Flames and Smoke Visible is the true story about a veteran fire fighter who was injured on the fireground. While in the hospital, he is compelled to consider what it means to be. What emerges from his remembrance of things past is a lean and eloquent book about brave and honorable fire fighters who possess the mystery of knowing how to face the living and the dying. Their valiant stories are filled with understated wisdom and humility about the beautiful and dreadful things encountered on the fireground.
As David Willson, author of REMF Diary: A Novel of the Vietnam War Zone, writes: “With the authority of experience as a professional fire fighter, D.S. Lliteras has written an authentic and entertaining book . . . a beautifully written, riveting account about this profession that is not only a first-rate entertaining book but also a book which informs, instructs, and allows the reader access to the human heart.”
"[T]his brief glimpse into both the mundane and exciting moments in a firefighter's career is sobering." —Library Journal - Ryan Claringbole
" . . . Lliteras nicely mixes the quiet with the heart-pounding . . . Flames and Smoke Visible will light you up." —TheBookwormSez (syndicated columnist) - Terri Schlichenmeyer
"Lliteras has been at war on two fronts, fighting both enemy soldiers and raging fires, and there is a hard-earned wisdom in these true-life episodes that grips our attention." —Publishers Weekly
"Lliteras takes the reader inside the dangerous job of firefighting with an intensity no other writer/firefighter I have read has done . . . a beautifully written, riveting account about this profession that is entertaining and also informs, instructs, and allows the reader access to the human heart." —The VVA Veteran - David Wilson
D. S. LLITERAS is the author of ten books that have received national acclaim. He has served with the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the Norfolk Fire Department. He has a BA and MFA from Florida State University and is a member of the IAFF.