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Edge of Valor

By John J. Gobbell

(344 pages)

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.

 

 

 

 

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