Destroyermen: Into the Storm (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.
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, 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.
“Anderson’s work defies easy categorization. It is marketed and sold as science fiction, but it has elements of fantasy and military fiction as well. His novel is anchored by a strong ensemble cast of characters, a diverse world that is beautifully sketched, and a firm grasp of the function and use of a WWI-era four stacker destroyer. You can get a glimpse of Anderson’s passion for the subject in every detailed description that he writes. This is one of the must-read books of the year. Filled with technical details that will make most grognards swoon, it will also appeal to the obsessive compulsive nature in the pickiest science fiction reader. Destroyermen: Into the Storm does not fail to satisfy.”
—Peter Hodges on www.peter-hodges.com
“Taylor Anderson has brought a fresh new perspective to the tale of cross-time shipwreck. The action is gripping and riveting…the characters are sharply drawn and very human—or inhuman, for two interesting species of non-human sapiens are included—and the description vivid. I dipped my toe into Destroyermen: Into the Storm and when I looked up, it was two in the morning and a working day had vanished! Anderson is a new talent to watch, and I look forward to the unfolding of this series, and his subsequent work.”
—S.M. Stirling, author of The Scourge of God
“I just finished Destroyermen: Into the Storm and I LOVED it!! I have been reading SF for over 40 years and I put Into the Storm up there with Alas, Babylon, Battlefield Earth and Farnum’s Freehold. My wife and I have owned a New and Used bookstore for the last 15 years, so I have had the opportunity to read a huge variety of books. This one goes on my to keep shelf! From first page to last, Taylor kept my attention with the fast paced action, accuracy with weapons and tactics (a huge deal with me) and a very eclectic group of characters.”
—Ron E. Harris on Amazon Reviews
“Do I recommend reading Destroyermen: Into the Storm? With a wholehearted YES, I do. S.M. Stirling, a noted author of alternate history tales, has a cover blurb on the book where he mentions, ‘I dipped my toe into Destroyermen: Into the Storm and when I looked up, it was two in the morning and a working day had vanished!’ Very nearly the same thing happened to me. The crew of the USS Walker became my friends and bosom companions. Their fate matters to me, and I will be eagerly anticipating the sequel Destroyermen: Crusade in October of this year.”
—John Ottinger on Grasping for the Wind