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The Command by David Poyer


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THE COMMAND: The US Navy in the War on Terror

From the USA Today-bestselling author of The Med, The Circle, The Gulf, The Passage, Tomahawk, China Sea, and Black Storm . . . a heartstopping thriller of the modern Navy in the throes of change.

After receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for action in Iraq, Commander Daniel V. Lenson's new orders read: take over as skipper of USS Thomas W. Horn. His mission: prepare the Tomahawk-equipped strike destroyer and her crew for the Red Sea, where she'll search for weapons of mass destruction.

But this will be no routine deployment. Horn will be the first US Navy warship ever to sortie with an integrated male and female crew—a controversial and politically explosive experiment that will raise questions about morale, behavior, training, sexual attraction, and ultimately, performance under fire. Facing sandstorms, smugglers, and ambushes, Horn's increasingly polarized crew will conduct diplomatically sensitive search-and-seizure operations against foreign vessels attempting to smuggle arms to Iraq. But the real nightmare's brewing in Bahrain. Where the most dangerous bomb expert in Al-Qaeda has targeted Horn for attack— as the first step in a plan to redraw the map of the whole Middle East.

David Poyer's novels are ranked among the finest military fiction of our time. Bristling with suspense, action, and intensely human characters, The Command is Poyer at his best.

"No one writes gritty, realistic military fiction like David Poyer. No one." —Stephen Coonts, author of America


The Command
by David Poyer
ISBN 0312318367
400pp
St. Martin's Press; (June 1, 2004)
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