BETWEEN THE DRAGON AND HIS WRATH – RECOLLECTIONS OF A CAREER SMOKEJUMPER
This non-fiction book consists of 37 short stories that recount some of the author's most memorable times while working as a Smokejumper. They are stories of hardship, danger humor and camaraderie. Their job takes them to fires one will rarely see in the media because, if they are successful the fire never makes the news.
The stories offer a rare glimpse into the world of a Smokejumper, taking the reader along as they parachute into the forests of America combating wildfires, working to exhaustion, laughing out loud at themselves and witnessing nature's astonishing beauty. Experience the struggles and challenges of this frequently grueling job and perhaps gain some insight into why so many consider it the best job they ever had.
One reader wrote: “…a dynamite collection and telling of Smokejumping stories which cover the gamete of Smokejumper experience and thus include the many possible unusual, sometimes dangerous, occasionally weird, but always story worthy scenarios which can play out in this special brand of firefighting you know so intimately. Good job!”
About Mark R. Corbet (Bend, Oregon Author)
Mark was born and raised in the ranching country of Eastern Oregon.
After graduating from the University of Oregon he worked as a Smokejumper for thirty one seasons making 305 parachute jumps to remote wildfires from Alaska to Virginia and throughout the western U.S. In that time he also helped train hundreds of rookie Smokejumpers.
He and his wife Peggy live on a small farm in Central Oregon.