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kallman13 Sep 2016 3:00 p.m. PST

I am now deep into the third book of the Destroyermen series titled "Malestrom." First book is titled "Into the Storm" and the second is titled "Crusade." The author is Taylor Anderson who is a historian and all around expert on gunpowder and artillery. In a nutshell the first book takes place shortly after the Second Battle of the Java Sea and the allied fleet (such as it is) fleeing from Japanese naval forces and elements of those surviving forces enter a strange and powerful storm which transports the ships and crews into a parallel world but one in which dinosaurs (The Grik) and prehistoric Lemurs have evolved into the dominant species. The world is just like our own in terms of the seas and land masses but technology is barely above the bronze age. The crew of the semi-fictional USS Walker and USS Mahan end up joining with the "Lemurians" against the Grik who are bent on complete eradication of the peaceful Lemurians who the Grik consider prey.

I would be giving too many spoilers away if I told you much more. Leave it to say I am enjoying this as much as did "The Lost Regiment" series which had an American Civil War regiment of Union troops enter an alternate world and have to fight for their and the lives of earlier human cultures against a race of Mongol-like monsters who eat humans.

Author Taylor Anderson does a fantastic job of drawing you into the action right off the bat. Clearly he has done his research about WW II naval vessels in particular the WW I eara refitted four stacker destroyers that find themselves a long long way from home. Just as in the Lost Regiments series the Destroyermen have to help their Lemurian allies move into an industrial age in order to survive and fight against the Grik hordes bent on their annihilation.

There are eleven books in the series and if they all hold up as much as the first three have I am in for some excellent escapist reading for a while. This series would make a great TV series.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2016 4:09 p.m. PST

It is an excellent series, though the latest one was something of a letdown.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2016 7:20 p.m. PST

I've thoroughly enjoyed them until the last couple. The series is starting to remind me of the "Horse Clan" books.

doug redshirt14 Sep 2016 8:46 a.m. PST

First set of books were good. Now it has got into character bloat. Which means you are trying to keep up with multiple characters all over the world.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2016 2:24 p.m. PST

Did they at least get more Marines other than the Sgt from the the USS Huston?

kallman14 Sep 2016 2:58 p.m. PST

Well I am only into the third book Irish but Sgt. Allen has been training the Lemurians and has formed the First and Second Baalkapan Marines. And much against the good Sergant's wishes he has been made a General. They are of course a tough bunch and seem to always be in the thick of the fight. Semper Fi!

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member15 Sep 2016 3:52 p.m. PST

the first 4 were very good, I could not finish the 5th.

kallman17 Sep 2016 8:46 a.m. PST

Good to know as I am well into the third book and will most likely finish it in a couple of days.

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