Granite Mountain: The Firsthand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, September 26, 2017
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"Gear up with Brendan McDonough and his brothers in the elite Granite Mountain crew of wildland firefighters. Suspenseful and intense, [Granite Mountain] sears to the heart. Nonfiction writing at its best."―Stephen Templin, New York Times-bestselling author of SEAL Team Six and Trident's First Gleaming
"[Granite Mountain] is sure to captivate readers . . . Brendan McDonough had a very unusual story to tell, and he has done it well."―Bookreporter.com
McDonough's gut-wrenching survival story, written with the expert assistance of best-selling Talty (Escape from the Land of Snows, 2011) possesses a searing degree of emotion. With his insightful barbs aimed at our increasingly unrealistic ideal of life in the West and the many ways in which wildland firefighters are let down by those who fund and rely upon them, and brutally honest assessment of his struggles with PTSD, McDonough gives readers a unique and bracing literary experience.―Booklist
About the Author
Stephan Talty is the co-author of A Captain's Duty, which was the basis for the film Captain Phillips, and wrote the New York Times bestseller Empire of Blue Water. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
- Publisher : Hachette Books; Media tie-in edition (September 26, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316511552
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316511551
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.75 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brendan- in the unlikely event you ever read this blurb Thank you for writing this work. You have changed the way I look at the job and the things we face. I am honored to be even loosely associated to men of your caliber. Rest assured that you have helped at least one firefighter!
One thing that got me really choked up is when Brendan talks about the Little Bear fire in Ruidoso, New Mexico. That fire hit home for me because it's close to where I am and burned up the campground and lake where we used to frequent when we'd go camping. I didn't know that Granite Mountain was at that fire.
A story of courage, bravery, and the 19 men who sacrificed all for people they didn't know. I commend Brendan McDonough for sharing this with us. It had to take some deep courage of his own to be able to sit and write it all out. I'm glad he has used his situation for the better and has become an author and inspiration speaker, rather than what he talks about he was capable of doing in the book.
Hat tip to every kind of firefighter out there. Thank you for what you do!
This book is more about the author, Brendan McDonough, than it is about the fire or even firefighting. While he does covers what happens that afternoon, the whole story is seen through Brendan’s eyes. It is a story of redemption as Brendan goes from being a drug dealer and user to a member of an elite fire-fighting team. He is to be commended for having turned his life around and one can easily understand how he was so distraught after losing his “family” in the fire.
On the afternoon of the fire, Brendan was station as the team’s lookout. When the fire blew up, his escape route was different than that of the crew who were working below him in an area filled with bushy vegetation. For some reason, the Granite Hotspots didn’t take the escape route they’d planned. It was a fatal mistake. They were caught in a canyon filled with shrub. With the fire pushing in on them, they attempted to clear away shrubs and to crawl into their safety blankets in the hope the fire would burn pass them. They all died.
I was disappointed that I didn’t learn anything about the kid I once knew. Brendan only discusses a handful of the fellow firefighters who were a part of the Granite Hot Shot team. I would have also learned more about what investigators have discovered about the fire, but this is a personal story. The book does not cover the investigation that followed the incident. However, the story from Brendan’s eyes is well told and the book is easy to read.
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Very good book of exceptionaly brave fire fighters