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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cardinal Publisher's Group (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912608994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912608990
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Jack D. Hunter, who served as an American agent behind the German lines in World War II, writes with impressive authority about Germans and with absolutely astounding authority about the combat airplanes of World War I. His story moves fast and includes much tersely eloquent conversation.'' --New York Times

''The surface of this brooding novel is the story of a young German air ace in WWI. Deeper layers address ambition, corruption, media manipulation, the causes of WWII, and alcoholism. Tom Parker's (Grover Gardner's) reading, which seems a little flat at first, proves effortlessly engaging as the listener becomes absorbed in a story so well written that it needs little interpretive assistance. Parker (Gardner) is one of those readers who can become transparent, leaving no distinct impression of themselves, only the text. This is no small accomplishment, requiring as it does an execution free of any distracting flaws. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jack D Hunter worked during the Second World War as a counter-intelligence officer for the American military. He is author of sixteen novels, including the bestselling THE BLUE MAX. He lives in Florida.

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Customer Reviews

The movie of the same name is completely different from the book.
Michael A.Chapman
The story is about Leutnant Bruno Stachel of the Imperial German Air Corps during the waning days of WWI.
Pendragon
Although very unlikeable, Bruno Satchel is a very interesting character.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Deats on January 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Jack D. Hunter meticulously researched his WW1 novel about German ace pilots, their airplanes, and the fierce competition they employed in their quest for the country's highest military award, the "Blue Max." Vastly superior to the film by the same name, the novel features superb characterisation of its hero, Bruno Stachel, the alcoholic fighter-ace whose arrogance spells his undoing in the story's ending. Aviation buffs will delight in the wealth of detail about planes and tactics. The dialogue rings true and the plot is fast paced.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael A.Chapman on August 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I felt the book was very well written by Jack Hunter and his WWI aviation sketches in the book were a very nice companion to the story. The movie of the same name is completely different from the book. In the novel Bruno Stachel is a moody alcoholic who quest for the medal of his dreams. He is even more ruthless and unpredictable than the actor George Peppard portrayed as the character in the movie. The Willie Von Kulgermann, Otto Hiedelmann and Katie Von Klugermann chcarcters are all there but have a different twist on them than the movie. The ending is (as you might expect) completely different from the film. If you are a fan of the movie and WWI aviation then definately buy and read the book for a perspective. I have always looked at the movie and story as a snapshot of what the Germans must have been going through in the Jastas in WW I. It is an easy read at 280 pages.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Who has'nt seen the classic movie starring George Peppard(a fellow Michigan boy)? So you've got to read the book too! However, it is much different than the movie. In the book Bruno Shtachel is an alcholic for one thing, and most of his problems stem from that. I had to look long and hard to find a copy of this book and when I did I was suprised to find how different it was from the movie. Actually I would say that the movie is better but I would still highly recommend the book. It was finally reprinted again in 1996 in limited quantities so is more easily available. All WW1 aviation fans must and probably do have this book. Thats why its so hard to find.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grant Waara VINE VOICE on July 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book many times. Unlike other WWI Novels, this one has aged well. The movie that was based on this is altogether a different creature, yet both are enjoyable. Stachel realizes his shortcomings in the film, yet is carried away by all the glory that is swept over him. In the novel, Stachel is a full time passenger on the low self esteem bandwagon and his winning the Blue Max seems not to change him a wit. Only near the end does he seem to glimpse hope, yet all runs afoul due to his own selfishness.
The aerial action scenes are good (though I had a problem with one scene where Stachel and Von Klugermann are jumped by five SPADS, Stachel is flying a Pfalz {a sluggish aircraft at best}, and Von Klugermann, an Albatros, but during the melee, they shoot down three, yet they seem to suffer nary a scratch which I'm sorry seems unlikely, one of them would have been brought down or at the very least, shot up), and there's plenty of them. Sometimes I get the feeling that Mr. Hunter held the RAF in low esteem, but that's just me being analytical. His characterizations are first rate, and the novel moves along briskly. His observations into alcoholism are fantastic. His description of Stachel's need for alcohol and the release he believes that it gives is harrowing.
A good read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
Don't be put off if you have seen the second rate film of the same name. This is a well written and serious book which explores the complex and terminal experiences of a German pilot in the last months of WW1.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. G Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I probably should have read the back cover of THE BLUE MAX before I started it. I was expecting a story very similar to the famous film which was based on it, but Jack Hunter’s purpose in penning this novel was quite different in agenda from the men who wrote and produced the movie. “The Blue Max” (film) was the story of a callow and ambitious young man determined to win military glory at any cost so as to overcome the class barriers of Imperial Germany and earn the respect his modest birth denied him. THE BLUE MAX (the book) is, and I quote, an answer to the question Hunter asked himself after WW2: “What happened in their youth that enabled those apparently civilized men – the Nazis – to become such monsters?”

Hunter had reason to want to know. He served in U.S. military intelligence in WW2 and was a key player in Operation Nursery, a sting operation designed to smash the underground “Fourth Reich” movement which sprung up in Germany after the war ended. Well, Hunter’s answer is revealed in the form of the book’s protagonist, Bruno Stachel. In the last year of WW1, Stachel arrives at a fighter squadron on the Western Front – a young man of uncertain personality, whose only salient characteristics seem to be social awkwardness, a mercurial temperament and raging alcoholism. Nobody knows what to make of this fellow, but Stachel soon reveals a fourth quality – his incredible, obsessive, ruthless thirst for personal glory, which both alienates his squadron mates and draws the attention of his squadron commander, Otto Heidemann. A stern, uncharismatic, by-the-book Prussian, Heidemann sees in Stachel an opportunity to advance his own secret ambitions...
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