CHINA SEA by David Poyer - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOKSee all titles by David Poyer.
David Poyer's cycle of modern Navy tales ranks among the finest
nautical fiction of our time. With CHINA SEA, his self-doubting
protagonist Daniel V. Lenson faces for the first time the unforgiving
challenge of command at sea.
Ordered to relieve an alcoholic
skipper, Dan finds he has inherited a damaged ship, an untrustworthy
crew, and an ambiguous mission. He is to take the USS Oliver C. Gaddis,
soon to become the PNS Tughril, on her final voyage to be donated to
Pakistan. But in Kirachi, Dan gets new orders: take Gaddis still
further east, and operate against modern pirates preying on commercial
shipping in the remote, dangerous South China Sea.
elusive and shadowy foe into an exotic, isolated world of hazardous
reefs and tropical islands, Dan gradually discerns a larger purpose
behind his supposed objective. Who are these "pirates?" What
expansionist cunning supports them? Abandoned by the Navy, threatened
by a mutinous crew, a murderous shipmate, and an approaching typhoon,
Gaddis struggles to survive without crossing the shadow-line herself.
Filled with suspense, battle, and unforgettable descriptions of the
sea's beauty and violence, CHINA SEA continues Dan Lenson's
star-crossed career in what Booklist calls, "One of the outstanding bodies of nautical fiction during the last half-century."