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The Gulf (Dan Lenson #2)

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Defense policy makers from Britain and the Gulf analyze different aspects of British policy and its repercussions for Gulf security. Seeking to nurture defense and security dialogue, contributors examine both immediate and potential threats to Gulf security and underline the need for the Gulf countries to develop a greater range of consultative mechanisms. This book offers ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 15th 1991 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 1990)
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Feb 04, 2015 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of the Dan Lenson series (now up to fourteen books), carries the strengths and weaknesses of the first book ("The Mediterranean"). The strengths include a clear depiction of day-to-day operations on US naval vessels, in this case a frigate, and a fairly clear depiction of the US navy's role in the Persian Gulf toward the end of the Iran-Iraq War. The central character, a LCDR named Dan Lenson, is XO to a captain whose prior ship was sunk by an Iranian cruise missile, and who is determ ...more
Jan 31, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Shelves: nautical-fiction
The Van Zandt is a naval frigate on convoy duty in the Persian Gulf at a time when the Iranian War is in full swing. The new captain, Ben Shaker, is determined to avoid a repeat of the loss of his earlier command, a destroyer that was sunk by an Iranian missile. Men had died because they were wearing the new, sharp-looking polyester clothes that melted onto the skin during fire fighting, and had their feet horribly burned because they had abandoned the standard leather shoes for the more flamma ...more
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Dec 18, 2012 A. Bowdoin Van Riper rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, fiction, reviewed
The Gulf tries to be at least three different things: 1) A naval procedural about life on frigates and minesweepers -- the vital, unglamorous “small ships” of modern naval warfare ; 2) A sprawling, multi-stranded chronicle U. S. naval operations in the Persian Gulf during the closing years of the Iran-Iraq War; 3) A chapter in the ongoing chronicle of the career of U. S. Navy officer Dan Lenson. It is, in short, hugely ambitious. It would take a superb writer – a C. S. Forester or a Patrick O’Br ...more
Mark Luongo
Jul 20, 2015 Mark Luongo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An FFG Story

Didn't disappoint as it brought back many memories of serving aboard a PERRY class frigate. I remember all the changes that took place on board after the U.S.S. Stark was hit in 1987. The author talks about that.
The acronyms drive me nuts, but I'm just out of practice I guess. I found the ending a bit abrupt but I suppose I wanted a good story to go on.
Fredrick Danysh
Set in the Persian Gulf, this tells a story of the navy at war and the people who man our military ships. The action is centered on the crew of the USS Turner Van Zandt.
Mar 12, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the first in the series. Hope the upward trend continues.
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I love these novels. Why hasn't anyone written the USAF equivalent?
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Quit at page 161.
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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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