New threats surface in the aftermath of WWIII—this time, in the remote waters of the Arctic.
Arctic Sea is the next thrilling entry in David Poyer's critically-acclaimed future war series. In the aftermath of a world war with China, Admiral Dan Lenson is assigned to set up a US Navy base on the rugged North Slope of Alaska, in response to Russian seabed claims that reach nearly to the US coast. Yet the current administration seems oddly reluctant to confront Russian aggression. At the same time, the International Criminal Court is accusing Dan of a war crime.
Back in Washington, Blair Titus is running Jim Yangerhans’s campaign for president, while Dan’s daughter Nan battles disease in a radiation-soaked Midwest. But when Moscow plans to test the Apocalyps, a nuclear powered citykiller torpedo, in the Arctic Sea, Dan is sucked into a perilous covert mission. Will a barely victorious America survive dangerous new threats...both from without, and within?
The pace slows a bit in Poyer's placeholding 21st military action thriller featuring U.S. Navy officer Dan Lenson (after 2020's Violent Peace) now that the four-year war with China has ended and Dan has been reduced back to captain after his wartime rank of admiral. Several major American cities have been destroyed, major stretches of the Midwest are contaminated with radiation, and the country is stricken with riots, looting, disease, famine, and revolts against the government. Dan is fighting radiation exposure and working at the Pentagon on a less-than-compelling study of postwar force structure. With Russia undamaged by the recent war and expanding militarily into the Arctic Circle, Dan is assigned to explore the North Slope of Alaska for possible locations for a U.S. naval base. His wife, Blair Titus, continues her political work in Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Nan, is back working as a virologist in the rebel-held areas. There are still plenty of deadly adventures, including a couple of set pieces that are the same as in Violent Peace, and in the end the nation's future is hanging by a thread. Series fans wouldn't have it any other way.