When hotshot smoke jumper Silas Kent gets his own fire crew, he thinks he's achieved what he's always wanted. But a lightning-sparked fire in the Desolation Wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas has his team in a plane before they can even train together.
Pilot Elle Westmore has been called up to drop the crew into the heart of the forest infernos. A single mother of a mysteriously ill six-year-old, she can't imagine her life getting any more complicated.
It doesn't take long for things to go very wrong, very quickly. A suspicious engine explosion forces Elle to make an emergency landing. Silas is able to parachute to safety but soon discovers his crew can't be trusted. They're hiding something, and now Silas is on a race to save himself and Elle from the flames—and from a more dangerous threat: his own team.
When I picked this book, Falls Like Lightning by Shawn Grady, I wasn't sure what to expect. I just knew that I wanted to read an exciting adventure.
Wow! So, glad I picked this book! From the first page I was hooked. I truly enjoyed reading about Silas, Caleb, Elle, and Maddie along with the other crew members.
This is a non-stop action read! I began it in the late afternoon and was so hooked on the story of fire fighters, smoke jumpers and pilots that I simply couldn't put it down! It's a great story about those who jump in and try to stop or contain fires, especially raging forest fires.
Learning about Maddie's condition made the read seem very real---another subject that is rarely written about.
Then the story takes a twist and incorporates another story about seekers of a lost gold treasure. The two stories are interconnected and make for a great adventure!
Then there's the history of romance between Silas and Elle. Silas is a true gentleman and just wants to take care of Elle. But Elle has been on her own for awhile and isn't sure since she and Silas parted ways what kind of relationship they can manage. The romance is not overly done and adds zest to an already grand read!
If you're tired of the same old, same old story line then you need to read Falls Like Lightning because this is a new and fresh twist in the fiction arena! I'll be looking for more reads by Shawn Grady!
*This book was provided for review by Harvest House Publishing*
About the Author:
Shawn Grady signed with Bethany House Publishers in 2008. He was named "Most Promising New Writer" at the 39th Annual Mount Hermon Writers Conference.
Shawn has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in northern Nevada. The line of duty has carried him to a variety of locale, from high-rise fires in the city to the burning heavy timber of the eastern Sierras.
Shawn currently lives in Reno, Nevada. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, three children and yellow Labrador.
Visit Shawn's website at www.shawngradybooks.com