Todd Tucker Books In Order

Publication Order of Danny Jabo Books

Collapse Death (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Sub (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zulu Five Oscar (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Over and Under (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shooting a Mammoth (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Polaris (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Dragovant Relics (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non Fiction Books

Notre Dame vs the Klan (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

There is a lot to be admired in those who give themselves to the military. They should be admired for the inherent self-sacrifice and the desire to protect their homeland through any means necessary. This is something that Todd Tucker was happy to do in the early 1990s. This naval officer turned author dedicated himself to a very prestigious program in the nuclear department of the United States Navy and he took that experience into his carrier as a writer.

How this came to be was first a successful college carrier at Notre Dame University, made even more impressive by the fact that he acquired a full ride to the school. While there he gained an appreciation for history, graduating with a Bachelor’s in the field. That experience would later prove very helpful in his earliest published works, likeThe Great Starvation Experiment; A book that looked into the starvation experiments that took place back near the end of World War II in an effort to help the starving citizens across the European continent.

It is in his love of history that Todd Tucker probable gained his admiration for the more glamorous aspects of military life. The United States military has a long and respectable history for the most part, and Todd was quick to join it once he graduated Notre Dame. With degree in hand he volunteered for the Navy’s nuclear power program. This means he had the brains as well as the discipline to maintain himself aboard the cramped quarters of a ship. He later proved that he was not claustrophobic, serving through six patrols on a Trident submarine. There has to be a lot of respect for a man who could put himself into a confined space for days to weeks on end with only his shipmates and stale air for company.

Eventually, in the mid-1990s, Tucker left the navy and returned to his home state of Indiana to pursue his carrier as a writer. Over the years he has published for many different publications, from newspapers to magazines. He has worked to build up a good collection of works, including both academic and fictional works, like the afore mentioned Starvation Experiment.

Todd Tucker started his fictional endeavors by writing about something that he really knew well, and what that was is something he spent years working with, nuclear submarines. There is an elegance to writing about what you know, and a respectability to ensuring that what you write is accurate to the situations you put your character into. Tucker manages this with the kind of skill that clearly indicates how well he knows about life on a Trident submarine.

His fictional series stars the character of Danny Jabo, a naval lieutenant at the start of his first adventure in Collapse Depth. Danny’s adventures start how most novels do, introducing the day to day life of the protagonist. We learn his habits, his mannerisms, his attitude towards his job and the men serving with him on the submarine. It is this time before the inciting incident that we learnt that the novel is going to be as technical and educational as it will be thrilling. That is what the book is categorized as, in the end, a thriller, and according to the reviews it certainly lives up to this explanation.

Where do the thrills come from, though? They come from a saboteur on the submarine. Somebody is trying to shut down vital systems on the nuclear submarine and as a consequence the entire crew with our protagonist included could die. The clock is now ticking for the members of the crew to figure out who the traitor in their midst is, before a terrible death befalls them. Readers are left with a constant need to keep reading so that they can get to the end of the story and see what fate befalls the protagonist and his comrades. When you read a mystery you want to know what the answer to the puzzle is, you want to know if you guessed right at the start of the novel or if you were way off the mark. There is no telling with the right thriller, and that is exactly what Collapse Depth is. It is suspenseful, intriguing, educational, and interesting enough to root your eyes to the pages as you turn them one after another.

The details of life on a submarine, inherently necessary to getting the right tone for the book, are worked into the narrative perfectly to show the emotions that the characters display, the discipline that they have to show. Todd Tucker’s firsthand experience with life on a submarine serves him well as he guides the young lieutenant through the hunt for the saboteur.

Thankfully when the story ends, the adventures of Danny Jabo do not. Rather than stay on the ship, for better or worse after the events of Collapse Depth, Danny transfers to a new sub and starts his work with the new ship. This goes fine for him right up until the events of Ghost Ship, a new thriller dealing with the adventures of the young seaman. Thankfully he doesn’t have to worry about dealing with a saboteur this time, and instead he and the crew of his new submarine have to find another submarine, one that’s missing. The USS Louisville, Danny’s new ship is off to hunt through the dark ocean for what the title promises to be an elusive prey, perhaps even a ship with a deadly secret to discover.

Tucker’s writing style is one of complexity, technicality, and fine detail, because all of those are necessary to convey a life that would be fairly incomprehensible to the normal reader. Not many people think about how they live their lives, much less about how people live their lives in a massive submarine. He is able to convey the feelings that arise in this tense environment, and shows how our characters deal with the stress that it presented to them. Danny Jabo feels like a real person in his books, because there is probably a little bit of Todd Tucker showing up in how the character behaves. For that, we have to thank him for making a real and interesting character and series of books.

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