ML Buchman dropped by the virtual offices to share the contents of Carly’s PG bag. Check it out!
CARLY’S PG BAG with M.L. Buchman
Wildland firefighters always have a PG bag with them, Personal Gear. If they’re a Hotshot they’ll have a chainsaw, a Pulaski (a specialized axe that half axe and half adze—a sharp hoe), and a PG bag. If they’re a smokejumper, they’ll have the same thing plus a parachute.
Carly Thomas doesn’t fight fire on the ground, she fights it from the air from the observer seat of a Firehawk helicopter. She is the top-rated Fire Behavior Analyst and her reputation reaches far and wide through the firefighting community. The Flame Witch—she knows more about what a fire is doing than the fire does—flies to kill the demon. Over the years fire has taken too much from her; it will never get another soul if she has anything to say about it. She is one driven woman as Steve Mercer a former smokejumper turned observation-drone pilot is going to find out when he faces Carly’s Pure Heat.
Her PG bag is like no other. Of course it has a foil shelter, though that didn’t save her fiancé when he panicked. And she keeps a fire axe close at hand in case a falling tree again traps and threatens to kill someone as it did her father. The normal food and water are just like everyone else’s.
But Carly carries several unique things:
A heavily highlighted and thumbed copy of the “Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide.”
A packet of “Wildland Fire Risk and Complexity Assessment” forms.
A photo of Ham Thomas, her dad, a lead smokejumper for over twenty years. The man she has spent her life trying to honor with her actions, even at the cost of her own heart.
A tablet computer that displays the infrared data information from Steve Mercer’s high-flying high-spying drone. He can spot fire by its heat signature, though he can’t see the fire he’s rekindling in a heart she long thought dead.
A picture of Steve Mercer at a quiet moment between fires, leaning back against his classic, flame-painted Firebird Trans Am, grinning that smile that he thought was oh-so-charming, and actually turned out to be just that.
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Pure Heat received STARRED reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist!
These heli-aviation firefighters battle more than flames.
The elite fire experts of Mount Hood Aviation fly into places even the CIA can’t penetrate.
She lives to fight fires
Carly Thomas could read burn patterns before she knew the alphabet. A third-generation forest fire specialist who lost both her father and her fiancé to the flames, she’s learned to live life like she fights fires: with emotions shut down.
But he’s lit an inferno she can’t quench
Former smokejumper Steve “Merks” Mercer can no longer fight fires up close and personal, but he can still use his intimate knowledge of wildland burns as a spotter and drone specialist. Assigned to copilot a Firehawk with Carly, they take to the skies to battle the worst wildfire in decades and discover a terrorist threat hidden deep in the Oregon wilderness–but it’s the heat between them that really sizzles.
Praise for Wait Until Dark: “High-energy military suspense at its best…this book has it all.”–RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
About the author
M.L. Buchman’s romances have been named in Booklist’s Top 10 of the year and NPR’s Top 5 of the year. He has also published science fiction and fantasy under the name Matthew Lieber Buchman. He is happiest, no matter how cliché it may seem, when walking on the beach holding hands with the mother of his awesome kid… or when he’s writing. In addition to his career as a corporate project manager, he has rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world. He is now making his living full-time as a writer, living on the Oregon Coast. You can keep up with his writing at www.mlbuchman.com.
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