-10
    Greg Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-17-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Dinosaurs and Destroyermen"

    This book is just "Fun". They have combined two of my childhood loves which were dinosaurs and WWII weaponry and made it into a adventure romp with no equal in recent memory. The book reminds me a bit of the The "Final Countdown" but with non of the moral questions about should we interfere in another peoples history. They have a destroyer and they are going to blow up some "Grick" Spanish galleons. Fun characters but a bit stereotypical, from the Wise captain to the gentle giant deck ape Sylvan. The characters do develope more as they hit the later books. In closing I have to say fun read and couldnt reccomend it more.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-03-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-03-10 Member Since 2015

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Not bad not great"

    I find little to recommend here except that it is action-packed. For me, there needs to be much more. It was not badly written nor was it great. At my age, I only have time for the great ones. I was not blown away by anything unique or compelling. I was not drawn to any of the characters particularly. The plot was predictable and not once was I surprised by the story or the characters. This is only the first book in a series and perhaps things get better but I will not get sucked into that trap again. I read through 4 of Robert Jordan's Wheel of TIme series before I realized things never got better than the first book.

    If you're just looking to kill time, it's not a bad book but there are plenty of great ones I haven't gotten to yet.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 12-10-09
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 12-10-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Gem of a little story."

    More fantasy than sci-fi, this well-written story hearkens back to the 1980 movie "The Final Countdown." In both tales, a U.S. naval vessel is suddenly transported back into time and/or a parallel dimension. I had a little trouble at first getting into this book but ended up finding it surprisingly engaging. It was reminiscent of Burroughs' John Carter series with a bit of J.R.R. Tolkien thrown in.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Big Troy 02-24-09
    Big Troy 02-24-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Plain Fun"

    This book was a very entertaining read, with excellent narration and good pacing. Im usually not a fan of alternate history but this series is a blast. If you like naval fiction, or military fiction in general you will have a lot of fun with the destroyermen series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alvin Perris, CA, United States 02-11-10
    Alvin Perris, CA, United States 02-11-10 Member Since 2014

    I love books a lot

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    "Great Story!!!"

    I really enjoyed book one. I will be using my a my one credit on book two. If you are in to sci-fi and and parallel dimensions, this book is for you. I thank this series will become one of the best ever. Taylor Anderson is a good writer, and William Dufris is very good at telling the story.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Frisco, TX, USA 03-06-09
    Michael Frisco, TX, USA 03-06-09 Member Since 2009
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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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    Joki Helsinki 06-16-13
    Joki Helsinki 06-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Had a Hard Time Getting Into This"

    I really wanted to enjoy this more - but I just had too hard a time getting into it. I think it has to do with a pet peeve in sci fi when the author gives us the perspective of the aliens and what they are thinking. It always comes out sounding too anthropomorphic and, well, human.

    I got half way through it and didn't finish it. It just didn't interest me - not the human nor the alien characters.

    The narrator on this was fine. I just wish his accent for the main character, a Texan, didn't sound so much like a bad George Bush impersonation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Verbtuoso Chicago, IL United States 03-07-13
    Verbtuoso 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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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 04-07-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2013

    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 10 people found this review helpful
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