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The Wild Blue

The Wild Blue

(1986)
The Novel of the U.S. Air Force
A novel by

 
From Publishers Weekly: This bulky novel about the U.S. Air Force from its creation in 1947 to 1978 was composed, we are told, on the writers' personal computers, a fact possibly responsible, in part, for its undistinguished style and lack of sustained tension. Boyne (one-time USAF career officer and author of several books on flying) and Thompson (Air Force "brat" and author of three thrillers) seem admirably qualified to capture and novelize what Thompson calls the "closed culture" of the USAF. Yet their all-too-comprehensive story which follows the fortunes of a handful of airmen (and their families), among them an egotistic careerist carrying on family tradition, a thrill-seeker and a black whips the reader back and forth between America and Europe, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East, covering the labors of ground crews, aerial combat, hazardous test flights, Pentagon infighting and racial friction and has about it a cranked-out quality that makes relatively dull reading. Excitements there are (if too brief and too few); the characters seem real (if none are memorable); and there is authentic detail aplenty. What the authors have signally failed to come up with is the imagination that might have turned socio-military history into genuine drama. 75,000 ad/promo; author tour.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1986 : USA Hardback
Title: The Wild Blue: The Novel of the U.S. Air Force
Author(s): Walter J Boyne, Steven L Thompson
ISBN: 0-517-56285-5 / 978-0-517-56285-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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March 1987 : UK Hardback
Title: The Wild Blue
Author(s): Walter J Boyne, Steven L Thompson
ISBN: 0-7126-1592-X / 978-0-7126-1592-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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October 1986 : Hardback
Title: The Wild Blue
Author(s): Walter J Boyne
ISBN: 5551596737 / 978-0-517-56285-7
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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Paperback Editions

October 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: The Wild Blue
Author(s): Steven L Thompson, Walter J Boyne
ISBN: 1-891118-27-7 / 978-1-891118-27-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wind Canyon Publishing Incorporated
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July 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Wild Blue
Author(s): Walter J Boyne, Steven L Thompson
ISBN: 0-8041-9934-5 / 978-0-8041-9934-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ivy Books
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June 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Wild Blue: The Novel of the U.S. Air Force
Author(s): Steven L Thompson, Walter J Boyne
ISBN: 0-8041-0149-3 / 978-0-8041-0149-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ivy Books
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January 1988 : UK Paperback
Title: Wild Blue
Author(s): Walter J Boyne, Steven L Thompson
ISBN: 0-09-952210-1 / 978-0-09-952210-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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