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About the Author

During a career spanning six decades in print and broadcast journalism, military and Congressional service, corporate public relations, and aviation art, Jack D. Hunter has authored 16 acclaimed, award-winning novels. In THE ACE, an offbeat love story, he revisits the fiery arena of World War I aerial combat portrayed in THE BLUE MAX, his best-selling classic whose movie version still enjoys worldwide popularity.

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When the German-American youth John King pulls an aviator out of a plane's wreckage, he forms a friendship that will eventually find him flying in Europe during WWI. There's exciting action in the air, to be sure, but Paul Michael Garcia concentrates on the character drama, evolving the voice of John King from that of a thoughtful youth to that of a tortured soul as the war takes its toll on his mind and spirit. Garcia also makes real the corruption and sadness surrounding the wealthy and powerful people who enter King's life as he becomes a hero. Garcia draws listeners into King's tragic life and sets them up for a powerful ending. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Blue River Press (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979924065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979924064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,222,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Roberts on February 16, 2009
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In the second year of World War I, a totally unprepared United States was forced to meet the threat of Germany's powerful air fleet, and in his novel, The Ace, author Jack D. Hunter tells the story of four Americans caught up in the military, industrial, and political chaos that surrounded America's effort to build an effective air service out of virtually nothing.

The story focuses on John King, a self-effacing 20-year-old living in the slums of Lackawanna, a steel factory adjunct of Buffalo, N.Y. John's life changes forever when he rescues Bill Carpenter, an army pilot and rebellious free spirit, from the wreckage of a crashed "Jenny" plane. Jon and Bill instantly bond and develop a student/mentor relationship. John, encouraged by Bill, joins the army, where both he and Bill become entangled in the intrigues of greedy Congressman Thaddeus Slater, who enlists Bill to help him with his schemes to profit from the rise of the American military air fleet. Slater corners the nation's ash lumber supply and recruits Bill to convince the military to use only ash wood in the construction of its badly needed aircraft. Interwoven with this high-level and often corrupt in-fighting is John's emotional struggle as Mary Lou Whiting, heiress to one of the nation's greatest fortunes, falls in love with him.

Hunter delivers a passionate story with strong writing and intriguing subject matter. By incorporating factual historical accounts and documents of WWI in the fiction, he has foreshadowed the world we know today while offering an engaging and entertaining look at major themes, such as greed, the psychological effects of war, love and heartache, guilt, and blind ambition. As the plot unfolds, each character reveals humanities strengths and weaknesses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2011
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The Ace pales in comparison to the Blue Max that Hunter wrote decades ago. The main characters show no real emotions, are stilted, and uninteresting in their desire to either fly or fight. The descriptions of the aircraft, flying, and air combat are brief and without the depth.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katzenmutti on February 16, 2009
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In many ways, Jack Hunter's latest novel, THE ACE, might be viewed as a "bookend" to his first published novel, THE BLUE MAX. Both novels deal with World War I, more specifically, its aerial combat. THE BLUE MAX is told from Germany's point-of-view, while THE ACE comes from America's perspective. While THE BLUE MAX depicts a longer span of aerial dog-fighting, THE ACE is set during the time before and after America joins the Great War. The United States, its armed forces and its government are desperately trying to prepare their country for the conflict they are joining - and for which their combat air forces are not yet prepared.

Hunter introduces four primary characters into this rich stew. Bill Carpenter is a cynical Army aviator who tries to hide his better instincts beneath a hard exterior and plenty of alcohol. Thaddeus Slater is a corrupt, striving congressman who has fought his way to a position of importance overseeing development of the fledgling air force programs. Mary Lou Whiting is a wealthy heiress who desperately wants to find love and meaning with someone who values her for herself and not her father's fortune. Last of all is John King, a. k. a. Johann König, a young German-American who becomes a combat flier, risking his sanity in doing so.

Hunter manipulates his characters with great skill and psychological insight, uncovering the deep uncertainty, loneliness, insecurity, and even madness that lurk behind their bravado, scheming, acts of kindness and bravery, and brief attempts at love. His compelling characters, vivid descriptions and intimacy with the period's history combine to produce a tale teeming with aerial warfare, political intrigue and complicated human emotions.
I heartily recommend THE ACE to anyone desiring an evening spent with a fascinating book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KOMET on April 23, 2013
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While this novel had a lot of interesting themes around First World War aviation --- e.g., the embryonic development of the U.S. aviation industry, the influence of politics upon said industry during the 1917-18 period, and the effects of combat on the average fighter pilot in France --- I did not like it. The story seemed to be loosely structured with sketchily developed characters who served as little more than consumer products for endorsing the story's themes. I really wanted so much to like this novel, as it was Jack Hunter's last. (His first novel, "THE BLUE MAX", another First World War aviation novel I avidly read as a teenager, remains as one of my favorites of the genre.) But "THE ACE" proved to be ultimately unsatisfying.
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