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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312339615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312339616
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Poyer's ninth Dan Lenson novel (after 2004's The Command), his navy hero joins the National Security Council staff at the White House, where the Congressional Medal of Honor winner runs into an unconvincing presidential assassination plot. Robert De Bari, a Clintonesque figure who's despised by the military for his failure to serve in Vietnam and is known for a roving eye, occupies the Oval Office after the first Gulf War. Lenson assumes a host of tasks, from antidrug duty for the NSC to being the president's military aide carrying the legendary briefcase with its nuclear launch codes. As astute as Lenson is, he proves to be naïve as forces that want De Bari replaced by the vice president (who's more Cheney than Gore) manipulate him. Most thriller fans will feel this is familiar territory that has been plumbed more effectively by Tom Clancy and David Balducci. (Nov.)
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From Booklist

You'd think the phrase "slow-moving thriller" would be an oxymoron, or at least a criticism. But, in this case, it 's neither. For its first half, the latest Dan Lenson novel moves at a steady pace, establishing its setting (Lenson has taken a new White House job in "counternarcotics"), characters (of which there are many), and the threads of the plot (which involves a terrorist scheme and a plot to assassinate the U.S. president). Once the scene is set, Lenson accelerates the pace, though never to the nail-biting level of some thrillers. This one's more like an episode of The West Wing blended with traditional thriller elements, and readers of political novels will enjoy the author's revealing portrayal of the backroom goings-on at the White House. Poyer's more interested in story and character than in slam-bang action, and that's a good thing because when the action does kick in, we care enough about the characters to follow them into danger. Recommended especially for fans of Robert Ludlum's political thrillers (although Poyer is a superior writer). David Pitt
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I got the book and read it in a day and a half.
William R. Hunteman
This is a very good thriller that will keep the reader engrossed from start to finish.
zorba
David Poyer's Dan Lenson series is a great read.
Alan N. Davidson

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William R. Hunteman on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is easily the best Lenson story in the entire saga. I got the book and read it in a day and a half. I was riveted. The action was

great, moving along constantly. It literally had me on the edge of my seat. Character development was super. As was the descriptiveness of it. I could see myself there. I also developed an extreme dislike for some of the characters. If that is what it is like in DC, I want nooooooo part of

politics.

I could see this one being made into a movie pretty easily. I think it

would play well on the screen and would be pretty easy to do I think.

Get this book. If you haven't read the rest of the series, or Mr Poyer's other series' get them to.

I'm retired Navy, and this author has it down pat. Almost feel like I'm still in when I read them. Great Read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Hicks on December 21, 2012
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I really enjoyed the twists this book takes. Details and background story lines, characters from prior books, it all adds up to a real "who dunnit" story.
Again, there are half a dozen misspellings, sorry for being picky, but they are a distraction from a well written story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Berger VINE VOICE on November 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lenson, assigned to a slot on the National Security Council, now serves in the White House and gets an unusual view of what it all looks like from the top, including a harrowing trip into an African refugee camp.

Dealing with various crises, he sees just how tangled high command gets, as presidential staff, military staff, the Defense Department, law enforcement and Congress all get their fingers in the pie. He must advocate the policies of a Clinton-like president, unpopular with the military. Trying to combat a Latin American drug lord, Lenson worries about who is leaking sensitive information.

He and Blair, now a deputy defense secretary, live together for the first time in their marriage. Their demanding jobs, combined with the post-traumatic aftermath of Lenson's confronting a nuclear explosion, take a toll on the marriage.

Punished, as usual, for stepping up during a crisis when others wouldn't, Lenson is transferred to what's seen as a merely ceremonial job, but which becomes a much more fateful one. Lenson must not only confront the threats to the nation from outside the White House, but those within.

Poyer's plot are gradually taking a liberal line, with bad guys being right-wing militarists. This is disappointing, I expect better of him, but it's still a good book. The White House detail is particularly good.
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In David Poyer's "The Threat" the hero, Dan Lenson, in his assignment to protect the President, is challenged both by threats to the country coming from outside of it, then inside of it, and finally, from inside of Dan himself. Will duty and country triumph over Dan's desire for revenge? The reader is left in suspense until the very end. Some of the events leading up to the climax felt choppy and artificial--Dan's trips to Bosnia and Syria--and it was hard for the reader to see how they fit into the narrative. Otherwise it would have gotten five stars. Dan Lenson's character is an interesting study of how an intelligent and committed soldier might respond to corrupt leadership. It leaves the reader with a haunting question: what would I do if faced with the same situation?
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By Alan N. Davidson on June 5, 2013
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David Poyer's Dan Lenson series is a great read. I have a hard time putting the books down, Well worth reading.
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Even Lenson has to do duty at staff work in order to climb the ranks but this tour gets a little too "exciting" w/an unpopular Commander-in-Chief, suspected infidelity, conspiracy in the highest levels of the Pentagon to remove POTUS.
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By David H. Rubin on March 17, 2013
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"Threat" is not the best Dan Lenson novel, but the story line was necessary to move Dan and his relationships forward. The best recent novel is Korea Straits. To my mind David Poyer is the best military thriller writer in the business, especially when compared to Tom Clancy's newest novels.
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