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Publisher: St. Martin's (Dec. 8th, 2015)

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ISBN (Hardcover): 978-1-250-05443-2

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"Poyer’s superb 16th thriller featuring Capt. Daniel V. Lenson., USN, steams into the roughest waters yet as China continues its smash and grab for world power. In addition to mounting a defense against Chinese aggression toward such Pacific Rim nations as Taiwan and Japan, Dan has to run a ship, the USS Savo Island, where a rapist is on the loose. A host of other problems pile on his shoulders, until just staying upright and functioning becomes problematic. Meanwhile, Dan’s wife, Blair Titus, is running for Congress in a U.S. gradually disintegrating into chaos, and SEAL Master Chief Petty Officer Theodore Harlett Oberg is preparing his aging and battered body for a mission that will thrust him into a situation so dire that he wishes he were dead rather than alive. But the keel of the story—the naval battles with China—are always foremost, and Poyer is among the best authors, present or past, to write these electrifying scenes. Military-action fans will eagerly await the second installment in what appears to be a distinct story arc within the larger series. "-- Publilsher's Weekly STARRED Review 09/30/2016 

Onslaught chronicles the opening battles of a new Pacific war as the U.S. Navy struggles to hold Taiwan, Korea, and Japan against a massive Chinese offensive. The prize: domination of Asia and the Western Pacific.
    As the United States’ computer, satellite, and financial networks are ravaged by coordinated cyberwar attacks, China and its Associated Powers begin to roll up and intimidate American allies, launching invasions of India, Taiwan, South Korea, and Okinawa. USS Savo Island, captained by Dan Lenson, is one of the few forces left to stop them. But with a crew under attack from an unknown assailant aboard their own ship, and rapidly running out of ordnance against waves of enemy missiles and torpedoes, can Dan and his scratch-team task force hold the line?  Or will the U.S. lose the Pacific—and perhaps much more—to an aggressive and expansionist new People’s Empire?
    The most explosive novel yet in the long-running Dan Lenson series, Onslaught presentsan utterly convincing scenario of how a global war with China could unfold.


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St. Martin Press (Nov 9, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0312613024

ISBN-13: 978-0312613020

​Pages: 304

December 6, 2016 . . . . THE WAR WITH CHINA BEGINS IN ONSLAUGHT

St. Martin's Press​ (2014)

hardcover ISBN: 978-1250020581

ebook ISBN: 978-1250020598

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY  
With an obvious nod to Herman Melville and Moby Dick, Poyer, whose many previous nautically themed novels include The Weapon, tells a riveting modern-day tale of high-seas Antarctic adventure. Fleeing professional disgrace, Dr. Sara Pollard joins the antiwhaling activists aboard the Black Anemone, a high-tech yacht owned by rich philanthropist Jules-Louis Vergeigne and sponsored by the Greenpeace-like Cetacean Protection League. The members of the crew, which includes hard-bitten Captain Dru Perrault and movie star Tehiyah Doree, come from different backgrounds and have varied motives, while Sara feels uncomfortable with their mission of harassing a Japanese whaling fleet in the vast Southern Ocean. The crew battles snow, ice, frigid temperatures, storms, and each other before encountering the whalers in the midst of slaughtering hundreds of whales. The appearance of a mysterious rogue whale, however, introduces an even more deadly hazard than the crew’s human enemies. Poyer’s intense, fast-paced prose creates palpable suspense as he vividly describes the miserable close quarters, the terrifying sea and weather conditions, and the gruesome, wasteful destruction of the sea’s largest mammals. 
 
KIRKUS REVIEWS
Poyer takes fans on a frightening ride that will have them reaching for their Dramamine.
   Primate behaviorist Dr. Sara Pollard joins a small crew on the sailboat Black Anemone that plans to disrupt Japanese whaling in the Antarctic seas. Vessels called kill ships fire harpoons with exploding heads that leave their targets little chance of escape or survival. The hunters will not stop until there are no more whales to hunt, so Black Anemone sails from the tip of Argentina to points south with the promise: “We’re gonna do some good out there.” As they search for whales, they encounter turbulent waves, wind and icebergs—along with seemingly infinite solitude and unending sunlight. The stage is meticulously set before the first encounter with their adversary. Poyer describes sea and ice in gorgeous detail. Everything seems hostile and deadly, with one exciting scene after another, as when a Japanese crewman jumps (falls? is thrown?) overboard into the frigid water and will die without immediate help, or when a woman tries to help a harpooned sperm whale. That whale keeps trailing them, apparently bent on vengeance against humans. Through every threat, Pollard and crew must worry about their fuel supply and their ability to stay afloat. Can Black Anemone make landfall in Australia, 4,000 miles away?
   Poyer spent a great deal of his life on the ocean, and it shows. This is a fine thriller.
 
BOOKLIST
 In Poyer’s latest ocean-going adventure, a handful of activists intends to follow a Japanese whaling fleet into Antarctic waters to expose the whalers’ illegal activities. But as they pursue their prey, the activists aboard the Black Anemone face their own life-and-death challenges, including, as hinted by the title, a sperm whale that seems fixated on the Black Anemone. Poyer has created half-a-dozen unique and memorable characters, including a disgraced primate researcher; a self-important Hollywood star, who imagines herself an antiwhaling activist; a woman who was nearly killed by an orca; and a double-amputee Afghanistan War veteran. It’s the crew members who propel the story, the author exploring their hidden pasts, their personal agendas, and the relationships that spring up among them. Some readers might feel Poyer goes a bit far—the book takes a very dark turn about two-thirds of the way through that might stretch credibility a little—but the story is undeniably powerful.— David Pitt

"This series sets the standard for naval action thrillers." – Publisher’s Weekly

"First-class storytelling by a master of the genre." – Kirkus Reviews

"David Poyer continues his run as a master of modern naval fiction." - Quarterdeck Magazine

​Dan Lenson’s under fire both at sea and in Washington. His command of the first antiballistic-missile-capable cruiser in the Fleet, USS Savo Island, is threatened when he's called home to testify before Congress. Shaken by the near-end of his career, Lenson returns to his ship uncertain of his future, but determined to unite and heal a divided crew.

In the Indian Ocean, Savo cruises off East Africa, protecting shipping lanes from pirates. But this routine patrol turns ominous when an unknown assailant begins assaulting female crew members. At the same time, a showdown starts between India and Pakistan.  Savo Island, with her unique but not yet fully battle-ready ability to intercept ballistic missiles, is all that stands between two nations on the brink of nuclear war.

As war finally begins, and races across Asia, Dan will have to cope with a deadly tsunami, incoming weapons, and a quickly tilting balance of power, as China finally makes her bid to humiliate and displace America in the Pacific.

Publisher: St. Martin's (2013)

ISBN: 978-1-250-02056-7


TIPPING POINT

After a tragic accident maims her laboratory assistant, Dr. Sara Pollard’s career as a primate behaviorist lies in ruins. With nothing left to lose, Pollard – descendant of a Nantucket captain whose ship was sunk by a rogue whale – accepts an offer to join anti-whaling activists on a round-the-world racing yacht as the resident scientist. The plan is to sail from Argentina to the stormy Antarctic Sea.  There they'll shadow, harass, and expose the Japanese fleet, which continues to kill and process endangered whales in internationally-declared sanctuaries.

But everyone aboard Black Anemone has a secret, or something to live down.  Her crew—including a beautiful but narcissistic film celebrity, an Afghan War veteran in search of the buzz of combat, and an enigmatic, obsessive captain—will confront hostile whalers, brutal weather, dangerous ice, near-mutiny, and romantic conflict.  But no one aboard is prepared for being targeted by a massive creature with a murderous agenda of its own....

​GHOSTING

from Library Journal, Sept 1, 2010:

Dr. Jack Scales is the cocky novice captain of a newly purchased, high-end yacht not designed for ocean travel. With little seamanship experience, he takes his dysfunctional family on a weeklong sail from Long Island to Bermuda. His wife is on the cusp of leaving him for a younger lover; his bipolar son, Rick, stops taking his medication, and the voices in his head get louder; and Haley is a rebellious teenager who just wants to get this vacation over with. As they leave, a dark omen begins the trip in peril, and the family must unite to survive a vicious storm. Celebrating their narrow escape, they find a man adrift who leads them to a ring of drug smugglers who will do anything to take over the yacht. Verdict In a change of pace from his Dan Lenson naval technothrillers (e.g., The Weapon), Poyer draws on his nautical expertise to create a thrilling and disturbing portrait of what people will do when they have nothing else to lose. This dynamic sea thriller casts plot twists, conflict, and fear into the dark waves of uncertainty and will appeal to fans of Charles Williams's Dead Calm.    -Ron Samul, New London, CT

THE CRUISER

THE WHITENESS OF THE WHALE

Just promoted to Captain, Dan Lenson's first glimpse of his new command is of a ship literally high and dry. USS Savo Island, which carries a classified, never-before-deployed missile defense system, has run aground off Naples, Italy. Captain Lenson has to relieve the ship's disgraced skipper and deploy on a secret mission—Operation Stellar Shield—which will take his ship and crew into the dangerous waters bordering the Middle East.

As a climate of war builds, with threats of nuclear and chemical weapons, Dan has to rally Savo Island’s demoralized crew and confront a mysterious death on board, while learning to operate a complex missile system that has not been battle tested. But when the conflict reaches a climax, Dan is forced to make a decision that may cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives—or may save them, but at the cost of his ship and his career.

Filled with dramatic sea adventure, authentic weapons and technology, and distinguished by Poyer’s deep understanding of duty and the moral choices made in combat, The Cruiser is the fourteenth novel to feature Dan Lenson, and the beginning of an exciting new story line that will take him, his crew, and Savo Island around the world.

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