by Bob Stockton, C.P.O., U.S. Navy
Radarman Second Class Zack Martin wants nothing more than to sail out to sea on a sleek destroyer now that the war in Vietnam is heating up. Instead of heading to the Western Pacific, he's stuck in a deadend clerical position. When he's ordered to join a new ship, it's not quite what he envisioned, but his attitude changes when he learns he'll finally be getting duty in a combat zone.
Martin craves danger and excitement-and a chance to help the war effort
in Vietnam-this mission may have more perils than he bargained for. The
captain, in charge of a ship for the first time, is anxious to make a
name for himself. Misadventures in port pale into comparison with the
risks the captain is willing to take when he deviates from the crew's
The MWSA Fighting Bob Review: Title: Fighting Bob
Author: Bob Stockton
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Gail Chatfield
What does a man leave behind but his name and the stories told about him? It?s in our DNA to keep our family history alive by sharing those stories of the ones who came before us with each new generation. Author Bob Stockton explores what it would be like to actually sit down and talk with an ancestor whose exploits have not only been passed down father to son but have been recorded, incorrectly it seems, in history books.
The ghost of his great, great, great grandfather Commodore Robert F. "Fighting Bob" Stockton suddenly appears to his modern day namesake bringing to life the events from nearly 200 years ago. Commodore Stockton is well known here in California history books. He was appointed the first Military Governor of California in 1847 and the city of Stockton is named in his honor.
Much research has gone into this historical novel to maintain authenticity and accuracy in retelling the Commodore?s adventures during the War of 1812, the Barbary Pirate War and the capture of California during the Mexican/American war. Little known fact, Commodore Stockton would later sponsor a bill to end flogging as Navy punishment. The novel finishes in California but the Commodore went on to become a New Jersey senator and was drawn back into the military during the Civil War so perhaps there will be another book forthcoming.
It would be great listen to our ancestors' stories firsthand, but only if they were as interesting and influenced history as much as "Fighting Bob's."
Fighting Bob, a ten day journey with the ghost of my great-great-great grandfather Commodore ‘Fighting Bob,’ a journey filled with adventure, danger and conquest
"I just finished reading Bob Stockton’s latest book, Stories from
the U.S. Navy: II. Friendly Fire. I’ve read everything Bob has published,
and this is his best work yet!
If you ever served in the military, particularly the navy during the Vietnam era, this is a must-read. I spent my Navy career on Atlantic-based ships, and never made a Western Pacific (WestPac) cruise. By the luck of the draw, I never got to serve in the Vietnam war. After my seven Mediterranean cruises, many northern Atlantic operations, and an uncountable number of Caribbean cruises, I always felt that I was missing something when I heard my shipmates discuss their trips to WestPac. Reading Chief Stockton’s Stories from the U.S. Navy: II. Friendly Fire, I felt like I was back in the destroyer navy, and finally doing a WestPac cruise. Bob actually made me feel like I was there.
I give Stories from the U.S. Navy: II. Friendly Fire my highest recommendation! "