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Early Praise:
"FIREFALL is a story that takes the reader from Texas to Honduras and back. Traveling a painful path through the suffering and redemption of Sebastian Martin as he fights his way to a new life."
-- Cat Connor, author of Killerbyte, Terrorbyte, Exacerbyte, Flashbyte, Soundbyte & Snakebyte ... (the _byte series)

"Set against authentic and exotic backgrounds, FIREFALL is a pacy thriller peopled with engaging characters. A thoroughly satisfying conclusion with the promise of renewal and new life at the end. I hope we see more of Sebastian Martin."
-- Judith Cutler, author of the Lina Townend series.

"From the power plays of an international band of car thieves to the behind-the-scenes of insurance fraud cases, all topped with a riveting and suspenseful climax, FIREFALL is an action-packed thriller. The small-dosed chapters, amidst exotic locations, won't let you put the book down until you reach the end of this hell of a ride!"
-- Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of THE BLADE and THE PHOENIX APOSTLES.

"In FIREFALL, J. H. Bográn has interwoven the lives of three initially seemingly unrelated characters to create a vivid and thrilling novel."
-- Alex Shaw, #1 Kindle Bestselling Author of HETMAN & COLD BLACK

"FIREFALL is smart and engrossing. It's an intelligent, multilayered riff on international crime and punishment that has atmosphere to burn. It's a damned fine book."
-- Jake Needham, author of THE UMBRELLA MAN and five other international crime novels

From the Author

From the Nov edition of The Big Thrill comes this interview by Don Helin.
In FIREFALL, J. H. Bográn unleashes a plot so exciting that Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of THE BLADE and THE PHOENIX APOSTLES says, "From the power plays of an international band of car thieves to the behind-the-scenes of insurance fraud cases, all topped with a riveting and suspenseful climax, FIREFALL is an action-packed thriller. The small-dosed chapters, amidst exotic locations, won't let you put the book down until you reach the end of this hell of a ride!"

After losing his wife and son in an air crash, former NYC firefighter Sebastian Martin is spiraling downward into alcoholic oblivion. Then his brother sets him up with a last-chance job investigating insurance fraud, but his first case takes a deadly turn as he crosses paths with an international ring of car thieves.  Sebastian ends up strapped to a chair facing torture at the hands of a former KGB trainee who enjoys playing with fire on his victims to get answers.

I had a chance to catch up with Jose and ask him a few questions.

Is there anything special you'd like to tell us about FIREFALL?
Although FIREFALL is not my first novel, it is in fact the first one where I use my home country as a setting. For a long time, the working title of the book was Highland Creek which is an actual place in Tela, Honduras. It is also the place where the events of the climax occur.

Did any particular event inspire the plot?
Not a particular event, no. Truth be told, this is one of those rare cases where you think of a character first, then you file it away waiting to come up with a suitable story for him or her. I envisioned a former firefighter globe trotting and investigating frauds named Sebastian Martin. Right then and there I realized he had to be single, so I began by disposing of his wife and son in a plane crash. That scene was the very first I wrote.

What are you doing to promote your book?Oh, the fearsome ghost of promotion. Since I live outside of the U.S., we'll rely more on virtual promotion. First of all, I'm doing a blog tour and some strategically placed ads. Additionally, we're coordinating some giveaways with THE BIG THRILL, Goodreads et al. and for a few days in mid-September some short stories of mine will be free at Amazon.
For more details, please visit my website. jhbogran.com

What's next?
I'm currently working on a standalone novel, my first attempt dealing with a serial killer. As for a sequel to FIREFALL, by the end of the book, Sebastian Martin is all set to continue his work with the insurance company, so I'm bouncing some ideas around before I settle.

When you're not writing, what are you doing (hobbies, family, etc.)?I have a full time job running orders for a big clothing mall-based store. It is a demanding job, but I like it. Actual writing is relegated to nights and weekends, although I always have pen and notebook or a recorder at hand because more than one idea has popped in during non-writing hours and I'd hate to lose them. I'm a big fan of movies; love going to a theater, there's not a better place for enjoying a film. Music and books compliment my hobbies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1930 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061588315X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rebel ePublishers (September 13, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F6VYDE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ian Barker on November 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Traumatised by the loss of his family in a plane crash, New York fireman Sebastian Martin seeks solace in alcohol. With his career on the rocks the offer of work as an insurance investigator looks like it could be his salvation. But when he teams up with a Honduran investigator to look into a seemingly routine disappearance the job turns out to be more dangerous than he could ever have imagined.

Bogran's characters are well drawn and believable. Couple this with a plot that moves smoothly between locations leading to a gripping climax in the author's native Honduras and you have a compelling thriller.

All of the loose threads are neatly tied at the end, though I hope that doesn't mean we've seen the last of these characters as I'd like to spend more time in their company.
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By Cealarenne on November 13, 2013
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"The problem with being reborn from the ashes is, you have to die first." And Mr. Bogran certainly throws his characters into the flames.

This is the second book I've read of Mr. Bogran's. He has a knack for excellent pacing and great twists. A supurb read that I would gladly recommend to die-hard thriller readers. I'll be seeking out some of his other titles on the strength of this.
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Sebastian Martin, a New York fireman, survives an air crash and heroically rescues passengers, but cannot save his own his wife and son. He turns to alcohol to drown his grief and guilt. His brother James, a psychiatrist, and his Uncle Mike, a high-powered lawyer in Texas, stage an intervention. Sebastian reluctantly agrees to take a job with one of his Mike's friends, learning the ropes as an investigator for an insurance company. To his surprise, and despite some resistance, Martin stutters back to life again. On assignment to uncover the fate of a man who has gone missing in Honduras, with a large life insurance policy on the line, Martin teams up with Gustavo Fonseca, a local independent investigator. Their paths cross that of a murderous, KGB-trained car thief. Martin might have gotten his life back together, but he might not have a life at all for much longer.

This thriller goes down smooth and sharp as vodka. What I really enjoyed were the scenes set south of the border, which is home to the author and which he presents matter-of-factly, without the breathless commentary that foreign writers often bring to another cultural setting, and with just the right amount of interesting local detail. I always like learning something new from the novels I read and was riveted by Bogran's assured presentation of insurance fraud, brought to life in a compelling story. The character of Gustavo Fonseca is in particular a gem, and one hopes that Bogran will entertain the possibility of giving him his own story in a forthcoming sequel.
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Excellent mystery with a bit of romance. Believable characters, dialogue and story line. The reader is never confused and the various plot twists will keep you wondering.

I will re-read this story and look forward to more from this author.
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Another home run by an author who is quickly becoming one of my go-to reads. I highly recommend this book, as well as his others. The pacing is perfect and the characters will live with you well after you've finished.
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I've read several of Bogran's stories and one thing he is very consistent with is his ability to create characters that are well-rounded and believable. My husband and I both read this one, so I'll comment for the both of us. I like the main character, the concept and the story, but overall, I still prefer Bogran's Treasure Hunt over this one for no other reason than treasure hunters appeals to me more than fire-fighters. (Call it a girl thing.) My husband is really excited over the main character's career history, personal back story and the changes in him throughout the story. He considers him a "Jack Reacher" type, and a perfect candidate for a series of stories. (I second that!)
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Firefall is an exciting tale from the start to the end. The main character, Sebastian, a New York firefighter, is in a plane crash. He survives but his wife and son don't. The guilt is overwhelming. Unable to continue as a firefighter, Sebastian is in a downward spiral of grief and alcoholism. Then his brother and uncle persuade him to head to Texas for a job interview as an insurance fraud investigator. From there he travels to Honduras and the action heats up further. A real page turner! The author, J.H. Bogran writes some of the most enthralling action scenes I have ever read.
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I liked Sebastian's character; devastated and guilty that he's survived while his family died in a terrible accident. His brother tries to help him to sort his life out and pick up the threads of normality again. Through his brother he learns of a job vacancy investigating insurance fraud. I won't let on about the ending, just to say it was exciting!

The only quibble I have is that if like me somebody reads the book in many sittings, it was always necessary to backtrack to remind oneself of all the different characters. It's not a book to easily pick up, put down, and pick up again.
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