“The Cruiser” was published in 2014 (December) and was written by David Poyer (http://www.poyer.com). Mr. Poyer has written many sea related novels, this is the 14th in the “Tales of the Modern Navy (Dan Lenson Novels)” series.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. The novel is set in more of less contemporary times. The primary character is the newly promoted to Captain Dan Lenson.
Lenson is thrust into the command of an advanced cruiser that the previous Captain has let run aground. Lenson steps into command of a stressed crew and a tenuous peace in the middle east. His ship and the bleeding edge missile system it carries is critical to keeping the situation from getting out of hand.
The story is filled with the modern US navy and even though this is the 14th novel in the series, it stood well as a stand alone read. There was action, intrigue and the drama of conflicting personalities. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.
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