Spitcat, a raging forest fire in the Sierra Nevada of California, had a lifespan of merely eleven days, "yet its effects could be reckoned ahead in centuries." So writes George R. Stewart in this engrossing novel of a fire started by lightning in the dry heat of September, and fanned out of control by unexpected winds. The book begins with the ...
Spitcat, a raging forest fire in the Sierra Nevada of California, had a lifespan of merely eleven days, "yet its effects could be reckoned ahead in centuries." So writes George R. Stewart in this engrossing novel of a fire started by lightning in the dry heat of September, and fanned out of control by unexpected winds. The book begins with the origins of the fire--smoldering quietly at first, unnoticed, then suddenly bursting into a terrifying inferno, devouring trees and animals over acre after acre and leaving nothing but desolation in its wake. Firefighters and lookouts, forest rangers and smokejumpers--as well as animals in the forest, many of them the bewildered victims of the blaze, and all the varied tress and bushes there--are characters of this realistic story.
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FIRE hasn't withstood the years as well as the author's more famous work: I AM LEGEND, this book was published in the late 40's and it shows. Nothing wrong with that except I'm not the type who can easily ignore anachronisms. FIRE is well written and the characters are well developed and believable, a sort of forest-firefighters procedural. Give it a try if you don't mind the old fashioned ideas and attitudes.
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