Into the Storm • Crusade • Maelstrom • Distant Thunders • Rising Tides • Firestorm • Iron Gray Sea • Storm Surge • Deadly Shores
Key Characters Pete AldenCourtney BradfordRuss ChapelleJim EllisFitzhugh GrayDavid KaufmanAlan LettsBen MalloryBrad McFarlaneMatthew ReddyOrrin ReddyIsak ReubenDennis SilvaRick TolsonSandra TuckerChack-Sab-AtTamatsu Shinya
Locations Tarakan‏ Island
Vessels DonagheyDowdenFeltsHumfra-DarKas-Ra-ArMahanNakja-MurRevengeS-19Santa CatalinaSalaama-NaSimmsTolsonToolboxWalker
Aircraft PBYPB-1 "Nancy"P-40sP-1 Mosquito Hawk
Key Characters AdarKeje-Fris-ArChack-Sab-AtRisa-Sab-At
Locations AryaalB'mbaadoBaalkpanChil-chaapMaa-ni-laSing-aaporeSular
Vessels AraccaFristarHumfra-DarNerraccaPlacca-MarSalissaSalaama-Na
Key Characters Celestial MotherEsshkHalikN'galshTsalka
Locations CeylonMadagascar
Vessels Giorsh
Into the Storm
Author Taylor Anderson
Book Number 1
Published 2008
ISBN 978-0-451-46207-7
Period March 1942—July 1942
Next Crusade

Into the Storm is the first book in the Destroyermen series by Taylor Anderson.



In 1942, the American destroyer USS Walker is part of the United States Asiatic Fleet. Walker is a World War I-era "four-stacker." Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is Walker's captain. In addition to her crew, Walker carries two Army Air Corps pilots, six Navy nurses and a Marine Corps sergeant. Walker and her sister ship, USS Mahan, enter a squall and emerge on an alternate Earth where humans never evolved.

As far as Reddy knows, the crews of the two destroyers are the only humans existing, but they soon come upon Japanese sailors threatened by a pleisiosaur and manage to save an officer. The two destroyers separate after Reddy transfers the two pilots and four nurses to Mahan.


While Walker is alone, it comes upon a vessel the size of an aircraft carrier propelled by sail. The vessel is populated by creatures who resemble lemurs. Walker and the large vessel part after Reddy exchanges waves with what he presumes to be the other vessel's captain.

Walker seeks Mahan, but is unable to find her.

Main article: First Battle Against the Grik

After Walker helps with repairs to Salissa, the two ships proceed toward Baalkpan. Enroute, the Americans and the Lemurians discuss privately what they know—and think they know—about the other species.

Upon arriving in Ballkpan, a community of pagoda-like structures, the Americans see two other vessels similar to Salissa, which they have begun referring to as "Big Sal." The senior Americans are introduced to Nakja-Mur, the high chief of the city. They also meet Naga, the high sky priest of Ballkpan, who explains the history of the world and its peoples.

Main article: Scrolls and Legends

The Americans and the Lemurians agree that it will be necessary to go to war against the Grik. The crew of Walker begin repairing the warship and a working party goes in search of oil. Lemurian fisherfolk report Grik in the vicinity of Baalkpan.


After leaving Walker, Mahan steams as ordered until David Kaufman, the senior Army Air Corps pilot, mutinies and orders members of the crew who support him to steam toward Ceylon. Enroute, they pass by what should be the city of Tjilatjap. Instead, they find a huge community of pagoda-like structures that have mostly been burned and piles of bones that they assume to be those of the former occupants. Later they find an abandoned PBY. Kaufman orders the other pilot, Ben Mallory to fly reconnaissance with Perry Brister and Ed Palmer as observers. Instead, Mallory flew to find Walker.


Ben Mallory and his crew of two arrive in the PBY. Mallory reports his observations at Tjilatjap and the Americans learn that the city was Chill-chaap in this world. Mallory also reports having seen twelve Grik vessels. Realizing that the Grik can copy things, Reddy reminds everyone that they have to get Mahan back or destroy her. The Americans agree that they are going to have to drag the Lemurians into the modern age. Walker sorties and sinks a Grik ship, although Reddy wants to capture it.


The Lemurians of Salissa and Baalkpan agree to Matt Reddy's plan to mount a defensive attack on the incoming Grik fleet.

Main article: Battle of the Stones


Key CharactersEdit

Name Rank/Rating Service Position Assignment Race
Pete Alden Sergeant Marines Commander Walker Human
Adar High Sky Priest Salissa Lemurian
Courtney Bradford Civilian Construction Engineer Walker Human
Perry Brister Lieutenant Navy Engineering officer Mahan Human
Larry Dowden Lieutenant (jg) Navy XO Walker Human
Jim Ellis Lieutenant
Keje-Fris-Ar High Chief Salissa Lemurian
Fitzhugh Gray Chief Bosun's Mate Navy Bosun Walker Human
David Kaufman Captain USAAC Mutineer Mahan Human
Alan Letts Lieutenant (jg) Navy Supply Officer Walker Human
Ben Mallory Lieutenant USAAC Pilot Walker Human
Brad McFarlane Lieutenant Navy Engineering Officer Walker Human
Matthew Reddy Lieutenant Commander Navy CO Walker Human
Bosun's Mate

Bosun's Mate
Risa-Sab-At Wingrunner Salissa Lemurian
Tamatsu Shinya Lieutenant IJN Prisoner Walker Human
Sandra Tucker Lieutenant Navy Medical Lead Walker Human

Other CharactersEdit

Main article: Into the Storm/Characters



This book and Crusade are in this combination book Unknown Seas.

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