The Hunters

The Hunters

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by James Salter
     
 

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With his stirring, rapturous first novel—originally published in 1956 —James Salter established himself as the most electrifying prose stylist since Hemingway. Four decades later, it is clear that he also fashioned the most enduring fiction ever about aerial warfare.

Captain Cleve Connell arrives in Korea with a single goal: to become an ace, one of

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With his stirring, rapturous first novel—originally published in 1956 —James Salter established himself as the most electrifying prose stylist since Hemingway. Four decades later, it is clear that he also fashioned the most enduring fiction ever about aerial warfare.

Captain Cleve Connell arrives in Korea with a single goal: to become an ace, one of that elite fraternity of jet pilots who have downed five MIGs. But as his fellow airmen rack up kill after kill—sometimes under dubious circumstances—Cleve's luck runs bad. Other pilots question his guts. Cleve comes to question himself. And then in one icy instant 40,000 feet above the Yalu River, his luck changes forever. Filled with courage and despair, eerie beauty and corrosive rivalry, The Hunters is a landmark in the literature of war.

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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

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375703928
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1 VINTAGE
Pages:
233
Sales rank:
130,035
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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The Hunters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Basil More than 1 year ago
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
Skeeter21 More than 1 year ago
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.