Books by D.C. Poyer

Released: July 19, 1991

Cocaine executives drag a newly drug-free diver back into their murky business—then force him to raise a freighter that sank off the Bahamas with a large and valuable load of abusable substances. The hero's adventures began in Poyer's Hatteras Blue (1989). The modest hopes of hereditary Outer Banksmen Tiller Galloway and Shad Aydlett for a legitimate fishing and diving business to see them into their old age have been both incinerated and drowned. Sadistic, homosexual, cocaine-crazed Troy Christian, whose request for ex-con, ex-coker Galloway's assistance in a bit of bad business Galloway rudely refused, has ordered the sinking of Tiller and Shad's lovely Chris-Craft and the burning of their little store. The hugely overmortgaged sailors have no choice but to accept Mr. Christian's offer of well-recompensed but thoroughly illegal employment. The task at hand is the raising of the coastal freighter Guapi in order to salvage its load of cocaine. Their base of operations is the Ceteris Paribus, a huge yacht belonging to Christian's overlord, a Se§or Nu§ez. It's a bad job. Christian won't allow the divers the time or equipment they need to float the ship safely, so they are forced to jury-rig the operation, working for hours at dangerous depths and risking the bends with every dive. Among the many complications are a damsel in great and mortifying distress, mysterious rashes, a Maoist guerrilla connection, menacing islanders, and a suspicious absence of marine life anywhere near the Guapi. And the water tastes funny. Rather rough stuff and nobody's particularly likable, but the technical problems are intriguing and the climate pleasant. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 1989

Poyer, a graduate of Annapolis and author of the naval novels The Return of Philo T. McGiffin (1983) and The Med (1988), goes undersea for a story of salvage and intrigue patterned on Peter Benchley's The Deep. Tiller Galloway, a salvage diver trying to live down a hundred-year family history of naval service and a prison term for transporting drugs, is approached by Richard Keyes, who wants him to look for a wreck off Cape Hatteras. The wreck, a U-boat sunk by a PT boat under Galloway's father two days after V-E Day, contains a fortune in gold bullion that Keyes doesn't want to share with other possible claimants or the authorities. Galloway is agreeable; but in nosing around for information about the wreck, he inadvertently saddles himself with another passenger, Shad Aydlett, whose brother Galloway had killed in a face-off over drugs. Together with Galloway's freshman parole officer Bernice Hirsch, they put to sea, most of the men at each other's throats. After all the obligatory perils of the genre—bad weather, fights over money and women, shortages of oxygen, jammed regulators, shark attack, entrapment below, multiple treacheries—they retrieve the bullion, and then the real fun begins. It seems the Israelis are after the gold, and so are the Nazis you always knew were living in Argentina. These twists make for excitement and lots of surprises, and also for a certain heroic silliness. Still, it's hard to dislike a book whose heroine is threatened with impregnation by the Fuhrer's son. And the last 25 pages, with two separate incidents of characters coming back from apparent death to avenge themselves, are vastly entertaining, however preposterous. Solid nautical detail, good action scenes, weak continuity, embarrassing moralizing. Read full book review >