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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.



U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Men’s Glee Club visits Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach, California, singing the Navy Hymn and the Battle Hymn of the Republic

In 2017, yours truly was able to get into my church which has a capacity of about 1,100. It was a sell-out crowd; the place was packed.

I sneaked up to the front row which, for some reason, was nearly empty. Thus, I was able to record these fine young men close up with an unobstructed view.

Dr. Aaron Smith, Director, Musical Activities Chairman, USNA Music Department is the one here who briefly introduces the Navy Hymn (Eternal Father) and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Amazing. Two of my favorites. How can you go wrong? In my entre lifetime, I never thought I would have such an opportunity; but here it was. Carpe diem.

And as you watch, please recall that almost all these midshipmen have since graduated and now serve in our Fleet. I’m told this performance is a public service so it’s here for all of us to enjoy.



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