Books Like The Fire She Fights
Fire is a vital part of life but can also lead to untold damage and destruction if not kept under control. Fortunately, there are many brave firefighters who are always ready to save lives and property that are in danger from fire. Firefighting is a dangerous job with many risks, and it takes a special kind of person to put their lives on the line for others. It takes a particular type of person to become a firefighter, but they often have to deal with more than just the risk of fire. The bravery and commitment of firefighters have inspired many authors to write stories about their trials and tribulations. For example, The Fire She Fights by Tracy Moore is the story of four extraordinary women who become firefighters and have to fight fires as well as a culture meant to keep them out. Check out the following books like The Fire She Fights for more tales of bravery, sacrifice, danger, and battling personal demons.
by J. R. Ward
Consumed by J. R. Ward shows that firefighters not only have to deal with physical danger but that their work takes a huge mental toll as well. Anne Ashburn used to be a firefighter who pushed herself to the limit and thrived on the thrill of fighting fires. However, her life is changed forever after a risky decision she makes at a warehouse fire. A shattered and demoralized Anne switches careers to become an arson investigator, which is a far cry from the adrenaline-fueled life she used to have. However, while investigating a string of suspicious fires, she teams up with a firefighter named Danny McGuire. Although he is one of the best in the county, he is taking risks like never before due to a personal meltdown. Then, just as Anne begins to hone in on her target, she finds herself in the cross-hairs of the arsonist.
by Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts uses smoke jumpers as inspiration for her novel Chasing Fire. They are specially trained firefighters who parachute into dangerous areas to fight wildfires. Rowan Tripp is an elite firefighter whose father is a legend in the field, and she finds little else as thrilling as her job. However, Rowan and her team are reeling from the death of a fellow jumper who died tragically in a fire. Rowan has her hands full with Gulliver Curry, one of the best of the year's rookie crop. She has a rule not hooking up with other smoke jumpers, but Gulliver is not making it easy for her. However, the previous seasons' tragedy comes back to haunt her when she finds herself the target of someone who blames her for what happened.
by Kurt Kamm
One Foot in the Black is a novel by Kurt Kamm, the author of several firefighter-based books. It is the coming-of-age story of Greg Kowalski, who leaves an abusive home in Saginaw, Michigan, at the age of eighteen. Greg travels to California, where he becomes a helicopter attack wildland firefighter. The story alternates between the past and present as Greg finds a new family among his fellow firefighters, contrasting with the abusive father and dysfunctional family he had back home. However, Greg also has to come to terms with the death of his captain and mentor while fighting a major burn on a mountainside. Unfortunately, it is his abusive father's influence on his life that he struggles with the most.
by Stephen Frey
Hell's Gate is a thriller by Stephen Frey about a thirty-five-year-old lawyer named Hunter Lee. Although his career has made him rich, it also cost him his marriage, so Lee follows his brother's advice and turns his back on the New York City rat race. So, Lee sets out to start a new life in the beautiful but isolated town of Fort Mason, where he befriends a Smoke Jumper named Paul Brule. Here Lee gets a terrifying firsthand look at the dangers faced by the elite corps of firefighters. However, Lee also begins to suspect that the rash of summer fires faced by the Smoke Jumpers are not as accidental as they first appear. So, he follows his instincts to determine if the fires could be serving a more sinister purpose.
by Linda Jacobs
Summer of Fire is the first novel in the Yellowstone Series by Linda Jacobs. The story is set in 1988 with Yellowstone Park on fire and thousands of people battling to contain the blaze. Among them is Clare Chance, a single mother who came to Montana from Texas after seeing a fellow firefighter dying in a roof collapse. However, Clare is not the only one fighting personal demons as well as the fire either. Chris Deering, a Vietnam veteran helicopter pilot, and Ranger Steve Haywood also find themselves threatened by the blaze. Haywood believes in the "let in burn" policy and wants to study its effects, while Deering loves the adrenaline rush of his job. However, when Deering is forced to ditch his helicopter in a lake, Clare and her comrade Javier have to rush to save them. Although Summer of Fire is a fictional story, it is based on the more than fifty fires that really threatened the park in 1988.
by Katherine Center
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center reveals that even tough firefighters have vulnerable sides. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, Cassie Hanwell is as tough as they come. She's seen her fair share of tragedies and has become a pro at dealing with other people's tragedies. However, she has an emergency of her own when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to leave everything behind and move to Boston. She ends up at the tough, old-school Boston firehouse, which couldn't be more different from her old job. Here Cassie has to deal with hazing, a lack of funding, poor facilities, and the frosty reception from her coworkers who are not too thrilled about having a "lady" on the crew.