Friday, June 6, 2008

Debut Showcase: Into the Storm

INTO THE STORM (Amazon USA, UK, Canada)
by Taylor Anderson (website)
Roc (Penguin)

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.

Wow. I think Kimber An will be interested in this one. I can only find an inactive website for the author, but his pages at Penguin has an extensive bio. I also cannot find an excerpt. It looks like it could be science fiction disguised as fantasy, much as Elom was. I'm interested to see if their entry into the alternative world is ever explained. It is the first book in the Destroyermen series, and bravo to Roc for coming right out and admitting that it is a series.

UPDATE! The author provided a website, which I have linked above. I also gave this post a title (doh!).


Maria Zannini said...

Now this sounds like something I'd like.

And Happy Anniversary to Fantasy Debut!

Heather said...

Wow. Wow! I am so there. Thanks for reviewing this, Tia. My TBR pile is growing exponentially thanks to this site!

I think I'll read this book back to back with Dan Simmons' THE TERROR. break out the popcorn!

Tia Nevitt said...

Thanks, Maria!

Just to be clear, I have not read this novel, yet. I was merely taken in by the blurb. For you newer folks, I try to announce every major speculative fiction debut, just so you know they are out there.

Anonymous said...

sounds awesome. Just added it to my Amazon wish list. The basic plot sounds a bit like that movie where the modern day aircraft carrier slips back in time to WWII and has the opportunity to destroy the Japanese Navy before they attack Pearl Harbor. Can't remember the name of it.

CaroleMcDonnell said...

Oh my!!!!!! OOOOH MY!!!!! This sounds totally wonderful.

Tia Nevitt said...

Glad to see I've generated some interest for this one.

Kimber An said...

You know me too well,Tia! I was just reading and thinking, "Oh, this is cool!" And then I read the part about you thinking I'd be interested. I am! But, I am also booked for 2008, which means the author wouldn't get a timely review from me. HOWEVER- the author could pop over to my Enduring Romance book review blog and click on Sara J's name on our list of reviewers. She does the Science Fiction and Fantasy I can't get to fast enough. She also publishes the review on her own way-cool blog.

Tia Nevitt said...

Wow; you're booked for the WHOLE YEAR? I admire you for planning ahead so well! When I try to plan ahead, a book that I just LOVE comes out and blows my whole supposed schedule out of the water.