The Circle Mass Market Paperback – Jun 15 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in the early 1970s, Poyer's impressive techno-thriller tells of an obsolete destroyer that meets an unhappy fate while tracking a renegade Soviet missile sub in the teeth of an arctic storm. Author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Each of Poyer's books is a treat: timely, exciting, deeply affectionate and respectful of the naval men, women, and traditions he portrays. Here he describes the first tour of duty for Dan Lenson, series protagonist last seen in The Gulf ( LJ 8/90). Dan's ship, the destroyer Ryan , is a worn-out veteran; the men he must learn to supervise are a rag-tag group who test his every order. First Arctic storms, then catastrophe culminating in court martial test Dan's courage. Vivid scenes of shipboard life and duties--refueling, navigating under zero visibility, maneuvering the destroyer as part of a fleet of ships--serve as a backdrop to moving conflicts among the Ryan 's men. The author (who has a naval background) infuses his books with authentic detail, but his special gift is the creation of complex characters, among them the insolent Lassard and the mystical Evlin. Most highly recommended.
- Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Computer Support Svces., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
"The Circle" was a great read. Poyer inundates you with naval jargon yet manages to sustain a narrative of rare emotional force (for technothrillers anyway). Even if you don't know what's going on, you can at least taste the salt spray. The story is actually composed of two halves, and I agree with the reader who found the first half the better one. Still, Poyer's prose and characters keep you from going into skim mode, and keep "The Circle" from becoming one of those novels whose story seems lifted from an issue of "Jane's all the world's ships". If you loved "The Bedford Incident" or "HMS Ulysses", you've got to get "The Circle".
I appreciate the way that he often incorporates explanations for jargon and practices, without insulting my intelligence. My only suggestion for future novels is to include a glossary, and perhaps diagrams of the ships' interiors
Most recent customer reviews
I started with The Circle and plowed through all of the David Poyer books I could find. I enjoy his writing. Read morePublished on July 13 2003
The first part of the book is men versus the relentless sea. An aging World War II era destroyer sails into the Arctic circle in the middle of winter. Read morePublished on July 13 2002 by A Customer
David Poyer's seminal naval work The Circle takes you directly in to the life of a young naval officer. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2001 by Bryce D. Butler
For those of you who crave highly detailed and very technical military action-adventure, David Poyer is the one of the very best writers in this genre. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2001 by Samuel Smith
I'm not an ex-Navy man, so the constant Navy jargon left me sometimes only vaguely understanding what was going on. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2000 by Jon R. Schlueter
Picked up this book as a paperback in an airport bookstore to read during the endless waiting one has to endure when flying. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2000 by Franklin Duncan
I've read all of Mr. Poyer's novels about the Navy, and thought this one was the most realistic - except for the Tom Clancy-ish business with the sub. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2000 by A Customer
A good account of life on older DDs. I served on three of them similar to this one, RYAN. Poyer perhaps puts this young Ensign in predicaments not normal, however it COULD... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 1999 by John Derr
the back and front inside covers show whale boat dimensions as being 26" long. this would only be true if the story was about gulliver's traveling companionsPublished on Feb. 22 1999