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Larry Brown was a fireman in Oxford, MS, for 17 years. I say "was" a fireman for two reasons. One, he left the fire department to write full time, and two, he passed away suddenly in November 2004.

The stories in the book are all true, and alternate from off-duty escapades to fire fighting adventures. Many of the personal stories concern hunting, which may be a turn off for some people (me included), as are the numerous accounts of hard drinking with his fireman buddies, sometimes while driving long distances on official business.

But Mr. Brown was a nice guy and dedicated fireman. He put his life on the line and never hesitated to be there for his fellow firefighters. He brings the reader along on the big red truck with him, and even throws in a few informative tidbits about fires and firefighting.

I hope Mr. Brown's writing inspires people in other professions to put pen to paper and get their stories told. I for one enjoy reading most memoirs, as they introduce me to new and different ways of life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light reading, as itís in short story format and easy to follow in small doses.

Larry Brown published numerous additional books, mostly novels. Some titles are Father and Son (winner of the Southern book award), Joe, Big Bad Love, Billy Rayís Farm, The Rabbit Factory and Dirty Work.

This is good news for Larry Brown fans, because they have a large selection of books to read, but unfortunately, there wonít be any new works from Mr. Brown.

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