The Destroyermen series is a series of alternate history books, written by American writer and historian Taylor Anderson. The ten books in the series so far are Into The Storm, Crusade, Maelstrom, Distant Thunders, Rising Tides, Firestorm, Iron Gray Sea, Storm Surge, Deadly Shores, and Straits of Hell.
The books chronicle the adventures of the crews of the destroyer USS Walker (DD-163) and the Japanese battlecruiser Amagi, in the early stages of the War in the Pacific during World War II, being transported to an alternate Earth. This earth is relatively the same geographically as the one they left, but evolution took a different turn eons ago.
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Into The Storm
In Into The Storm, the story begins during the Second Battle of the Java Sea. The USS Walker (DD-163) is a destroyer of the United States Asiatic Fleet, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy. The Walker was a part of the surviving ABDACOM fleet, consisting of the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Exeter, HMS Encounter, and the United States Navy destroyers Pope and Mahan, all of which were fleeing from Japanese Naval forces. However, the Japanese forces closed range, and opened up on the small Allied fleet. The Exeter took a major hit, and ordered the remaining four destroyers to leave the crippled cruiser.
The destroyers were systematically sunk, starting with the Encounter, followed by the Pope shortly thereafter just as happened in the real naval battle. The surviving destroyers, Walker and Mahan then encountered the Japanese battlecruiser Amagi. Seeing no other option, Lieutenant Commander Reddy commanded the pair of destroyers to stage a torpedo attack, which sinks an accompanying destroyer, and badly damages the battlecruiser, before the ships were enveloped in a freak squall, and transported to an alternate world, where humans never evolved.
There are two races, the Lemurians, evolved giant lemurs from Madagascar, who are peaceful farmers and fishermen, and live on huge oceangoing houseboats called Homes. Walker's captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, meets with the Lemurian leadership, and forms an alliance with them to fight the other race, the Grik, who are at war with the Lemurians. The Grik are possible descendants of the dinosaur genus, Velociraptor.
In the second book, Crusade, Reddy, and the crew of Walker, are training the Lemurians how to fight. The Amagi is now under Grik control, and her captain is half-mad.
By Maelstrom, Reddy, his crew, and their Lemurian allies, are fighting the Grik. By Distant Thunders, the tide is turning.
Firestorm is book 6 of the series.
The 6th volume in the series follows the growing threat from the 'Dominion', a Grik / Japanese superweapon, and the arrival of more ships through the 'squall', including a Japanese destroyer.
Iron Gray Sea
Book 7 was released on July 3, 2012. Many new developments but also picks up some older story lines that had previously taken a sideline.
Iron Gray Sea is the seventh book of the Destroyermen series. Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces, the captain of USS Walker, marries Nurse Lieutenant Sandra Tucker. The Grand Alliance is taking the war to the Grik and the Japanese. The Lemurians, Walker's allies, have been fighting the Grik for a year and are now winning. Walker, in the past year, has been rebuilt, is now part of the Little class.
Book 8 was released on July 2, 2013.
The eighth book in the series picks up with the desperate situation in Grik India from Book 7, as well as covering some new developments on the Eastern Front in the battle against the Dominion.
Book 9 was published in May 2014. It deals with the Alliance invasion of the heart of the Grik Empire.
Straits of Hell
Book 10 was published in May 2015. It dealt with the Alliance's attempts to keep the Grik from reconquering the Lemurians' ancestral home of Madagascar, battles against the Dominion, and various other plot points.
- The Lost Regiment
- United States Asiatic Fleet
- Taylor Anderson, the author
- Anderson, Taylor. "Taylor Anderson". Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "Review of Destroyermen: Into the Storm in Specialty bookshelf: reviews of science fiction, mystery and children's titles". Rocky Mountain News. August 1, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
- Review of Into the Storm. Alternate History.com. August 25, 2010.
- John Ottinger III. Book Review: Destroyermen – Into the Storm by Taylor Anderson. August 25, 2010
- Book Review – Maelstrom.
- taylorandersonauthor.com site's page for Into The Storm
- taylorandersonauthor.com site's page for Crusade
- taylorandersonauthor.com site's page for Maelstrom
- taylorandersonauthor.com site's page for Distant Thunders
- taylorandersonauthor.com site's page for Rising Tides
- taylorandersonauthor.com site's page for Firestorm
- taylorandersonauthor.com site's page for Iron Gray Sea