- ISBN/SKU: 9781612515199
- Binding: Hardcover
- Number of Pages: 344
- Subject: Fiction
- Date Available: July 2014
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Edge of Valor is the fifth thriller featuring the daring World War II exploits of Cdr. Todd Ingram by John J. Gobbell. The action begins when Ingram, as the commanding officer of the destroyer USS Maxwell, must save his ship when it is hit by a Kamikaze on the last day of the war. After pulling in for repairs at Kerama Retto, Okinawa, news of the war’s end comes and Ingram expects to be shipped home. Instead, Brig. Gen. Otis Dewitt, an Army buddy from his days on Corregidor, now an intelligence aide on MacArthur’s staff, has temporary orders for Ingram to accompany him to Manila on the same plane as sixteen Japanese senior military and civilian diplomats. Over a swift two days, MacArthur’s staff and the Japanese envoys negotiate the terms for Japan’s surrender, soon to be signed in Tokyo Bay. While Ingram is promised that he will attend that ceremony, DeWitt, in concert with the State Department, have an ulterior motive, and send him to Sakhalin Island to defuse a Soviet attack on Hokkaido. Ingram’s old adversary Edward Dezhnev is the brigade commander responsible for laying siege to a Japanese holdout command in Toro, a natural jumping off place for an attack on Hokkaido.
Also on Toro, DeWitt explains, is Walter Boring, a Red Cross representative with two crates of overwhelming photographic evidence of Japan’s experiments on live human beings in China. Ingram is expected to return with those crates, but how can he when Boring is being protected by the Japanese garrison in Toro, where Dezhnev and his brigade stand ready to overpower them at any moment?
As his shipmates prepare to return to their loved ones, Ingram’s war continues. Three weeks ago he was fighting the Japanese, and the Russians were supposed to be friends. Now he doesn’t know who to trust.
John J. Gobbell is the author of seven WWII thrillers about the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, including A Call to Colors, The Neptune Strategy and When Duty Whispers Low. Edge of Valor is the fifth of five stand-alone novels in the Todd Ingram series. He is a former naval officer who served as a weapons officer in a destroyer. He lives in Newport Beach, CA.
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