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“The sea action is exciting and thoroughly convincing.” —Kirkus Reviews Todd Ingram is back in the fight. After narrowly escaping the Japanese-held Philippines, he is promoted to the destroyer USS Howell.His new assignment puts him in the middle of two epic naval engagements: the Battle of Cape Esperance and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. But his fight agai “The sea action is exciting and thoroughly convincing.” —Kirkus Reviews Todd Ingram is back in the fight. After narrowly escaping the Japanese-held Philippines, he is promoted to the destroyer USS Howell.His new assignment puts him in the middle of two epic naval engagements: the Battle of Cape Esperance and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. But his fight against the Imperial Japanese Navy is just the beginning.Todd learns that his lost love has joined the Philippine resistance on a nearby island. He sets off to find her...under the watchful eye of an enemy spy in the ranks.With the war at its apex, Todd must put his life on the line not only for the woman he loves, but for his country, and a world that is perilously close to collapse._________________________ Praise for John J. Gobbell and A CODE FOR TOMORROW: “The sea action is exciting and thoroughly convincing.” —Kirkus Reviews “A Code For Tomorrow” is as big as a Fletcher-class destroyer and the story races along with pace and power … A thrilling read.” —T. Jefferson Parker, author of Iron River “Gobbell … (once) a naval officer, combines painstaking research and solid storytelling to produce a highly readable military adventure.” —Booklist “From its exciting beginning onboard a Russian prisoner ship off the coast of San Francisco to its incredible high-action conclusion off the coast of Mindanao, this World War II novel cooks with intrigue … This stick-to-your-fingers novel is John J. Gobbell at his best.” —Stephen J. Cannell, author of the Shane Scully series, including The Pallbearers _________________________ What readers are saying: ★★★★★ "A strong sense of history and vivid character development wrapped around an interesting and ongoing WWII naval career."★★★★★ "Best historical WWII fiction in a long time. JJ Gobbell's has sure got it right. His descriptive narrative of the action has you right there in the thick of it and I highly recommend the whole series."★★★★★ "All I can say is, that if you like true Naval history, the war in the Pacific , good character development, interesting back stories, exciting and authentic well researched action...this Todd Ingram series is for you!"


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“The sea action is exciting and thoroughly convincing.” —Kirkus Reviews Todd Ingram is back in the fight. After narrowly escaping the Japanese-held Philippines, he is promoted to the destroyer USS Howell.His new assignment puts him in the middle of two epic naval engagements: the Battle of Cape Esperance and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. But his fight agai “The sea action is exciting and thoroughly convincing.” —Kirkus Reviews Todd Ingram is back in the fight. After narrowly escaping the Japanese-held Philippines, he is promoted to the destroyer USS Howell.His new assignment puts him in the middle of two epic naval engagements: the Battle of Cape Esperance and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. But his fight against the Imperial Japanese Navy is just the beginning.Todd learns that his lost love has joined the Philippine resistance on a nearby island. He sets off to find her...under the watchful eye of an enemy spy in the ranks.With the war at its apex, Todd must put his life on the line not only for the woman he loves, but for his country, and a world that is perilously close to collapse._________________________ Praise for John J. Gobbell and A CODE FOR TOMORROW: “The sea action is exciting and thoroughly convincing.” —Kirkus Reviews “A Code For Tomorrow” is as big as a Fletcher-class destroyer and the story races along with pace and power … A thrilling read.” —T. Jefferson Parker, author of Iron River “Gobbell … (once) a naval officer, combines painstaking research and solid storytelling to produce a highly readable military adventure.” —Booklist “From its exciting beginning onboard a Russian prisoner ship off the coast of San Francisco to its incredible high-action conclusion off the coast of Mindanao, this World War II novel cooks with intrigue … This stick-to-your-fingers novel is John J. Gobbell at his best.” —Stephen J. Cannell, author of the Shane Scully series, including The Pallbearers _________________________ What readers are saying: ★★★★★ "A strong sense of history and vivid character development wrapped around an interesting and ongoing WWII naval career."★★★★★ "Best historical WWII fiction in a long time. JJ Gobbell's has sure got it right. His descriptive narrative of the action has you right there in the thick of it and I highly recommend the whole series."★★★★★ "All I can say is, that if you like true Naval history, the war in the Pacific , good character development, interesting back stories, exciting and authentic well researched action...this Todd Ingram series is for you!"

30 review for A Code for Tomorrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Walker

    I was especially interested in this book since my pop was in the war and served aboard a battleship in the Pacific fighting the Japanese. He was wounded in one particular kamikaze attack, but stayed his post and shot down the plane, even though part of his ship was on fire. My pop received a Purple Heart and many other medals that were well deserved. It was something he didn’t like talking about. He said, “It brings back too many painful memories.” That is the way many World War Two survivors fe I was especially interested in this book since my pop was in the war and served aboard a battleship in the Pacific fighting the Japanese. He was wounded in one particular kamikaze attack, but stayed his post and shot down the plane, even though part of his ship was on fire. My pop received a Purple Heart and many other medals that were well deserved. It was something he didn’t like talking about. He said, “It brings back too many painful memories.” That is the way many World War Two survivors felt. This book “A Code for Tomorrow” has a lot of interesting characters and the battles were well researched. It is about the life of a seaman in World War Two. It depicts what brave and courageous men went through both emotionally and physically while fighting for you and me. Overlook some typos, because this story has meaning. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Urey Patrick

    Having read all six books of the series, I will post this "series review" on all six book sites rather than do a review of each book. Gobbell nicely mixes fictional characters in among actual events and real historical figures of WWII. It's an enjoyable read, although the author's character development is somewhat shallow and forced... shades of comic book defiance and heroics that just rings hollow if you are conversant with the history and with the actual first hand accounts of veterans who we Having read all six books of the series, I will post this "series review" on all six book sites rather than do a review of each book. Gobbell nicely mixes fictional characters in among actual events and real historical figures of WWII. It's an enjoyable read, although the author's character development is somewhat shallow and forced... shades of comic book defiance and heroics that just rings hollow if you are conversant with the history and with the actual first hand accounts of veterans who were there and experienced much of what LT Ingram did. Nevertheless, if you have an interest in WWII, the author does an excellent job of mixing in authentic technical and historical data with the flow of action involving his fictional characters - destroyers, aircraft, bombs, naval culture and procedures... all well done and credible. The personal relationships and dialogs are soap opera-worthy and artificial in the settings in which he presents them. Lots of sarcastic retorts and impulsive bravado fitting for a teenaged superhero but not a supposedly mature and experienced commanding officer. I found myself just skimming over those interludes to get past them quickly. And the author could have used a continuity editor. For example, and not to spoil the series, but in one book Ingram is held captive on a Japanese sub with a Nazi interlocutor, supposedly headed for France... eventually the German rejoins the Kriegsmarine at sea to continue on to Europe. (I'm glossing over a lot of details and action in order not to spoil things for potential readers). He is offered the opportunity to ride U437 to Kiel in a couple weeks - he declines for a much riskier way sooner. Two sentences later the character he is talking to remarks he should have boarded U689 because it would have been safer.... In another example, his Intelligence officer friend Toliver briefly mentions the Redman brothers in reference to their internecine warfare between Op-20-G in Washington and the Rochefort shop in Honolulu (all of which is true). Ingram asks who are they and Toliver puts him off - no time to explain now. They have no further interaction at all, yet on the next page, with Toliver having left, Ingram mentions he knows all about the Redman Brothers.... again, maybe just me but naggingly irritating. Maybe it is just picky me, but that sort of inconsistency in narrative annoys me... and it is fairly prevalent. However, throughout the combat sequences are excellent, as are the times and events at sea. The fictional story lines centered on Ingram overlaid on the actual events and historical figures of the War are compelling and give the reader a good sense of life in those times. The series is good WWII historical fiction.... better in books 1-4 than 5 & 6... and book 6 is set 30+ years after the war with then Admiral Ingram a relatively minor character to the story line involving his son Lt Ingram. Weakest one of the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    L. R. Hintonl

    Another Good Read 🇺🇸 This is my second time with this series and was enhanced as much or than the first time! The sea battles were accurate in descriptions of men and machines! One minute, you’re doing as you were trained then all hell breaks lose and you pray that you live threw the chaos. The plot is believable and characters are real in their actions. The only thing that find fault with is coffee service on a destroyer. The only place that cups and saucers were used was in the wardroom. In the Another Good Read 🇺🇸 This is my second time with this series and was enhanced as much or than the first time! The sea battles were accurate in descriptions of men and machines! One minute, you’re doing as you were trained then all hell breaks lose and you pray that you live threw the chaos. The plot is believable and characters are real in their actions. The only thing that find fault with is coffee service on a destroyer. The only place that cups and saucers were used was in the wardroom. In the Chiefs and enlisted Messes; work areas; and on the deck, everyone used the heavy, white “mugs” without a finger hole. On our way to the states from the Philippines on the “U S S Brewster” (Feb/Mar 1953), a destroyer came alongside the Brewster to transfer a sailor for surgery! While the Brewster had small roll from the sea, the destroyer was rolling like a cork in the ocean, but those not handling the transfer were holding their coffee mugs and moving with ship! 👍😎🇺🇸

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan Delahunty

    This is entertaining and full of Navy jargon which I believe is correct. Also the origins of some naval traditions and superstitions are enlightening. I did NOT a enjoy the fact that somebody FAILED to PROOFREAD this Kindle version before publishing! It is full of grammatical errors and even spelling errors. For instance, when a person inhales and exhales, they BREATHE, not breath as it is throughout the book. Some of the punctuation is off, where the use of commas would make reading a long sent This is entertaining and full of Navy jargon which I believe is correct. Also the origins of some naval traditions and superstitions are enlightening. I did NOT a enjoy the fact that somebody FAILED to PROOFREAD this Kindle version before publishing! It is full of grammatical errors and even spelling errors. For instance, when a person inhales and exhales, they BREATHE, not breath as it is throughout the book. Some of the punctuation is off, where the use of commas would make reading a long sentence more cogent. There are also typos. These may seem picky to some and I am not an English teacher, but, I do speak and write properly. I always expect books that I read to be the same. When there are dialects and quotes, that is entirely different as it advances the story and gives flavor to the narrative. I am speaking of mistakes that are easily correctable if the publisher is paying attention.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd

    This is the second installment of a series of that features Todd Ingram, a U.S. Naval officer at the beginning of America’s war with Japan during World War II. In the first book, most of the war action took place in the Philippines. This story has Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands campaign as the backdrop for Todd’s story as the executive officer aboard a Destroyer. The fictional characters are interesting, realistic and believable people. Actual historical figures such as U.S. Admirals Raymon This is the second installment of a series of that features Todd Ingram, a U.S. Naval officer at the beginning of America’s war with Japan during World War II. In the first book, most of the war action took place in the Philippines. This story has Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands campaign as the backdrop for Todd’s story as the executive officer aboard a Destroyer. The fictional characters are interesting, realistic and believable people. Actual historical figures such as U.S. Admirals Raymond Spruance, William Halsey and Ghormley are presented fairly and accurately. The battle scenes are realistically portrayed and quite intense, especially the naval battle off the Santa Cruz Islands. The fictional part of the story that features Todd Ingram is mostly plausible and a compelling story that keeps you reading hoping for the best for all the primary characters in this story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven Hoffman

    A more complex plot than Book 1 (The Last Lieutenant), once again Gobbell creates a gripping tale against the backdrop of World War II with Book 2, A Code for Tomorrow. The detail in the writing certainly demonstrates the author has a deep understanding of his subject which gives this book its authentic feel . There's some good plots twist that he adeptly brings together at the end in a clever way. Only a few times does he present conclusions for the reader without providing enough context to ma A more complex plot than Book 1 (The Last Lieutenant), once again Gobbell creates a gripping tale against the backdrop of World War II with Book 2, A Code for Tomorrow. The detail in the writing certainly demonstrates the author has a deep understanding of his subject which gives this book its authentic feel . There's some good plots twist that he adeptly brings together at the end in a clever way. Only a few times does he present conclusions for the reader without providing enough context to make them either discernible, or credible. God, the typos! Severn River Publishing needs to do a much better job putting out digital versions of its books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Herlihy

    USNA61 Pretty good when dealing with actual events, some detail errors, not too many. Love story messes it up, unbelievable events. US built 175 Fletchers and a like number of Sumners/Gearings (Long Hulls). BIW alone built more than the Japanese built in total. I was a Department Head (Ops/Weaps/Cheng) mostly Weaps. Also a Forrest Sherman w 5” 54s. Used VT against troops in the open.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A Great Story! I highly recommend this book for those who want to learn more about some of the Naval Battles and other less talked about parts, atrocities in their own rights. The officers and sailors who fought and died as well as the survivors all deserve their parts in history to be made known, and applauded and honored. What great men and women! Read this, as well as others by the author!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellis lee Knox

    An Excellent Read I've read one and two can't wait to read #3. I'll start on it as soon as I finish this. Excellent story with a little history thrown at in. Good descriptions of the USN's torpedo problem during the first year or so of WW 2. Though I don't think the enemy helped fix it, but an excellent twist. There is enough action and spying to satisfy the adventure reader. An Excellent Read I've read one and two can't wait to read #3. I'll start on it as soon as I finish this. Excellent story with a little history thrown at in. Good descriptions of the USN's torpedo problem during the first year or so of WW 2. Though I don't think the enemy helped fix it, but an excellent twist. There is enough action and spying to satisfy the adventure reader.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David E Brown

    Very good and interesting fictional novel. Being an Army vet, I knew very little about the navy, but now learning a lot about that branch of service. Only complaint is the proof readers missed numerous spelling, grammatical and punctuation mistakes. Now reading the next in series and don't want to put it down. Very good and interesting fictional novel. Being an Army vet, I knew very little about the navy, but now learning a lot about that branch of service. Only complaint is the proof readers missed numerous spelling, grammatical and punctuation mistakes. Now reading the next in series and don't want to put it down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Good second volume to the series. Todd has a new ship and Helen is with Amador fighting the guerrilla war in mindanao. Great naval battles and harrowing encounters with the Japanese. Treachery from our Russian allies (things haven’t changed much in 70 years). A good story, built on pretty accurate history. On to the next volume.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John

    Todd Ingram, fresh off of his escape from Corregidor, continues his U. S. Navy service in the South Pacific theatre. Old friends and new enemies come into play as Todd becomes involved in another rescue mission, this time on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Lots of action, both on land and at sea in this one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thomas D

    Great WWII ACTION & SEA STORIES,lots of details THIS BOOK PICKS UP FROM THE ESCAPE FROM CORREGIDOR , COVERING GUADACANAL & GUERRILLA ACTION , IN THE PHILIPPINES, PLUSE ESPIONAGE & TECHNICAL BATTLES TO OVERCOME FAILURES. INTERESTING & HISTORIC.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Loretta Gabriel

    A great action packed war story. The author has written a War story with a great deal of suspense and action that will keep you on the edge of your seat and totally entertained. Very enjoyable reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John

    A well written novel with plenty of naval jargon and military customs. Some of story is kind of unrealistic, but it is a novel. The battle in the Philippines was a large part of defeating the Japanese and this story highlighted some of the battles!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Major League good Great story and engrossing plot.characters are compelling. Historical fiction as good as this could only be written by a real Naval officer. Brilliant series

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dave Hammett

    Great series This one has spies and good guys and bad guys and a complicated plot! You know the good guys are going to make it but you can't figure out how! Great series This one has spies and good guys and bad guys and a complicated plot! You know the good guys are going to make it but you can't figure out how!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Beck

    Fast paced and action filled. I liked the emotional involvement of the characters. The characters became more real with each page. We need to be reminded of the sacrifices made.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert Yearsley

    A vast improvement over the first book. Really enjoyed this one. Faster paced

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ken Daigrepont

    Excellent! Excellent book! I also read The Last Lt. these are must read books especially if you’re a Fan of anything Navy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Don Brenner

    Good read Historical friction continuation of the Last lieutenant . Todd Ingram advanced in his career and develops more as a leader.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Blacker

    Best read John Gobbell is putting together some of the best writing I have ever read. Ant that's saying something because I read all the time. Best read John Gobbell is putting together some of the best writing I have ever read. Ant that's saying something because I read all the time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Good follow up to book 1 , character development was strong and the story compelling. Looking forward to the next installment .

  24. 5 out of 5

    ann betts

    A code for tomarrow As usual a well written book that makes the wartime experiences in this book seem real. It definitely keeps my attention.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jill Hein

    Not the page-turner I expected, and so much action it was sometimes hard to follow. What really jumped out at me were the number of spelling errors - John needs a much better proof reader.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul Womack

    An adventure and escapist. Plot is very unreal. Needed an editor (for example, page 140 Chaplin should be Chaplain). But, I got hooked and will plow ahead soon.

  27. 4 out of 5

    robert r. mickelson

    the tied to the barge, was just to much.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ddils

    Enjoyable novel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Van Jones

    Good reading for enjoyment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Don Crumbley

    Excellent plot that matches actual historical events Author has developed a story line that fits exceedingly well with actual events that occurred in the Pacific during WWII.

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