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Book Title: Korea Strait|
ISBN 13: 9780312360498
The author of the book: David Poyer
Edition: St. Martin's Press
Date of issue: December 10th 2007
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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Like an aged diesel-powered submarine, David Poyer's "Korea Strait" gets off to a slow start. In fact, the first 200 pages or so are packed with the mundane. Excessive detail about tactical submarine exercises and maneuvers in waters off the South Korean coast. Superfluous visceral details about ship stench when at sea for weeks at a time, and the rot of unappetizing food like kimchi hanging in the air.
Somewhere amid it all, however, a story develops. A hero emerges and deeper themes involving mission, success, failure and duty take hold. The final 60 pages or so captivate into a riveting, gut-checking conclusion that rewards the reader who sustains interest and remains character-loyal.
Former Naval officer Dan Lenson is at the center of this book's sideways paradigm, which drones on for far too many chapters about the twists, turns, and the unforeseen circumstances of exercises involving ships from the U.S., South Korea and other Asian-Pacific nations, both above and below the waters in the world's most hostile region. Lenson has been assigned to a neutral task group, essentially charged with observing and recording the exercises, ultimately to assess South Korea's naval readiness in the event of an underwater infiltration from the North.
Amid this process, not one but two typhoons nearly scuttle the whole operation, and a group of North Korean subs actually does infiltrate South Korean waters. As the novel progresses to a more right-side up plot line, Lenson anguishes against extreme fatigue, nausea and hopeless odds to come up with a solution before the world is drawn into irreversible destruction.
The closing chapters pack less unsettling description and a far more powerful narrative in bringing the book to satisfying culmination, rescuing what could have been an utter waste of time. The book rounds out nicely to a 3-star rating, which may have even touched 4 if not for the angony of the first 200 pages.
This read would definitely be enticing to fans of the very niche genre of submarine thrillers.
When inspired, Poyer's writing packs an almost literary, flowing style of description and character exploration.
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DAVID CHARLES POYER was born in DuBois, PA in 1949. He grew up in Brockway, Emlenton, and Bradford, in western Pennsylvania, and graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1967. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1971, and later received a master's degree from George Washington University.
Poyer's active and reserve naval service included sea duty in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific, and shore duty at the Pentagon, Surface Warfare Development Group, Joint Forces Command, and in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He retired in July 2001.
Poyer began writing in 1976, and is the author of over thirty books, including THE MED, THE GULF, THE CIRCLE, THE PASSAGE, TOMAHAWK, CHINA SEA, BLACK STORM, THE COMMAND, THE THREAT, KOREA STRAIT, THE WEAPON, and THE CRISIS, best-selling Navy novels; THE DEAD OF WINTER, WINTER IN THE HEART, AS THE WOLF LOVES WINTER, and THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN, set in the Pennsylvania hills; and HATTERAS BLUE, BAHAMAS BLUE, LOUISIANA BLUE, and DOWN TO A SUNLESS SEA, underwater diving adventure. Other noteworthy books are THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, a historical thriller, THE RETURN OF PHILO T. McGIFFIN, a comic novel of Annapolis, and the three volumes of The Civil War at Sea, FIRE ON THE WATERS, A COUNTRY OF OUR OWN, and THAT ANVIL OF OUR SOULS. His work has been published in Britain, translated into Japanese, Dutch, and Italian, recorded for audiobooks, 1Pod downloads, and Kindle, and selected by the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club. Rights to several properties have been sold or optioned for films.
Poyer has taught or lectured at Annapolis, Flagler College, University of Pittsburgh, Old Dominion University, the Armed Forces Staff College, the University of North Florida, Christopher Newport University, and other institutions. He has been a guest on PBS's "Writer to Writer" series and on Voice of America, and has appeared at the Southern Festival of Books and many other literary events. He teaches in the MA/MFA in Creative Writing program at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre and is a board member of the Library of Virginia. He lives on Virginia's Eastern Shore with his wife, novelist Lenore Hart, and their daughter.
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