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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.
BOOK REVIEWS 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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