Engine 24

Fire Stories

Non-Fiction - Short Story/Novela
76 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2013
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Author Biography

I grew up in Queens, New York and I began writing in an attempt to raise money to pay for my grandchildren's college education. I've written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I'm working on the fifth installment of The Starlight Club series. When It's completed I'll write a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest in the Western category. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 won the bronze in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the historical non-fiction category.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started writing a half century ago.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Engine 24: Fire Stories by Joe Corso speaks about the experiences of firefighters of the New York City Fire Department. The book contains five short stories. It speaks about the sacrifices undergone by these men while in service. The book is also very appealing because the author speaks about his personal experiences.

The book also has a human angle to it. It is an eye opener for the public about the trials and tribulations of fire fighters. They are people who save our lives and we often tend to forget the sacrifices they make to save people from dangerous situations. All five stories in the book highlight the dangers these men go through while trying to save people. The one story that is vivid and stayed in my mind is the one where 12 New York City Firefighters lost their lives. A tinge of sadness also runs through these stories when you know that in spite of the tragedies, they still do their duties.

The pathos is felt while reading about the unexpected loss of lives caused by fire, and the anguish that lingers in the people close to the firefighters. The book also gives the reader some dramatic moments in the descriptions about the real life moments faced by the firefighters. I found the theme excellent and the book will be revelation to the reader who is actually ignorant about the workers in fire departments.