Book Review: Falls Like Lightning

7 Oct

When hotshot smoke jumper Silas Kent gets his own fire crew, he thinks he’s achieved what he’s always wanted. But a lightning-sparked fire in the Desolation Wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas has his team in a plane before they can even train together.

Pilot Elle Westmore has been called up to drop the crew into the heart of the forest infernos. A single mother of a mysteriously ill six-year-old, she can’t imagine her life getting any more complicated.



Shawn Grady signed with Bethany House Publishers in 2008.  He was named “Most Promising New Writer” at the 39th Annual Mount Hermon Writers Conference. He is the author of the novels Through the FireTomorrow We Die & Falls Like Lightning.

Shawn has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in northern Nevada. From fire engines and ambulances to tillered ladder trucks and helicopters, Shawn’s work environment has always been dynamic. The line of duty has carried him to a variety of locale, from high-rise fires in the city to the burning heavy timber of the eastern Sierras.

After graduating from James Logan High School in Union City, California, Shawn attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego as a Theology undergrad. There he found clarity of direction and proceeded on to acquire an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology as well as Paramedic licensure through Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.

Shawn currently lives in Reno, just outside of Lake Tahoe. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, three children and yellow Labrador.


My Impressions:

Falls Like Lightning, a romantic suspense novel, is a quick and easy read focusing on the relationship between smokejumper Silas Kent and pilot Elle Westmore.  In the background are other smokejumpers who decide to seize a long forgotten gold stash through any means possible.  Add to that a raging fire system and you have the story.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really like Falls Like Lightning.  I had trouble with the flow of the writing and could not connect with the characters.  I also thought the storyline was predictable.  Now, that is just my opinion.  A few months ago my book club read a book similar in style to this one by another author.  Everyone but me loved that book and I think the majority of my book club would love Falls Like Lightning too.   That’s why I included the excerpt above so you can check it out for yourself.

(I received Falls Like Lightning from Bethany House in return for a review.  The opinion expressed are mine alone.)

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