Nearly fifty of Poyer’s books are in print with major publishers. They include novels, creative nonfiction, oral history, travel and biographical nonfiction, and he’s collaborated on several memoirs. His work has been translated into Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Hungarian, and Serbo-Croatian, and rights have been sold for films. He also taught creative writing at the MA/MFA level for sixteen years. Writers he's mentored have been taken on by major agencies, published by major houses, appeared on New York Times Top Ten bestseller lists, won the International Latino Book award and other prizes, and become college teachers. His latest books are F-35 (co-authored, Skyhorse Press, July), Writing in the Age of AI (Northampton House Press, July) and The Academy (St. Martin's/Macmillan in December 2023).
F-35: The Inside Story of the Lightning II
The F-35 has changed allied combat warfare. But by the time it’s completed, it will cost more than the Manhattan Project and the B-2 Stealth Bomber. It has been subject to the most aggressive cyberattacks in history from China, Russia, North Korea, and others. Its stealth technology required nearly 9 million lines of code; NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover required only 2.5 million.
F-35 is the only inside look at the most advanced aircraft in the world and the historic project that built it, as told by those who were intimately involved in its design, testing, and production. Based on the authors' personal experience and over 100+ interviews, F-35 pulls back the curtain on one of the most heavily criticized government programs in history from start to finish: the dramatic flights that won Lockheed Martin the contract over Boeing; the debates and decisions over capabilities; feats of software, hardware, and aeronautical engineering that made it possible; how the project survived the Nunn-McCurdy breach; the conflicts among all three branches of the U.S. military, between the eight other allied nation partners, and against spy elements from enemies.