China Sea Hardcover – Feb 22 2000
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
From Publishers Weekly
An American frigate clashes with a Chinese pirate warship in Poyer's latest nautical adventure, which begins innocuously enough when Dan Lenson takes command of the USS Gaddis, an embattled vessel that has just been donated to Pakistan. Lenson is supposed to captain the ship only to its final destination, where his onboard Pakistani counterpart is scheduled to take over, but a disastrous emergency rescue of an Egyptian vessel near the Suez Canal reveals the tension between the American and Pakistani crews and their unease with the terms of the donation. Saddled with a ragtag, mutinous crew, Lenson is further plagued by an unidentified serial killer on board, who continues to elude capture. The voyage takes yet another strange turn when the captain gets new orders to head for China, and finds his ship involved in an international mission to curb a Chinese pirate operation while the rest of the world watches the U.S. take on Saddam Hussein. As the operation progresses, Lenson realizes he is being steered toward a final confrontation with a Chinese warship, knowing full well that if he loses the battle, the existence of his mission will be disavowed by his superiors. Poyer displays a fine sense of pace and plot when the focus is on seagoing affairs, and the battle scenes are scintillating and satisfying. But several nagging problems surface: the author occasionally gets caught up in nautical jargon; the writing veers toward cliche when the narrative drifts from the ship's maneuvers; and several plot machinations involving a relatively insignificant incident strain credulity. Poyer is a master of the genre, but this title lacks the consistency of his best work. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In his latest book, Poyer (The Circle) has brought back Dan Lenson and given him first command. It is 1990-91, at the start of the Gulf War. The navy, ready to discard the U.S.S. Gaddis, has asked Lenson to ready the ship for a final voyage. Accompanied by a crew of misfits and brigrats, Lenson endures a journey filled with bungling allies, hurricanes, a cronic supply problem, and piracy. THe crew is ready to mutiny - the vagueness of his orders and a disgruntled executive officer have undermined Lenson's authority. And to top it all off, Lenson soon realizes that one of his crew is committing murders in every port. Poyer's characters are as good as ever, and the action scenes are lively, but the book's lulls - passages filled with characters repeating themselves and to command - make for painful reading at times. Still, this is recommended for larger fiction collections.
Patrick J. Wall, University City
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
My only quibble is that for the first half of the book, one is hit every so often with extraordinarily overblown similes and metaphors. Most unusual for Poyer. "The sun, red and swollen as a blood-filled condom..." Ouch! But they disappear as the story moves along. It's a great read, with a suitably cynical approach concerning those who pull the levers of power. After all, Dan Lenson's task would have been a lot easier if he had been told up front, privately "You will operate anonymously, not under the US flag - and if need be, we will deny that you exist" - but no, they made him figure that out for himself, at much greater risk to the mission.
Poyer has always been an artistically admirable writer. If you've already read China Sea, return to Prologue 3 on page 11. As horrible as what it describes is, Poyer's prose is gorgeous, reminiscent of what made me pay special attention to him in another of his novels, As the Wolf Loves Winter. Poyer proves even in this small passage that he can consistently hit the artistic mark that Thomas Harris set in Silence of the Lambs.
Poyer's series hero, Dan Lenson, has evolved from a relatively innocent follower to a seasoned, wise, yet renegade leader. He struggles always to be faithful to his own commanders, yet his sense of loyalty and commitment brings him face to face, again and again, with the vagaries of human frailty. He is the adherent to the black-and-white code of Navy tradition that forever proves inadequate to contain the ambitions and passions of human leaders. And yet even as Lenson suffers professionally, he prevails in his belief that there is absolute truth somewhere out there.
The only character I can think of in another modern novel series who has been as exquisitely treated as Poyer's Dan Lenson is in the Lawrence Block series, Matt Scudder. Lenson's experiences and the effect they have on the ongoing development of his character are razor-sharp in every novel.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I must say that at first after reading the three major prologues I began to take a sudden intrest in the direction at which the plot was headed. Read morePublished on May 11 2003
This was a fun book to read on an airplane or on the beach. But it doesn't match up to earlier efforts. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2002 by M. Ragen
Being a navy wife, I enjoyed learning the jargon and getting an insiders look at what the jobs are like aboard a navy ship. Read morePublished on April 19 2002
This is one of the best navy books I have ever read. Poyer fills out his book with great detail and knowledge of the Knox Class frigate that is outstanding. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2001 by A Customer
I have read all the Dirk Pitt Clive Clussler action series. China Sea is the first David Poyer book in the series I have read. Read morePublished on July 6 2001 by Robert E. Green II
I like the Lenson series, mainly for its authentic descriptions of what it's like to serve as an officer on ship (as a civilian, I don't know if it's REALLY authentic, but it works... Read morePublished on June 27 2001
While Desert Storm is being prepared, Lt. Commander Lenson gets his shot at a command billet. A short one preparing the Frigate, USS GADDIS, for delivery to the Pakistan Navy. Read morePublished on May 13 2001
I am constantly on the hunt for a writer that will fill in the gap left behind when clancy decided to write jaw-dislodgingly boring books, and Poyer's not it. Read morePublished on May 2 2001 by Casper Paludan
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Men's Adventure
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Sea Adventures
- Books > Literature & Fiction > United States
- Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue