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Publisher's Summary

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June of 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action.

An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Granite Mountain Hotshots were a ragtag family crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. The Hotshots were loyal to one another and dedicated to the tough job they had. There was Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train, and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn't afraid to say "I love you" to the firemen he led; and Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play, and at home until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy.

In this impeccably researched audiobook, drawing upon more than a hundred hours of interviews with the firefighters' families and colleagues, state and federal officials, and fire historians and researchers, New York Times Phoenix Bureau chief Fernanda Santos has written a riveting, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster, a remarkable group of men, and the raging wildfires that threaten our country's treasured wild lands.

©2016 Fernanda Santos (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"In Fernanda Santos' expert hands, the story of 19 men and a raging wildfire unfolds as a riveting, pulse-pounding account of an American tragedy; and also as a meditation on manhood, brotherhood and family love. The Fire Line is a great and deeply moving book about courageous men and women." (Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free)

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touching

heartfelt story. i didnt know a single one of these gentlemen but by the end i felt that i had lost 19 brothers!!

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  • Jimmy
  • Powell, OH, United States
  • 05-03-16

Amazingly Told Story of Heroism and Loss:

The heartbreak for me after listening can be but a mere fraction for those that lived this modern day story of loss and grief. This story of optimistic young lives snuffed out as quick as they seem to start is weaved seamlessly with the selfish human actions at the root cause of these fires. This book will make you feel the hope of achievement, as well as the heartbreak of young people dying for a cause. Anger also is a strong emotion elicited by this book, as we are shown a mirror for our own egotism despite the ecological warnings. Very powerful and will leave you walking with a sick feeling of loss--though this lesson is one that needs to be felt.

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  • Robert
  • Hays, KS, United States
  • 07-16-16

Well written story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is a good story, mostly biographical about the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The author does a good job of weaving the bios into the history and timeline of the Yarnell fire that cost the lives of 19 fire fighters. The story ends with the funerals and a bit of followup on compensations.

What other book might you compare The Fire Line to and why?

Fire on the Mountain (better)
The Big Burn (much better)

How could the performance have been better?

The narration is mostly easy to listen to, even at 1.5x, But he mispronounces many of the common plant names, particularly any with a Spanish origin, such as Saguaro. That just shows lazy prep for the reading by ARI FLIAKOS.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

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<br />A story that needed to be told this way.

I really enjoyed the accurate details of the wildland firefighting profession, which made the story flow that much better for those of us who know a bit about wildland firefighting. The narration was very well done. I highly recommend this book.

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Heartbreaking!

Where does The Fire Line rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent story - flows well, and the narration is great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I live in Gilbert, AZ and remember still how this fire affected our whole state. This is a tragic story, and heartbreaking but also what a wonderful tribute to the fallen Hotshots.

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plain and simple, Heroes!

great book about life,love, and sacrifice. Not tragedy. Great performance, good info. god bless our firefighters.

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The Prescott hotshot fire tragedy

Narration: clear, no problems.

Content: simple recounting of incident.

Content: Closely mirrors movie. Could have been made more dramatic but perhaps that would not have been author's intent.

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A MUST READ. Raw and engaging.

If you could sum up The Fire Line in three words, what would they be?

Laugh, cry, hope.

What did you like best about this story?

Raw and unfiltered, this book will capture your attention and pull at your heart strings.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book offers moments of laughter, sorrow, hope, and excitement.

Any additional comments?

This story is close to my heart. I lost my first husband in a fire. Now I'm married to a firefighter. I know all too well the love and loss the mystical being of fire can bring.

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What a Story

Story of absolute courage and nerves of steel. Pulls at your heart when you hear about the lives these men left behind. Absolutely must read.

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just just sad it's a real waste of of life <br />

this is a very tough story because there are no survivors you're just left with loss