View Full Version : James Salter, pilot and author, dies.

23rd Jun 2015, 19:34
I enjoyed reading his novel "The Hunters". I thought it was superb.

James Salter obituary | Books | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/22/james-salter)


The Hunters is James Salter's debut novel and a tale of USAF fighter pilots during the Korean War, first published in 1956. The novel was the basis for a 1958 film by the same name starring Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner with a very different storyline.

Captain Dart
24th Jun 2015, 07:14
I also enjoyed the book and have re-read it. I operate into Incheon occasionally and on a still winter's day I imagine the Sabres heading north in the same sky.

25th Jun 2015, 05:43
Someone wrote of him that he's one of the most underrated of underrated writers.. After having discovered him a few years ago, I think I now have an almost complete collection of his books. He's in a class of his own when it comes to evocative descriptions of military flying and squadron life.
After "The Hunters", he continues the same theme in "Burning the Days" (a sort of self-portrait) and "Cassada" - which focuses on his days flying in Germany in the 50s.
He was also something of a "player" - and so the ladies come into the tale as well.
RIP James..