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The Hunters

A Novel

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August 21, 2012 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.3, 256 Pages | ISBN 9781619020542
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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

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.

Based on his own experiences as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, it is a classic of wartime fiction. Now revised by the author and back in print on the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Air Force, the story of Cleve Connell’s war flies straight into the heart of men’s rivalries and fears.

About James Salter

JAMES SALTER is the author of several novels, including The Arm of Flesh, Solo Faces, A Sport and a Pastime, and Light Years, as well as a memoir, Burning the Days. His collection of short fiction Dusk and Other Stories was awarded the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988.


“The contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers… [He can] break your heart with a sentence.” —Washington Post Book World

“Darkly romantic. . .beautifully composed. . .a brilliant war novel.” —Chicago Tribune

“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

“There is scarcely a writer alive who could not learn from his passion and precision of language.” —Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard and co-founder of The Paris Review

“Salter’s prose is rare and stunning.” —John Irving, author of The Cider House Rules

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