Incredible! I love real adventure stories and would recommend this to any adventurous travelers!!!
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Voice is hard at first but his convictions for the fire service shows in tone. This is not heart warming as a book
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In early July 1994 my girlfriend at the time and I were fighting a small 65 acre fire near Dotsero, about 40 miles from Glenwood Springs. Our incident commander was Butch Blanco. When he was redeployed to South Canyon, we begged to go with him as our fire was winding down and as young, broke Forest Service employees, it was our best chance to stay in overtime and hazard pay status. In hindsight, I consider it a stroke of unimaginable luck that we didn't get sent to South Canyon.
This book brought a lot of things home for me. I remember that summer with vivid details. I drove a load of smoke jumpers to the hospital in Glenwood to visit Eric Hipke, perhaps the last man to make it out of that box canyon alive. This book brings all those stories to life. It brings back the stories of those courageous fire fighters to life in a way that yields both compelling drama and lessons that need to be heeded. I'm devastated that these lessons have been learned before and these events continue to happen. I'm deeply saddened at the events in Arizona this summer and wish for God's sake that John MacLean would run out of stories to tell. But if anybody is going to tell the story it's John and his father (Young Men and Fire). They tell the story honestly, respectfully, and in a manner that entertains as it educates.
If you work in wildland fire fighting or live in the Wildland Urban Interface, this is a must read. Seriously, I wouldn't trust anyone I worked with who didn't read it. It's a compelling story that is rich with lessons that really should never have to be re-learned again.
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The only complaint I have is that the audio version is abridged. Otherwise this is an important work for everyone in the Wildland Fire community.
Tragic but informative. Tells the basic story of accident, and jumps around different incidents that happend and gets you a little confused on who and where a person was, hearing it 2nd time was better. over all a great listen.
I truly enjoyed this tragic story and the lessons that it teaches. The author has done a masterful job describing the events and character. Like most disasters, no single error leads to the ultimate calamity, but a slow accumulation of seemingly minor mistakes and errors in judgement. I have listened to this book several times over the years and it only gets better.
awesome book. story got me emotional gave me a new found respect for smoke jumpers and hot shots
As a rookie WLFF heading out West, I found this incredibly informative and explanatory. The lessons taught are priceless.
The narration was good, although a bit stilted at times. I understood the story because I have studied the event, through watching videos (Lessons Learned Center), reading the Fire Behavior Report, and I'll be going to the site in a few days. However, I feel it would have been much more comprehensive and useful with a downloadable map and pictures. Particularly for folks who aren't familiar with the wildland fire community. As for the story itself, I found it heart-wrenching. I went through a simulation - a mock burnout, and as I ran, I thought of those firefighters. It was terrifying. I'm thankful that others took this tragedy and used it as a impetus for change. I hope the public at large begins to speak up, because fire behavior is becoming more unpredictable. Unprecedented blowups and other issues, such as continued problems within the structure of fire operations, threaten the safety of the folks on the ground. We must collectively realize the importance of preventative measures to mitigate the risks, and educate people on the benefits and dangers of fire. With Yarnell on our heels, there must be a push for change, both within the Interagency program and with the views and attitudes of the public. John Maclean's books are a public service.
John Maclean's Books are studied by Safety and Risk Management professionals. High praise. As I write this review, John MaClean is on the scene of a fire in Shenandoah National Park. He is the real deal.