JOHN J. GOBBELL, historical thriller author is a former Navy Lieutenant who served as a destroyer weapons officer. His ship served in the South China Sea, granting him membership in the exclusive Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club. As an executive recruiter, his clients included military/commercial aerospace companies giving him insight into character development. He has written eight historical thrillers involving U.S. Navy action in the Pacific. Six of those are in the Todd Ingram stand-alone series. He’s now at work on his next novel, the seventh in the series. John and his wife Janine, are graduates of USC and live in Newport Beach, California.

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The Japanese siege of Bataan and Corregidor during World War II was one of the worst defeats in U.S. military history. Over 130,000 GIs and Filipinos were slaughtered on this oft-forgotten Pacific front. And if it were not for naval intelligence’s success in breaking the JN-25, the Japanese Navy code, Midway Island would have fallen as well.  Read More…

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In A CODE FOR TOMORROW, Navy Lieutenant Todd Ingram escaped the horrors of Corregidor. Now, in San Francisco, he agonizes over Helen Durand, the Army nurse he left behind, fighting for the resistance on Mindanao. Todd Ingram is befriended by Senior Lieutenant Eduard Dezhnev, the Soviet Naval attache’ to the USSR’s consulate there. Read More…

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In WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW, Lieutenant Commander Ingram faces his biggest challenge to date as his best friend turns against him when the chips are down. It’s 1943 and the U.S. Navy is caught in a fierce battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific. At stake is the Allies newly won Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Read More…

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In 1944, the Allies have delivered a stunning blow to Hitler’s Western Front. At the same time, Admiral Raymond A. Spruance’s Fifth Fleet is poised to deliver a knock-out punch to the Japanese Navy in the Marianas and continue the Navy’s island-hoping campaign all the way to Japan. Read More…

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Edge of Valor is the fifth historical thriller by John J. Gobbell featuring the World War II exploits of Cdr. Todd Ingram, commanding officer of the destroyer USS Maxwell (DD 525), who saves his ship when it’s hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa. For repairs, they pull into Kerama Rhetto, Okinawa, where news of the war’s end comes. With everyone else, Ingram expects to be shipped home. Read More…

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It’s 1968, a time when global upheaval seems the norm. The war in Southeast Asia rages along with prolonged civil unrest at home. Amongst this, turncoat Navy Warrant Officer JOHNNIE WALKER begins an extended relationship with the Soviet Union by selling top-secret crypto key lists to them to fulfill a voracious appetite for the good life. Read More…

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It’s 1950 when a Berlin prostitute dies in a bomb blast; her nine-month old identical twin boys become orphans. One twin is adopted by an American army corporal and taken to America. The other is adopted by an NKVD sergeant and raised in what was the Soviet Union. As young adults, the twins take degrees in naval architecture, then join their naval special forces. Read More…

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A-Day, 20 October 1944, is the code-name for when General Douglas MacArthur fulfills his promise of “I Shall Return” to the Filipinos. With over 400 amphibious ships, he lands 165,000 troops in Leyte Gulf to begin throwing the Japanese Army out of the Philippines. Read More…

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JOHN J. GOBBELL – FROM USC TO YANKEE STATION

Upon graduating from the University of Southern California, John was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served as a deck and ASW officer aboard the USS Tingey (DD 539), a revered Fletcher-class destroyer and battle of Leyte Gulf veteran.

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