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Last Chance Rescue: A Search and Rescue Novel

Updated on October 9, 2015

Read a Fictional Search and Rescue Story

Several months ago, I received an e-mail from the author of Last Chance Rescue, asking if I would be willing to review her novel. Being a Search and Rescue volunteer and a fiction-writer myself and having written other reviews of books about wilderness rescue and survival, I guess I was a logical pick.

But this time it was a little different.

This time, the author had contacted me directly. Like me, she's been involved with many real-life Search and Rescue missions, so I felt a connection there. And I know all too well what it's like having that first published novel out there for the world to critique. So I must admit, I was apprehensive about starting the book. I really wanted to give a good (and honest) review.

A Story Of Search, Rescue and Romance in the Rocky Mountains

Unlike most other Search and Rescue-related books I've read, this one is fiction. Made up. But it's written by someone with firsthand knowledge of what SAR is all about and how it can affect those who get involved with the lives -- and sometimes deaths -- of those they seek to help.

Here's the book if you'd like to pick up a copy and read along.

Last Chance Rescue: A Story Of Rescue And Romance In The Rocky Mountains
Last Chance Rescue: A Story Of Rescue And Romance In The Rocky Mountains

From the Blurb:

"A saavy and accomplished advertising executive, Brad Sievers' life is forever altered the night he runs into Jessie Van Dyke at his high school reunion. In his new role as a Search and Rescue team member in the Colorado Rockies, he comes face-to-face with the precariousness of human life and his ability to affect it."


Last Chance Rescue begins....

"The helicopter shuddered and swayed as it lifted off the helipad. Brad Sievers gripped the edge of the bench, willing his stomach to calm down."

Author of Last Chance Rescue
Author of Last Chance Rescue | Source

About The Author

Tracey Cramer-Kelly writes what she knows

Tracey Cramer-Kelly and her husband live in a small Minnesota town with their two children, enjoying outdoor activities of all kinds. Though she spends most days running their family business, Leader MotorSports, Tracey's background includes a helicopter pilot's license and experience as an Army Reserve medic.

A Review:

"I'm not one for romance novels or adventure fiction, but Last Chance Rescue is a good, fun read that moves right along and attends to its subject matter with realistic detail. The author's emergency medical background and outdoor experience show through in the attention to those aspects of the story."

--Terri Watson

Air Idaho Rescue Helicopter Pilot & NOLS Senior Field Instructor

And Here's What I Think of the Book

I enjoyed it! The characters are very real and down-to-earth. The book is well-written, clear and moves along at a steady pace, without getting bogged down in lengthy descriptions or becoming too wordy, with some interesting surprises that held my interest throughout.

I haven't been reading much fiction for some time now, but Last Chance Rescue was a nice change of pace for me, while still staying within a niche I really like--Search & Rescue--with some romance added to the mix.

Thumbs Up for Last Chance Rescue
Thumbs Up for Last Chance Rescue | Source

Does "Last Chance Rescue" Interest You?

Based on the blurb, the opening sentence and the author bio, does this sound like something you'd like to read?

Yeah, I'd give it a try

Yeah, I'd give it a try

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    • Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      It really does, sound interesting with a lot of romance, exciting for her!

    • Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Sounds like one I'd like - suspenseful situations, mysterious dark past, a bit of romance ...

    • Holley Web 8 years ago

      I always love those characters with dark pasts (which may explain my marriage...and divorce..hmm) I may have to get this one!

    • julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Yes, I'd say that the book does seem to have that hook for me! Can't wait to hear more about it.

    • Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      It does sound appealing.

    No, sorry, just doesn't sound like my thing

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          whirlwind 6 years ago

          Good review! Sounds like a worthwhile read.

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          MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          good job! sounds interesting

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          Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

          You did an excellent job reviewing and promoting this book, Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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          myraggededge 7 years ago

          Great review - sounds like an enjoyable read. Will lookout for it.

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          Bambi Watson 7 years ago

          I've been here before lol... and it's still a 5 star lens!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Great book review!

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          pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

          Very interesting lens which I really enjoyed

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          Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          Have fun, I look forward to reading your final review. Congrats on making it to week 7. It's almost over! LOL

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          Sniff It Out 8 years ago

          Sounds like it might be a good book to read, written by somebody with first hand experience of the subject.

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          Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

          The personal connection aspect here is cool. Sounds like a good book.

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          This sounds like a book that I would really like. I will add it to my list of books to get. Thanks for introducing me to this one. Blessed by an Angel.

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          Bambi Watson 8 years ago

          Wonderful :-)

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          Holley Web 8 years ago

          I will have to check this one out! I always respect your opinion, so let us know what you think!

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          religions7 8 years ago

          I get people contacting me so often, they have to have something special to say to get me to respond - but that's partly to do with people sending the same e-mail to several people. Sounds like you were contacted personally, that's different. Doesn't sound like my kind of book - but great lens.

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          Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Very neat that the author contacted you! It sounds like a really good book.

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          WhiteOak50 8 years ago

          Very nicely done. You know this is just my opinion only: In the top section where you said, Then again, how much does my opinion really matter? To me, it really only matters ... well, to me. I think an opinion matters a lot sometimes. Its like when the guy wrote about his experiences on the AP, As Far As The Eyes Can See, I am sure his opinions mattered a lot about walking the AP and it encouraged others to do the same. If you are very passionate about something, the energy of the opinion expands through your own passions of the book. You have a gift of strong words, so your opinion does matter (smiles)

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          Robin S 8 years ago from USA

          Nice work!