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Violent Peace

Violent Peace

The War with China: Aftermath of Armageddon

Dan Lenson Novels (Volume 20)

David Poyer

St. Martin's Press


World War III is over… or is it? Superpowers race to fill the postwar power vacuum in this page-turning thriller, the next in the Dan Lenson series.

In the next installment of David Poyer’s critically-acclaimed series about war with China, mutual exhaustion after a massive nuclear exchange is giving way to a Violent Peace.

While Admiral Dan Lenson motorcycles across a post-Armageddon US in search of his missing daughter, his wife Blair Titus lands in a spookily deserted, riot-torn Beijing to negotiate the reunification of Taiwan with the rest of China, and try to create a democratic government.

But a CIA-sponsored Islamic insurgency in Xianjiang province is hurtling out of control. Andres Korzenowski, a young case officer, must decide whether ex-SEAL Master Chief Teddy Oberg—now the leader of a ruthless jihad—should be extracted, left in place, or terminated.

Meanwhile, Captain Cheryl Staurulakis and USS Savo Island are recalled to sea, to forestall a Russian fleet intent on grabbing a resource-rich Manchuria.

The violent and equivocal termination of the war between China and the Allies has brought not peace, but dangerous realignments in the endless game of great power chess. Will the end of one world war simply be the signal for the beginning of another?



THE huge gray transport shook as it corkscrewed downward, and a barrage of violent bangs rattled the fuselage.

Decoy flares being fired? The slim, fair-haired woman gripping the armrests hoped so. No doubt, to...

Praise for Violent Peace

"Evocative prose is a plus, and the ending opens new territory to explore in coming volumes. This is a series like no other in the military thriller genre."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Another fast-paced adventure…One of Poyer’s trademarks is to transport the reader from the highest strategic levels (peace negotiations and presidential maneuvering) to the tactical level (the bridge of a warship or a raggedy rebel squad setting an ambush).”
The Virginian-Pilot


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David Poyer

DAVID POYER’s sea career included service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific. Violent Peace is the twentieth novel in his widely popular series featuring Captain Dan Lenson. 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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