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Captain Cleve Connell has already made a name for himself among pilots when he arrives in Korea during the war there to fly the newly operational F-86 fighters against the Soviet MIGs. His goal, like that of every fighter pilot, is to chalk up enough kills to become an ace. But things do not turn out as expected. Mission after mission proves fruitless, and Connell finds his ability and his stomach for combat questioned by his fellow airmen: the brash wing commander, Imil; Captain Robey, an ace whose record is ...
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Captain Cleve Connell has already made a name for himself among pilots when he arrives in Korea during the war there to fly the newly operational F-86 fighters against the Soviet MIGs. His goal, like that of every fighter pilot, is to chalk up enough kills to become an ace. But things do not turn out as expected. Mission after mission proves fruitless, and Connell finds his ability and his stomach for combat questioned by his fellow airmen: the brash wing commander, Imil; Captain Robey, an ace whose record is suspect; and finally, Lieutenant Pell, a cocky young pilot with an uncanny amount of skill and luck. Disappointment and fear gradually erode Connell's faith in himself, and his dream of making ace seems to slip out of reach. Then suddenly, one dramatic mission above the Yalu River reveals the depth of his courage and honor. Originally published in 1956, The Hunters was James Salter's first novel. Based on his own experiences as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, it is a classic of wartime fiction.
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This 1956 first novel is rooted in the author's own experiences as a fighter pilot in Korea. Captain Steve Connell is a hot rocket ace, but as his number of missions climbs, his self-confidence and courage begin to fade. Salter revised this edition to correct errors in the original.
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Salter's 1956 fighter pilot novel stands out as a literary endeavor in a genre dominated by cheap adventure yarns. Salter goes beyond the usual gung-ho fighter jock glitz to present the story of Capt. Cleve Connell, whose intentions of becoming an ace are thwarted by enemy pilots with plans of their own. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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"The contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers. . . . He can . . . break your heart with a sentence."  
--Washington Post Book World

"Anyone under forty may not appreciate how profoundly Salter influenced my generation. [He] created the finest work ever to appear in print--ever--about men who fly and fight."   --Robert F. Dorr, author of F-86 Sabre

Darkly romantic. . .beautifully composed. . .a brilliant war novel." --Chicago Tribune

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  • ISBN-13: 9780141188645
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    It resonates!

    This is my first Salter book, but it won't be my last. It's story of an F-86 fighter squadron in Korea, patrolling the Yalu River, is riveting and authentic. I am five years Salter's junior and served as an air traffic controller at a small, isolated Japanese island radar base a year or two after he was in the area. I know Cleve's type (Salter's hero) and those of his compatriots: it's pitch perfect.

    Basil

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    Having been a fighter pilot, I found this book to be a very accu

    Having been a fighter pilot, I found this book to be a very accurate portrayal of the life of a fighter pilot. The book is very well written and hard to put down. The only reason I did not rate it at 5 stars is I didn't like the ending so much.

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