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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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  • Charlie
  • Lethbridge, AB, Canada
  • 11-10-11

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 2 people found this review helpful

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Continuing this series means endess repitition

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lawrence
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 06-04-11

The whole series

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Looking forward to book 2

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • paul
  • big pine, CA, United States
  • 03-04-10

enough

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.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Hunter
  • heber, UT, United States
  • 02-22-10

Loved it

Good read. Didn't like the narration at first, but it improved quickly enough. I'm buying the next one.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very Good Si Fi

Bringing historical times into a another dimension in a very creative format. I was looking for a book with more hours than normal and picked this because it seemed to be interesting, I liked it,

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't stand it any more

I kept trying to get into the story but I did not care for any of the one dimensional stock characters nor was I interested in what they were doing.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Doug
  • Hamden, CT, United States
  • 04-24-11

Couldnt finish

I Couldn't finish this book. I found the narrators voice inflections so annoying that I had to shut it off. I am real sorry I bought the first two books right off the bat, no I have two credits wasted.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Luis
  • Miami, Fl, United States
  • 10-10-10

Loved this book

Loved this book. The story is great I liked the characters. The naration is excellent.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful