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Gobbell, John J. (1937- )

Todd Ingram Series:

  1. The Last Lieutenant. St. Martin's, 1995. 360 pages

    A spy story in the Philippines during World War II. A German agent has obtained American battle plans for an attack on a Japanese fleet off Midway, information which could lead to an American defeat and a Japanese invasion of the U.S. An American lieutenant races to catch the agent.




  3. A Code for Tomorrow. St. Martin's, 1999. 316 pages

    As the war in the South Pacific heats up, Lieutenant Ingram gets a new assignment to the destroyer U.S.S. Howell, on which he will serve as executive officer. Thrown into two epic naval battles of World War II, the battle of Cape Esperance and the battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, a young but already battle-weary Todd Ingram is also in the middle of a personal nightmare: his girlfriend, Army nurse Helen Durand, is trapped behind enemy lines, fighting for the resistance on Mindanao. With Soviet espionage activity hindering his attempted rescue of Helen, Lieutenant Ingram is at an impasse.



  5. When Duty Whispers Low. St. Martin's, 2002. 343 pages

    It's 1943, and the U.S. Navy is caught in a fierce battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific. At stake, is the Allies' newly won Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. But Isoroku Yamamoto, admiral of the Combined Fleet and architect of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, desperately wants Guadalcanal back and prepares to launch a series of bombing raids in the Solomons.




  7. The Neptune Strategy. St. Martin's, 2004. 344 pages

    In 1944, the Allies have delivered a stunning blow to Hitler's Western front. In the Pacific, Admiral Raymond A. Spruance's Fifth fleet is poised to eviscerate the Japanese Navy - and begin a new war for the occupied islands. But in the center of this world-spanning drama, a lone Japanese submarine is on a mission of a very different kind. And on board is Todd Ingram, a prisoner of war and captive of fate.



  9. The Edge of Valor. Naval Institute Press, 2014. 324 pages

    Todd Ingram has just saved his ship from a kamikaze raid. While seeking repairs in Okinawa, he hears news of the war’s end...and then receives mysterious orders to defuse an imminent Soviet attack. In the process, he is to rescue a Red Cross representative with irrefutable proof of Japanese war crimes.




  11. Dead Man Launch. StarboardSide, 2017. 383 pages

    In 1968, a US traitor sells top-secret codes to the Soviet Union. Then a Soviet submarine disappears in the North Pacific...and as the Russians mobilize to find it, a US nuclear submarine goes missing as well. Vice Admiral Todd Ingram is caught in the morass—and so is his son, Navy Lieutenant Jerry Ingram.




  13. Somewhere in the South Pacific. Severn River, 2021. 292 pages

    Fresh from Stateside training, Lieutenant JG John Kennedy takes command of the PT 109, a torpedo boat in desperate need of repairs. When a disastrous attempt to interrupt Japanese supply lines slices Kennedy’s PT 109 in half, Ingram and his six destroyers must pick up where Kennedy left off.




  15. Danger's Ebb. Severn River, 2024. 300 pages

    While reassigned to the grounded destroyer USS Dunagan, Todd encounters a family of parfumiers - including their enchanting daughter - in New Caledonia.





The Brutus Lie. Scribner's, 1991. 357 pages

Reunited after thirty-five years of Cold War, brothers and bitter enemies Lofton and Dobrynyn pursue their individual goals of outwitting each other, unaware that their deaths have been ordered at the highest government levels. Much of the action takes place on submarines.




A Call to Colors: A Novel of the Leyte Gulf. Ballantine, 2006. 487 pages

Commander Mike Donovan is a veteran haunted by earlier savage battles. What Donovan doesn't know is that Vice Admiral Takao Kurita of Japan has laid an ingenious trap as the Matthew heads for the treacherous waters of Leyte Gulf. But Donovan faces something even deadlier than Kurita's battleships: Explosives secretly slipped on board American ships by saboteurs are set to detonate at any time.





Goldman, Louis (1895-1958)

The Little Old Admiral. Vanguard Press, 1958. 350 pages

An orphaned juvenile delinquent and an old drunken navy buff each find redemption in their mutual companionship







Golding, William (1911-1993)

Pincher Martin; The Two Deaths of Christopher Martin. Faber & Faber, 1956. 208 pages

Torpedoed RN officer washes up on a barren rock in the middle of the Atlantic. Strange.






To the Ends of the Earth trilogy:

Old Napoleonic Wars warship hauls passengers to the Antipodes.

  1. Rites of Passage. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1980. 270 pages

    An account of a trip to Australia in the form of a journal written by Edmund Talbot, a young, aristocratic passenger aboard the British warship HMS Pandora. His influential godfather, having secured him employment with the Governor General in Australia, presents him with the journal in which to record the significant events of the journey. The journal quickly becomes concerned with the account of the downfall of a passenger, the Reverend Colley. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.




  3. Close Quarters. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1987. 281 pages

    This book begins with Edmund Talbot starting a new journal, but with a different tone as this was not to be presented to his godfather. The plot focuses upon the romantic feelings of a clearly unwell Talbot for a young woman whom he meets on a different ship they come across, HMS Alcyone, and fears about the seaworthiness of the Pandora to complete her journey.




  5. Fire Down Below. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1989. 313 pages

    Continues the ever-more perilous voyage of the old ship and charts, amongst other things, Talbot's ongoing maturation and growing admiration for the Prettimans, the rivalry between the two principal officers (Summers and Benét) for Captain Anderson's respect and trust and the conclusion to Edmund's affaire of the heart with Miss Chumley.




Goldman, Eric (1949- )

Napoleon's Gambit. [self], 2008. 373 pages

A modern sailor is recruited by the Royal Navy and finds himself on the deck of HMS Impérieuse in 1813, as she sails into battle against overwhelming odds. At stake are $5 billion in gold and the fate of the modern world.






Goldman, Francsico (1954- )

The Ordinary Seaman. Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997. 387 pages

Fifteen desperate men lured from Central America by the promise of work aboard a freighter find themselves trapped on a rusting, rat- and roach-infested hulk without plumbing, heat or electricity, abandoned at an isolated Brooklyn pier. Placated by the promise that they will eventually be paid, the crew work for six months under horrifying conditions: half starved, filthy, sick and humiliated, they're victims of their own poverty and the chicanery of others.




Goldsmith, John

Return to Treasure Island. Berkley, 1985. 251 pages

Jim Hawkins, now an adult in the employ of Squire trelawney, is set to travel to Jamaica to discover why the Trelawny's estate there is not making money when Long John Silver resurfaces. It seems that Silver is after the rest of Flint's treasure left behind on the first expedition, and the key lies in Jim's map. Naturally, Trelawny's estate manager -- and his partner, the Governor of Jamaica -- are cheating Trelawny, and know about the treasure map... need more be said?




Goldston, Robert (1927-1982)

The Shore Dimly Seen. Random House, 1963. 241 pages

The passengers and crew of a luxury yacht at sea apprehend a nuclear Holocaust from a distance as they approach a seemingly deserted America.






Good, James

Sub Wars series:

  1. Target Delta V. Zebra, 1982. 216 pages

    Russians send super sub on a cruise, and the US sends our hero after it with orders to capture or sink it.





  3. Target Susus. Zebra, 1982. 223 pages






Goodrich, Marcus (1897-1991)

Delilah. Popular Library, 1941. 558 pages

Life on an early US destroyer on the eve of World War I. Much of the book constitutes detailed descriptions of various characters, punctuated by plot developments associated with the ship's mission in general support of maintaining order in the southern islands of the Filipino archipelago, populated by Muslim natives dissatisfied with the center of government in the northern island of Luzon. The relationship between the enlisted men and the officers on board the Delilah receives special treatment. This can be seen as a logical link between the strict stratification of naval personnel in the age of sail and the more egalitarian navy that emerged following World War II. One of the great classics of naval literature.



Goodridge Roberts, Theodore (1877-1953)

Brothers of peril : a story of old Newfoundland. L.C. Page, 1905. 327 pages

Follows two young men - one a Beothuk, the other a British merchant - on their adventures as they try to sail to England


Gordon, Richard (Gordon Ostlere) (1921-2017)

Doctor At Sea. M. Joseph, 1953. 219 pages

A newly qualified doctor signs on as ship's doctor in a merchant ship for a voyage from Liverpool to South America and back. Loosely based on the author's experiences as a ship's doctor. It was filmed with Dirk Bogarde as the doctor and James Robertson Justice as the ship's captain.




The Captain's Table. Harcourt, Brace, 1954. 224 pages

Rough diamond cargo ship captain is given command of the company's passenger ship.






Gordon-Stables, W. (Gordon Stables) (1840-1910)

The Meteor Flag of England : The Story of a Coming Conflict. James Nisbet & Co, 1905. 332 pages

Written for boys and set in 1980-1! The French, the Germans and the Russians invade Britain: The French the South, the Germans and Russians Scotland. The technical advances are a bit out to say the least, 300 knot coal burning ships and giant subs etc. But underlying all this the author was greatly concerned about the vulnerability of Scotland to invasion because of the governments parsimonious attitude to modernising the fleet and in his work with youth (boys) organisations he advocated they should be encouraged to shoot and own rifles to defend the country in that event.




Goudge, Elizabeth (1900-1984)

Green Dolphin Country. Hodder and Stoughton, 1944. 503 pages

Based on the life experiences of Elizbeth’s Great Uncle William, who joined the British Navy, went on shore leave at an eastern port, missed his ship after “getting into a scrape” and found a ship bound for Australia. Filmed under the U.S. title Green Dolphin Street






Gould, Alan (1949- )

The Man Who Stayed Below. Angus & Robertson, 1984. 201 pages

A raw 16 year old apprentice is on a wool clipper from Melbourne bound for London via Cape Horn. He is intoxicated with the glamour of the sea and ships until he encounters the malign Captain Trygg.







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