Edge Of Valor: A Todd Ingram Novel

Edge Of Valor: A Todd Ingram Novel

by John J. Gobbell

Paperback(6th ed.)



Edge of Valor is the fifth historical thriller by John J. Gobbell featuring the World War II exploits of Cdr. Todd Ingram, commanding officer of the destroyer USS Maxwell (DD 525), who saves his ship when it's hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa. For repairs, they pull into Kerama Rhetto, Okinawa, where news of the war's end comes. With everyone else, Ingram expects to be shipped home. Instead, he receives orders to fly to Manila where he's met by Brig. Gen. Otis Dewitt, an Army buddy from his days on Corregidor and now intelligence aide to General Richard K Sutherland, chief of staff to General Douglas MacArthur. On Ingram's C-54 are sixteen Japanese senior military and civilian diplomats who meet with Sutherland to discuss formal surrender arrangements. Two days later, the terms are agreed with Ingram working with one of the Japanese delegates to ensure enemy mines are neutralized so the allied fleet of over two ships can enter Tokyo Bay. While Ingram is promised he can attend the ceremony in Tokyo Bay, DeWitt, in concert with the State Department, has an ulterior motive and sends him to Karafuto Island (Sakhalin to the Soviets) to defuse a Soviet attack on Hokkaido – the northernmost island of Japan's Home Islands. 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 in 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 Boring and 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 earlier he was fighting the Japanese, and the Russians were supposed to be friends. Now he doesn't know who to trust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983913887
Publisher: StarboardSide Productions
Publication date: 02/17/2019
Series: Todd Ingram Series , #5
Edition description: 6th ed.
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

After graduating from the University of Southern California, John was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served as a deck and ASW officer aboard the USS Tingey (DD 539), a revered Fletcher-class destroyer and battle of Leyte Gulf veteran. He did a WESTPAC cruise and fought the battle of YANKEE STATION forming a protective destroyer screen around the carrier USS Hancock (CVA 19) in the South China Sea.

Professional Career
Most of John's career has been in executive recruiting. He was with KPMG Peat Marwick as a consultant for three years. And then for ten years, he was a Vice President Boyden Associates, Inc., a large New York City based international executive recruiting firm. He then founded THE GOBBELL COMPANY in Newport Beach, California where he worked on a retained basis with corporate clients to find senior executives. During a concentrated time of developing and presenting candidates for military aerospace clients, John became fascinated with advanced technology, weapon systems, and the executives who build them. Recently he was the Director of Development for the USC Catholic Center, located at the University of Southern California. There, he worked on a $35.0 million capital campaign to build a new Romanesque church and student center on campus. In civilian life, John sails in Southern California yacht racing regattas. In younger days he skippered in the Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup, one of the most prestigious match-racing regattas featuring skippers from around the world, including America's cup stand-outs. John and his wife, Janine, also a USC graduate, live in Orange County, California

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