Saturday, January 17, 2015
Pure Heat by M.L. Buchman (review)
Pure Heat by M.L. Buchman is the exciting introduction to the ‘Firehawks’ series that is loosely connected to the impressive ‘Night Stalkers’ series. Steve (Merks) Mercer has retrained after a horrific accident ends his career as a well-respected smokejumper but he is still dealing with the aftermath when he joins the close-knit company that includes the remarkable Carly Thomas, known as the ‘Flamewitch’. Merks’ facility with handling the relatively new drones to help identify various aspects of the fires he is drawn to fight may give him a chance to impress Carly but her own painful history makes it difficult for him to get close to her. Fortunately, having Majors Beale and Henderson (retired Army SOAR pilots) as part of the company will provide plenty of opportunity for Merks to expand his skills as well as get to know Carly better...but he may not be ready for all of the challenges thrown his way, or is he?
This enthralling novel gives glimpses of the challenges and dangers of fighting wildfires even as it sets the framework for another intriguing series by this talented author. It is wonderful to get a chance to see a beloved couple from a previous series settle seamlessly into new roles which utilize their well-honed skills and the unexpected developments in this story promise even more adventures to come. The poignant and heartwrenching experiences that each of the main characters has undergone make this an emotional read even as the heartpounding adventures escalate with every fire that they fight. The heat sizzles between Merks and Carly as well as in the forests around them, but fortunately, moments of levity lighten the tension that escalates as the story unfolds. Another great tale that provides a thrilling and entertaining story and whets one’s appetite for more information about all of these characters.
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I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.
I haven't had a chance to read the other books in the series, but I definitely want to! If you like great military adventure stories with fantastic heroes, make sure you look for the Night Stalkers series by this author.