Sunday, July 31, 2011

Falls Like Lightning - A Novel: A Book Review

About The Book:

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.

About The Author:

Shawn Grady has served for more than a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in Reno, NV, where he lives with his wife and three children. Named the "Most Promising Writer" at the 2008 Mt. Hermon Writers Conference, he is the author of Through the Fire. Visit his website at

My Review:

An action-packed book with great story lines, including fire-fighting, dealing with hurts of the past, romance, childhood illness and a mystery to solve. A little bit of something for everyone. 

The writing style is very easy to read and I would say is appropriate for high school and older. You will be taken into the world of smoke jumpers, and it is evident that the author is using his as a firefighter to write a very authentic novel.

 I loved the characters of both Silas and Elle and it would be great to see more of them in subsequent novels from Grady. I have not had the opportunity to read Shawn Grady's other books, but they are definitely now on my TBR list, for sure. I felt like I was going through the fires along with the characters and moving through each scene with them as well. Superb writing!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Falls Like Lightning at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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