Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Falls Like Lightning by Shawn Grady

Book Blurb:

A New Nonstop Action Thriller from Shawn Grady

When hotshot smoke jumper Silas Kent gets his own fire crew, he thinks he's achieved what he's always wanted. But a lightning-sparked fire in the Desolation Wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas has his team in a plane before they can even train together.

Pilot Elle Westmore has been called up to drop the crew into the heart of the forest infernos. A single mother of a mysteriously ill six-year-old, she can't imagine her life getting any more complicated.

It doesn't take long for things to go very wrong, very quickly. A suspicious engine explosion forces Elle to make an emergency landing. Silas is able to parachute to safety but soon discovers his crew can't be trusted. They're hiding something, and now Silas is on a race to save himself and Elle from the flames--and from a more dangerous threat: his own team.

My Review:

I am not really known for picking up a book that isn't primarily a romance or that is written by a man but I am really glad I read Falls Like Lightning! 

Elle and Silas who once dated are thrown together years later when there is a major fire.  Silas is a smoke jumper that jumps out of planes close to fires to take down trees and such in order to direct the path of the fire; Elle is a pilot that is specifically trained to fly in that area and in hard conditions like smoke! 

Sparks fly when these two are reunited together again however they both have a lot to deal with in their personal lives.  Elle is trying to cope with the loss of her father, who was in plane crash but never found, and her daughter who has seizures plus she is not sure if she should ever trust Silas again after he walked out on her years back.

Like I said before I don't typically read an action packed suspense but this one was worth the change in my style.  Shawn Grady has a knack for creating scenes that are heated and intense!  The action and mystery alongside the fire brewing with a side of romance was keeping my adrenaline pumping throughout most of the story.  There was times when the fire lingo got to be a bit confusing for me that I found myself skimming to get the juicy action!

If you are looking for an action packed adventure with a smoke jumping hottie firefighter hero and an incredibly talented pilot then this is the book for you.  You'll deal with evil, mystery, health issues of a child, loss of a parent, love lost and found all mixed together to create a great story!

Thank you to Bethany House for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I am under no obligation to write a positive review, all opinions are my own. 
About Shawn Grady:

I'm a novelist who has served as a firefighter and paramedic for over a decade in Reno, Nevada, where I live with my wife and three children.

Through the Fire, 2009
Tomorrow We Die, 2010
Falls Like Lightning, 2011

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