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Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer

The War with China - The Battle for the Central Pacific

Dan Lenson Novels (Volume 17)

David Poyer

St. Martin's Press


World War with China explodes in Hunter Killer, David Poyer's dramatic new thriller. The United States stands nearly alone in its determination to fight, rather than give into the expansionist demands of the aggressive new “People’s Empire.” The naval and air forces of the Associated Powers – China, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea – have used advanced technology and tactical nuclear weapons to devastate America's fleet in the Pacific, while its massive army forced humiliating surrenders on Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and other crucial allies.

Admiral Dan Lenson, commanding a combined US–South Korean naval force, and Commander Cheryl Staurulakis of USS Savo Island fight to turn the tide and prepare for an Allied counteroffensive. Meanwhile, SEAL operator Teddy Oberg escapes from a hellish POW camp and heads west through desolate mountains toward what he hopes will be freedom. Hector Ramos, an unwilling recruit, learns the Marine Corps has an ethos all its own. And in Washington, DC, Dan’s wife Blair Titus helps formulate America's political response to overwhelming setbacks in the Pacific and at on the home front.

Filled with dramatic battle scenes, from ship, submarine, and air warfare to desperate hand-to-hand Marine Corps combat, and informed by the author's own background as a Navy captain and defense analyst, Hunter Killer is a powerful, all-too-believable novel about how the next world war might unfold.


Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii

HIS ride showed up at the Navy Lodge that morning, as promised. “Captain Lenson?” The driver peered up, bulky in flak vest, sidearm, and helmet. He had a black carbine bracketed by the...

Praise for Hunter Killer

"Gripping [...] Each book moves the story forward and primes readers for the thrills that are sure to come in future entries." - Publishers Weekly

"Terrifyingly real." - Booklist

"Poyer's dramatic true-to-life storytelling brings the unthinkable – the potential for a twenty-first-
century world war – into sharp focus." - Quarterdeck

"On par with Larry Bond and Rick Campbell, David Poyer’s Hunter Killer proves yet again that when it comes to dramatic naval thrillers, he’s one of the very best still working in the genre today." - The Book Spy

"Hunter Killer leaves Dan Lenson’s fate unresolved amid a scenario of a future war in Asia – a scenario we hope is not prescient – but readers will enjoy it." - The Virginian-Pilot


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David Poyer

DAVID POYER’s military career included service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, Pacific, Mideast, and the Pentagon. He is the author of the Dan Lenson Novels, his widely popular series of the modern Navy and Marine Corps, including The Med, The Towers, and Onslaught. Poyer’s work has been required reading in the Literature of the Sea course at the U.S. Naval Academy, along with that of Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville. He lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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