The Burning Hour is a story of the volatility between tradition and public necessity. On one side, the Mapps, a fiercely independent Native American family, who fight back as government agencies ignore treaty agreements and try to exert control over Mapp family land. On the other, Nick Delgado, a young wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management, searches for his own place in a world that teeters between alien and achingly familiar. Faced with the driest fire season on record, the Mapps must place their trust in a government less than honorable, while Nick struggles with regulations and familial expectations to become the man he needs to be.




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"Reading The Burning Hour reminds me of sitting outside on an arid Nevada afternoon, when thunderheads build over the mountains and hot, dry winds burst off the playa. Anything—a stab of lightning, a spark from a rifle, even an overheated car driving across a patch of desiccated grass—can set off a conflagration of smoke and flames. That same tension, that crackling anticipation sets The Burning Hour’s pace. You know the fire is coming; you don’t know where or when. Nor do you know who or what will survive the inferno’s damage."--Ann Ronald, author of Friendly Fallout 1953.

"I can say truly The Burning Hour is a novel I won’t ever forget: it’s rich with characterization and social conflicts, suspenseful and engaging, and a vivid portrait of a unique place and its inhabitants. I feel these characters deeply, understand the complicated motivations that make them tick, while at the same time am immersed in their essential mystery, the essential mystery of being humanScott Nadelson, author of Between You and Me and The Next Scott Nadelson


I was riveted from start to finish by the lyrical and yet page-turning unfolding of the novel and its characters.--Rick Barot, author of Chord  and Want

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