Jack D. Hunter Launches His New World War I Novel, 'The Ace'

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'The Ace' traces the rise and fall of a brilliant but sickly American slum kid fated to fly with one of the front-line fighter squadrons hastily and poorly assembled by a U.S. government entirely unprepared for World War I.

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 newly released 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.

Reviewer Accolades

Billie Stanton, Tucson Citizen
"Don't start reading 'The Ace' unless you've got time; it grabs you and won't let go."

Peter Guinta, The Record
"'The Ace' is a page-turner that.... gets under the skin. Readers will think about it long after they've finished the book."

Alex Krislov, CompuServe's Books & Authors Community
"Hunter has a gift for easy storytelling that engages the reader and lets you feel like you know these settings and these people."

Tracy Roberts, Write Field Services
"Hunter successfully shines a light on how America's WWI aviation endeavors helped shape the military industrial complex of today. 'The Ace' is highly recommended to historical fiction fans, war buffs, and aviation enthusiasts."

Book Ordering

'The Ace' is published by Blue River Press (October 2008) ISBN: 0979924065, and can be purchased online at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and many other major book sites. The author's website is: http://www.jackhunter.com

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. "Jack D. Hunter writes with absolutely astounding authority," The New York Times review of the 'Blue Max'

If you are interested in reviewing 'The Ace,' or arranging for a talk and book signing, or interview, please contact Jack Hunter at:

Phone:        904-824-4828
Cell phone: 904-377-2589
FAX:             904-824-4828

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