David Poyer 

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David Poyer graduated from the US naval academy in 1971. He then served on various Destroyers and Amphibious ships and worked at the Surface Warfare Development Group in Virginia.

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I find his novels engrossing, action packed dramas cast in detailed and believable Naval settings. Poyer writes great action novels with an authentic feel and displaying a keen insight into human character. I particularly enjoy reading the naval novels the bath as it adds to the immersion!

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Bahamas Blue Deep-sea diver "Tiller"' Galloway's 1st adventure. David Poyer: Bahamas Blue
China Sea

From Booklist:

"Poyer's sixth novel about U.S. Navy surface warfare puts series protagonist Dan Lenson in command for the first time.

That command, however, is at first only of the caretaker party aboard an obsolete frigate that is to be turned over to the Pakistanis. After a bizarre voyage with a mixed crew, during which Lenson carries out a rescue at sea over the objections of his Pakistani counterpart, the frigate is suddenly repossessed by the U.S., at least nominally.

Short of supplies and unacknowledged by any official U.S. agency, the frigate sails with a scratch crew into the China Sea to exploit "plausible deniability" in an attack on communist Chinese-backed pirates. Lenson survives understaffing, obsolete or nonfunctional equipment, a mutiny, and a serial killer among the crew to engage the Chinese in a climactic battle that ranks high among single-ship actions in maritime fiction.

Readers who can meet Poyer halfway with knowledge of modern seafaring stand to be especially richly rewarded." - Roland Green

David Poyer: China Sea
The Circle

"USS Reynolds Ryan was one of four Gearing class Destroyers left in the fleet. Next to modern destroyers she seemed old, small and crammed with gear. The seas of decades had hammered in the thin shell plating between her ribs and stringers.

Rust streaked her side.

Filthy water pulsed from a slime - encrusted overboard discharge. Her haze grey was patched with blue and orange primer. Steam leaked from the pierside connections in a hissing mist. He kneed his burdens ahead of him up the gangplank, into the fog."

Dan Lenson is on his first cruise after graduating from Annapolis. The voyage takes him into the North Atlantic, above the Arctic Circle and into a maelstrom of danger from the elements and his fellow man.

David Poyer: The Circle
Down to a Sunless Sea David Poyer: Down to a Sunless Sea
Fire on the Waters The first in Poyer's Civil War at Sea trilogy. David Poyer: Fire on the Waters
Louisiana Blue Deep-sea diver "Tiller"' Galloway's 3rd adventure. David Poyer: Louisiana Blue
The Med David Poyer: The Med
The Passage


"This fourth of Poyer's excellent Dan Lenson novels deals, not unexpectedly, with the naval officer hero's experience aboard a Spruance-class destroyer in the Caribbean.

Lenson comes to this ship, a brand-new one with a highly automated weapons system, in the wake of the breakup of his marriage. As if this were not heavy enough baggage to port, he quickly encounters a sailor's suicide, a gay commanding officer, sabotage of the computer systems, being cast adrift in a homemade boat with a refugee Cuban woman giving birth, a rescue by a Russian destroyer, a whole shipload of Cuban refugees, a riot in Miami, and--climactically--mutiny, murder, and confrontation with the same Russian destroyer.

Poyer balances hardware description and an extremely well drawn cast of characters with enormous skill."

David Poyer: The Passage
The Return of Philo T. McGiffin Poyer describes the first year of a Navy Midshipman. David Poyer: The Return of Philo T. McGiffin


"In the mid-1980s, Poyer's continuing protagonist, navy officer Dan Lenson, is a lieutenant commander holding a vital Pentagon position in the trouble-plagued development of the Tomahawk cruise missile.

Long divorced, he is in love with Kerry Donovan, a peace activist who awakens in him new doubts about the navy's mission. When Kerry is murdered in connection with Chinese espionage involving the Tomahawk program, Lenson faces personal alcoholism and bereavement as well as professional crises--for instance, the deployment of the Tomahawk to the Middle East when it is only just barely operational.

Congressional ineptitude, interservice rivalry, and corruption in beltway think tanks also complicate Lenson's life and the plot. Poyer's Lenson novels are so character driven that calling them thrillers is misleading, and here Poyer includes a solid cast of secondary characters who are thoroughly individualized yet serve to raise the ethical questions Poyer always brings to the fore. This demanding, excellent novel is probably the best so far in a major contemporary seafaring saga." - Roland Green

David Poyer: Tomahawk
Thunder on the Mountain

From Kirkus Reviews:

"Richly entertaining melodrama about the US labor movement, reminiscent of both early Steinbeck and John Sayles's Union Dues..."

David Poyer: Thunder on the Mountain
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