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If you could sum up Engine 24: Fire Stories 3 in three words, what would they be?
More GREAT stories...
What other book might you compare Engine 24: Fire Stories 3 to and why?
OK... This may sound a bit dumb, but I'm comparing it to the first TWO volumes written by Joe Corso (aka D'Albert). I was sort of sitting on the front porch waiting for volume THREE because the first two volumes were outstanding. My dad was a NYFD firefighter with 43 Hook & Ladder in Manhattan around the same time Joe served with Engine 24. Joe's stories fill in so much of what my dad chose NOT to share with our family. He seldom talked about his work... we had to glean what was going on by the expressions on his face when he came home... which were often vastly different. This book explains of a lot of that mystery. It also fills in a couple of "holes" in Books 1 & 2 that I didn't realize were "holes" until I read this volume... Joe provides a few interesting "fill-ins" here in volume 3.
Which character – as performed by A. T. Al Benelli – was your favorite?
The book is written as a narrative... so my favorite character is "Joe"... needless to say... but I just love the "color" brought to all the other characters in Joe's life by the narrator. I've said this many times before... "Al Benelli brings a book to life... like a documentary on the radio... or a radio play. I love his performances".
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Almost... This book is a flashback to the '60 & 70's. Joe recalls the day President Kennedy was shot and... as can all of us who lived through it... recalls exactly where he was and what he was doing. That triggered my own memories and the sadness and fear I felt that day... came back to me. And then there was 9-11. I came pretty close to tears, again. God bless our first responders and grant safe keeping to all those who lost their lives to that cowardly attack.
Any additional comments?
I've heard from a few audiobook websites that the compilation of ALL THREE VOLUMES of Engine 24 will be released soon as a single audiobook. If you haven't read (heard) any of the Engine 24 series you might want to wait a bit... All three in one is an excellent purchase option.