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Meet John J. Gobbell

John J. Gobbell ~ Author

"Gobbell’s sea tales featuring Commander Todd Ingram will have you looking up your nearest Navy Recruiter." W.E.B. Griffin "

The majesty and drama of America's struggle against Imperial Japan has seldom been as powerfully and authentically evoked as in John J. Gobbell's flank-speed story of a great submarine chase across the Pacific. I was hooked from the very beginning." James D. Hornfischer

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Radio Interview

John was a guest on This Week in America with Ric Bratton. He discusses A CALL TO COLORS and shares historical anecdotes. Click through to watch the recording!

Now in Hardcover!

Published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press, EDGE OF VALOR is the next thrilling Todd Ingram novel set during events right after August 15, 1945 in the Pacific. This time, Ingram discovers a secret so terrible, all sides try to suppress it. Now available in Hardcover! Buy it today.


These are stand-alone naval action adventure novels featuring Todd Ingram. Historically accurate, they are set in World War II's Pacific Theater and portray some of the critical naval battles in that period.


Now Available from StarboardSide Productions, this ebook features Commander Mike Donovan, skipper of the destroyer USS Matthew. With General MacArthur's 165,000 troops just ashore to begin the Philippine liberation, Donovan finds himself embroiled in what becomes the Battle of Leyte Gulf - the largest naval engagement in the history of mankind. It is available for Kindle and Nook.


This contemporary techno-thriller was published by Charles Scribner's Sons in hardback in 1991. John likes to feature technical-centerpieces in his works and BRUTUS, a long-legged mini-submarine powered by fuel cells, takes former SEAL Brad Lofton to Petropovlovsk, Kamchatka, where he meets Spetsnaz Colonel Anton Dobrynyn, an identical twin Lofton never knew that...

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This Week in America with Ric Bratton (January 15, 2015)

Ric Bratton invited John back to his syndicated talk show this time to discuss John's previous novel, A CALL TO COLORS: a Novel of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. As always Ric was a wonderful host and offered a great opportunity for listeners to learn about this work of historical fiction featuring history's greatest sea battle.

- Click here to see charts and image galleries that enhance the reading experience.

- Click here to buy the book.

This Week in America (October 21)

On October 21, 2014, John was honored to be on This Week in America with Ric Bratton. While the radio show is yet to air, the studio recording is available right now on YouTube. Watch the video below.

Schedule of Events


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For any media inquiries, appearance requests and other novel related activities, please contact John J Gobbell at john@johnjgobbell.com


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Literary Orange Military Panel
U. S Navy in Fiction: Ships, Subs, and SEALs

Hosted at:
Irvine Marriott Hotel
18000 Von Karman
Irvine, California

More info: (949) 553 0100
Saturday, April 2, 2016 10:40 am – 11:20 am
Booksigning to follow
Newport Beach Book Fair
Newport Beach Tennis Club
2601 Eastbluff Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660
Hosted by: Lido Village Books
More Info at: (949) 644-0050
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Book Fair Flyer [PDF]
Orange County Library—Laguna Niguel Branch
30341 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, California 92677
(949) 249-5252
Sunday, May 24, 2015 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble - Palm Desert
Westfield Shoppingtown Palm Desert
72-840 Highway 111 Suite 425
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Sat, February 28, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Chaucer's Bookstore
3321 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93105
(805) 682-6787
Tue, January 27, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
Fri, January 9, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Newport Beach Book Fair
Newport Beach Tennis Club
2601 Eastbluff Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Bay Books
1029 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 435 0070
Thurs, Sept 18, 2014 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble
Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Dr.
Suite A215
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 718-0109
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Warwick’s Books
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-0347
Tues, Aug 12, 2014 7:30pm – 9:30pm