|Pages/Publication Date:||233 / 1997|
Captain Cleve Connell has already made a name for himself among pilots when he arrives in Korea during the war, but his goal, like that of every fighter pilot, is to chalk up enough kills to become an ace. Mission after mission proves fruitless, and Connell finds his ability and his stomach for combat questioned by his fellow airmen: the brash wing commander, Imil; Captain Robey, an ace whose record is suspect; and finally, Lieutenant Pell, a cocky young pilot with an uncanny amount of skill and luck. Disappointment and fear gradually erode Connell's faith in himself, and his dream of making ace seems to slip out of reach, until a dramatic mission above the Yalu River reveals the depth of his courage and honor. Originally published in 1956, this debut novel by the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of Dusk and Other Stories and such novels as A Sport and a Pastime and Light Years was based on his own experiences as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, and remains a classic of wartime fiction.