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Harrowing true stories, Smokejumpers chronicles the heroic efforts of the airborne firefighters who battled one of this century's worst killer blazes on top of Colorado's Storm King Mountain.


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Harrowing true stories, Smokejumpers chronicles the heroic efforts of the airborne firefighters who battled one of this century's worst killer blazes on top of Colorado's Storm King Mountain.

30 review for Smoke Jumpers: America's elite airborne firefighters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy Grauberger

    I enjoyed this author's writing style in the re-telling of this fateful event. At first the seemingly juvenile term,"fire monster" was somewhat off-putting, and then the author wove in such vivid descriptions of this wild fire, that it brought new understanding of the horror and sacrifice that smoke jumpers face in battling the "fire monster".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Hildebrandt

    I read this because a friend's daughter was one of the Prineville HotShots who died in this fire. But the writing in this book is awful, and it desperately needed a good editor. It refers to the another fire that caused a number of deaths as the Mann Gulf fire, but it was the Mann Gulch fire (written about by Normal Maclean in Young Men and Fire), and if the writing and organization of the characters in the story had been better I could have stopped flipping pages around to try to put it all tog I read this because a friend's daughter was one of the Prineville HotShots who died in this fire. But the writing in this book is awful, and it desperately needed a good editor. It refers to the another fire that caused a number of deaths as the Mann Gulf fire, but it was the Mann Gulch fire (written about by Normal Maclean in Young Men and Fire), and if the writing and organization of the characters in the story had been better I could have stopped flipping pages around to try to put it all together. I'm pretty sure I screamed at one point when the author's term "the fire monster" had been used for 438th time. Still at this point this book is probably the most complete account of this tragedy, which just had its 25th anniversary this year. I'm in awe of firefighters, who perform superhuman tasks and entrust their lives to the logistics units of government agencies.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I was too young to remember this fire, so I was very pleased at how the author gave a thorough review of the wildfire season in general and the events leading up to the battle on Storm King Mountain. He put the list of those who perished at the very end of the book, but I found myself referring to it often, so I could keep track of whose story continued after this fire and whose future was robbed of them by the Fire Monster. The book description notes that it was a killer fire, so I'm not spoilin I was too young to remember this fire, so I was very pleased at how the author gave a thorough review of the wildfire season in general and the events leading up to the battle on Storm King Mountain. He put the list of those who perished at the very end of the book, but I found myself referring to it often, so I could keep track of whose story continued after this fire and whose future was robbed of them by the Fire Monster. The book description notes that it was a killer fire, so I'm not spoiling anything to say that not everyone survived. However, the book reads of a hopeful account, not a sob story, because that is how those who fight wildfires live their lives. As you read the book, it seems almost hard to believe the fire becomes the challenge it does, though the author hints at it by continually referencing the struggles faced by the wildfire-fighting crews in regards to acquiring adequate resources to defeat all the fires that are sparked during wildfire season. All in all a good book. A bit short and a quick read, but a great compilation of available personal accounts and news reports to retell the story of Storm King Mountain.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula Kenny

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    Timothy

  6. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  7. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marie

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rick Slane

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Noll

  12. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christine Hodges

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pete

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christian

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Moser

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Goins

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Gebera

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy J. Allan

  22. 4 out of 5

    BookDB

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darlena Falcone

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily Badenschier

  26. 4 out of 5

    CavyNomes

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janice

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robert Scrivner

  30. 5 out of 5

    Scott

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