Naval Commander Dan Lenson and his Tactical Analysis Group specialize in out of the box military assign ments. Comprising sailors, Navy SEALS, and civilians, the group investigates and defuses naval threats around the world.
Dan and his team are assigned to "transform" a patrol craft squadron in the Red Sea into a leaner, meaner Navy. Mean - while, in northern Africa, drought and famine have brought a nation to the brink of civil war. When the United States decides on intervention to stabilize the region, Dan and his team become the point people for the humanitarian mission. When a charismatic young jihadist coordinates a ferocious insur gency against the U.S. presence, Dan and his team must kill him in order to save thousands of lives.
With exciting action, espionage, and exotic locales, The Crisis asks bigger questions about our obligations to relieve the suffering of other countries, the risk of American lives to rescue foreigners, and the role of democratic government in nations with no central leadership.
Starred Review. When civil war threatens to turn Ashaara, an impoverished nation on the Horn of Africa, into a failed state and a potential sanctuary for jihadists in Poyer's outstanding 12th thriller to feature Cdr. Dan Lenson (after The Weapon), U.S. naval forces stationed near the Red Sea quickly respond with humanitarian relief. The lack of any legitimate local government leads to escalating chaos, and the mission soon changes for Medal of Honor winner Lenson and his cohorts to nation building and then counterinsurgency. Assorted Islamic militants, Westernized liberals and remnants of the former dictatorial regime manipulate each other as well as Western governments in an effort to control a desiccated chunk of land that makes Somalia look like paradise. Poyer, an Annapolis graduate, focuses on how his vividly drawn characters behave amid the shifting alliances, while the action inexorably builds to a conclusion that's both tragic and ironic. (Nov.)
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St. Martin's Press
November 09, 2009
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