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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Through the Fire...Review

About the book:
Even Smoke Runs From the Fire.

Firefighting burns in Aidan O’Neill’s blood, but his innate gift for reading flames has made him overconfident and sometimes puts lives in danger. When one call goes horribly wrong and a rookie is hurt, Aidan ends up suspended and finds himself questioning everything.

It couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

An arsonist is targeting Reno, leaving a scorched path of destruction. The department calls Aidan back, but his return is troubled. The gift he relied on for so long has gone silent and it’s as though the fires are coming for him, hunting him down. Teaming with a beguiling fire investigator who may know more than she’s saying, Aidan must discover where his trust rests as the flames burn ever closer.

An Explosive Blend of Action, Romance, and Danger.

After reading Falls Like Lightning, I had to get my hands on another Shawn Grady book.  Fortunately, my library came through.

Aidan is a Reno firefighter with a gift for reading or hearing how a fire will react or the direction it will take.  After a difficult call where his young partner is injured, Aidan has a psychological reaction and can no longer read fires.  An arson is targeting Reno and Aidan believes these fires are related to the one that killed his firefighter father years ago. He teams with Julianne, a beautiful fire investigator, to try and track down the arsonist, who appears to be targeting him.

This one is written from Aidan's first-person perspective and I'm really not a fan of first person.  Shawn does manage a blend of the concrete action along with Aidan's abstract perspectives of fire and the way it affects him and the way he can read it.  Shawn's personal firefighting experience is apparent in his descriptions and jargon.  This is a thrilling, fast-paced story and one where I could not predict the outcome.

Through the Fire is Shawn's first book and it's good, although I must admit I enjoyed Falls Like Lightning more. 

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. This does sound exciting. I enjoy the first person so I'd probably like it more than you did.