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Through the Fire (First Responders #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  941 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Firefighting burns in Aidan O'Neill's blood. The son of a fireman, O'Neill has a sixth sense about fire and often takes dangerous risks. When one act of disobedience nearly gets a rookie killed, O'Neill is suspended. His weeks off are supposed to be a time to reflect but instead he escapes to Mexico, where another rash act of bravery actually kills him. But only for a few ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Bethany House
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Firefighting burns in Aidan O'Neill's blood. The son of a fireman, O'Neill has a sixth sense about fire and often takes dangerous risks. When one act of disobedience nearly gets a rookie killed, O'Neill is suspended. His weeks off are supposed to be a time to reflect but instead he escapes to Mexico, where another rash act of bravery actually kills him. But only for a few minutes. Called back to Reno, he's now haunted by visions of hell and paralyzed in the face of fire. And at the worst time, b ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it
{3.5 stars}

When I first started this I considered giving it about two or three stars. It took me a bit too get into the writing and story, but once I did I couldn't put it down. You can tell the author knows what he is talking about when he describes the fires and I felt like I was Aidan as he went into burning buildings. Aidan wants to avenge his father death, but he learns much more from the fire. He can't control it...and God must control him. The ending was intense with Aidan facing the arso
Allison Kohn
Aug 08, 2013 Allison Kohn rated it it was amazing
This is a fast paced book about a fireman who is having trouble dealing with the death of his father who died in a fast burning, too hot fire that was never investigated. In the first few chapters he gets suspended, goes to Mexico and saves the life of a child, almost losing his life in the process, and gets called back to work before his two week suspension is over, because of a plethora of fast burning, too hot fires in the their sector of the city.
May 15, 2013 Hilary rated it it was ok
You could probably get through the first third of this without knowing it's meant to be Christian fiction, except for the clean language. The beginning sets up Aidan (A-O to his friends) as a somewhat reckless firefighter who has a weird relationship with fire, and a family history of tragedy. The second third introduces the mystery element: these fires aren't right. They're being set by an arsonist. The last third seems to switch gears completely, making it a full-force Christian fiction story ...more
Caitlyn Santi
4.5 Stars!!!

I loved this book! This was an awesome story, although it is different than most suspense novels, but I loved that! I have recently discovered that I enjoy suspense stories about firefighters, and I really enjoyed this one. I especially loved the fact that the author is a firefighter and paramedic so he writes from personal experience, this book was written so realistically that many times I felt like I was really there, living the story right alongside the characters! The mystery be
Sep 20, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I was first introduced to Shawn Grady through a blog for books opportunity with his third book Falls Like Lightning. I loved that book and am now going back to read his first two.

Through the Fire didn't disappoint! I loved the fast pace action, the characters and the edge of my seat suspense of what was going to happen next.

Mr. Grady's history as a fire fighter and paramedic are great for his writing. The emergency scenes in the book are well written, and it is obvious that he knows what he is w
Lacie Oyler
Sep 07, 2011 Lacie Oyler rated it it was amazing
I rather liked this book. Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and I never wanted to put it down!
Deloris  Mercer
Apr 05, 2015 Deloris Mercer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read

Thank you Mr Grady for a great read. The characters are very believable and the setting is very good. Will definitely read more from this author.
Feb 18, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
An awesome book! Probably one of the best books I've ever read. Definitely one I'll be reading again.
D.M. Webb
Aidan O'Neill, a fireman with an innate ability to read fire, knowing when and how it will burn, becomes overconfident in his gift and it leaves him with the guilt of another fireman's tragic accident.

It is a blow to his pride and to his faith. Told with a great deal of knowledge, not only in a fireman's line of work, but also in a man's struggle to cope with a loss and with guilt. This isn't a carefully weaved tale of salvation, but one of redemption.

Even though he encounters betrayal through t
Dec 14, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Even smoke runs from the fire. But I find myself compelled to enter hell's havoc and the swirling chasm, to take for my own the taming of the element, screwing my courage to the sticking place. When blackness billows heaven-bent from hallways, and flame tips lick lintels like a serpent's tongue, the Sirens stand singing. Mast ties won't hold fast.

Enter the cloud.

Enveloped by heat.

Vanquish the destroyer.

I come from a family of firemen. And borne into my blood was a gift. It arrives at times in w
Karen Berry
Jun 06, 2015 Karen Berry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing look

As the mother-in-law of a chief in FDNY, I have always thought that firefighters are special. This book, with its insightful handling of tragedy associated with the job is eye-opening. By "toughing it out", and not talking about their haunting experiences, they risk losing everything. My son-in-law was at ground zero every day for months. He has never recovered completely from losing so much and so many. This book has helped me understand what goes on in a firefighters head. They are
Mar 22, 2015 Rosemarie rated it it was amazing
What an amazing novel! When I read a taught mystery with well-developed characters, I'm happy. But this book goes beyond that. Woven into this story are powerful metaphors and similes (something I struggle with as a writer), as well as vocabulary that I actually looked up for the precise definition. Now THAT is a good read in my book!

I bought this book on whim, and I'm glad I did. I will be reading the entire series.
A J Hawke
Sep 01, 2010 A J Hawke rated it it was amazing
I hadn't planned to be a firefighter when I picked up Shawn Grady's debut novel, Through the Fire. But that's what it felt like as I plunged into the action with firefighter, Aidan O'Neill.
Wow! This guy can write. And are you serious? This is his first novel?
I look forward to his next novel.
Feb 18, 2015 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Intense, heart wrenching, and suspenseful. I really got a lot from this book. The brotherhood and camaraderie within the characters was tangible.
Aug 12, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Don't let them tell you to dummy your lovely language!
Great read.
Aug 04, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Interesting, twist-filled, Christian-based (morality) plot. TTS-enabled eBook ©2009? Recommended.
Apr 25, 2012 Aerykah rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this story. Once I did, though, I really enjoyed it!
Aug 02, 2011 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I decided three things as I read this: 1) Firefighters are awesome. 2) I really don't like Aidan. 3) It's hard for me to enjoy a book much when I really don't like the main character who's supposed to be a sympathetic character.

There was some interesting writing - mostly when the author was describing the regular calls that a firefighter has - and it was enough to keep me from completely disliking this novel, but there was too much annoying stuff and poorly done writing to let it be much better
This was my pick for try a chapter and while I did like it I didn't love it so I won't be getting the rest of the series.
Did not finish, not even sure if it's still on my Kobo...
Nora St Laurent
Aug 29, 2010 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
Wow, I just finished reading Through the Fire. I’m thankful for the review copy of this fascinating, enlightening book. I realized how clueless I was as to what firefighters go through day-in and day-out to save peoples lives and risk their own! It’s astounding!

Only someone who’s been in a firefighter’s shoes could show the realistic side of this demanding, sacrificial job that most of us take for granted. Shawn Grady’s been in the fire as a firefighter in Reno, for many years, which gives him a
Michelle Moore
Nov 09, 2009 Michelle Moore rated it really liked it
Through The Fire by Shawn Grady

We start off in a day of the life of a fireman, Aidan O'Neill. Only, Aidan isn't just a fireman. He's got a gift, passed through his family. He has the ability to hear the fire, read the flames, know where they're going to be next. What a fantastic gift this must be for a fireman!
However, and I believe due to this gift, Aidan has placed his work above all else. In some attempt to avenge his fathers' death, he will not rest until he has "beat" every single fire that
Bill Garrison
Oct 03, 2011 Bill Garrison rated it liked it
The debut novel of Shawn Grady, THROUGH THE FIRE, is an adventurous chronicle of Reno firefighter Aiden O'Neil and his struggle to overcome the loss of his firefighter father several years ago. Grady shines when writing about the daily fears and dangers faced by firefighters while on the job, and the numerous accounts of Aiden and friends fighting the fires are the best part of the novel.

Aiden is also a really good character. When his actions cause a rookie firefighter to almost lose his life, A
Sep 17, 2009 Carly rated it really liked it
In Through the Fire by Shawn Grady Aidan O’Neill is a firefighter in Reno, Nevada who is chasing a firebug who he suspects set the fire that killed his father five years ago. The closer Aidan gets to finding out who the arsonist is, the more it seems the fires are chasing him. With the help of fire investigator Julianne, Aidan hopes to find the arsonist before the fire finds him.

Although, the basic storyline of this book is somewhat of a cliché – the overconfident firefighter seeking to avenge t
Victor Gentile
Aug 26, 2009 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing

You ever read a book where the mystery is so thick that you feel compelled to flip to the end of the book and find out who the culprit is? Well that is exactly how I felt when I was reading “Through The Fire” by Shawn Grady, published by Bethany House.

There is an arsonist loose in Reno, Nevada and he is on a rampage trying to burn down the city. City officials and Fire Department brass want this person found and it is up to fireman Aidan O’Neill and Battalion One to find him. Aidan O’Neill isn’t
Mar 11, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, suspense
"Through the Fire" is a Christian suspense novel about firefighters and a serial arsonist. The fast-paced, non-stop action mainly involved fighting fires. The details about firefighting and firefighters were expertly woven into the story in a way that brought the job vividly alive in my imagination without slowing the action.

The characters were interesting, but I felt like we only "got to know" Aidan. Even him, we didn't get to know very well. I also never understood why anyone at the station wo
Edwina Cowgill
Jun 12, 2010 Edwina Cowgill rated it it was amazing
Through The Fire is a spell-binding, edge-of-your-seat read from page one to page 328. Written in first person from the view point of the main character, Aidan O’Neill, it is a book that you will not forget for a long time. This book is Shawn Grady’s debut novel and he has “hit it out of the ballpark” on his first try. Mr. Grady is writing from experience – he has served over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in Reno, Nevada, the setting for Through the Fire.

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Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Through the Fire is a decent thriller and a solid debut novel for Shawn Grady. Grady obviously knows his subject matter well and this adds a depth of realism that would otherwise be difficult to achieve. That realism combined with Grady's colorful descriptions and his broad and varying use of the English language set this book apart from a standard run-of-the-mill thriller and earned an extra half of a star on my rating. Mr. Grady excels at painting the scene with vivid strokes and I appreciate ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jul 11, 2009 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it
Through the Fire by Shawn Grady is a powerful debut novel about the power of redemption and letting go of the past. Aidan O'Neill has firefighting in his blood. His grandfather, father, and uncle all served the Reno Fire Department with honor, but he blames himself for the death of his father in a fire several years ago. A.O. has become almost self-destructive in his quest to find the truth about his father's death and to prove himself as worthy. His recklessness leads to his dismissal from the ...more
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