FROM WILDFIRE TO GUNFIRE
Master mechanic Denise Conroy—with a reputation for being as steel-clad as the aircraft she keeps aloft—shuns useless flyboys who don’t know one end of a wrench from the other.
Firehawk pilot Vern Taylor—known for unstoppable charm and a complete lack of mechanical skills—proves his talent for out-of-the-box thinking with every flight. He’s a survivor and a natural-born heli-aviation firefighter.
When Denise and Vern crash together in the Central American jungle with wildfire on one side and a full-fledged military coup on the other, their newly forged partnership is tested to the max. They have each other, but not even their formidable skills combined can protect Denise and Vern from the conflagration sweeping the jungle…and their hearts.
Mount Hood Aviation Profile
Full Name: Mickey Hamilton (good friend of Vern in Firehawk #4, hero Firehawk #5)
Occupation: Huey 212 firefighting helicopter pilot
Hair Color: light brown
Eye Color: blue
Originally from: Bend, Oregon
Describe yourself in 100 words or less:
I’m (Mickey rubs at his chin a moment in thought), just a guy. I hit Mount Hood Aviation straight out of school ten years ago. Been flying to fire ever since. I’ve seen them come and go over the last decade. I think the thing I’ve got is steadiness. You know, two feet down square on the ground.
What is the hardest part of your job? What is the most rewarding?
Hardest part is staying safe. A Huey 212 can get in tight where the bigger birds can’t. Let’s me do up close work when I need to, but you have to stay safe. The part I like best is coming home after a day on the fire. You slide back down out of the sky. Ground crew is waiting for: prep your helo, set up some chow, raise a beer together. That’s what it’s all about. Good people doing a hard job.
When not working, how do you spend your time?
I’d like to say I read, or study world events, but our airbase is right above a resort town. And that town draws all of these single, athletic women. I like a fit woman who enjoys a good time. Yes, I really do.
If money was no object and you had 3 weeks of vacation what would you do with your time?
Dad’s a ski patroller in the winter and a raft guide in the summer. He was always talking about taking Mom and me on a big trip—rafting down the Grand Canyon. He’s never been able to get far enough ahead to do that. That would be a good time.
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In among 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 a full-time writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at mlbuchman.com.
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