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When the forest explodes . . . On August 24, 1933, Verlin Victory Lundigun, 32, catches a piece of pitch-fired flaming tree trunk with his face. He is one warrior among thousands fighting the fiercest forest fire in U.S. history the infamous Tillamook Burn. Verlin lives that day but is horribly scarred. He shields himself from the world with a black mask that cannot hide h ...more
Perfect Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by C3 Publications
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Mmtimes4
Jan 17, 2011 Mmtimes4 rated it liked it
When the forest explodes . . . On August 24, 1933, Verlin Victory Lundigun, 32, catches a piece of pitch-fired flaming tree trunk with his face. He is one warrior among thousands fighting the fiercest forest fire in U.S. history the infamous Tillamook Burn. Verlin lives that day but is horribly scarred. He shields himself from the world with a black mask that cannot hid...moreWhen the forest explodes . . . On August 24, 1933, Verlin Victory Lundigun, 32, catches a piece of pitch-fired flaming tr ...more
Heather
Nov 05, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
"When the forest explodes...

On August 24, 1933, Verlin Victory Lundigun, 32, catches a piece of pitch-fired flaming tree trunk with his face. He is one warrior among thousands fighting the fiercest forest fire in U.S. history — the infamous Tillamook Burn. Verlin lives that day but is horribly scarred. He shields himself from the world with a black mask that cannot hide his rage. Nine months later he is dead from a gunshot.

Verlin's death is accepted as accidental until his sister Iris dies in 19
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Tina Weaver
Dec 16, 2013 Tina Weaver rated it really liked it
The title caught my eye at the 2013 Wordstock Festival. I was born in 1952 in Portland, OR so I felt a kin to the book already. The story has a historical feel but not what I thought. It really isn't about the fire but about what happened near the same time. The main character didn't hook me and it wasn't a page turner. Given my own writing I gave this author the benefit of the doubt. What I found was an entertaining story with some pretty unique characters. The plot was plodding but I persevere ...more
Karen
Nov 02, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
While fighting fire in what became known as the Tillamook Burn in 1933, 32-year-old Verlin Victory Lundigun's face is horribly burned. He survives that day but lives the remaining 9-months of his life angry and feeling rejected. In 1952 his nephew, Lou discovers Verlin's diary while cleaning out his mother's estate. He feels compelled to find answers to his uncle's death but the small town residence are not willing to share secrets from the past.
For me this historical novel was very interesting
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Jgreenleaf
Oct 15, 2010 Jgreenleaf rated it liked it
I like to read books set in Oregon. This novel is about dark secrets and family conflict due to the aftermath of the Tillamook Burn (huge repeating forest fires in NW Oregon). I enjoyed it and thought it captured small town coastal life in the 50s pretty well. Not a hugely exciting book, but a good read.
Dana Pants
Mar 03, 2008 Dana Pants rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, Oregonians
I was one in a classroom of students who ran a developmental edit on this book when it was in its infancy. Had this book gone through Acquisitions, I would have voted to publish this book - it was THAT good. I'm not normally into historical fiction, but Wright's use of history as a setting and catalyst is effective and successful in this novel. Highly recommended.
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George Byron Wright was born in The Dalles, Oregon. Along with his mother and brother, he migrated to three other small Oregon towns as his father pursued the life of a mortician. Living in Baker City, Tillamook and Roseburg endowed him with a lifelong fondness for small places.

Following a lengthy career in the not-for-profit sector, during which time he wrote professionally, publishing books on m
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