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Into the Inferno Hardcover – Mar 4 2003


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (March 4 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345445910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345445919
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,186,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Being cooped in up the house in this storm, I've had plenty of time to read in the evenings. A novel I just finished was Into The Inferno by Earl Emerson. Looking at the cover, it would appear to be a firefighting story of some sort, but in actuality it's a medical thriller that has a firefighter as the main character. One day they are called to an accident scene involving a number of cars and some overturned cargo from a semi. Nothing appears to be suspect in the load, and everything is cleaned up with no problems. But five months later, the members of the fire station involved in the response start dying off and/or going brain-dead over a week when they start to show symptoms of an unknown disease. The main character recognizes that the source must be from the cargo spillage, and he races to find out the killer substance that is going to render him brain-dead in seven days unless he can solve the mystery. When he finds out the true source, the question becomes whether the condition or a gun will kill him first.
A good read for something that I picked up at the library just scanning through the shelves. Pleasantly surprised and pleased, even though it wasn't the type of book I thought it would be...
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By A Customer on Aug. 13 2003
Format: Hardcover
Emerson is one of the best of today's thriller writers - quirky, human, entertaining - with a good sense of locale. The Mac Fontana and Thomas Black series are outstanding.
This is a piece of overwritten rubbish. The writing is simply bad - the opening pages are those of a novice not a skilled craftsman. The plot is unconvincing (to be generous). The group dynamics - which he usually excels at - are childish. But above all the characters are totally uninvolving and unconvincing. The awkward combination of self-knowing weakness and "charm" of the protagonist just make the hair curl on the back of your neck.
This is careless and lazy writing from an author who is capable of much better and needs to stop looking for the "besteller" - and thereby underestimating the taste of his readers.
Regretfully all three thunbs down.
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By Emily M. Dyer on June 2 2003
Format: Hardcover
An ordinary freeway accident between two trucks during a Pacific Northwest winter. Six months later people begin dying. Attributed to the accidents but from the onset of the first symptom to the last they are all dead within a week. What do they have in common? A white waxy substance on the backs of their hands.
Is in their minds or is it a syndrome on the loose from that one accidend? Are companies covering up their involvment to protect their assets?
Jim Swope and Dr. Stephanie Riggs begin to turn over the stones in this suspense novel to find the answers before Jim becomes just another statistic.
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By SDRTX on May 29 2003
Format: Hardcover
Earl Emerson's experience as a firefighter is evident in this fast-paced, page-turning thriller. The plot is slightly implausible, but overall the plot is so suspensful that any implausibility can be forgiven. Emerson is a first-rate writer.
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Jim Swope is a nervous firefighter in the Earl Emerson's new novel "Into the Inferno." Swope works in Washington State's North Bend Fire and Rescue Company, and this group of paid and volunteer firefighters have run into some serious trouble. One by one, the North Bend firefighters have either become seriously ill or died in violent accidents. Are these events coincidental or is there something more insidious going on?
Swope is terrified when he begins to experience the same symptoms as his fallen colleagues. With the help of Stephanie Riggs, the sister of one of the victims, Swope starts investigating the "North Bend Syndrome" and what he and Stephanie find out is shocking and horrifying.
Earl Emerson sustains the reader's interest throughout this unusual novel. I loved the character of Jim Swope, an individual whose childhood traumas have left lasting scars, especially in his ability to relate to women. Jim is also a loving father and a courageous man who is willing to learn from his mistakes. I liked the character of Stephanie Riggs, as well. She is a tough and intelligent doctor who is dogged in her pursuit of the truth about the syndrome that has destroyed her sister.
Emerson balances the book's humorous and serious aspects skillfully and he maintains a high level of excitement throughout the novel. I recommend "Into the Inferno." It works both as a thriller and as a quirky psychological study of a beleaguered man who is pushed to his limits.
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By Rick Olson on April 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
I expected a sit on the edge of your seat book like "vertical burn". It started out with a who-done-it theme and I got dissapointed. As I read, it came around. A good read!
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