This is a high-energy tale about six fighters who die in a warehouse fire in Worcester, Mass. While it's hard to fault a writer for putting in too many details, this may be an exception. I think the details overpower this story -- almost as if the writer struggled to find enough material to stretch his story into 60,000 words. There's so much padding (and so many characters!), it's hard to focus on the six heroes and keep them straight. Occasionally, the dialogue seems silly and stilted.
It's a light, interesting read, but oddly doesn't create the emotional build up you would expect. I shed more tears hearing the television accounts.
Also, the wrong reader was chosen for this book. He fakes a Boston accent that ends up sounding more like a speech impediment. I've never heard anyone around here speak like that.
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