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The reissue of James Salter's 1956 debut novel, The Hunters, by Counterpoint, has allowed the author to revise and "address imperfections'' in the original. This novel, based on Salter's experiences as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, has come to be seen as a classic account of war in the skies. Captain Cleve Connell is a pilot of an F-86 fighter jet who experiences moral doubts and psychological crisis before he must test his courage and honor in a climactic air battle.
"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
Posted May 11, 2013
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.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.