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Fighting the Flames

R. M. Ballantyne

Book Overview: 

Frank Willders is a brave young member of the London Fire Brigade - Willie is his mischievous but helpful younger brother. The two of them encounter a cast of unforgettable characters as Frank and his companions perform heroic rescues and fight the never-ending battle against the flames. Meanwhile the mysterious and sinister Gorman is hatching dark plots, lovely Emma Ward has set Willie’s heart on fire, and Mrs. Denman can’t forgive the courageous fireman who carried her out of a burning building in her nightclothes! All these and more come together in a rousing adventure and inspiring story you won't soon forget.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .James Auberly, living there with his family, were all burned to ashes.”

Miss Tippet here interrupted with, “No, no;” but her stern friend imposing silence, with an eagle look, continued:

“All burned to ashes, and also your sweet Loo. A ‘what’s-his-name’ having been brought, a brave fireman goes up it, and apparently never comes down again (burned to ashes also, I fancy); but young Auberly, who went up before him, and fell—heat and suffocation being the result—saved some one named ‘her’ in his arms; his name being Frank (owing no doubt to his having been re-baptised, for ever since I knew him he has been named Frederick), and he is this boy’s brother-in-law!”

By way of putting an extremely fine point on her sarcasm, Miss Deemas turned to Willie, with a very condescending air, and said:

“Pray, when did your sister marry Mr Frederick Auberly?”

Willie, with a fa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Rating: 4 stars
By: R.M. Ballantyne
Ages: 13 and up (an attempted murder, the subject of fires, a death, etc.)

I've waited quite a while to review this book (I read it in May of this year). But during the months after having read it, I would periodically think of it and I'd just get happy inside (or...more

I really enjoy Ballantyne's books. This one was no exception it was lots of fun. it had many characters and side plots.

This book is not one single story, but rather several minor plots woven into one book to give a wonderful picture of the life of London and particularly the London Fire Brigade. Many of the stories of the heroism, courage, and courtesy of the firemen and other related people brought tears to my e...more

I read this book with two of my siblings, and all of us have different tastes in books, and yet we all had fun reading this book. Many things happen that you don't see coming, which is always fun, coupled with getting things you want to see happen.

Over all it is a great book to read with others s...more

A friend gave this to me for my birthday. Being a G.A. Henty fan myself, I was curious about R.M. Ballantyne, who is supposed to be close to Henty's style. This was my second Ballantyne, and I must say I enjoyed it a lot. The style, while very descriptive, also had a good hunk of dialogue. The bo...more