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Reviewed by Faith Farrell for Readers' Favorite
Rescued, by Brian Brown is about a father, mother and daughter, flying in a small plane to visit a second daughter. They crash into the wilderness of the mountains. They survive the impact, but all are injured. Rescuers must locate them and get them to safety out of that rough, dangerous terrain. The pilot and father, Brian Brown, understands the mission of the rescuers...he is a fire captain who has responded to many life and death situations. He knows he needs to keep a clear head and push through the pain to help save his own family.
This story is told from multiple points of view... from the rescued and the rescuers. I identified strongly with the rescued Brown family: Brian, his wife Jayann and their daughter Heather. The emotions they went through grip you as you read, and I found myself praying hard that my own family would be protected in their journeys. Their story reminds me just how frail we are as human beings. As N.D. Wilson points out, we little people can't get too hot or too cold, we can't be left out in the wilds, we need water, we need food, we need sleep. Our lives are so fragile! That their lives were preserved through this crash is a miracle. Truly, this rescue was an act of God, working through brave men and women who give their all and yet wouldn't want to be called heroes.
The rescuer's accounts are amazing to read. From the dispatcher who took the 911 call that Heather was able to get out from the mountainside with her last bit of cell battery and a flickering signal, to the men that operated the helicopter hoist that lifted them to safety, these are people gifted in what they do, willing to sacrifice themselves to help another. I especially loved the chance to get into the mind of a firefighter, to hear more about what drew Mr. Brown himself and the rescuers to this challenging and rewarding field.
For these men and women, it's a calling. Their passion for this unique work that saves other people's lives while statistically cutting ten years off their own lifespan, pours out of this book. And as they say: once fire-fighting gets into your blood, it typically never leaves.