“The Command”

David Poyer

Unlike so many writers of military fiction, David Poyer manages to have a continuing character – Dan Lenson – who changes and grows from book to book. That, and the air of authenticity that Poyer generates (thanks to his own years in the navy), distinguishes the Lenson books from the likes of Dan Brown and Tom Clancy.

This book finds Lenson dealing with a divided crew learning to cope with gender integration aboard a destroyer on a Read Sea deployment. Interesting characters and situations combined with a gripping climax involving a terrorist nuclear device make this one stand out from the pack.