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Africa As Lead Character

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The book focuses on East Africa and its enormous instability, ranging from piracy on the high seas to brutal tribal actions that turn the area almost into total lawlessness, mass starvation, genocide, and anarchy. Add to these plots a SEAL team that attempts the rescue of a relief ship taken over by pirates, and a special ops team taking part in action to rid the fictional country of Ashaara of militant anarchists.

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  Africa As Lead Character
  The Crisis by CAPT David Poyer, USNR (Ret.) (St. Martin’s Press)

  Reviewed by MG David R. Bockel, USA (Ret.)                           command and control organization in the region.



  I
                                                                       The reader will no doubt understand that the cur-
      have read all of Dave Poyer’s Dan Lenson novels, and             rent C2 for that section of the world is the U.S. Af-
      The Crisis was unique and the most well-studied of all           rica Command. The assumption is that the events in The
      of them. I am used to Lenson being the focal point of            Crisis occurred before the creation of the new organization.
  CAPT Poyer’s books. Not so in this one.                                  What I came away with after reading the book—and it is
      The book focuses on East Africa and its enormous instabil-       the second novel I have read recently that focused on East
  ity, ranging from piracy on the high seas to brutal tribal actions   Africa—is that we are avoiding the problems in that region
  that turn the area almost into total lawlessness, mass starvation,   more than trying to help solve them. It is a “sticky” place, and
  genocide, and anarchy. It is difficult to read, but it seems few     we don’t want to get stuck there. I think no one country can
  Americans know the facts about that part of the world.               possibly deal with the savagery, genocide, disease, starvation,
      As in recent Lenson novels, the hero is still involved in        illiteracy, and downright uncivilized actions going on there.
  Special Operations, working from a cell in Norfolk, Va. There            It will take many brave men and women in all sorts of
  are several subplots in the book. The key one deals with two         military, government, and non-government organizations,
  brothers and a sister who are separated at a young age as they       and not just from the United States, to have any positive ef-
  attempt to flee the minions of a warlord bent on murder and          fect in that part of that vast continent. People need to read
  destruction of their village. Ultimately, the three are reunited     this book if for no other reason than to be educated about
  under unusual circumstances, with one of the siblings becom-         what is taking place there. The voices trying to be heard
  ing the leader of a paramilitary organization bent on taking         about the genocide and other heinous acts in the Sudan and
  over the country. Another subplot involves a scientist who           other parts of that continent are hard to hear when all the
  has been working on a study regarding the presence of fresh          talk is about Afghanistan. If anything, this situation is worse.
  water in this parched region. Add to these plots a SEAL team             Unlike Dave Poyer’s previous novels that focused on the
  that attempts the rescue of a relief ship taken over by pirates,     high adventures of a somewhat unlikely hero, The Crisis is a
  and a special ops team taking part in action to rid the fictional   
								
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