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The Only Thing to Fear

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Set against the vast sweep of a bombed and burning Berlin, glittering Palm Beach, the killing fields of Eastern Europe, wartime Washington, and small-town Georgia, this riveting tale of politics, assassination, sacrifice, and love brings the legendary figures of 50 years ago, including FDR and a young John Kennedy, to fierce and passionate life.
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Forge
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Bill Dougherty
Apr 17, 2015 Bill Dougherty rated it it was amazing
I've read many books by David Poyer so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this story published in 1995. I'm more familiar with Poyer's Dan Lenson series, including his latest book, THE CRUISER, which is also a must read.

In THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, Poyer masterfully follows John F. Kennedy, still in his twenties and recovering from a back injury sustained when a Japanese destroyer ran over PT Boat 109 killing two members of his crew. The son of a prominent family and already versed on
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Simon
Sep 07, 2013 Simon rated it it was ok
Deliriously awful, and yet . . . it took a turn to the surreal for me at one point when the man trying to assassinate FDR drives to Warm Springs and spends a few pages in the town where I live, even mentioning the very STREET that runs next to mine. So how can I hate this book?

I'm not going to recap the story, which makes no sense at all. One of the protagonists is the young Jack Kennedy, in the last few weeks before he was mustered out of the service. To make a long story short, which is more t
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Gerald
David Poyer weaves an intriguing tale of what might have been. About-to-be-retired Lieutenant Junior Grade Jack Kennedy, recently returned from WWII action in the South Pacific, takes a final assignment as a naval aide to President Roosevelt to help protect him from a Russian assassin, who has help from someone on the president's staff. It is an exciting story.
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Aka D.C. Poyer.

DAVID CHARLES POYER was born in DuBois, PA in 1949. He grew up in Brockway, Emlenton, and Bradford, in western Pennsylvania, and graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1967. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1971, and later received a master's degree from George Washington University.

Poyer's active and reserve naval service included sea duty in the Atlan
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