- File Size: 531 KB
- Print Length: 178 pages
- Publisher: Ragged Angel Ltd (April 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UW2AX4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,741,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fire Season Kindle Edition
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The flying sections are definitely the highlights, putting focus on the realities and difficulties of flying an airplane, that passengers often don't think about, and then add forest fires into the mix.
The format is unusual. It's a lengthy book, but there are only 5 chapters (one for each day). So it is hard to find a stopping point.
In terms of the writing itself, there are too many adverbs. This can result in some confusing or unclear sentences, and could afford some tightening up with some stronger/more active verbs.
All that being said I did finish it and overall I enjoyed it.
The fire is winning and as the threat rises at his home airstrip of Brooks Vale and the surrounding community, hard decisions must be made to save the town or themselves.
I really enjoyed this book. It was slow at times and spoke technically about the fire efforts and plane manuevers a lot. There are many back and forth missions of water drops that are uneventful, but not so much so to make me lose interest. I feel like I actually learned quite a bit about small planes and fire battles! The characters are rich and their interactions natural and unforced. I loved the multi layered personalities each character brought forward.
I hit the climax of the story a bit late, about two thirds of the way through, but because of the strong characters and emotions I felt for them in their situation it carried through for a strong finish. A wonderful and realistic story. This book is certainly suitable for teenagers, young adults, and adults. There are only a few brief moments of strong language, but it is fully in context to the moment.
If you know someone who loves planes or fire fighting, this would be especially great for them- but I wouldn't limit this book to just that crowd. It was entertaining, a great vacation book.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: VH Folland
Format: Kindle, Paperback
At sixty years old, Matt is a crop dusting pilot who owns a private airstrip and loves to restore vintage airplanes. Living in the beautifully forested valley of Brooke's Vale, Matt and his friends share a passion for flying and their small community. During the fire season, threatening lightening storms set fire around the region and all hands, even civilians, are called to help either fight the fire or help with evacuation efforts. Matt does the best he can, but after witnessing the deaths of a family trapped by the fire his depression grounds him. Once the winds change, however, and Brooke's Vale is threatened Matt will have to find inner strength to save those he loves.
VH Folland's "Fire Season" is the perfect novel to be made into a Family or Hallmark Channel movie. The small town setting in the Vale is unique and the reader cannot help but be immersed by the wonderful narrative describing the natural beauty of the area. At the same time, life can be tenuous during the fire season because in a moments notice, the isolation of their remote town can be a death trap. Folland builds this tension throughout and at a wonderful pace. He also demonstrates great command and love for piloting small craft. I learned a considerable amount regarding the challenges and dangers of flying a crop duster not to mention the physical toll a pilot undergoes under normal circumstances, but with the additional challenge of cross winds and thermals created from a raging fire storm along with reduced visibility and a smoke filled cabin, it is downright harrowing!
Action, adventure, danger, and heroics abound in VH Folland's "Fire Season" and readers are sure to enjoy this debut novel. It is available in Paperback and is $3.45 on Kindle.
If you ever wondered what it is like to be the pilot who is trying to put out all the wildfires that all the dry hot "fire seasons" bring and then having to choose between your home and those you care about or the lives and homes of others you volunteered and promised to protect then I would give this book a read. It has such technical detail and imagery it seems like you are apart of it all too.
Written for the Juniper Grove Blog