David Poyer

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David Poyer
Born DuBois, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States
Other work writer
Website http://www.davidpoyer.com/

David Poyer (born 1949) is an American author and retired naval officer. He has written over 40 books, mostly novels.

Early life[edit]

He was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania in 1949.[1]

Career[edit]

Poyer graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971. He wrote as an active duty naval officer and a naval reserve captain;[2] his service included duty in the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Caribbean, and Persian Gulf area prior to his retirement from the Navy in July 2001.[3]

Poyer began writing in 1976 and as of 2011 had published more than thirty novels. He has been called "the most popular living author of American sea fiction".

Although best known for his naval fiction, during the 1980s, Poyer also wrote alternative history and science fiction under the pseudonym David Andreissen.[3] He has also published short fiction and nonfiction in numerous magazines.

Poyer's most popular novels, set in the present day, follow the career of U.S. Navy officer Dan Lenson, a thoughtful surface line officer whose ethical questioning sometimes conflicts with his duty. Another series, more slanted to the adventure genre, features an ex-Coast Guard commercial diver, Lyle "Tiller" Galloway.[2] Both series have been published by St. Martin's Press. A series about the US Navy during the American Civil War is also published by Simon & Schuster. According to Poyer, much of his work draws upon his own experiences in military service and as a cruising sailor and sport diver.

Poyer also published a series of books set in a fictional Hemlock County. They explore the history and folklore of north-western Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania oil industry that was the original basis for American industrial power. The best of these is "Thunder on the Mountain," set in the Great Depression period. These were critically praised but did not prove as popular as his sea fiction.

Poyer currently teaches in the Wilkes University MA/MFA low-residency program in Creative Writing.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He lives with his wife Lenore Hart and their daughter on Virginia's Eastern Shore.[1]

Publications[edit]

  • White Continent Jove Publications, 1980.
  • The Shiloh Project: What If The Civil War Happened Now? Avon Books, 1981.
  • Star Seed (Starblaze Editions), Walsworth Publishing Company, 1982.
  • The Return of Philo T. McGiffin St.Martin's Press 1983.
  • The Dead of Winter (Hemlock County) Tor Books, 1988
  • Stepfather Bank St. Martin's Press, 1988.
  • The Gulf (Dan Lenson Novels) St Martins Press, 1990. ISBN 0312050968
  • Task Force 61 New English Library Ltd, 1990.
  • The Med (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Paperbacks 1991
  • Bahamas Blue (Tiller Galloway Thrillers) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1992.
  • Hatteras Blue (Tiller Galloway Thrillers) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1992.
  • The Circle (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1993.
  • Winter in the Heart Tor Books, 1994.
  • Louisiana Blue (Tiller Galloway Thrillers) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1995.
  • The Only Thing to Fear Tor Books, 1996. ISBN 0312857098
  • The Passage (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1997
  • The Return of Philo T. McGiffin (Bluejacket Books) US Naval Institute Press, 1997 (reissue)
  • As The Wolf Loves Winter (Hemlock County) Forge Books, 1997
  • Down to a Sunless Sea (Tiller Galloway Thrillers) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1998. ISBN 0312145896
  • Tomahawk (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2000.
  • China Sea (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2000. ISBN 0312202873
  • Thunder on the Mountain (Hemlock County) Forge Books, 2000.
  • Black Storm (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2003.
  • Fire on the Waters : A Novel of the Civil War at Sea Simon & Schuster, 2003.
  • The Command (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2005.
  • A Country of Our Own: A Novel of the Confederate Raiders Simon & Schuster, 2005.
  • That Anvil of Our Souls: A Novel of the Monitor and the Merrimack Simon & Schuster, 2006.
  • Korea Strait (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2007.
  • The Threat (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2007.
  • The Weapon (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2008. ISBN 9780312374938
  • The Crisis (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2009.
  • Ghosting St. Martin's Press, 2010.
  • The Towers (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2011.
  • The Whiteness of the Whale, St. Martin's Press, 2013.
  • The Cruiser (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2014.
  • Tipping Point (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2015.
  • Onslaught (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2016. ISBN 978-1-250-05631-3
  • Hunter Killer (Dan Lenson Novels) St. Martin's Press, 2017.[5]

Citations and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bio and Contact". 
  2. ^ a b Gidmark, p.365.
  3. ^ a b "David Poyer - Macmillan Speakers Bureau". 
  4. ^ "David Poyer - Wilkes University". 
  5. ^ "Hunter Killer by David Poyer". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
References
  • Gidmark, Jill B., Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes, Greenwood Press, 2001. ISBN 0313301484

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