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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Mm); Reprint edition (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671534939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671534936
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,402,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The A-10 tank-killer aircraft, so effective during Desert Storm, is nicknamed the "Warthog" in affectionate recognition of its stubby but powerful lines. Herman's latest tribute to Air Force machismo (after Force of Eagles ) takes an A-10 squadron into Southeast Asia in the near future, as civil war erupts in China. Colonel Matt Pontkowski, grandson of a former U.S. President and a featured player in earlier Herman novels, takes command of the motley but earnest group common to this genre, including beautiful and skilled female pilot Skeeter Ashton and a band of resourceful scavengers known as "The Junk Yard Dogs." At the same time, the Chinese rebel leader has rescued a Rambo-like Hawaiian MIA from a Vietnamese prison; joined by a young Chinese woman with ESP, they launch their own plan to save China from succumbing to a brutal military dictatorship. The large but stereotyped cast of characters only just manages to stay in control of the situation and one another; particularly unfortunate is the author's assumption that unattached men and women thrown together in crisis will necessarily fall in love. Herman's speculations about possible future conflicts are interesting but unsurprising, while his prose is serviceable but forgettable, weakened by reminders of his previous books and hints of more to come. Overall, this is a weak entry that matches the Warthog's inelegance but not its power; meanwhile, the workhorse of Desert Storm awaits a more imaginative champion.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The last of a long line of military men, Pentagon desk jockey Col. Matt Pentowski wangles his way to command of the 303rd Air Force Squadron, flying A-10 Warthogs. Upon his arrival, Pentowski must choose between deactivating the 303rd or volunteering for a clandestine operation, code-named Dark Wing. His mission is to provide air support for Chinese rebels battling the Communist government in Beijing. Along with his friends Tango, Ripper, Maggot, and the Junkyard Dogs, he's in his element in a Warthog cockpit. At the same time, he must fight political battles with the rebels, his superiors, and Washington, D.C. The Warthogs finally turn the tide of battle, forcing Beijing to negotiate a peace with the rebels. Herman captures Air Force life and combat tactics well, as he takes the reader through the crisis from several characters' viewpoints. He commands the reader's attention until the last page. A high flier that is highly recommended for all fiction collections.
Grant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Too many sub plots but great airborne action May 31 1999
By Mr N Forbes-warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alas, I was disappointed. The book's best parts were undoubtedly the A-10 Warthog scenes in the air over China. The research here is as detailed as Dale Brown's best! The Hong Kong scenes were also very well done(more good research there), but in between the action, there is too much talk. The Washington scenes seem to be all planning and not-going-anywhere; I found Shoshana's death quite infeasible(yeah, right, as if someone with a baby at home and a husband would selfishly let her past Mossad training suddenly take over her life) and an unnecessary subplot which turned Matt Pontowski into an unlikely Schwarzeneggar hero. And there are also too many references to actors, TV, and so on, as a device to emphasise a character description or action scene. I am trying to get a manuscript sold myself and I know from experience that this method will send that ms straight to the rejection pile, unless you're a bestseller . . . Nonetheless, I will still give the rest of Herman's work a go! If you're new to him, read FIREBREAK or CALL TO DUTY first, these are the best!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fast moving book about a very slow plane. May 6 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like reading books about planes. My favorite are about F-15 Eagles. I,ve read all Richard Herman jr.'s books and they are all very good. I didn't think he could take a plane like the A-10 and turn it into a fast moving book, but he did. Even though it has very slow airspeed it is very agile and maneuverable. It is a very well written book and I recomend it highly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
THE WORLD OF COVERT INTERVENTION AS CLEAR AS TODAYS NEWS.... March 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
MR. HERMAN HAS TOUCHED ON A PART OF OUR COUNTRIES MILITARY THAT THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER SERVED MAY NOT REALIZE. SUCH AS OUR INVOLVMENT IN EL SALVIDOR AND NICARAGUA TO JUST MENTION A COUPLE... MR HERMAN'S IN DEPTH COVERAGE OF A COVERT OPERATION AND HIS PERSONAL TOUCHES WITH THE INTERMINGLING OF THE CHARACTERS LENDS TO A SMOOTH DELIVERY OF THE MAIN AND SECONDARY STORY LINES........BRAVO BRAVO MR. HERMAN FOR YOUR VERY REALISTIC DELIVERY OF THIS ACTION THRILLER.....HIS MILITARY KNOWLEDGE ALSO LENT ITSELF TO THE AUTHENTICITY OF THIS ADVENTURE BOOK. THE SERIES HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO READ AND A,"CAN'T PUT IT DOWN" TYPE OF READING PLEASURE... I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR FUTURE WORKS!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
GREAT ACTIONS BUT NOT HERMAN'S BEST. Oct. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The actions and combat scenes are great, but the story is not as smooth as Iron Gate. Too many sub-plots hurt the flow of the story. However, Richard Herman fans and readers who love action-packed military stories will enjoy the read. It also gives the readers who intend to read Iron Gate more back ground info about the main characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
an execellent book Jan. 31 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
dark wing is an excellent book it covers everything from a to z it gives extrodinary detail on the A-10 warthog, and if you dont understand some of the aberviations in the book it has a glossary in the back

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