Every year people watch in shock as homes are destroyed and communities devastated by natural disasters. As the media arrives, the information that is reported is mainly statistical. The horror of living through and recovering from the experience is rarely told because almost no one has the emotional strength to speak out while the smoke is still in the air or the floodwaters are still receding. The stories of a disaster’s most important effects—which unfold invisibly for months and sometimes years—are never told. That is, until now.
Hail of Fire: A Man and His Family Face Natural Disaster is an intimate account of the third worst wildfire in modern U.S. history, and the most destructive in the history of Texas. It is a memoir about what happened to Randy Fritz, an artist turned politician turned public policy leader, and his family during and after, combining a searing account of the fire as it grew to apocalyptic strength with universal themes of loss, grief, and the rebuilding of one’s life after a calamitous event.
The wildfire itself was traumatic to those who witnessed it and suffered its immediate aftermath. But the most significant impact came in the months and years that followed.
Published June 12th 2015
Current GoodReads Rating: 4.29 Stars
I enjoyed the viewpoint of the book. For me watching the news and seeing disastears happening everyone, I can't relate and to me the news is like a movie. This book though gave me a perspective through eyes of someone who has lived and struggled through a situation I would have changed the channel during. He brought his raw emotions into the story and dragged you into his situation to experience his reality. He gave you more than just the thirty seconds you would see of it on TV and included so much detail of what happens during the storm, how people really react, and the process of the aftermath. He brings you through the choices he had to make and how difficult each scenario was, but still having to humble yourself to choosing one. This story held ups and downs and was realistic, not sugarcoating the journey to rebuild his world. It was inspirational and informative and I have never heard of a similar book. I would highly recommend this story because his fire he had to fight through can be related to many other struggles that others have to go through. I gave this five out of five stars. It was unique and beautifully written.