The Neptune Strategy by John J. Gobbell

The Neptune Strategy

The Neptune Strategy by John J. Gobbell (Todd Ingram Book 4)
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 3.3 MB

JOHN J GOBBELL is a former Navy Lieutenant who saw duty as a destroyer weapons officer – his ship served in the South China Sea. As an executive recruiter, his clients include military/commercial aerospace companies giving him insight into character development under a historical thriller format. Altogether, he has written eight novels involving U.S. Navy action including his Tood Ingram Series.

Commander Todd Ingram is on the bridge of his ship, the destroyer USS Maxwell, on radar picket duty on a misty, overcast day when four Japanese Val dive bombers emerge screaming from the overcast.
The coordinated attack is sudden and devastating, the ship rocked by massive explosions as the bombers hit their target.
The concussions hurtle Ingram overboard and he watches in horror as his embattled ship leaves him behind.
Ingram barely lasts the night, clinging to a floating piece of his ship’s lifeboat in rough seas.
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 put in motion: ensure that the I-57 escapes a net of ASW HUK groups (anti-submarine hunter killer) laying across the sub’s path to Lorient, France and ambush it when it reaches shore.
But the I-57 has other plans as it dodges depth charges and Allied ships in a deadly game whose outcome may effect the balance of power in a war that threatens to consume them all…
From the Philippine Sea to the Nazi U-boat pens in Lorient, France, The Neptune Strategy is a complex cat and mouse game between the Japanese submarine 1-57 and a U.S. Navy determined to save one of their own and is the most thrilling novel yet by a master of the WWII thriller.

June 6, 1944 was a day marked by the largest movement of arms and fighting men the world has ever known. In Europe, nearly 7,000 ships sailed the English Channel. This force consisted of two battleships, two monitors, twenty-three light and heavy cruisers, one hundred and five destroyers, 1,076 support ships, 2,700 merchant vessels and 2,500 landing craft. Under General Dwight D. Eisenhower, this armada delivered 162,715 allied troops and their equipment to the beaches of Normandy on that one day.

One the same day, halfway around the world, seven fleet carriers, eight light carriers, seven fast battleships, eight heavy cruisers, thirteen light cruisers, and sixty-nine destroyers of the United States Navy, got underway in the Marshall Island’s Majuro Lagoon. Designated Task Force 58 under the command of Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, this armada, albeit smaller than the D-Day invasion fleet, was decidedly a more powerful naval force. The heavy cruiser Indianapolis, part of Task Force 58, was also the flagship for Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, commander of the entire Fifth Fleet. It was the largest group of capital ships ever accumulated under a single flag.

It took five hours for Task Force 58 to weigh anchor, clear the reef and stand out to sea where they formed up into groups, spanning the Pacific from horizon to horizon. From Majuro, they headed northwest, shaping course for the Marianas and the Philippine Sea.

About the same time, Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa’s Mobil Fleet of five fleet carriers, four light carriers, five battleships, eleven heavy cruisers, two light cruisers and twenty-eight destroyers, weighed anchor at Tawi Tawi in the Sulu Archipelago and headed east.

From one standpoint the developing Battle Of The Philippine Sea, as it came to be known, was similar to the 1942 Battle of Midway. Except now, the balance of power was reversed in terms of ships and aircraft available. Spruance (who commanded the U.S. naval forces at the Battle of Midway) and Mitscher had the upper hand in absolute numbers of ships: Spruance had 112, Ozawa only 55. Also at Midway, Spruance had parity with Japanese aircraft. Now, he had far more of every type than Ozawa: 956 vs. 473. But as the offensive force, the American strategy was far different. At Midway, the Japanese were bent on drawing out the American fleet and annihilating it; Midway was secondary. With the Marianas invasion, capturing and securing Saipan, Tinian and Guam was the primary objective, wiping out the Japanese fleet was secondary.

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