Title: The Command
Author: David Poyer
Assuming the command of the first Navy warship operated by a fully integrated male and female crew, Dan Lenson journeys to the Persian Gulf to intercept a smuggling operation and prevent a terrorist attack.
After receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for action in Iraq, Commander Daniel V. Lenson’s new orders read: take over as skipper of USS Thomas W. Horn. His mission: prepare the Tomahawk-equipped strike destroyer and her crew for the Red Sea, where she’ll join an international task force searching for weapons of mass destruction.
But this will be no routine deployment. Horn will be the first US Navy warship ever to deploy with an integrated male and female crew-a controversial and politically explosive experiment that will raise questions about morale, behavior, training, sexual attraction, and ultimately, performance under fire. Facing sandstorms, smugglers, and ambushes, Horn’s increasingly polarized crew will conduct demanding, diplomatically sensitive search-and-seizure operations against foreign vessels attempting to smuggle arms to Iraq. But the real nightmare’s brewing in Bahrain. There, the most dangerous bomb expert in Al-Qaeda has targeted Horn for attack- as the first step in a plan to redraw the map of the whole Middle East.
With gripping action scenes and an explosive climax, The Command continues Dan Lenson’s star-crossed career in a series that explores both global and deeply personal implications of honor, duty, power, and war.