United States Navy officer and Medal of Honor winner Dan Lenson's mission is to observe an international military exercise involving the navies of South Korea, Japan, Australia, and America.
It should be routine duty for Dan, but old alliances are unraveling, as North Korea threatens the U.S. and China expands its influence. Acting as both adviser and adversary to a ruthless South Korean task force commander, Dan must stop a wolfpack of unidentified submarines, armed with nuclear weapons, which is trying to elude Allied surveillance and penetrate the Sea of Japan. Is it the start of an invasion . . . or an elaborate feint, to divert attention from a devastating attack?
Battling faulty weapons, a complacent Washington establishment, and a fierce typhoon season at sea, Dan must act on his own---even if doing so means the end of his career, the lives of his observers, and the risk of nuclear war. Featuring fierce action at sea and political intrigue at the highest levels, Korea Strait is both a first-class thriller and a prescient look at how the next major war might begin.
The taut 10th entry in Poyer's series featuring U.S. Navy commander Dan Lenson (following The Threat) is rich in the naval detail fans have come to expect. After refusing a request that he take a medical retirement (after his political hot-potato adventures saving the president from assassination), Dan is less than pleased when he's "put on the shelf" and ordered to oversee a small crew of U.S. civilians and retired military personnel who will participate in an international training exercise off the Korean peninsula. But even before he comes aboard the South Korean frigate on which he and his team will be stationed, the discovery of a disabled North Korean submarine off the coast and the lethal response of the survivors, trapped within is the first clue he has that North Korea may have decided to plunge the world into nuclear war. From there, Poyer provides readers with a satisfying, fast-paced narrative in which Dan must negotiate his past, his superiors and an unpredictable submerged enemy. Poyer's tech talk throughout is nicely turned, and Dan Lenson remains a winningly weary hero.
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I’m glad David Poyer’s a prolific author, for as I finish a book I’m already eagerly anticipating the next. I really enjoy following one character from book to book, you begin to feel as if you know them personally and really care about their successes and failures.
Poyer - Top of His Class
I've read a number of Poyer's 'Lenson' series now. They've all been outstanding and, this one, is perhaps the best I've read yet.
If you like this genre, there are none better. The depth of detail, realism, and original story line keeps you riveted throughout. I'm a big fan of Cussler, Clancy, and Dale Brown. Poyer's writing leans more toward Brown's style. Of all of them, I think Poyer's on top. He's just that good.
Buy the book. You won't regret it. Make sure you get the rest of the series too.