After graduating from the University of Southern California, John J.Gobbell was a U.S. Navy deck officer assigned to Pacific fleet destroyers. Rising to the rank of lieutenant, he participated in the early days of the Vietnam conflict, serving in such positions as anti-submarine warfare officer, fire control officer, and weapons officer. In civilian life, his career has been in the executive recruiting area where he is retained by corporate clients to find senior managers. In the 1970s and 1980s he conducted assignments for prime contractors serving the military, interviewing hundreds of executives responsible for multi-million dollar tactical and strategic defense systems. These assignments piqued his interest in character development for technically aligned executives. That, coupled with a keen interest in the events of World War II, led to the development of his first four novels, all vigorously researched. John Gobbell's wife, Janine, also graduated from USC. They live in Newport Beach, California, where he is at work on his next novel.