Falls Like Lightning
This is one of the best books that I have read. I read 50-60 books per year and do not give an excellent rating very often. This book was action packed and full of surprises. I highly recommend this book. You wont be dissapointed. Can't wait for more from Shawn Grady.
June 12, 2012
Shawn Grady had hit another homerun
Shawn Grady has again hit one out of the ballpark with a captivating plot, believable characters, and a fast pace that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt stop. First-rate action and thrills set against the backdrop of spectacular Desolation Wilderness. Falls Like Lightning has a hero firefighter, a single mother pilot, a sick child, and a mystery needing solving. When put all together, it makes for a stay-up past bedtime read.
A J Hawke, Author of Cabin on Pinto Creek and Caught Between Two Worlds
October 31, 2011
Loved this one from Shawn Grady
Smoke Jumpers in the middle of a forest fire started by lightning... acres and acres on fire and towns in danger. Enter the good guys - the ones that clear the path to stop the fire... but is that all they are there to do? Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys and how many of them will die before it is all over? A legend of a hidden cache of gold might just be enough to make the best people bad. Elle is the pilot in the middle of everything on a mission of her own - to save her daughter and find her missing father. Her blast from the past is Silas who ran out on her 7 years ago and has now shown back up. After everything they went through can Elle forgive and forget?
This book is a wild ride from page one and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the good guys and the bad guys. No one is immune from demise, which as a reader is always nice because the book is unpredictable. Really enjoyed this one and the heart pounding journey it took me on!
October 15, 2011
Falls somewhere in the middle...
Silas Kent is a daring, likeable smokejumper. Elle Westmore is a responsible pilot and young mother. Both of them constantly deal with fire, altitude, and broken pasts.
Unexpectedly reunited after years of separation, the two are forced into danger before they have a chance to make amends. Elle is assigned to fly SilasÃ¢ÂÂs new crew of smokejumpers over a massive wildfire in the Sierra Nevadas. Things go very wrong, very quickly.
An engine explosion forces the crew to parachute early while Elle barely survives a crash landing. In a desperate race to reach ElleÃ¢ÂÂs plane, Silas suddenly realizes he has more to fear than an uncontrolled forest fire. Something sinister is brewing- and both their lives hang in the balance.
Falls Like Lightning plunges into action from the first paragraph and keeps it surging until the last. Shawn GradyÃ¢ÂÂs experience as a firefighter and medic definitely shows, providing the necessary details for scenarios to seem more believable. Despite all the excitement, I found the plot didnÃ¢ÂÂt seem to really pick up until about 150 pages into the book.
Silas and Elle are both well-drawn characters throughout the story. Especially towards the end of the book, I found their histories, strengths and weaknesses, understandable and realistic. Bo is also well-developed. Although Caleb has some back story provided, I didnÃ¢ÂÂt find him to be as deep of a character as the other three. As for the secondary characters, some truly felt real; others have no plausible explanation for their actions.
The dialogue is realistic and fitting to the story. The downside of it is an unfinished profane expression (itÃ¢ÂÂs easy to fill in the blank), a couple slang words, and what seems to be yet another unfinished profanity. This took something away from the book for me.
Although there are some spiritual themes worked into Falls Like Lightning, they felt like subcategories. The main focus here is undoubtedly action. A touch of romance, the said few spiritual points and constant life-and-death situations are pretty much the makeup of this book.
This book is a mixture of points of recommendation and non-recommendation. It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt the best or worst book IÃ¢ÂÂve ever read. Falls Like Lightning falls somewhere in the middle. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for my review.
October 9, 2011