I have a soft spot in my heart for pulp fiction. With characters who are often bigger than life and pulse-pounding action, pulp fiction is a great literary way to enjoy a story without having to spend much time thinking about it – it’s all laid out there for the reader to just grab, read, and enjoy.
Mack Maloney’s Wingman series is modern pulp fiction.
Hawk Hunter is a U.S. Air Force major and ace pilot. He’s the poster boy for All-American Hero, but he went missing sometime ago (see earlier books in the series). He’s back now and he and his team of crack military men are looking to turn back the Russians who have defeated the United States in World War III and have moved in to New York City to take control. Captain John “Bull” Dozer could use some help in getting the Russians out of NYC, and when a strange, old, tiny STOL Highlander plane buzzes through the New York skyscrapers, “Bull” Dozer suspects that only one man would have the moxy to fly right in to the enemy territory. But how can Dozer and his men get word to Hawk and join forces? And what can a hand-full of men do against the entire Russian army? And is there any truth to the rumor that Hawk’s former girlfriend, Dominique, has taken up with the head of the Russian secret police and is living in a New York penthouse with him? There are a lot of things not right in Hawk’s world and he aims to set everything straight.
The action here is swift and author Mack Maloney takes the reader from location to location with dexterity and in true pulp fashion, we flip the (digital) pages quickly, looking to see what happens next.
I was definitely in the right mood for a fast-flowing action story and I enjoyed this book even more than the previous volume. But I am also a reader who enjoys a Doc Savage novel or a Tom Swift story every now and then as well.
Although science fiction, this really is more of an action-adventure story that happens to have a strong sci-fi setting.
If you enjoy tough guys in tough situations and hard action stories that move along quickly and smoothly but feel like no one is writing these sorts of books anymore, just turn your head to the Wingman series and you won’t be disappointed.
Looking for a good book? Battle for America is the 18th book in the Wingman series by Mack Maloney and it delivers on its goal to provide action and adventure in the pulp style.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Battle for America
author: Mack Maloney
series: Wingman #18
publisher: Open Road Media
paperback, 300 pages