Edge of Valor
By John J. Gobbell
Reviewer: Terry Miller
Overall Rating: Four Stars
This book is the fifth in the Todd Ingram
series though it is not
necessary to read them in order. In it as the war with Japan
is ending, another foe is
apparent as the Cold War begins. Todd Ingram’s background
makes him the most likely
candidate for a difficult and it
turns out, dangerous assignment
so instead of heading for home
and family at the end of the
war, he finds himself the focus
of intrigue, espionage and
combat in a frozen place being
disputed by a reeling Japan and the Soviet Union.
John Gobbell paints a rich picture of U.S. Navy life from
an officer’s perspective, reflecting his own navy service. He draws on that
knowledge and has researched the time period to produce another
enjoyable tale for his many fans.
Edge of Valor, like the other books in the Todd Ingram
series, puts the reader in the action with vivid descriptions
and lifelike dialog.
Gobbell provides an undercurrent of the issues of the painful separation
from family so familiar to military personnel and especially those who serve at
sea. Old issues haunt some of the characters and affect their
behavior in ways all too familiar to most veterans and
Ingram and his family is not immune to them.
Characters familiar to readers of Gobbell’s previous
works appear in sometimes new and tangled roles, resulting in
unexpected twists as Ingram becomes aware that this post-war
situation has become personal – someone is trying to kill him.
Any U.S. Navy veteran should appreciate this book but especially the destroyer sailors
and I recommend it very favorably.