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Navy Veteran writes about submarines, SEALs

Gene Masters served in the Navy back in the 1960s. He is now retired and makes his home in Knoxville. He has also written and published two novels drawn from his experience in the service.

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The first of these, Silent Warriors: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific, was published last October. “It’s mostly about the diesel-electric submarines we went to war with in the Pacific,” Masters says, “and it follows one boat in particular, the fictional USS Orca, and its commanding officer, Jake Lawlor. The book covers the entire expanse of the Pacific campaign, from Pearl Harbor until final victory in 1945. Besides the boats themselves, it tells the stories of the men who fought and died in them, their lives, their loves, and their sacrifice.” Masters reports the book took him almost two years to write.

Gene’s second novel, Operation Exodus, has just been published. It is set in the present day and describes the exploits of Jake Lawlor’s grandson, who, unlike his father and grandfather, has eschewed a career in the submarine service for one as a Navy SEAL. Masters reports “Jake gets involved in some of today’s political intrigue, and leads a SEAL team into Iran to rescue six Americans who were being held there, accused of spying. Of course,
operational plans go awry, or there wouldn’t be much of a story!” Gene freely admits, that unlike diesel submarines (he served aboard the USS Angler), that he has no direct experience as a Navy SEAL. “But there’s plenty of information about SEALs in the public domain,” Masters says, “and a few former SEALs willing to talk – insofar as they can – about their experience in the service. And I really do have an active imagination!”

Both books are available online as e-books or in paperback; Silent Warriors is also available as an audiobook. Gene Masters’ website is

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