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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312274912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312274917
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The fourth novel from the writer of historical military thrillers (The Last Lieutenant, A Code for Tomorrow) combines two actual events from 1943 the killing of Isoroku Yamamoto and the introduction of proximity fuses into antiaircraft artillery shells which the author (himself a veteran naval officer) highlights as watershed moments in the Pacific theater of WWII. Opening in the wake of the Japanese withdrawal from Guadalcanal and the attendant brutal naval battles, the novel follows the story of Comdr. Jerry Landa and Lt. Todd Ingram, the skipper and executive officer, respectively, of the U.S.S. Howell, a destroyer on patrol in the notorious "Slot" of New Georgia Sound. Landa's brother, Josh, working on top-secret proximity fuses for American antiaircraft shells, is killed during a research accident. When ammunition with the new fuses turns up at the Howell, the grieving Landa prohibits their use in his ship's guns. Predictably, the Howell is crippled in a Japanese air attack and forced to beach on an island. A subsequent battle with Japanese Marines and a dramatic evacuation by PT boat leads to a race between navies to get to the store of the new ordnance in the Howell's hulk. Extensive subplots featuring the cast's many principals (Landa's romance with the widow of one of his KIA friends and Ingram's stalking by a U.S. government assassin over a security breach) round out the action, but it is the convincing historical detail from the grim Guadalcanal mortality chart to the "monster" battleship Musashi and the famous victory missive"Pop Goes the Weasel" that really distinguishes this book from the competition.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The sequel to A Code for Tomorrow, this is Gobbell's third book featuring Lt. Commander Todd Ingram and his exploits during World War II. It begins with Ingram as the executive officer of the USS Howell, a destroyer in the South Pacific. As the war takes its toll of men and ships, he must make some important decisions: will he take command of his own destroyer or accept a post at home to be near his wife? Ingram must also resolve whom to trust his old friend and commanding officer, Jerry Landa, or the navy's rising star, Captain Ashton. The battle scenes are frequent (there is a war on, after all), straightforward, and realistic. Gobbell knows how to keep the story moving without overdoing the mayhem. In fact, things frequently get muddled when the action breaks and characters are left to interact with one another; they repeat themselves and quarrel for no good reason. While this may be true-to-life behavior, it's a drag on the narrative. Thankfully, the battles soon resume, and the book regains its edge. Fans of World War II fiction and David Poyer's novels will enjoy this latest entry. Recommended for all public libraries. Patrick J. Wall, University City P.L., MO
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

John Gobbell writes historical novels about WWII naval action.
Henry C. McKinney
Historically accurate with a credible story line of great characters and exciting action.
N. Blake
It's a great book to have on a summer vacation to be read by the sea.
Robert F. Jakubowicz

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Jakubowicz on May 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoy your novels featuring sea battles -e.g. the Hornblower series, etc.- you will enjoy this book. It is not your ordinary sea action story. It is a well written, literary fiction. The author, like Bernard Cornwell in his Sharpe series, uses an actual historic battle event as the setting for his story. In this case it is the naval battle in the Pacific in WWII between the U. S. Navy and the Japanese fleet. In particular it is centered around the Japanese attempt to retake Guadalcanal.
The action is real and the characters give a reader a real sense of what it must have been like while serving on a destroyer in these battles.
Without missing a beat in the action and drama, the author also interweaves into his story the introduction of an actual secret U. S. weapon that was deployed in these battles, namely, the proximity fuse. This and a few other sideplots increase the drama and one's interest in this book.
If you like this genre of fiction, then I also highly recommend a previous book by the author entitled, "The Last Lieutenant."
It's a great book to have on a summer vacation to be read by the sea.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary S. Vandeweghe on June 24, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book Three, When Duty Whispers Low, is a page-turner.
The action is in the Phillippines in The Last Lieutenant and A Code for Tomorrow, and now we move to the Solomons, specifically Mondo Mondo off New Georgia in the Slot. In early 1943, both the U.S. and Japan were fencing after the heavy tolls in the Coral Sea and at Midway, and U.S. ground forces (okay, the Marines) have retaken Guadalcanal. The U.S. Navy is across Iron Bottom Sound at Tulagi, at the southeastern end of the New Georgia Sound bisecting the Solomons (the Slot), and the Japanese are 300 miles northwest at Bougainville (closer than San Jose is to L.A.).
Todd Ingram, now a Lieutenant Commander (a Major to folks who like solid ground or clear air under their feet), is the Exec on the destroyer U.S.S. Howell. In a rough fight off Mondo Mondo, the Howell loses its ass end and ends up on the beach. Most of the crew narrowly escape, and a banged-up Todd Ingram is sent home to San Pedro to recover.
Meanwhile there is plenty of intrigue. Helen Durand, now Helen Ingram, is a Navy nurse and receives an unwanted assignment to North Africa. Navy crytroanalysts are hard at work on Japanese naval codes, and there may be problems with proximity fuses. The last is a project of desk sailor Captain Frank Ashton, whose high opinion of himself spells trouble.
The Gensui of the Japanese Navy, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is just north of the Solomons at Rabaul on New Britain. He is planning a trip to Bougainville to visit the troops.
Todd Ingram is about to take his first command when an air raid forces his ship, the tin can U.S.S. Pence, out of Tulagi harbor and after a nasty fight to the bottom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Mahan on June 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Haze grey and underway. Tin can sailors will love the book.
Great sea/air battle scenes and lots of them. John puts you right in the action. This is the third in a series of SAGAs involving Todd Ingram. The first two should be read first. I look forward to the next novel.
Best sea novel since "Time and Tide" by Thomas Fleming.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on June 6, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finally decided to give this series another try after getting bored with the second book a couple years ago. This book is well written and well paced. The action is realistic and the characterization of the main cast is consistant. However, there was one noticeable error. At about half-way through this book the USS Pelican (Ingram's minesweeper in Book 1) becomes the USS Penguin. The other thing that bugged me about this book is that Ingram keeps getting his ships shot out from under him. Is he jinxed? Does he just have the worst luck in the Navy? Since his ships keep getting sunk or heavily damaged, why does the Navy keep promoting/rewarding him? But that is just a minor nitpick on my part. Otherwise, this is one of the better series of Navy fiction that I've read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zorba on June 25, 2009
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Gobbell turns in another ace war thriller, this time involving the action around "The Slot" in the Solomon Islands after Guadacanal. The action is frequent and incredibly vivid. I can't imagine any author penning more realistic descriptions of the noise and frenzy of sea battles. The characters are well defined and the plot is intricate -- all combining to present a fast-paced, riveting book. This is the third Gobbell book I've read (I seem to be working backward through the series) and I pledge to read everything and anything this master craftsman writes.
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The series are a great story. Problem is many of the sentences end with "BA". What does that mean? Must be an editing code of some sort. In any event, for the money paid,I expect much better spelling and grammer.

Also, unless I am mistaken a problem has popped that seems to be plaguing today's Pacific war authors. I don't think the phrase "Haze grey and Underway" was a WWII phrase. I believe this will also hold true for many of the acronyms used. They are simply too modern.

Fix these annoying items and I'll re-rate to 4.
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JOHN J. GOBBELL is a former Navy Lieutenant who saw duty as a destroyer weapons officer. His ship served in the South China Sea, granting him membership in the exclusive ATonkin Gulf Yacht Club.@ As an executive recruiter, his clients include military/commercial aerospace companies giving him insight into character development under a historical thriller format. A Code For Tomorrow is the second of four stand-alone novels in the Todd Ingram series. Altogether, he has written six novels involving U.S. Navy action and is currently at work on his seventh. He and his wife Janine live in Newport Beach, California. He can be reached at john@johnjgobbell.com

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