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The Only Thing to Fear
     

The Only Thing to Fear

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by David Poyer
 

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"A flight of the historical imagination that will leave readers dazzled " -- Thomas Fleming

It is the apocalyptic spring of 1945. Navy Reserve lieutenant John F. Kennedy, convalescing from action in the Pacific, is transferred to President Franklin Roosevelt's personal staff. But Kennedy finds Washington is more than cocktail parties, easy tail, and press

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"A flight of the historical imagination that will leave readers dazzled " -- Thomas Fleming

It is the apocalyptic spring of 1945. Navy Reserve lieutenant John F. Kennedy, convalescing from action in the Pacific, is transferred to President Franklin Roosevelt's personal staff. But Kennedy finds Washington is more than cocktail parties, easy tail, and press conferences when Fleet Admiral Leahy assigns him a highly classified undercover mission that turns into a deady race to stop the unthinkable -- a possible assassin in the White House.
With the help of Lauren Wolfe, a beautiful actress and FDR admirer, and Secret Service head Mike Reilly, Kennedy must turn detective, as the clock ticks down to the fateful moment when a shadowy but determined traitor will attempt to forever alter the course of history.

Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly - Staff Writer
"Solid research buttresses Poyer's latest, a consistently engrossing WWII novel featuring FDR and skinny naval officer John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Poyer's narrative skills improve with each of his rousing adventures, and here well-rounded characters populate an intriguing plot that illuminates much about the war and the birth of the UN."
jacket - Stephen Coonts
"I suspect that Jack Kennedy would have really liked this book, which contains a rather extraordinary portrait of him, one probably closer to the truth than his biographers will ever admit."
Booklist - Roland Green
"The premise of Poyer's latest is that in 1945 a young John F. Kennedy was assigned a secret mission to protect Franklin D. Roosevelt from assassination. In Poyer's expert hands, this far-fetched device produces a consistently readable, fast-paced, intelligent tour of the elite politics of the U.S. as World War II drew to a close. Beyond that ... Poyer's is one of the most fully realized presentations of JFK to appear in fiction, which pretty much ensures his "what if" yarn plenty of interest."
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot - Christopher Phillips
"It's been done before. Frederick Forsyth put Charles De Gaulle in peril of an assassin's bullet in THE DAY OF THE JACKAL. Jack Higgins sent German commandos to kill Winston Churchill in THE EAGLE HAS LANDED. Now, in THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, veteran novelist David Poyer...offers a fictionalized assassination attempt on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The biggest twist in Poyer's book, however, is the narrator -- a 27-year-old PT-boat officer named John Fitzgerald Kennedy...."
The Tampa Tribune - Harry Crumpacker
"David Poyer has spent the last decade or so quietly making a reputation for himself as a writer of style. Known mostly for his superb modern sea stories, the Annapolis graduate has taken a big stride toward stardom with his latest work. THE ONLY THING TO FEAR is a sweeping historical epic, rich in vibrant characters. It's also an assassination thriller that keeps the pulses pounding, a finely crafted blending of fact and fiction with the patrician president from Hyle Park as the target..."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014864367
Publisher:
Northampton House
Publication date:
08/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
811,005
File size:
533 KB

Meet the Author

Millions of copies of Dave Poyer's thirty-plus books are in print, including THE MED, THE GULF, THE CIRCLE, THE PASSAGE, TOMAHAWK, CHINA SEA, BLACK STORM, THE COMMAND, THE THREAT, KOREA STRAIT, THE WEAPON, THE CRISIS, and THE TOWERS, USA Today best-selling novels of the modern Navy and Marine Corps; and FIRE ON THE WATERS, A COUNTRY OF OUR OWN, and THAT ANVIL OF OUR SOULS, historical fiction set during the Civil War. His work has been translated into Japanese, Dutch, and Italian, and rights have been sold for films and audiobooks.

Poyer holds a master's degree from George Washington University and has taught or lectured at Annapolis, Flagler College, University of Pittsburgh, Old Dominion University, Armed Forces Staff College, University of North Florida, The New College, and other institutions. He has been a writer in residence at Flagler and Annapolis, and a guest on PBS's "Writer to Writer" series and on Voice of America. His fiction has been required reading in the U.S. Naval Academy’s “Literature of the Sea” course, along with that of Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville. He was a founding editor of the New Virginia Review and is currently a consulting editor for other literary magazines. He currently teaches fiction and memoir in the Creative Writing program at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Website: <www.poyer.com>
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The Only Thing to Fear 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very hesitant to pick up fiction at a time when I had an abundance of other hard-facts Kennedy books to sate my voracious reading appetite, but Poyer skillfully created plausability and excitement with a premise that is at first questionable and unintriguing. Excellent read, really brings the characters to life - it's a challenging, thought-provoking book that gives history a new depth. Definitely recommend it.