Gene Masters
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Gene Masters

Gene Masters is a retired consulting engineer living in East Tennessee with his wife, Ruth. They have two grown daughters, and two grandchildren. He is the author of several technical treatises, including his doctoral dissertation, and four novels, all of which are available on Amazon. Masters received a commission in the U.S. Navy on graduation from Notre Dame, and his first tour of duty was aboard a transport in the Western Pacific. His second tour was aboard a recommissioned and updated diesel-electric submarine, the USS Angler. Angler was originally commissioned in 1943, and made seven war patrols in the Pacific before being decommissioned. Her updating to an SSK-class boat in the 1950s fitted her for operation against cold war submarine adversaries with advanced soundproofing and sonar. Masters left Angler and active duty after a Mediterranean tour. Later Naval Reserve assignments included the diesel-electric submarines USS Manta and the USS Ling. After active duty, Masters pursued a career in engineering, and served in various companies until settling into a career as a consulting engineer. He retired in 2009. Readers can reach the author via email at 240boat@gmail.com, and view his website at www.genemasters.net. He is the author of three novels: Silent Warriors: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific, Operation Exodus, and the Laconia Incident. All are available in ebook and paperback editions; Silent Warriors is also available as an audio book. PRAISE FOR SILENT WARRIORS . . . SOMETHING FOR EVERY READER “It would be impossible for one book to adequately tell the individual stories of the nearly 16,000 submariners who battled in the Pacific theater during World War II. Collectively, they served on 263 submarines and made 1,472 war patrols while taking that fight to the Japanese. They paid a high price: 52 lost boats and 3,482 dead submariners. Silent Warriors effectively uses the fictional exploits of one such submariner—Jake Lawlor—to encapsulate their angst, bravery, commitment, and dedication. Over . . . 44 months, Jake introduces us to fascinating characters—both real and fictional—and chronicles their heroic actions. Silent Warriors has something for every reader . . . daring deeds to quicken the pulse of the adventurous . . . battle and campaign details aplenty. Submariners and ‘Old Salts’ can be transported back by the tactical and technical depictions. Even romantics will find a love story that surfaces among the chaos of submarine warfare and endures in the changed world that emerges from the carnage that was World War II.” —JOE DOYLE, a career submariner, 13 years enlisted, 14 years an officer. Duty stations included six submarines and a variety of submarine support shore assignments in Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Retired from the Navy in 1993. Dr. Doyle spent next 21 years as senior consultant to the Department of Defense and teaching graduate business courses at two universities. * * * * * . . . CHARACTERS THAT MAKE THE STORY COME ALIVE “Author Gene Masters delivers an action-packed, artful, and well-paced tale of WWII submarine warfare. As a Navy veteran, I found Silent Warriors to be a rich and detailed look at the fictional USS Orca, its crew, and its mission. The author skillfully uses his first hand naval experience to craft a suspenseful and thoroughly fascinating ‘reading’ voyage. A bonus is the rich rendering of characters that make the story come alive. I wish the epilogue were longer . . . but I can’t wait for the sequel.” —BOB WALKER, Lt., USN, USS Annapolis (AGMR-1), former CEO Promotion Mechanics, Inc., a Division of Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, NYC * * * * * . . . A COMPELLING STORY “Silent Warriors is the thrilling account of submarine warfare in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. The title of Gene Masters’ first novel refers primarily to the men who manned the boats, but also alludes to the boats themselves. Masters tells a compelling story about the wartime experience of submariners and their families, but does so in the context of a detailed and fascinating description of submarine technology and function. Jacob Lawlor, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and commander of the submarine Orca, leads his men through eleven war patrols, challenged by both the limits of their own humanity and the submarine technology available to them. All who enjoy historical fiction will find Silent Warriors a satisfying and rewarding read.” —ANTHONY J. INTINTOLI, Lt. Col, USAFR, Ret.

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