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The Neptune Strategy
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Former naval officer John J. Gobbell brings to life marine warfare as few others ever have. Now, the author of When Duty Whispers Low, A Code For Tomorrow, and The Last Lieutenant, returns to the fiery panorama of World War II, as Commander Todd Ingram is caught in a living hell.
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.
Navy brass knows Ingram is on the sub, but can't reveal its ability to break Japanese code. So Ingram's friend, Captain Jerry Landa, is put in charge of a covert "Neptune Strategy" to save Ingram. But Landa can't help himself as he falls for Ingram's wife Helen while the top brass demands to know where the Japanese sub is going, who is in command--and what its astounding ultimate mission really is...
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"Commander Todd Ingram is on the bridge of his ship, the destroyer U.S.S. Maxwell, on radar picket duty during a misty, overcast day when four Japanese Val dive bombers emerge screaming from the clouds. The coordinated attack is sudden and devastating, and the ship is rocked by massive explosions as the bombers hit their target. The concussions hurtle Ingram overboard, and he watches in horror as his embattled ship steams away from danger, leaving him behind." "In rough seas Ingram barely lasts the night, clinging to a floating pices of his ship's lifeboat. As he begins to lose hope, a periscope cuts through the water and in moments a submarine surfaces nearby. His joy turns to horror as he spots the numbers I-57 on the conning tower. He is now a prisoner of a Japanese U-boat and his troubles have just begun - but so has the race to save him.". "A secret U.S. Naval Signal Intelligence Service station in Australia intercepts a situation report from the commander of the submarine to his superiors in Tokyo - they have an American prisoner, Alton C. Ingram. A strategy is developed by the U.S. Navy and a classified plan is put in motion: Ensure that the I-57 escapes a net of ASW HUK (antisubmarine-warfare/hunter-killer) groups lying across the sub's path to Lorient, France, and ambush it when it reaches shore. The I-57, however, has other plans as it dodges depth charges and Allied ships in a deadly game whose outcome may affect the balance of power in a war that threatens to consume them all."--BOOK JACKET.
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