Full Blaze by M.L. Buchman
These wilderness firefighters battle more than flames
The elite fire experts of Mount Hood Aviation fly into places even the CIA can't penetrate.
She's just jumped square into the heart of the blaze
When Australian helicopter pilot Jeannie Clark rescues wildfire photographer Cal Jackson from a raging burnover, she doesn't know she's bringing aboard a firebrand. Cal is quickly recruited for MHA's covert operations that reach far beyond the flames. Together Jeannie and Cal are assigned to an overseas operation with a lot more at risk than burning trees. And they'll need all the skill, love, and trust they can muster if they're going to survive the heat of this jungle battle.
I've been fascinated with forest fires ever since I was volunteering in one way back in college days, and got first hand knowledge how dangerous and damaging they can be. This story was fascinating on many levels.
The book paints a picture of firefighting in an honest light. There are no glorious pedestal for them, just the true form of the backbreaking, hard, sweaty work, with itchy gear, and endless hours of fight against the fire.
The rescue and firefighting missions the MHA fly, the planning, the rules, the stories of the different fires captured my mind. The constant knowledge of the fact, that they might lose the battle, gave the story high tension. And the covert ops for CIA an interesting twist of events.
The romance in the story was as well sweet as it was passionate. Jeannie and Cal are drawn together from the first moment they meet. The attraction is strong, the connection immediate. Their insecurities are standing in the way, and Cal is doing his best to fight the unknown feelings he's having. The romance and love, or acceptance of it, is growing slowly, as old wounds are healing, and the acceptance of each others importance in their lives comes more and more clear.
The author has done his research, or had prior knowledge of, every aspect of the story, the fire fighting, the helicopters, the cameras... The book is lavished with details of the technical aspects, of everything. So much so, that at times I felt it might drown the story of itself.
But the author finishes with a high note towards the end of the story, with nail biting action, and fear, and tension, it was just breathtaking! So with that note, and high recommendations for a bit different kind of suspense story,
~ Four spoons
Thanks for the nice review, and kudos to you for volunteering on a fire even once. To answer one of the questions in your review, it is almost entirely research. I have never walked or flown to fire or even ridden in a helicopter (though I did have a fixed wing license for some years). But I have bicycled across the Outback, ridden the hills of Indonesian Timor, and live in constant wonder among the forests of Oregon.
Hi, thanks for stopping by!
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