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Born to the Flame: La Casa Monte by Gerrald V Mccollister delves into the life and experiences of an American forest firefighter. In this story, Aiden’s life portrays the demanding days and nights protecting some of the thick and beautiful forests so important to North America. From tricksters and heroes to arrogant supervisors and coworkers, Aiden finds his dangerous job can lead to close relationships with some and others not so much. Through this story, Aiden delves into a life few have the bravery and drive to try, let alone dedicate so much more than the average nine-to-five job.
Born to the Flame is an interesting story of a harrowing but necessary job few hear or even think about. Gerrald V Mccollister presents the conditions faced by the brave crews with concise and unadorned writing. This approach creates a feeling of matter-of-fact and unembellished courage. Through Born to the Flame, I have come to appreciate those protecting and fighting for the vast expanse of trees and foliage that provides so much to our world. It particularly hits home right now because of all the fires that have raged over this last summer. While it is not a long book, Born to the Flame covers many details involved in the life of a forest firefighter. It was rather surprising to learn just how simple their gear was in the beginning and what little protection they had. In the end, I think it is good to discover the sacrifice of people such as Aiden and to appreciate the work they do.