The Hunters

Salter’s first novel, considered to be among his best, is closely based on his own experience as a fighter pilot in the Korean War. As a young pilot Salter had fallen under the influence of Saint-Exupéry’s work, and his style shares a certain taut lyricism with the Frenchman’s: ‘With just a few grains of time he could do it. He had no thoughts but those that travelled out on a line of sight to the plane ahead of him. He needed only seconds. He fought the impulse to look behind. The pipper refused to stay in the right place. He kept calmly adjusting, holding his fire. It was like standing on the tracks with his back to an express already making the earth tremble. He fired again.’

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The lives of officers in an Air Force squadron in occupied ...