“Shellback” is a Naval and Maritime Action Novel Featuring an Unlikely Hero

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Author Stuart Landersman tells of a navy retiree with a peculiar knack of getting himself into situations that require special judgment, decision making, innovation and determination

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Martin Shielbrock is a retired Navy captain who has been recalled to active duty to conduct a routine exercise with the prepositioned ships at Diego Garcia. Readers will find out that he is no ordinary retiree as he has a way of figuring out what has to be done and doing it no matter what, even if told not to do it. His fascinating story unfolds in Shellback, authored by Stuart Landersman.

Martin Shielbrock got his nickname “Shellback” early in his navy career and he is one stubborn guy. When he sets his mind to something and knows he’s right, he does it regardless of consequences and regardless of advice or orders. There’s romance, violence, gunfire, missiles, helicopters, artillery, flame and death as Shellback does what he does best; he does what he thinks is right. But conflict has a way of blurring the lines between right and wrong, and driven in circumstances between life and death, who knows what is right?

Set in a tense web of high-seas drama, Shellback is a naval and maritime action novel woven with Middle East intrigue, Cold War naval action, Korean War search and rescue, semi-pro baseball, romance and Washington high-level machination. It focuses on an attack against the Maritime Prepositioned Ships at Diego Garcia and on a Convoy Commodore who has a peculiar knack of getting himself into situations that require special judgment, decision making, innovation and determination.

Written by Landersman, who spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy, Shellback is in no way autobiographical. The author vows that he did none of the things that Martin Shielbrock does in this book, but admits to wishing he had. Readers will find themselves hooked from beginning to end as they learn all about Shellback and follow his many thrilling adventures.

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About the Author
Stuart Landersman is a retired Navy captain with thirty years of service. He served in destroyers, frigates, cruisers and amphibious warfare ships and commanded a number of destroyers. He had thirty months of combat action in the Viet Nam conflict. He had a tour of duty as aide to the Superintendent of the Naval Academy, attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College and National War College and has a Masters degree and a Masters license. After retiring from the Navy he worked for the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, served as a convoy commodore and taught ship handling in simulators. He lives in Coronado, California.

SHELLBACK * by Stuart Landersman
Publication date: April 17, 2012
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 434 pages; 978-1-4691-9100-3
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