Saturday, February 18, 2012

Falls Like Lightning by Shawn Grady

Falls Like Lightning
by Shawn Grady
Christian Fiction / Suspense / Romance
Published July 2011
Bethany House
368 pages



About the Book
Smokejumper Silas Kent never expected to see pilot Elle Westmore again. In fact, reuniting makes him realize what a mistake he made all those years ago. But before he has a chance to try to make amends, he's called to lead a new crew into battle against a massive fire in the Sierra Nevadas.

And then things go very wrong, very quickly.

A suspicious engine explosion forces the crew to parachute early while Elle barely survives a crash landing. Silas reaches the ground safely, but in beginning a desperate race to reach the downed plane, he soon realizes he has more to fear than just a raging forest fire.

My Thoughts
Shawn Grady was a new-to-me author and I was pleasantly surprised! Fast-paced, suspenseful, and a bit romantic, Falls Like Lightning is a page-turner. Silas and Elle are reunited after years apart. They must quickly decide if they can trust each other again as they face a plane crash, injuries, and rogue teammates. Grady's experience as a firefighter adds a lot to the novel, although there were a few times where I got bogged down by some of the "lingo."

It takes a lot to surprise me as far as suspense goes, but Grady kept me guessing through most of the book. Overall, I was impressed with the book and look forward to future novels from this up-and-coming author. [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Shawn Grady has served for more than a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in Reno, NV, where he lives with his wife and three children. Named the "Most Promising Writer" at the 2008 Mt. Hermon Writers Conference, he is the author of Through the Fire.

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