Tunnel Visions by Kurt Kamm, A Review
Being a fan of Kurt Kamm’s writing, I was delighted to have the opportunity to read his latest. You can always count on his books to be accurate when it comes to anything that has to do with public safety and the fire department.
In this latest offering, Kamm takes on one of the biggest threats to Southern California, a terrorist attack on Southern California’s water supply. If you aren’t familiar with the major source of Southern California’s water, you need to read this book. Kamm has all the facts, and when you read how vulnerable the water supply is, you’ll realize how realistic and scary this book is.
This is Kamm’s best offering to date. Having grown up in Los Angeles, I know the area and one of the chilling scenes is how difficult it can be for emergency vehicles to get through traffic when there is a bad situation going on.
The chilling history of the Sylmar Tunnel Disaster of 1971 is skillfully woven into this most compelling thriller.
Kamm has done it again, he’s written a page turner that is steeped with the realization that what unfolds in this novel could happen all too easily.
For a gripping read, I highly recommend Tunnel Visions.
|Author, Kurt Kamm|
Malibu resident Kurt Kamm has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments, and the ATF, as well as his experience in several devastating local wildfires, to write fact-based (“faction”) firefighter mystery novels. Kurt has attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. He is also a graduate of the ATF Citizen's Academy and the DEA Citizen’s Academy. Recently he rode with Los Angeles County Fire Department's famed Urban Search & Rescue Task Force while completing work on Tunnel Visions, a USAR mystery in which terrorists threaten the Southern California water supply.
Kurt has built an avid fan base among first responders and other readers. Each of his firefighter mysteries features a firefighter skilled 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 the men on the fire lines. Subsequent novels, Red Flag Warning: A Serial Arson Mystery (2010) and Code Blood (2012) have won numerous fiction awards. Hazardous Material, released in 2013, received the Hackney Award for best novel of the year.
In 2006, one of the infamous Malibu wildland fires, the 60 mile-per-hour Santa Ana wind-driven Canyon Fire, burned to Kurt’s front door and destroyed the homes of several neighbors. Kurt said the lessons he learned from the County Fire Department while writing his first book helped him save his home.
A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, Kurt was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. He was also Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation for several years and is a supporter of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
Visit Kurt Kamm's first responder/author website www.kurtkamm.com to see stunning fire pictures, and for information about his novels.