Dan Lenson takes his first command to sea, only to be given a damaged vessel, a ragtag crew, and an uncertain mission. He is to accompany the ship on its final official Navy voyage across the world, to be donated by the military to Afghanistan. But upon reaching port in Kirachi, Lenson is given a new set of orders: to take the ship to the South China Sea, where modern day pirates are endangering shipping. Lenson's job is to stop them, but there is a larger purpose behind his mission, and amid near-mutinous circumstances, a crumbling ship, and a reckless crewman, Dan must defend the Navy's and America's interests in China's waters.
David Poyer's naval career has included service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific. His twenty novels have won praise from millions of readers around the world, and his sea fiction has been required reading in the Literature of the Sea course at the U.S. Naval Academy. "China Sea "is the sixth in his novel-cycle of the modern navy, following "The Med, The Gulf, The Circle, The Passage, "and "Tomahawk "(all available from St. Martin's Paperbacks). He lives with his wife and daughter in Virginia.