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The answer is about to fall out of the sky. He is The Falcon Killer. China’s ace fighter pilot and scourge of the Japanese air force, he is in fact Bill Gaylord, an American orphaned and self-reliant—a...
The answer is about to fall out of the sky. He is The Falcon Killer. China’s ace fighter pilot and scourge of the Japanese air force, he is in fact Bill Gaylord, an American orphaned and self-reliant—a man without a country and without fear. Like William Holden, he’s the guy every man wants to be . . . and every woman wants to be with.
Shot down over Nencheng, Gaylord parachutes into the arms of the one woman who can give him reason to live . . . and to rejoin the fight against Japan—as he squares off against their top spy. His prey is in his sights, and catching it will change everything . . . for The Falcon Killer.
As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China. Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region as well as the hostile political climate between China and Japan—a knowledge that informs stories like The Falcon Killer.
"Hubbard writes with his usual gusto ('Wings in the sky had passed their shadows over the land to drop their acrid death'), and Gaylord is a typical Hubbard hero, tough and wily but also introspective and romantic." —Booklist
He wrote Westerns, swashbucklers, air adventure, mysteries, espionage thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, tales of the Orient, sea tales, and even Yukon tales in the tradition of Jack London. — Antique Trader
"A series not to be missed by any true pulp-fiction fan." —Comics Buyers Guide
"Riveting cliff-hanger action." —Midwest Book Review
"The Falcon Killers" was first published in 1939, during the height of the pulp fiction era. The story centers around an ace fighter pilot nicknamed "Tzun Kai," but he is an American named Bill Gaylord who was raised in Peking. Embittered and hardened to life, Gaylord has made a sport of shooting down enemy Japanese war planes. The reason for his rancor begins when his parents are killed in the Boxer uprising and continues later when his foster parents lose their lives in war stricken China. His latest mission is a quest for a Japanese spy who could spell disaster for China. He sports a tattoo- an image of a half-dragon that holds secrets that even he cannot imagine. This is a typical action-packed Hubbard adventure with romance, intense aerial battles, intrigue, and narrow escapes that promise a newbie to pulps a very entertaining and escapist ride.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.