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MILITARY WRITERS SOCIETY OF AMERICA "2015 GOLD MEDAL FOR HISTORICAL FICTION"
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“Gobbell’s exciting fifth Todd Ingram novel (after 2004’s The Neptune Strategy) finds Ingram commanding the destroyer USS Maxwell, which comes under Kamikaze attack off the coast of Japan shortly after the second atomic bomb falls on Nagasaki. Following the Japanese surrender, Ingram thinks the end of the war in the Pacific means an imminent return to his wife and son stateside after years of combat, yet he quickly discovers otherwise. While Ingram’s next assignment is to escort top Japanese military officials and diplomats on a flight to the Philippines to negotiate peace with Gen. Douglas MacArthur, his old comrade from Corregidor days, Brig. Gen. Otis DeWitt, has bigger plans for the war-weary commander. DeWitt dispatches him to Sakhalin Island, where the Soviets are preparing to launch an attack on Hokkaido. The heroic Ingram gets involved in plenty of intrigue as he seeks to thwart the Soviet threat. History and military buffs will be well rewarded.”
“Edge of Valor is John Gobbell at his finest, with a rapidly-paced historical thriller that will have readers turning pages at a furious rate. His portrayal of the war years in the Pacific and on the home front is brilliant and authentic down to the last detail.”
"This well-written, nicely researched historical novel begins just before World War II ends. Background information and the problems of those involved in the war and its end are woven throughout. The interplay of Japanese and Soviet interests as well as the problems of peacetime adjustment make this more than just another war novel."
"Edge of Valor is eminently readable and a fast-paced, fun story. The plot is complex enough to keep you on your toes as the story plays out. Just when you get complacent, Jack will throw in an unexpected plot twist. He will have you thumbing through your WW II history collection or doing a Google search for more information about some little known and long forgotten historic tidbit that he has woven into his tale. This story is recommended reading for an enjoyable evening or two with a log on the fire, your feet up, and a slow sipping drink."
—Naval History Book Reviews (NHF)
"This is author John J. Gobbell's fifth action/adventure novel set in World War II and continues the exploits of Todd Ingram. A deftly crafted and complexly woven storyline populated by memorable characters all presented by an extraordinarily talented writer, Edge of Valor is a compelling and wonderfully entertaining read which is highly recommended..."
—The Midwest Book Review
"In Edge of Valor, we are taken back to August 1945, when a cease-fire is declared in the Pacific. Expecting to return home with his ship and crew, Commander Todd Ingram is instead sent to Manila, where he meets with an Army intelligence aide. It is this love of the ocean, along with his [Gobbell] insider knowledge of Naval procedure that lends an air of authenticity to his writing, allowing readers to truly appreciate the exploits of his fictional, yet utterly believable, hero."
—Newport Beach Independent
“Having skippered his battered destroyer through deadly kamikaze attacks, twice Navy Cross recipient Todd Ingram is rewarded by Washington with a new and even more perilous secret mission. Gobbell will keep his readers up until dawn to discover if Ingram can possibly accomplish or even survive his hair-raising assignment to foil a bold Soviet planned invasion of Hokkaido from Sakhalin—before the ink is dry on Japan’s surrender.”
—Pete Wilson, former governor of California and former U.S. senator (Armed Services Committee)
“Jack Gobbell knows how to tell a story, and Edge of Valor is a corking good one—combining the final days of World War II in the Pacific and the beginning of the Cold War. Gobbell skillfully weaves fascinating, well-drawn fictional characters into historical situations and thus makes a learning experience out of gripping drama. Along the way, he gives such real-life characters as Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Adm. Chester Nimitz, Adm. John S. McCain Sr., and even Arturo Toscanini walk-on parts that are often almost as interesting as his main characters. Edge of Valor is, in short, a compelling and well-researched work of historical fiction.”
—Stanley Cloud, former Washington bureau chief of Time magazine and author of fiction and nonfiction, including The Murrow Boys: Pioneers in the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism and the novel The Manhattan Well.
“Far better than a yarn. Edge of Valor has vivid historical characters and heart. Like no other historical novel, it brings to life the new world order that followed World War II and is still emerging as the cause of turmoil in the western Pacific continues to shift.”
—Seth Cropsey, author of Mayday: The Decline of American Naval Supremacy
“John Gobbell’s latest book, Edge of Valor, is another triumph in this series. It is historical fiction at its best. He is a master of the details of the battle actions of our World War II destroyers and extends his tale to include the beginning of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.”
—Rear Adm. Hank McKinney, USN (Ret.), author of Flotsam & Jetsam
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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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