Bucky Dawson is a HazMat specialist with Los Angeles County Fire Department HazMat Task Force 103. His station is in Lancaster, CA–an area populated with meth labs and outlaw motorcycle gangs, as well as Edwards AFB, NASA, and top-secret aerospace facilities.
Bucky–divorced and lonely–struggles with painkiller addiction. One night Task Force 103 is toned out to support a Sheriff’s raid on a meth lab. Bucky thinks he sees his sister at the door of a double- wide trailer in the Mojave Desert just before it explodes.
Bucky’s life is in chaos. While he searches for answers to his sister’s death, he is drawn into a conflict with the Vagos, who are selling drugs in the Mojave Desert. After a confrontation in which the Vagos nearly kill him, Bucky exacts an unusual revenge that only a HazMat firefighter could accomplish.
The novel twists and turns, bringing together firefighters, a sinister aerospace engineer, the Vagos — led by the Dwarf, their seven foot tall Sergeant at Arms, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in a surprise ending you will not anticipate but you will certainly enjoy.
This is the first book by Kurt Kamm that I have had the chance to read. I can promise you it will not be the last. The clear background the author has helps create a sincere and believable character in Bucky. Now the stage is set to for a great plot and a strong character, so get set for a rollercoaster read. You will be completely immersed and engrossed in every chapter as Bucky searches for answers. During the entire suspense filled story, it literally leaves you hanging off the edge of your seat.
Hazardous Material has plenty of twists and turns that made the book better as it went along. I appreciate Kamm’s well researched novel. His experience has mixed real world with fiction – with a fine precision you wont want to put this book down.
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About the Author
Malibu resident Kurt Kamm has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and the ATF, as well as his experience in several devastating local wildfires, to write fact-based firefighter mystery novels. He has attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. He is currently riding with Los Angeles County Fire Department’s famed urban search and rescue task force. He is a graduate of the ATF Citizen’s Academy.
One of the Malibu fires, the 60 mile-per-hour Santa Ana wind-driven Canyon Fire, burned to his front door and destroyed the homes of several neighbors. Kamm said the lessons he learned from the County Fire Department while writing his books helped him save his home.
Kurt Kamm has built an avid fan base among first responders. Each of his firefighter mysteries features a firefighter in a particular discipline (wildland, arson investigation, paramedic, hazardous material response, and search and rescue). His first novel, One Foot in the Black (2008) has become a favorite of firefighters. Subsequent novels, Red Flag Warning: A Serial Arson Mystery (Aberdeen Bay, 2010) and Code Blood (MCM Publishing, 2012) have won numerous fiction awards (see attached summary). Kamm’s latest book, Hazardous Material, has just been released. He is currently attending search & rescue training and working on his fifth novel.
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.