Club Fed


Young Adult - Action
234 Pages
Reviewed on 09/11/2020
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Author Biography

This is an action/adventure/comedy with a motivational kick. I wrote it to encourage youths and young adults to learn the importance of strength of character, the value of honest friends, and that life’s mistakes can become opportunities to learn and grow.
Club Fed is based on my experiences as the chief engineer of Boron Inmate Engine Company 52. Previously, I had been the Chief of a US Navy Bomb Disposal team. I had led highly-trained professionals on top secret military operations, secret service missions, and into extremely dangerous situations around the Pacific. I fell hard from that rank of heroes because of a stupid marijuana mistake that landed me at Boron Prison Camp. For details see my autobiography, “In DeLorean’s Shadow,” the drug trial of the century by the sole surviving defendant.

At the prison, I was chief engineer of an inmate fire crew of bank robbers, drug dealers, smugglers and con men. We had two old fire engines and equipment from the sixties. Turning this renegade group into a well-organized team was the challenge of a lifetime, and what I learned from these mismatched men became the motivational foundation for this book.
Can a ragtag gang of inmates actually become lifesaving heroes? Join them as they leave the prison camp on their first emergency response. It has all the excitement of a prison escape with the fire engine roaring out of the prison, sirens wailing, and a cocky female prison guard riding shotgun.

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Reviewed by Soumya Sreehari for Readers' Favorite

Club Fed by Stephen Arrington is the story of finding a purpose. Jake, Raoul, Walt, Clayton, and Jessie are an unusual bunch. They meet at a minimum-security prison camp. They are randomly chosen and put together as the inmate fire crew for the town of Boron. As they settle into their peculiar job, they become a band of brothers. Their diverse skill set makes them a strong fire-fighting team. They restore a beautiful, pre-World-War-II era La France fire truck. Their firefighting adventures make them a subject of curiosity for the town and a subject of envy for a rival volunteer firefighting team. Along with a friendly corrections officer, Cindy, they go around town saving lives. During the journey, they find meaning and purpose in their own lives.

Club Fed is a fictional story aimed at inspiring young adults. Stephen Arrington derives inspiration from his own life experiences in building the story and characters. The plot and premise are set in an unconventional scenario. The main characters, with all their flaws, are extremely likable. The attention to detail with the locations, the engineering, and the process of fire rescue teams is brilliant. I greatly enjoyed the adventures of Engine Company 52. The good guys, the bad guys, the jealous guys, the clash of emotions – Club Fed has it all. For me, the appeal of the story was in the triumph of the underdog. I especially admired the beautiful sketch illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. For a heart-warming and uplifting story of adventure, pick up Club Fed.