The Cruiser: A Dan Lenson Novel (Dan Lenson Novels)
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Newly-promoted to Captain, Dan Lenson's first glimpse of his command is of a ship literally high and dry. The USS Savo Island, which carries a classified, never-before-deployed missile defense system, has run aground on an exposed sandbar off Naples. Captain Lenson has to relieve the ship's disgraced skipper and deploy on a secret mission―Operation Stellar Shield―which will take his ship and crew into the dangerous waters bordering the Middle East.
As a climate of war builds between Israel and Iraq, with threats of nuclear and chemical weapons, Dan has to rally Savo Island's demoralized crew, confront a mysterious death on board ship, while learning to operate a complex missile system that has not been battle tested. But when the conflict reaches a climax, Dan is forced to make a decision that may cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives―or may save them, but at the cost of his ship and his career.
Filled with dramatic sea adventure, authentic weapons and technology, and distinguished by Poyer's deep understanding of duty and the moral choices made in combat, The Cruiser is the fourteenth novel to feature Dan Lenson in military service that carries him throughout the world.
missiles from the shore. They were Israeli. Assistance is not required. I repeat, not required. However, if you wish, close on my starboard side and help fight the fire.” “He’s doing us a favor. Letting us help,” said Mills, straight-faced. “Whatever,” Dan said. The guy was trying to save his ship and his men the best way he could, given a regime that was by all accounts ruthless with anyone who stepped over its fundamentalist, anti-American line. He straightened, noticing their own Iranian, or
girl did not object, respond, or even look up. She just made a slight adjustment to a knob that did not seem to alter the display as far as he could see. Noblos too had paused, as if for a rebuttal, but now went on. “Mr. Mills and I can get into that, your transmitter power out versus your phase/frequency band. Along with Petty Officer … with Chief Wenck. But to summarize, your maintenance has not been kept up and your operator proficiency does not seem to be where it will have to be for a
message out,” Mills said. “Make it immediate priority. But a caveat. Everything that goes out of here about this is classified top secret,” Dan said. That stopped them. Garfinkle-Henriques especially looked puzzled. “Top secret,” Dan repeated, before they could ask why. “All right, let’s get to it. Matt, you stay. Oh, and Hermelinda, is there a stock number for the chassis?” The supply officer said patiently, “If it was in the supply system, it would have a stock number, sir. But since it
to sleep. They’ve got to be fresh when they’re in front of that screen. The rest of the ship’s here to support them, so I don’t want them pulled off for any other duties.” He started to slap the table, but caught himself. Noblos rose first and made for the door. The comm chief brushed past him and came toward Dan, holding out the clipboard. “The message you were looking for, sir,” he said again, not meeting Dan’s eye. “Sent late yesterday. Marked routine. So it didn’t actually come in until just
to help push them out. Maybe the Iranians were just showing the flag. But as CO of a task force himself, even if only of Savo Island and Pittsburgh, he was bound to put the most threatening construction on any new player in the east Med. He glanced up as Ammermann was lighting a cigarette. Dan plucked it from his fingers before the flame from the Zippo could touch its tip. “Not in CIC.” “Sorry … wasn’t thinking. What d’you want me to do?” Past him Mills was balancing a fresh cup of coffee,