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David Poyer

Retired naval officer and author

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BIO

David Poyer is a retired naval officer and the most popular living author of American sea fiction. He has published almost 30 novels since 1976.

 

Poyer is best known for his naval fiction series, drawn from his experience in the military. His most popular series follow the career and adventures of US Navy officer Dan Lenson as he reconciles conflicts between his sense of ethics and his duty. Another series follows ex-Coast Guard commercial diver Lyle “Tiller” Galloway, and his adventures in the dangerous world of deep-sea diving. His writing has been compared to that of Joseph Conrad and Herman Wouk and some of his novels are required reading at Annapolis.

 

Poyer graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1971 and served as a naval officer and reserve caption in the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Caribbean, and Persian Gulf until his retirement in 2001.

 

Poyer’s work includes alternative history and science fiction written under the pseudonym David Andreissen. He currently teaches at the Wilkes University MA/MFA program in Creative Writing in Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife Lenore Hart and their daughter on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.


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BOOKS

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Paperbacks

One fateful day, the worst attack on American soil brings out the very best in our nation’s heroes—in this powerful thriller from bestselling author David...
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St. Martin's Paperbacks

Dr. Jack Scales, hotshot neurosurgeon, is at the peak of his career—and his family’s showing the strain. His wife, Arlen, is having an affair; Ric, their...
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Navy Commander Dan Lenson is assigned an urgent mission in a war-torn, famine-plagued country on the brink of collapse. He and his select team of SEALs,...
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The GulfDan Lenson Novel #22
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Defense policy makers from Britain and the Gulf analyze different aspects of British policy and its repercussions for Gulf security. Seeking to nurture defense...
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China SeaDan Lenson Novels #6
St. Martin's Press

David Poyer's cycle of modern Navy tales ranks among the finest nautical fiction of our time. With China Sea, his self-doubting protagonist Daniel V. Lenson...
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The CircleDan Lenson Novels #3
St. Martin's Paperbacks

For four years at Annapolis he prepared for this, pledging his youth, his ambition, and even his life. But when junior officer Dan Lenson finally gets his...
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The MedDan Lenson Novels #1
St. Martin's Paperbacks

A powerful and fast-moving tale of the Navy-Marine Corps team in action, on a dangerous mission in the volatile Eastern Mediterranean. Cloaked by the mists...
Hardcover
St. Martin's Press

An antiwhaling expedition to the freezing Antarctic takes a violent turn in this powerful novel from bestselling author and sailor David Poyer. After a...
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Black StormDan Lenson Novels #7
St. Martin's Press

With blistering action sequences and incredibly detailed military insight, Black Storm takes the reader along with the most covert Special Ops group straight...
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TomahawkDan Lenson Novels #5
St. Martin's Press

The bestselling novels of David Poyer have been read by millions around the world, and The New York Times Book Review has proclaimed: "Poyer knows what he is...
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The WeaponDan Lenson Novels #11
St. Martin's Press

A deadly new weapon hits the international arms market---and the only way to preserve the balance of power in the Mideast is to hijack the Iranian sub that...
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Korea StraitDan Lenson Novels #10
St. Martin's Griffin

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,...
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The CommandDan Lenson Novels #8
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After receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for action in Iraq, Commander Daniel V. Lenson is given new orders: "Take over as skipper of USS Thomas W....
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The PassageDan Lenson Novels #4
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The Navy's most sophisticated destroyer, the USS Barrett carries a top-secret computer that can pilot an unmanned ship and send it into battle. As the weapons...

SPEECHES

Stories of the Sea: David Poyer share insights into the naval career and knowledge of global affairs and history he draws upon in creating his stories and characters.


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REVIEWS

Praise for The Gulf

"The Gulf is the best naval story since The Hunt for Red October!"

--Clive Cussler, author of Dragon

 

"His mastery of technical and procedural detail does for the modern small-ship fleet what Tom Clancy does for nuclear submarrines and Stephen Coonts for aircrafts carriers."

--Publishers Weekly

 

"Authentic and engrossing!"

--Kirkus

 

"Breathtaking, from the first page to the last...One of the very few military thrillers written by a man who not only knows his subject thoroughly, but who is also a genuinely talented writer."

--Ralph Peters, author of The Devil's Garden



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