THE JESSE JAMES OF THE JAVA SEA by Carl Carmer

THE JESSE JAMES OF THE JAVA SEA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The title is a nickname for the submarine service -- as Carmer brings together, with a rather contrived mechanism, the stories of the submarines in the war of the Pacific, the dull monotony of routine patrols, the tension and elation of a strike, the proud exchange of yarns during shore leave, the unsung heroism of the men. He starts with Dec. 7, 1945 in a Manila cafe, where five Annapolis classmates are dining, submarine commanders all; he tells the saga of their ships -- among which were the Swordfish, the Sea Wolf. But chiefly it is the story of Skipper Bull Wright of the Sturgeon, and his torpedo officer, young Chet Nimitz, his officers and men. Enlisted men turn narrators -- there are flashes of humor -- but the story fails to rise above the story teller's tendency to repetition and lack of dramatic build-up.

Pub Date: Dec. 27th, 1945
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart