- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (10 December 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250051223
- ISBN-13: 978-1250051226
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Customer Reviews: 36 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Korea Strait Paperback – 10 December 2007
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"A revealing portrayal of the backroom goings-on at the White House. Poyer's more interested in story and character than in slam-bang action, and that's a good thing because when the action does kick in, we care enough about the characters to follow them into danger. Recommended especially for fans of Robert Ludlum's political thrillers (although Poyer is a superior writer)." --Booklist on The Threat
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"What if North Korea attacked South Korea and the U.S. with a devastating strike from the sea? That's the question at the heart of"" this gripping thriller from" USA Today "bestselling author "David Poyer""
United States Navy officer and Medal of Honor winner Dan Lenson's mission is to observe an international military exercise involving the navies of South Korea, Japan, Australia, and America. It should be routine duty for Dan, but old alliances are unraveling as North Korea threatens the U.S., and China expands its influence.""
"Fans will relish the sea action [and] the insights into the Korean situation."--"Library Journal""
"Now, acting as both adviser and adversary to a ruthless South Korean task-force commander, Dan must stop a wolfpack of unidentified submarines--armed with nuclear weapons--which are trying to elude Allied surveillance and penetrate the Sea of Japan. Is it the start of an invasion...or an elaborate feint, to divert attention from a devastating attack?""
"Satisfying, fast-paced...Lenson remains a winningly weary hero."--"Publishers Weekly"
Battling faulty weapons, a complacent Washington establishment, and a fierce typhoon season at sea, it's time for Dan to act on his own--even if doing so means the end of his career, the lives of his observers, and the risk of nuclear war.
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This particular novel is timely in the wake of recent erratic behavor among the DPRK leadership, including aggression at sea directed at the ROK Navy. Poyer deftly demonstrates the challenges of trying to understand the often peculiar and unpredictable actions of the DPRK, and the inevitable differing perceptions between DC and the guys on the ground.
President Milli Vanilli would do well to read this book, but he's not likely to feel he has anything to learn from it since he knows everything already. But the next 12-18 months could confront the Vanilli administration with a real crisis on the peninsula, on top of Iran and a host of competing self-inflicted foul-ups. Hopefully, the real life Lensons will continue to deter, or contain, any flare up while the Poseur-in-Chief continues to sleep walk through history.
When Dan isn't on ship, he's in contact with naughty Korean teenagers who are so uninhibited they reach into Dan's skivvies to make the sale. The action gets so randy that Dan's sonar tech is charged with public fornication - in a cemetery. That's as real & randy as liberty in ROK gets.
In addition to action, adventure, sex & violence, Korea Straight delivers 3D characters & a big screen, technicolor sea. I've been to sea in a US Navy Destroyer & ride it through a typhoon 8n the South China Sea. I know what happens when a 60 foot high storm wave breaks over the bow of a DD. Poyer does an outstanding job of putting the reader onto the combat bridge as the cold, green water smashes into the bulletproof glass. This novel actually transported me back to my personal experiences.
I'm not giving away the whole plot or the ending, but I will note that the book details the living hell officers put themselves through. I watched my own Captain go sleepless for days. Dan & the Korean officers do the same as they hunt a North Korean submarine which is tasked to deliver and detonate a nuclear bomb in Pusan Harbor. As astonishing as the events in this book are, is as real as violence of the sea & dedication of the Navy officers who sail her.
If you want an immersion read, Korea Straight is it. The 4 Stripers in KS are as obsessed with finding a killer sub as Melville's Captain Ahab was obsessed with finding the great white whale.
The author's characterizations here are pretty thin, and Commander Lenson never really becomes a full-fleshed character to whom the reader can really identify. Oh, he is a good guy with decent instincts, but this is more a story about politics, technology, and war than it is about people. I also felt that the story and its climax were fairly predictable, and I did not find the ending particularly plausible. Just my opinion.
Still, this is a serviceable yarn about naval-political conflict in the modern era and for those who like this genre, myself included, this is good entertainment.
This series just gets better with each new book
Bravo Zulu the arthur.