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A Call to Colors

520 pages
Severn River Publishing Llc

"Wonderful . . . a rousing dramatization of history's greatest sea battle." -James D. Hornfischer, author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

General Douglas MacArthur's promise to the Filipinos was "I shall return."

But it will take 165,000 troops and 700 ships in the bloody battle of Leyte Gulf to do it.

Among them is the destroyer USS Matthew and her skipper, Commander Mike Donovan, a veteran haunted by earlier battles. What Donovan doesn't know is that a Japanese admiral has laid an ingenious trap in the Leyte Gulf.

But Donovan faces something even deadlier than Japanese battleships: explosives secretly slipped on board by saboteurs, set to detonate at any time.

Now the ship's survival hinges on the ability of Donovan and his men to dismantle a bomb in the midst of the panic...and the chaos of history's greatest naval battle.

Author Bio
JOHN J. GOBBELL is a former Navy Lieutenant who saw duty as a destroyer weapons officer. His ship served in the South China Sea, granting him membership in the exclusive Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club. As an executive recruiter, his clients included military/commercial aerospace companies giving him insight into character development under a historical thriller format.  An award-winning author, John has published eight novels. The books in his popular Todd Ingram series are based on the U.S Navy in the Pacific theater of World War II. John and his wife Janine live in Newport Beach, California.