- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Clear Creek Pr (May 1 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885173601
- ISBN-13: 978-1885173607
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 15.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,867,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hawks of Kamalon Paperback – May 1 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
In this interplanetary adventure, in which people from our world are magically transferred to another, an agglomeration of British and American WWII aircraft, commanded by Captain Ross Murdock, is summoned across the light-years by the "Sensitive Mothers" of distant Kamalon. Soon, Murdock and his 51 Squadron find that they have overextended themselves: while providing essential air support for the people of Azra, who are faced with an invasion from their enemies of Krete, they are also trying to fend off Germans both in 1944 and on Kamalon. Reisig, a journalist and author of the novel The New Madrid Run, tries to elicit emotion by creating scenes in which soldiers are exhorted to "Fight to the last breath in our body." While his tactics are worthy of Ambrose P. Burnside, both the writing style and the depiction of women will remind readers more of Edgar Rice Burroughs. (May) FYI: New Madrid Run is being produced as a motion picture.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Summoned across the galaxy by a trio of women with powerful mental talents, a squadron of American and British airmen find themselves on a distant planet in a land called Kamalon. Caught up in a war between the peace-loving Azrans and the militaristic forces of rival Krete, Capt. Ross Murdock and his crew use their skill and courage to defend their hosts. The author of The New Madrid Run (Clear Creek, 1998) combines war in the skies with romance on the ground in an sf adventure with overtones of high fantasy. An optional purchase.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Take a novel that thrusts WWII pilots from the British and US Air Force into a cosmic world located light years away, throw in battle scenes taken straight out of the Battle of Britain and The Alamo and you've got "Hawks...". The novel really takes off when the pilots are drawn through a time portal to serve as the last-ditch heroes for a nation under seige by an evil dictator. Using their WWII Spitfires and P-51's to fill the skies with bombs and bullets to protect their new friends, they soon find themselves drawn closer to these people than they expected to be. In a book filled with multiple heroes, Reisig does a fine job keeping all of the characters straight in the reader's mind while making an unbelieveable sci-fi premise, almost believeable.
"Hawks..." is a classic tale of good vs. evil and much of the action is straight out of a Clint Eastwood or John Wayne movie. The battle scenes are very graphic and create vivid word pictures. And while the "escape from the throes of death" scenes that the heroes keep surviving are more than a little far-fetched, (reminded me a lot of the Matthew Reilly books, so his fans will love "Hawks...") this is a book filled with action, romance, and energy.
Unlike many reviewers who rave about not being able to put down certain novels, I rarely have experienced that sensation. It's for that reason that I was so impressed with "Hawks...". It really is "un-put-down-able"! Here's hoping that Michael Reisig continues to write great stories like "Hawks..." and "The New Madrid Run" and begins to get the recognition on a national basis that he deserves for being a great storyteller!
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This novel delivers an unwilling team of heroes called to fight on behalf of an alien civilization in another galaxy. The logistics of how these men in their planes are pulled to another planet are not what matter. How these men react to the king and his request for help, how they team up in battle, how many obstacles the enemy throws at them - this is the stuff of great military, patriotic and historical fiction. Many of the scenes read like a World War II battle, especially the unbearable invasion and casualty count at Normandy. Our heroes are called upon to revisit earth, to steal some Nazi weaponry (along with a few other surprising heists) in an agonizing and prolonged case of "torture the protagonist." Be prepared to suffer as you fall in love with every character, only to see one after another fall in battle. This is a great story, perhaps marred by an occasional trope of the romance genre, Point-of-View violations, and iffy science, but David Weber is right: "It’s all about the voice. A confident, strong, enthusiastic voice will hide a multitude of sins." (Sarah Hoyt, thanks for that quote.) This is a great novel, rousing, epic, inspiring and patriotic, with characters you'll never forget.
This book will not be for everyone as the book is pretty much a story about warfare. The fighting sequences are quite descriptive and in some cases very gruesome.
I enjoyed the book and I recommend it to anyone that likes intense action, good versus evil, a bit of science fiction, some romance, and a great story.