By Robert J. Hogan
Smoke Wade is a rough and tumble Arizona cowpoke who never came across a fight, or a bet, he was afraid to take on. He left the range and became the skipper of the American 66th Pursuit Squadron in WWI France. Flying a Pinto colored Spad he calls Jake, after his favorite Pinto ranch horse, Smoke always has his trusty six-shooter strapped to his leg. He makes frequent use of it during his aerial battles with the Germans, led by their evil ace Baron von Stolz.
When he isn’t shooting down German planes, Smoke is getting in trouble with his superiors over his love for placing bets on just about anything that seems like a long-shot. Smoke most always wins these bets, and everyone from generals to mechanics is left owing him money and wondering how they had been snookered.
Author Robert J. Hogan’s first job after graduating from St. Lawrence University was riding range for several ranches on the west slope of the Rockies. After that he tried amateur boxing and playing piano for silent movies and hoedown dances. Before he became a writer he also had built houses, manufactured leather goods, designed planes, and taught flying.
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