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Attack on Area 51 (Wingman Book 17) Kindle Edition
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It is a bit uncommon these days to find a book or a series that is akin to serial pulp fiction. Think back on the days (if you are old enough [as I am]) to Doc Savage, The Executioner, Perry Rhodan, or even the more juvenile-targeted Mike Mars, or Tom Swift. This appears to be a book series that harkens back to these classic pulp adventure days.
Hawk Hunter was a World War III hero who vanished on an extra-terrestrial mission a decade earlier. He now returns to his very damaged America with an equally damaged memory. The noted Area 51 holds the key and Hawk must fight his way there and along the way he'll remember more and more about alternate universes and his actions among many of them. Fortunately, Hawk has an uncanny ability to maneuver in any ship that can fly, and he'll need that ability to survive.
This is just pure, adventure fun. This is the sort of book you read to take a break from the insightful, meaningful literature you might normally read. It is not intended to make a lasting impression, but rather be a bridge from one book to another. It is the snack food - the Kit-Kat Bar - of books. And in this role it does a fine job.
I was suitably entertained. It made me miss the old Doc Savage books I read as a teen and I thought it did a nice job of staying current in the sci-fi/adventure worlds.
I would be very willing to venture into this Wingman world again when I have an afternoon where I am looking for something to read.
Looking for a good book? <em>Attack on Area 51</em> by Mack Maloney is a <em>Wingman</em> novella that moves along very swiftly, won't hold any lasting impressions on the reader, but will satisfy the craving for some quick adventure.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Now, the former United States of America has reverted to a balkanized morass of city-states, provinces and enclaves, beholden to no one and, by-and-large, intent on the destruction of one another. The story opens with the arrival near Football City - an entity populated by those who want to restore the USA of that self-same ZOD shuttle, piloted by Hawk Hunter himself. Neither the population of Football City - which includes many of his friends and companions - not Hunter (at least initially) knows where he has been or what he was doing during his absence.
Some clarity occurs after Hunter defeats an attack on Football City by a motley collection of jet bombers, but there are still major gaps in his memory. Therapy indicates this may not be classic traumatic amnesia but the result of time slippage between parallel universes. It is also determined scientific study was being carried out on this topic at Area 51 in Nevada.
This is the 17th book in The Wingman series and there has been about ten years since the last one. Fans of the series and of author Maloney know this time was not a total blank but instead saw Hunter - or at least a very similar character named The Starhawk - engage in adventures even more exotic than in the original series. What is similar between the two series is that in both America has been lost. Whether this was a foreshadowing of the linked universes theory is best left to the individual reader. However, Maloney has a tendency to intertwine characters and plot devices across his various series. And, with the introduction of the premise of multiple parallel universes, the author has given himself a solid, if somewhat disingenuous, method of resolving any issues related to either storyline or technological inconsistencies.
And, while it is a joy to return to the world of Hawk Hunter, I felt saddened the book was but 120-odd pages; a novella if you will. It's written in the usual Maloney style melding technology and tits, but there is a rushed feel to it and a sense the plot is moving towards nothing less than the completion of the saga. This is amplified by several strings of characters and events that - though garbed in the mantle of recovered memories - amounts to little more than name-checking. I will say that I was somewhat encouraged by the ending that other books may be in the offing.
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I've read all his previous books starting in the 1980s. Great stuff!
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