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FireHouse by [Conifer, Dave]
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  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013GSV9M
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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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The story isn't bad - it follows a high school wrestler fighting for acceptance with his peers and struggling with his past. If you don't know anything about wrestling, there are quite a few parts of the book where it's describing moves in matches that would leave you confused as to what exactly is going on at that time.

I found lots of errors in my Kindle version - mainly being that you would "change the page" and it wouldn't pick up where the last page left off. It would skip forward slightly, guessing just several words, but it's hard to tell when it's missing. Most of the time I could fill in the missing words, but other times it left you clueless as to what should have been there. This was highly dissapointing.
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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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I loved this book.

I have read all of this author's books to date. They are all page-turners.
It was a good story for just about any age group.
Dave Conifer writes in the manner that people talk......at least the people I know!
I think this is one of the reasons he is so popular. It is easy to put yourself in the place of the main character....ANY character, actually.
Not many authors can do that.

Once I start one of his books I know I will be finished with it the next day. I hope he keep writing and writing!!!

Pat Robair
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