1962 1st edition; The World Publishing Company, Cleveland and New York; hardbound with very nice red boards with navy ship on front board and silver lettering; very good conditon of book; dust jacket has a few tears; see pics.
Harm's Way is a 1962 war novel by James Bassett. The explanation for the title, was, according to Bassett: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way."—attributed to John Paul Jones.
A regular Naval officer in the Pacific theater is assigned to command an operation to seize a group of strategic islands from the Japanese. The attack on Pearl Harbor catches the United States Navy unawares. They include Captain Rockwell Torrey, commanding a heavy cruiser known only as Old Swayback (an obvious reference to the USS Salt Lake City (CA-25)), which is off the Hawaiian coast near Pearl Harbor, running another set of exercises in a long string of them.
Lieutenant (junior grade) William "Mac" McConnell is assigned as Officer of the Day aboard the destroyer, USS Cassiday, tied up in a shallower channel of Pearl Harbor, not all that far from Battleship Row. When the attack comes, Lieutenant McConnell takes his ship out of the harbor, leaving his captain and executive officer behind...