Summer is drawing to a close, and with it comes news of wildfires raging throughout the West. In his newest novel Falls Like Lightning, novelist/firefighter Shawn Grady describes the life of one of the our country's unsung heroes--the smoke jumper.
Here is the plot summary, courtesy of Bethany House:
Smokejumper Silas Kent never expected to see pilot Elle Westmore again. In fact, reuniting makes him realize what a mistake he made all those years ago. But before he has a chance to try to make amends, he's called to lead a new crew into battle against a massive fire in the Sierra Nevadas.
And then things go very wrong, very quickly.
A suspicious engine explosion forces the crew to parachute early while Elle barely survives a crash landing. Silas reaches the ground safely, but in beginning a desperate race to reach the downed plane, he soon realizes he has more to fear than just a raging forest fire.
Falls Like Lightning is an action-packed story from beginning to end that I found difficult to put down. As with his two previous novels, Through the Fire (see Book Pick Sept. 10, 2009) and Tomorrow We Die (see Book Pick July 9, 2010), Grady so expertly weaves his firefighting experiences into the stories that you can practically feel the heat of the flames.
My only disappointment with his newest novel is that it ended so quickly. The plot and the characters are so intricate, I would have liked to spend more time with them. Falls Like Lightning was a wild and enjoyable ride!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Bethany House for the purpose of review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”