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“Dramatic … convincing historical detail that really distinguishes this [novel] from the competition.” —Publisher's Weekly The US Navy has won Guadalcanal.But a brilliant Japanese admiral will stop at nothing to get it back.He already masterminded the Pearl Harbor attacks. And to seize Guadalcanal, he has a far more devastating plan...one that will call upon every Ja “Dramatic … convincing historical detail that really distinguishes this [novel] from the competition.” —Publisher's Weekly The US Navy has won Guadalcanal.But a brilliant Japanese admiral will stop at nothing to get it back.He already masterminded the Pearl Harbor attacks. And to seize Guadalcanal, he has a far more devastating plan...one that will call upon every Japanese military asset in the Pacific.The Allies have top secret technology that has never been used. Its effectiveness is uncertain. But for Lieutenant Commander Todd Ingram, it may be his only hope.In a desperate battle against an onslaught of Japanese air raids, Todd must fight with everything he has- even if it means turning friends into enemies. If he fails, the US Navy won’t just lose Guadalcanal...it will be crippled forever.________________________ Praise for John J. Gobbell and WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW: “The battle scenes are frequent, straightforward, and realistic. Gobbell knows how to keep the story moving.” —Library Journal ________________________ What readers are saying: ★★★★★ "Like it's predecessors, this book is outstanding."★★★★★ "Best sea novel since "Time and Tide" by Thomas Fleming."★★★★★ "I pledge to read everything and anything this master craftsman writes."★★★★★ "Haze grey and underway. Tin can sailors will love the book. Great sea/air battle scenes and lots of them. John puts you right in the action."★★★★★ "If you enjoy your novels featuring sea battles -e.g. the Hornblower series, etc.- you will enjoy this book. It is not your ordinary sea action story. It is a well written, literary fiction."


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“Dramatic … convincing historical detail that really distinguishes this [novel] from the competition.” —Publisher's Weekly The US Navy has won Guadalcanal.But a brilliant Japanese admiral will stop at nothing to get it back.He already masterminded the Pearl Harbor attacks. And to seize Guadalcanal, he has a far more devastating plan...one that will call upon every Ja “Dramatic … convincing historical detail that really distinguishes this [novel] from the competition.” —Publisher's Weekly The US Navy has won Guadalcanal.But a brilliant Japanese admiral will stop at nothing to get it back.He already masterminded the Pearl Harbor attacks. And to seize Guadalcanal, he has a far more devastating plan...one that will call upon every Japanese military asset in the Pacific.The Allies have top secret technology that has never been used. Its effectiveness is uncertain. But for Lieutenant Commander Todd Ingram, it may be his only hope.In a desperate battle against an onslaught of Japanese air raids, Todd must fight with everything he has- even if it means turning friends into enemies. If he fails, the US Navy won’t just lose Guadalcanal...it will be crippled forever.________________________ Praise for John J. Gobbell and WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW: “The battle scenes are frequent, straightforward, and realistic. Gobbell knows how to keep the story moving.” —Library Journal ________________________ What readers are saying: ★★★★★ "Like it's predecessors, this book is outstanding."★★★★★ "Best sea novel since "Time and Tide" by Thomas Fleming."★★★★★ "I pledge to read everything and anything this master craftsman writes."★★★★★ "Haze grey and underway. Tin can sailors will love the book. Great sea/air battle scenes and lots of them. John puts you right in the action."★★★★★ "If you enjoy your novels featuring sea battles -e.g. the Hornblower series, etc.- you will enjoy this book. It is not your ordinary sea action story. It is a well written, literary fiction."

30 review for When Duty Whispers Low

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    Another good war action My only problem with the story, in a series you become almost too familiar with some of the characters and their exploits. In individual storylines they are thrilling, but after they start adding up in story after story they become somewhat unbelievable, how many times can one go thru and survive the point of death?

  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

    Jim Graczyk

    Maybe a 4.5 for me. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in WW2 history, particularly in the Pacific. I would categorize the book as historical fiction. All the major players are there - Nimitz, Halsey, Layton (Halsey's chief intel guy) etc. The fictional characters Todd and Helen - you can guess at how the relationship enfolds- are interesting and compelling with a touch of realism. Todd Ingram's struggle with fear of battle I found very realistic. Maybe a 4.5 for me. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in WW2 history, particularly in the Pacific. I would categorize the book as historical fiction. All the major players are there - Nimitz, Halsey, Layton (Halsey's chief intel guy) etc. The fictional characters Todd and Helen - you can guess at how the relationship enfolds- are interesting and compelling with a touch of realism. Todd Ingram's struggle with fear of battle I found very realistic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    Todd Ingram is at it again. He's been to prospective CO school, and received orders to pick up his new command, the destroyer Pence at Tulagi. However, the Pence is sunk before he can formally take command, so he is again pressed into service on a couple of search and rescue missions. There is a lot of action, some "internal" problems, and also some Navy bureaucracy to deal with. Todd Ingram is at it again. He's been to prospective CO school, and received orders to pick up his new command, the destroyer Pence at Tulagi. However, the Pence is sunk before he can formally take command, so he is again pressed into service on a couple of search and rescue missions. There is a lot of action, some "internal" problems, and also some Navy bureaucracy to deal with.

  5. 5 out of 5

    L. R. Hintonl

    The Series Maintains The Enjoyment and Excitement! In many series after first two books or so, the storyline and characters seem to fall off. This did not happen in this third book of this series. I found myself not being able to put the book down, even though this was my second time reading this book. Again I highly recommend this book and the series! 😎 🇺🇸

  6. 5 out of 5

    ann betts

    When duty whispers low All of the Todd Ingram books in this series are very well written and always have interesting details surrounding the everyday lives of the Characters living and surviving during the war in the pacific.some hair raising experiences.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Loretta Gabriel

    Action packed with a great deal of suspense. The author has written another exciting story of the war in Pacific. The action is fast and furious with many exciting and suspenseful events. A must read for those who enjoy the drama of fighting

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul Womack

    A good story. While hard to believe one man has all these adventures, that makes this a pretty good series. Comments about how survive emotionally in combat environments resonated... sadly.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Allan Stein

    Sometimes difficult to keep up with all the stories in this book. There is sufficient explanation in keeping up with all of the scene changes. Despite all of this, it is an excellent book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dave Hammett

    Impressive series I can't imagine how he comes up with such co!implicated plots. This one has war and intrigue and romance and... Impressive series I can't imagine how he comes up with such co!implicated plots. This one has war and intrigue and romance and...

  11. 4 out of 5

    George R Glatter

    Todd Ingram has to go get another ship, his fifth. Todd, stay away from the ocean. You're not meant for it, get a nice desk job at the Pentagon now. Todd Ingram has to go get another ship, his fifth. Todd, stay away from the ocean. You're not meant for it, get a nice desk job at the Pentagon now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Blacker

    Out Standing This series of books are out standing. Some of the best writing I've read in awhile. Story line is great ! Out Standing This series of books are out standing. Some of the best writing I've read in awhile. Story line is great !

  13. 5 out of 5

    R Locke

    Page turner I really hate these imposed minimum number of words require reviews. Reminds me too much of school. Todd ingram is an amalgam of captain america and Popeye

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dennis P Moore

    5.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Warren Osborne

    Excellent Another unbelievable novel, full of action and suspense. How many naval officers had as much misfortune as our commander. You wonder what could possibly happen next

  16. 4 out of 5

    ESTON MAYFIELD

    Interesting I'm enjoying this author and look forward to read the next book In the series. So far all books have been exciting! Interesting I'm enjoying this author and look forward to read the next book In the series. So far all books have been exciting!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Greg Oaster

    Learned A lot about the proximity fuse in this book. Amazing piece of engineering. This was a great story. Even though it’s historical fiction I like the use of real people, places and events. Those things mixed in with fictional characters helped to spin a good yarn about naval combat in the pacific

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Walker

    This is not your ordinary sea battle (if there could ever be an ordinary sea battle). My pop was in the Navy during World War II. Even though he was wounded he stayed at his battle station. When Duty Whispers Low” is a thoroughly researched World War II novel. It has characters that are real with real problems and fears with two enemies who must join forces in battle. It is a continuation of a series by John J. Gobbell, whose own experience on a destroyer makes “When Duty Whispers Low” another wi This is not your ordinary sea battle (if there could ever be an ordinary sea battle). My pop was in the Navy during World War II. Even though he was wounded he stayed at his battle station. When Duty Whispers Low” is a thoroughly researched World War II novel. It has characters that are real with real problems and fears with two enemies who must join forces in battle. It is a continuation of a series by John J. Gobbell, whose own experience on a destroyer makes “When Duty Whispers Low” another winner of his that is worth reading. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) I Saw the Light - A True Story of a Near-Death Experience Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder Thomas, The Friendly Ghost - A True Story of Ghostly Encounters Forever in My Heart - A True Story of Coincidence and Destiny The Rain Snake: A Children's Color Illustrated Book of the miracles of prayer and love

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    I have enjoyed this srries, although I started with the latest and had to search the used market for 1, 2, and 3. Main characters lieutenant to commander Ingram, his wife Helen lieutenant to major, Kanda, DeWitt, others carry on through the five books. The Pacific War is stage and backdrop and there is both a strong historical component and adventure.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lon

    Enjoyable series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    susan maccoy

  22. 5 out of 5

    jeffery r weber

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wise Family

  24. 5 out of 5

    M Stephen Guynes

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jerry A Halbrooks

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leonard Perry

  27. 5 out of 5

    Edward Hampton

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kermit

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dave Swift

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mr R N Robson

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