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 commission, it's an aging World War II destroyer. Now, with a mix of pride and fear, he heads into the world's most dangerous seas.
As the Ryan plunges into the dark waters of the Arctic Circle at the height of storm season, Lenson and the crew pursue a mysterious and menacing enemy. But he soon discovers a foe even more dangerous within the Ryan, advancing a shocking agenda that drives the ship closer and closer to disaster-testing Lenson's life and loyalty to their very limit.
About the Author
David Poyer graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, and served on destroyers and amphibious ships. He transferred to reserve commission in 1977 and began writing. His other novels of the U.S. Navy, The Med, The Gulf, and The Passage, also feature Dan Lenson. He recently was the Distinguished Visiting Author at the U.S. Naval Academy. Poyer lives with his wife and daughter on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
DAVID POYER's sea career included service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific. He's the author of over forty novels and works of nonfiction including the War with China series: Tipping Point, Onslaught, Hunter Killer, and Deep War. Poyer's work has been required reading in the Literature of the Sea course at the U.S. Naval Academy, along with that of Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville. He lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put it down and was disappointed when I finished the book. The characters, situations, military protocols and drama were realistic. I’m a big fan of Mr. Poyer and I’m looking forward to reading his next book.
The first in the Dan Lenson series, Poyer's "The Circle" graphical explores what it is like to be a green ensign boarding his first ship. Assigned to First Division where all the malcontents work, Lenson runs up against a corrupt executive officer who threatens his future in the navy. The scenes of the ship in raging seas above the Arctic Circle are excellent. The book ends with a drawn out courtroom scene that could have been shortened for dramatic effect. Still, an excellent glimpse into the challenges of life at seas.