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The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57
The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57
The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57
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The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57

Написано John N. Maclean

Озвучено Pete Larkin

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A riveting, you-are-there account of the tightly-knit forest service engine crew that perished battling “the perfect storm of wildland fires,” which led to the first-ever conviction of a wildland arsonist for first degree murder.

The Esperanza Fire started October 26, 2006, in the San Jacinto Mountains above the Banning Pass near Cabazon, California. It destroyed 41,000 acres and dozens of homes and cost the taxpayers $16 million dollars. But by far the highest costs of the conflagration were the lives of the five-man crew of Engine 57, the first engine crew ever killed fighting a wildland blaze. Fire and superheated gases had erupted in a freak “area ignition,” sending flames racing across three-quarters of a mile in mere seconds, engulfing the crew and the house they were defending.

The deadly blaze was quickly determined to be no accident. Within a week, serial arsonist Raymond Lee Oyler was arrested and charged with almost two dozen counts of arson—and five counts of first degree murder. The Esperanza Fire recounts with drama and precision the gripping details of the fire and of Oyler's precedent-shattering trial and its stunning conclusion.

John Maclean spent more than five years researching the Esperanza Fire and covering the trial of Raymond Oyler. The result is a thrilling, moment-to-moment insider's chronicle of that devastating and tragic inferno and the pursuit, capture, and prosecution of the man who intentionally set it.

ИздательHighBridge Audio
Дата выпуска27 авг. 2013 г.
The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder and the Agony of Engine 57

John N. Maclean

JOHN N. MACLEAN is an award-winning author and journalist. He spent thirty years at the Chicago Tribune, most of that time as a Washington correspondent. After leaving the Tribune, Maclean wrote five nonfiction books about wildland fire that are considered a staple of fire literature as well as training material for firefighters. Maclean is the son of Norman Maclean, author of A River Runs Through It. The younger Maclean, an avid fly fisherman, lives in Washington, DC, and at a family cabin in Montana.

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  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    Not for me. Much more detail than I wanted, even though little is known about the central event. The story was drawn out. I did appreciate seeing the perspectives of California wildland firefighters.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    John N. Maclean has carved out a niche for himself as the chronicler of wildland fire fatalities. Its a family tradition, as his father wrote the well know Young Men and Fire. Thus, with the loss of 5 firefighters of Engine 57 fighting a southern California fire in 2006, Maclean has described the events leading to the burn-over and death of the crew. What's unique about this tragedy, is that the fire was started by an arsonist whom in turn was arrested and charged with murder.