Wingman (Wingman, #1) by Mack Maloney

Wingman (Wingman, #1)

In the radioactive wreckage of tomorrow, one man is the last hope of a ravaged America. More savagely driven than Mad Max, the fearless jet fighter pilot known as Wingman takes on the enemy in this searing adventure of the future.

Details Wingman (Wingman, #1)

TitleWingman (Wingman, #1)
Release DateMar 1st, 1987
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Wingman (Wingman, #1)

  • Nic Cain
    This has to be the single worst book I have ever had the misfortune to read. The sole purpose of the book seems to be to show off the authors knowledge of planes. The first two chapters were nothing but exposition in a conversation between two characters. The was not an ounce of character development in the whole book. At one point the lead character used the force (called by another name). This book is what you would expect a horny twelve year o...
  • LB
    This review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....I guess I should start by saying this book was originally published in the late eighties, ie it is older than I am. I did not know this when I started reading it, and perhaps this fact is one of the reasons I couldn't stomach it. When I received a galley from the publisher for review, I did not realize the book was so old. At the time I received it, it was an ARC for the ebook ...
  • Robert
    This might be the book for you...He's got three nicknames. Hawk. Hunter. Wingman. He's got a hot French girlfriend, bisexual asian duo comfort women, random babes to bang. He's getting drunk whenever he's on the ground. He's got the fastest fightingest jet ever: the F-16. He can shoot down 100 bastard Russian planes without radar. He avenges the death of his old CO. He gets a crowd to chant USA, USA! I couldn't put it down.Expertly written in tha...
  • Kevin
    This series is the male equivalent of a trashy romance: the characters are flat, people are either all good or all bad with simple motivations (patriotism or greed), and women are all wallpaper who exist either to have sex with the good guys or be raped by the baddies. The hero is superhumanly competent, hypermasculine, completely good, and patriotic as all get-out: an empty cipher for the reader to fill with his own wish-fulfillment.It's a fun-i...
  • Pat Murray
    This is easily one of the worst books I have ever read. A series of post-apocalyptic books focused on a fighter pilot appealed to me but this writer has no concept of aerodynamics other than being able to spell "F-16." His superhuman pilot protagonist is beyond unbelievable, especially when contrasted with the characterization of his maintenance crews as monkeys. At no time do any of the pilot characters carry on any conversation with the ground ...
  • James Ronholm
    Several times as I read this book I thought "why do I keep reading?"What I don't like about the book is that the titular character is stupendously omnipotent. Besides being the best pilot the world has ever known (at one point he takes on 100 other fighters all by himself in his modified F16). He is also able to re-engineer a very complicated airframe (F16) single-handed and without computers, or even electricity - simultaneously making it faster...
  • Suzy Wilson
    I am sure, if I were a teenaged boy, I would love,this series. Unfortunately, I am a middle-aged mother of a soon-to-be teenaged boy ... and it just doesn't sing for me. The Wingman is a post-apocalyptic hero-figure. He drinks like a fish, channels some kind of ninja-force Russian plane smooshing mojo and objectifies women (but at least he doesn't publicly rape them like the 'baddies' in the novel - although bedding Asian comfort women is pretty ...
  • Janos Honkonen
    The book started with a hilarious parody of USA single handedly winning the WWIII in a massive air battle, only to be brought down by a communist conspiracy involving the Vice President, and the legendary fighter pilot hero Hawk Hunter being called to serve the country from his hermit lifestyle in the wilderness. The "USA Fuck Yeah" meter was peaking in the first chapter alone! Then I realized that apparently this was not in fact a parody, and re...
  • Shane O'Brien-Lynch
    Overpowered roaring jet engines; female characters reduced to faceless entertainment; Russians stereotyped as cruel, stupid automatons; all steeped in a cauldron of military professionalism, freedom, and 'Merica!As a post-apocalyptic vision, this book gives a bleak outlook on both the future of the human race (who I really gave up on about halfway through) and the retarded behavior of the survivors. Are we really likely to become people whose onl...
  • Chris Baker
    Hmmmm... I should not like this book. It reads like a bad, 80s American action TV series. The only thing missing here is David Hasselhoff. The author has clearly never been near a plane and his objectification of women is ridiculous.I should not like this book, I should not like this book... so why did I find it hard to put down. Maybe it's the same reason I end up watching bad, 80s American action TV series on cable TV.Not sure if I should start...
  • Chris Haak
    I read this book in high school 25 years ago and remember enjoying the action. It’s an easy read, but it’s really a pretty terrible book. It’s not well written, the characters are unrealistic and shallow, and the storyline is somewhat oversimplified and ludicrous. Maloney’s crutch of ending sentences with ellipses drove me crazy... (see what I did there?)And yet there was a lot of action so I powered through. Despite rolling my eyes with ...
  • Dave Packard
    OK, I did finish it, so it gets two stars, but I was sick to my stomach through most of it. Story about a terrorist who thinks he is a patriot, with all the “soldiers” in the book there is not one female - females being relegated to only being prostitutes in this world, except that the hero always gets them for free because he is so good. Wow... had to wash my eyes out with soap. I will give it excitement - I continued to read because the act...
  • Thomas Connolly
    By far, this is the best book I own on my bookshelf. It was exciting and memorable, and does not talk down to the reader. You can tell it was made for a young adult audience, which makes it shine (in my personal opinion.) While some people believe it ignores the basic functions of aerodynamics, that doesn't particularly matter, because of the actual drama and interest and setting that it creates. It reminds me of a video series from the 80s (?) c...
  • Crystal
    The worst book I have read in a long time. Predictable misogynistic pilot porn filled with shove it down your throat patriotic drivel. The characters are flat stereotypical crap. The main character is a flight God for all intensive purposes and completely unbelievable. The plot line itself is stupid and rushed in the beginning all so we can rush to predictable outcomes filled with fighter pilot ego massaging plane porn. I got this in a humble bun...
  • Pat Adeff
    Outstanding story line! This is a true "it could really happen" scenario. There are also some wonderful scenes that actually give the reader a "how-to" on handling certain situations, especially if looked at from a different viewpoint. The battle scenes are intense and the characters easy to understand. Great read! Looking forward to the next one.
  • j.marvin
    yes,I read the whole series.Mom thought it was good that I was reading anything.I thought I really liked jets and sex scenes with...wait for it...Dominique.HAWK HUNTER YA'LLHAWK HUNTER
  • Chris Mueller-Smith
    I'm surprised I finished it...I guess I kept hoping it would get better.
  • Amanda
    A sexist Mary Sue becomes one with his plane and also 'Murica. Couldn't finish it.
  • D. E.
    A MM. SYFY. Mystery Adventure Flying Thriller (Wingman - 1))/WE KIK Happened And The United States No Longer ExistsMM. haz. penned the first novel in the Wingman series which begins as the Wingman comes down off of his mountain in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.When the Wingman arrives at the defunct Otis CAN be finds his old squadron commander ready to start a flying war across the United States. The Wingman engages a multitude of ai...
  • Ben
    The writing is so bad. The author has a degree in journalism, how I am not sure. This is among the hardest American slanting, cliche filled collections of garbage I can recall running into. Super soldier takes out 100 enemy air craft in single flight. Somehow magically a single person fighter jet holds 20 sidewinder missiles, 6 m61 cannons with full stores, and seemingly endless fuel, but can slow to a crawl and be flown as if has vtol (iirr that...
  • Astrid
    Yeah, whatever... Pages and pages and pages of plane description, and not much else
  • Les Mangis
    This book caught my imagination when I first read it back in High School. I love to re-read it over and over again.
  • maistrich
    Unrealistic but entertaining.
  • Allen Thomas
    WingmanA good story. It is a little slow in places. The characters are well done and easy to follow them.
  • Jonathan McKay
    Utter utter tripeThe headline does not begin to describe my contempt. I certainly will not buy the next sixteen in the series. But I don't think I am the target market.
  • James Polley
    If you want a well-written thriller with lots of technical detail about flying; great, believable, nuanced characters with realistic motivations who develop and grow throughout the story; a well-developed plot; well-written fight scenes - this is not the book for you.If you want a story that has women as something more than toys for the Actually Important People (ie, male pilots) to use formomentary pleasure, this is definitely not the book for y...
  • Cst
    I cannot help but love this book. I wouldn't read it a second time, but I love everything it encompasses.The review out first: this book is awful. Don't read it as entertainment, don't buy it because you are about to fly somewhere and it is there in the book store, just avoid it. The plot is so stupid, even the most paranoid, survivalist conspiracy theorist would be insulted and the characters are offensive to both men and women. - Fun fact: the ...
  • Geoffrey
    Loved it when i was a teenager, read it multiple times, but the book doesn't hold up over time. I read it again 4 or 5 years ago and could barely read it compared to the top novelists out there today. Post World War 3 book where the U.S. has been betrayed by its Vice President and the country is no more. In its place, a series of territories(some good, some bad) who are fighting amongst themselves for control. As part of the dismantlement of the ...
  • John Beckfield
    When I first started reading, I noticed the similarities between this and fascist propaganda (you can write a plot about soldiers winning a war, but are betrayed by minority politicians, but you better be a good writer if you do), and only kept reading to see if was a satire on it. It still might be, but it got laid on too thick for me to finish. The childish power fantasies are fun until that too was pretty heavy. I think there are enough blatan...
  • John Boettcher
    Even thought this book had alot of cliches in it, the story was actually pretty good. The hero is your run of the mill military guy who doesn't say no to danger and never backs down from incredible odds. The first book is by far the best of the series that I have read, and has a little bit of "Flight of the Old Dog" themes in it, save one guy in an F-16 as opposed to a team of bombers in a B-52. I would try out the first one and then go from ther...