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The Threat: A Dan Lenson Novel (Dan Lenson Novels) [Kindle Edition]

David Poyer
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From the bestselling author of The Circle, The Med, The Gulf, The Passage, Tomahawk, China Sea, Black Storm, and The Command . . . a heartstopping thriller of danger and conspiracy at the highest levels of command and government.

Medal of Honor winner Commander Dan Lenson wonders who proposed that he be assigned to the White House military staff. It's a dubious honor---serving a president the Joint Chiefs hate more than any other in modern history.

Lenson reports to the West Wing to direct a multiservice team working to interdict the flow of drugs from Latin America. Never one to just warm a chair, he sets out to help destroy the Cartel---and uncovers a troubling thread of clues that link cunning and ruthless drug lord Don Juan Nuñez to an assault on a nuclear power plant in Mexico, an obscure Islamic relief agency in Los Angeles, and an air cargo company's imminent flight plan across the United States.

Lenson has to battle civilian aides and his own distaste for politics to derail a terrorist strike over the Mexican border. His punishment for breaking the rules to do so is to be sent to the East Wing . . . as the military aide carrying the nuclear "football," the locked briefcase with the secret codes for a nuclear strike, for a president he suspects is having an affair with his wife.

And something else is going on beneath the day-to-day turmoil and backstabbing. As his marriage deteriorates and his frustration with Washington builds, Lenson becomes an unwitting accomplice in a dangerous and subversive conspiracy. The U.S. military is responsible for its Commander in Chief's transportation and security. If someone felt strongly enough about it . . . it would be easy for the president to die.

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    "Terrific suspense...perfect authenticity...powerful storytelling and compelling characters...David Poyer is our finest military novelist and "The Threat" is simply superb. Buy it, read it - and tell your friends." --Ralph Peters, author of "New Glory" and "Never Quit the Fight"

    About the Author

    Captain David Poyer's twenty-five books make him the most popular living author of American sea fiction. His career included service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, Persian Gulf area, and Pacific. "The Threat" is the ninth book in his continuing novel-cycle of the modern Navy and Marine Corps, following "The Command, Black Storm, China Sea, Tomahawk, The Passage, The Circle, The Gulf, "and "The Med" (all available as St. Martin's Press mass-market paperbacks). He lives with his wife and daughter on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Visit Poyer's Web site at

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 750 KB
    • Print Length: 349 pages
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (31 July 2007)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00B5A1MSS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,045,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lenson's a fish out of water 5 Mar. 2008
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    Commander Dan Lenson takes a political timeout in this excellent ninth book from modern US naval writer David Poyer. If you've read any of the others, you'll find the same gripping pace, as Lenson's frustrations with the administration he is forced to work under bubble to the surface.

    Shows Clancy a thing or two about how to successfully transition from the pure technothriller. Highly recommended.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Poyer deserves to be widely read 27 Aug. 2010
    By John Richard VINE VOICE
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    Poyer is among the best war/action authors I have ever read, and I've read most of the best I think. His research, technical expertise, and insider knowledge are truly outstanding. His characters are well formed and interesting, not simply archetypal tough guys. The narrative is always compelling with superb storylines, many great little side stories, and rounded incedental minor characters. Deserves to be much more widely read in the UK. If you enjoy accurate, credible war stories, you will love his Dan Lenson, Tiller Galloway, and American Civil War series.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A really great read! 7 Nov. 2006
    By William R. Hunteman - Published on
    This is easily the best Lenson story in the entire saga. I got the book and read it in a day and a half. I was riveted. The action was

    great, moving along constantly. It literally had me on the edge of my seat. Character development was super. As was the descriptiveness of it. I could see myself there. I also developed an extreme dislike for some of the characters. If that is what it is like in DC, I want nooooooo part of


    I could see this one being made into a movie pretty easily. I think it

    would play well on the screen and would be pretty easy to do I think.

    Get this book. If you haven't read the rest of the series, or Mr Poyer's other series' get them to.

    I'm retired Navy, and this author has it down pat. Almost feel like I'm still in when I read them. Great Read!
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lenson fights intrigue in the White House 10 Nov. 2008
    By Daniel Berger - Published on
    Lenson, assigned to a slot on the National Security Council, now serves in the White House and gets an unusual view of what it all looks like from the top, including a harrowing trip into an African refugee camp.

    Dealing with various crises, he sees just how tangled high command gets, as presidential staff, military staff, the Defense Department, law enforcement and Congress all get their fingers in the pie. He must advocate the policies of a Clinton-like president, unpopular with the military. Trying to combat a Latin American drug lord, Lenson worries about who is leaking sensitive information.

    He and Blair, now a deputy defense secretary, live together for the first time in their marriage. Their demanding jobs, combined with the post-traumatic aftermath of Lenson's confronting a nuclear explosion, take a toll on the marriage.

    Punished, as usual, for stepping up during a crisis when others wouldn't, Lenson is transferred to what's seen as a merely ceremonial job, but which becomes a much more fateful one. Lenson must not only confront the threats to the nation from outside the White House, but those within.

    Poyer's plot are gradually taking a liberal line, with bad guys being right-wing militarists. This is disappointing, I expect better of him, but it's still a good book. The White House detail is particularly good.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excitement and intrigue 22 Dec. 2012
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    I really enjoyed the twists this book takes. Details and background story lines, characters from prior books, it all adds up to a real "who dunnit" story.
    Again, there are half a dozen misspellings, sorry for being picky, but they are a distraction from a well written story.
    3.0 out of 5 stars I really like Poyer's books 29 Nov. 2014
    By Calvin - Published on
    I really like Poyer's books. They are authentic in describing naval customs and hardware. However, there is one thing that annoys me about the Dan Lenson character. This guy won the Medal of Honor but seems to get little respect from anybody. I can't remember the title but in some of the books after the character won the the Medal he is treated like a screwup by his captain and seems to get no respect at all from anybody. The plots needed a character who rises above the scorn and doubt of his superiors but that's not convincing when the character is a Medal winner. In my experience a Medal winner pretty much gets treated like a minor deity. In my battalion we had a Master Gunny who won the Medal in Korea and everybody, including the officers, saluted HIM when he wore the ribbon, which he rarely did because I think it embarrassed him.
    1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Confusing 1 Oct. 2012
    By Bonner '62 - Published on
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    I read the author's Korea Strait book and decided to try another. This one is a train wreck. The story skips from post 9/11 terrorism issues to the hero traveling to Bill Clinton's Sarajevo. There is no explanation for the time travel the action just shifts. I liked Korea Strait became the author is career navy and knew how naval exercises work which gave the book a real feel. In this one the hero is working at the White House in a Seven Days in May type scenario. It was dull and didn't really show the attention to detail Korea had done. I finished but it was a long slog. Korea Strait: A Novel (Dan Lenson Novels)
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