Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Through the Fire
by Shawn Grady
Review by Judy Vandiver

I met Shawn two years ago at a writer's conference and was thrilled when he sent me a copy of his debut novel, Through the Fire. I was very impressed Shawn's writing skills, as his descriptive writing made me feel that I was a part of every scene.

As Firefighter Aiden O'Neill entered a fire, I felt that I was with him every step of the way, often wanting to coax him back to daylight and fresh air, but Shawn Grady pushed us both further into the flames and further into the story.

 I thought this would be a "guy book,” full of firemen stories, but the creative writing transcends genders and tells a story of the personal fire the protagonist faces daily - a story that is poignant and universal. This is not just a story about a firefighter, but is a story of faith and hope. If you feel that you are going "through the fire,” pick up this book and find some answers. I give Mr. Grady an A+.

About Shawn (from his website):
Shawn Grady signed with Bethany House Publishers in 2008. He was named “Most Promising New Writer” at the 39th Annual Mount Hermon Writers Conference. Through the Fire is his debut novel.

Shawn has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in northern Nevada. From fire engines and ambulances to tillered ladder trucks and helicopters, Shawn’s work environment has always been dynamic. The line of duty has carried him to a variety of locale, from high-rise fires in the city to the burning heavy timber of the eastern Sierras.

Shawn attended Point Loma Nazarene University as a Theology undergrad before shifting direction to acquire an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology as well as Paramedic licensure through Truckee Meadows Community College.

Shawn currently lives in Reno, Nevada, just outside of Lake Tahoe. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, three children and yellow Labrador.

Visit Shawn's website: http://www.shawngradybooks.com/