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The Neptune strategy, John J. Gobbell

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The Neptune strategy
Title
The Neptune strategy
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John J. Gobbell
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Language
eng
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  • Gobbell’s protagonist, World War II destroyer officer Todd Ingram, begins this adventure being blown overboard from his ship by a Japanese bomb. His rescuer next morning is a Japanese submarine, which begins an odyssey across the Pacific and into the Indian Ocean. On the way, Ingram endures the frequently brutal treatment the Japanese meted out to POWs, and readers get an uncommonly vivid portrait of the Imperial Japanese navy’s little-recorded submarine service in action. Even after he escapes, Ingram’s travels aren’t over, and code-breaking, historical characters such as Arleigh Burke, Yakuza gold, and a thuggish Nazi out to feather his own nest each play parts in resolving this conflict and preparing Ingram for his next adventure. Gobbell has been reasonably justly compared to W. E. B. Griffin, although he is considerably more concise, perhaps at the price of some desirable background information and fuller characterization. Still, he offers an undeniably seaworthy tale for military-action buffs, and, fortunately, Ingram has much of WWII yet to serve. -- Roland Green (BookList, 03-15-2004, p1263)
  • Gobbell's fourth WWII naval adventure (after When Duty Whispers Low ) brings series hero Todd Ingram up to the rank of commander and near the end of the war. Datelined chapters span the months from February to October 1944 and skip from California to Madagascar to France. As Ingram's destroyer, the U.S.S. Maxwell , cuts through the north Pacific, it's attacked by a Japanese dive bomber. Ingram is rescued from the waves, but since it's by the Japanese submarine I-57, his troubles are by no means over. In one sense, Ingram's war is at an end; in another, it's just beginning. A test of wills as well as of physical strength and endurance unfolds for Ingram at the hands of his captors, who run the gamut from humane to sadistic. In nice counterpoint to this plot line is the experience of Capt. Jeremiah "Boom Boom" Landa, of the U.S.S. Morgan . Landa is assigned to a full-tilt espionage adventure (the mission of the title) involving Nazi U-boats, Swiss banks and even a cameo appearance by Arturo Toscanini. Gobbell's robust, colorful prose bears more of a resemblance to that of Patrick O'Brian or C.S. Forester than to the language of the gritty, laconic men-at-war tales the novel otherwise models itself after. The story covers an impressive territory, supplemented by multiple maps and a comprehensive list of characters, identified by ship, location, vocation and nationality. This is a solid addition to Gobbell's developing war chronicle, as much historical fiction as military adventure. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed January 19, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 3, p52)
  • Back to WWII and the Navy's Todd Ingram confronting his usual sea of troubles—but finding it doubly hard to keep his head above water.Twice—at different times, in different places, on different vessels—the intrepid but often unlucky Commander Ingram gets swept off decks. The circumstances, too, are radically different. Incident one: June 1944, the North Pacific Ocean. Todd, skipper of the U.S.S. Maxwell, a destroyer, is on its bridge when a couple of bomb-dropping Japanese planes create fiery havoc. The Zeros fail to sink the ship, but a near miss has the effect of exploding the skipper into the drink. He's not alone. Accompanying him—and in dire need of comfort—is Dexter, the Maxwell's woebegone monkey mascot, the pair clinging to each other and to a hunk of Maxwell flotsam that fortunately floats by. Along comes spidery Commander Hajime Shimada of the Japanese Imperial Navy, boss of the highly developed submarine I-57, to the rescue—in a manner of speaking. Dexter is fired on, left for dead, Todd hauled aboard to endure virtually nonstop abuse, physical and every other kind. Incident two: Some weeks later, in the Indian Ocean, Todd is on the deck of the surfaced sub, hands bound, facing the bleakest of futures—execution, actually. Again planes swoop down, and again Todd is catapulted into the water. This time, however, the planes are friendlies, and the rescue is not only for real but propitious, enabling Todd to return home to dandle a brand-new baby, cuddle with his gorgeous wife Helen, and then, having been restored to command of his beloved Maxwell, keep a fated Coral Sea rendezvous with the hated Shameda.Gobbell is, as always, at home at sea (When Duty Whispers Low, 2002, etc.); it's those ho-hum home-front scenes that persist in gumming up the works. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2004)
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127250
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DLC
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Gobbell, John J
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.O16
LC item number
N47 2004
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Todd Ingram novels
Series volume
0004
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  • Ingram, Todd (Fictitious character)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Submarines (Ships)
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The Neptune strategy, John J. Gobbell
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Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
344 p.
Isbn
9780312311704
Lccn
2003058186
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52813978
  • (Sirsi) o52813978
  • (OCoLC)52813978
Label
The Neptune strategy, John J. Gobbell
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
344 p.
Isbn
9780312311704
Lccn
2003058186
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52813978
  • (Sirsi) o52813978
  • (OCoLC)52813978

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