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.
Shawn Grady has again hit one out of the ballpark with a captivating plot, believable characters, and a fast pace that doesn't 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
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!
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 Silas's 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 Elle's 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 Grady's 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 didn't 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 didn't 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 (it's 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 wasn't the best or worst book I've 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.
When Ã¢â¬ËFalls Like Lightning' was provided as a choice to review, I was quickly drawn to the art work on the cover. As a book about fires and the exciting life of a Smokejumper, I was eager to read / review this book. And was happy that the book did not disappoint.
On the back of the book is a quote by another reader that states, "Discover one of Shawn's books and you'll want to read them all." I cannot agree with this statement more. Mr. Shawn Grady wrote this book from a personal place, his expertise as a fireman is showcased thru the pen.
Although I am not a fireman, (I do live in California, so I am an experienced fire watcher), Mr. Grady did an excellent job of bringing the life as a smokejumper to life, in terms that not only educated us, but intrigued the reader.
I really enjoyed the short chapters, as an avid reader, it is much easier to stop reading at the end of a chapter rather than in the middle of one. Due to the short chapters this was easily done.
This was a great story, it was an easy read that held my interest the whole book, I was eager to read and discover what was going to happen next. On that note, I did feel that Mr. Grady used 150 pages to build up the characters and events, and only 80 pages to tell of the events, I finished the book wanting more. So depending on how you look at it, this was brilliant, due to the fact that you will buy the sequel, or terrible if there is no sequel. Either way this was a great book and was very enjoyable to read. I will be looking into other books by Mr. Grady.
I was happy to have the opportunity to review this book for free from Bethany House Publishers; this is a book that I would purchase and share with my friends. Speaking of sharing, I am about to hand this off to a co-worker now. Happy reading!!!!