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FireHouse [Kindle Edition]

Dave Conifer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Zach Bowie has been wrestling for years. It was something to do when he wasn't singing lead in his rock band. That all changes when the 171-pounder is injured and Zach is thrust into the starting lineup. He's surprised that the exhilaration of walking onto the mat feels as good as the rush he gets on stage. Maybe even better.

How far could he go if he wasn't smoking three packs of Marlboros a day? Zach secretly devotes time between band gigs to training instead of partying. Pretentious lead guitarist Joe Fauquier, the guy with the perfect rocker hairstyle, notices the lifestyle change and leans on Zach to drop it.

There's resistance on the team too. Many don't want some 'pot-smoking burnout' around, especially one who lives in the crummy part of town with his single mother.

Coach Crisfield finally tires of Zach's late nights. Joe loses with patience when Zach keeps ditching the band for wrestling. Both issue the same ultimatum: Zach must choose between his two passions.


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  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449974376
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013GSV9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone who remembers high school June 11, 2010
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After reading and for the most part enjoying Snodgrass Vacation by the same author, I thought I'd give another of his books a try. It took a bit to settle into the story (going from slapdash comedy to serious attempt at portraying teenage life in high school is sort of a big switch on my end).

The story focuses on Zach, a former druggie who sings lead for a small-time band while also wrestling. Both groups apply pressure for their activity to be the main focus in Zach's life. The band treats him like friends, but their lifestyle is ragged, nights full of partying, grungy hair, and a total disregard for school and safety. With wrestling, he has no friends, but enjoys the same thrill stepping onto the mat as he does standing before a crowd with a microphone.

The first problem of the story is that much of Zach's change, from grunge to wrestler, has already happened by the time we meet him. He's quit smoking and drinking to make sure he meets his weigh-ins and doesn't "gas out" in the middle of matches. I would have liked to have been there when the clash between Wrestling and Rock weren't just about time schedules and dual-booking, but actual, physical decisions carrying far greater consequences for his health and life.

It also doesn't help that Zach comes across as a jerk. Yes, he's a loaner, and lacks self-esteem, and the author portrays him as a jerk on purpose...but that still means he's a jerk. It takes a bit to warm up to him. The wrestling matches help with that.

I was unsure just how much I'd enjoy this book for the first quarter or so. After a few of the meets, however, I was hooked. I found myself caring how well Zach did with every match.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By CS
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Set in the same high school featured in author Dave Conifer's earlier novel "Throwback," "FireHouse" isn't exactly a sequel - but it does once again feature the sport of amateur wrestling. However, complicating things for this particular protagonist - Zach Bowie - is his involvement in a band. The demands of both, and their differing worlds, soon become too much for him to handle. Will he have to choose between his two loves.

Like "Throwback," the author has crafted a realistic depiction of high school life, with a well-rounded cast of teenage characters that change over time. Constant turmoil defines those years for many kids, and Conifer captures that perfectly in "FireHouse."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winner Beyond Any Odds August 22, 2011
By Francis
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Of Conifer's two wrestling novels I read, "Fire House" is my preferred one. The teenager hero, Zach, tries to conciliate his commitments to both his music band and his high school wrestling career.After some night concerts, he many times arrives just in time at school to catch the bus before a meeting and, surprisingly, wins most of his matches!Zach appears to be a loser who, in fact, is a talented personage who wins the friendship of his team members. After losing the trust placed in him by his coaches and his band leader, Zach is finally readmitted into the team with the help of his archrival and is accepted again in the band. This is good, because he wins the gold medal at the local tournament and helps his band to get an award.
I was caught by Conifer's descriptions of Zach's wrestling matches. The hero meets on the mat the amateur who just helps him to win places in his seeding and the confirmed diehard who plays with him on the mat, or even makes chopsticks of him.
I like this wrestling novel not only because of the good action on the mat, but also because the author avoids the clichés of jockland wrestling, like the usual antigay slurs.This is a good story about friendship and wrestling; at the end of the novel Zach discovers what really matters in his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book February 28, 2014
By lane
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It was a very good book I liked how there were twist and turns in the book and I'm a wrestler so I thought I was a great book
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Dave Conifer is a fitness fanatic living in South Jersey with his wife and three kids. When he's not coaching wrestling or soccer or working as a boy scout leader or girl scout leader, Dave likes to read non-fiction history. He also blogs about the 48 solar panels on his roof and how they generate nearly all the power needed by his family of five.

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