FIRE: Mutual Aid by Joe Corso

 

Exciting fire fighting true story.

Publisher: Black Horse Publishing; 1 edition (July 26, 2013)

ASIN: B00E6HRNK8

About Joe Corso:  I was born in 1935 and I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing at the age of 75 hoping to raise money to send my grandchildren to better schools. In the past three years I’ve written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I’m working on The Starlight Club 5. After that I’m considering writing a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and is a finalist in the Readers Favorite 2013 book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 is also a finalist in the Readers Favorite short story category.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started my writing career a half century ago.

About the book: (The story that follows was written from notes I wrote on May 28, 1964, the day after the Jersey City Pier fire. The following paragraph is from an article that appeared in the third issue of W.N.Y.F in 1964, written by John J. Cunningham Deputy Assistant Chief of the Marine Division. He described the scene perfectly.)

Author’s Website: http://www.corsobooks.com/

Review by Susan Keefe

On the night of May 27, 1964, thousands of New York City residents, whose dwellings overlook the Hudson River in lower Manhattan, had ringside seats for a spectacular wind-fanned waterfront fire that lit up the Jersey shore. A fire that, before it was brought under control some hours later, taxed the combined efforts of four FDNY. marine companies, five FDNY. Engine companies, 16 JCFD fire companies, 14 Coast Guard Vessels, and 21 Pennsylvania R.R. tug boats. Units from nearby Bayonne, Hoboken, and West New York manned the vacant Jersey City firehouses. Residents as far away as Brooklyn discovered evidence of the fire on their sidewalks and lawns the following morning.

Some fires make news headlines, and the Jersey City Pier fire on 27th May 1964 was such a fire.

The author, Joe Corso was one of the fire fighting crew on Engine 24 when they responded to a call from the dispatcher – the Jersey City Fire Department was asking for Mutual Aid, they had a fire raging and needed help.

Gathering at the Holland Tunnel, they led a caravan of fire trucks towards the brightly lit skyline and into the inferno, which raged in the tall buildings at the waterfront and along the pier, threatening to spread down the coast.

United, with one goal, the fire crews worked in the extreme heat, using water from the Hudson River, fighting to halt the spread of the fire, grateful when the mighty fireboats arrive to take over.

This story is a fine example of the fire departments comradeship and mutual respect, brave men who pulled together to extinguish this raging inferno.

The author has also included in this book some interesting insights as to what it was like living there in the early 1960’s and some local information.

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Engine 24: Fire Stories by Joe Corso

 

Best collection of fire fighting short stories ever!

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Publisher: Black Horse Publishing; 1 edition (July 29, 2013)

ASIN: B00E8898M6

About the Author: I was born in 1935 and I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing at the age of 75 hoping to raise money to send my grandchildren to better schools. In the past three years I’ve written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I’m working on The Starlight Club 5. After that I’m considering writing a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and is a finalist in the Readers Favorite 2013 book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 is also a finalist in the Readers Favorite short story category.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started my writing career a half century ago.
About the book:Every firefighter has a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell and the stories more often than not are instructional as well as exciting. When I was a firefighter, I kept notes of the fires I responded to. Now that I am retired, I have reflected on my career as a firefighter and have written a book about the men alongside whom I worked, facing dangerous situations daily.
This book is a compilation of five FIRE short stories written between 1964 and 1972, from notes I wrote after returning from fires.FIRE: Box 598 tells the tragic story where 12 New York City firefighters lost their lives in a fire. The short book won the Readers Favorite 2013 award in the short story category.FIRE: Trapped on the Fourth Floor takes place in the mid 1960s and was written from notes I took after the fire. While the story was still fresh in my mind, I added a sub-story about a friend of mine who I worked with in the FDNY. While searching through boxes I hadn’t opened in decades, I came across notes about the day I drove my buddy Joe Black to the hospital and I decided to honor his memory by including a few words about what happened that day in this short story.FIRE: The Bouncing Lieutenant occurred at the Keneret Restaurant cellar fire on Jane Street in lower Manhattan and was taken from notes written by me almost a half century ago. As I wrote this story, the memories of that night came flooding back in vivid detail. I hope that I have successfully captured and conveyed the drama of the moment to the reader.FIRE: The Broadway Central Hotel
FIRE: Mutual Aid
Author’s Website: http://www.corsobooks.com/

Reviewed by Susan Keefe

This book is a collection of five short stories written by Joe Corso, a retired fire fighter from notes he compiled whilst in service.

Whether you want a glimpse into the true life of a fire fighter, or are just looking for a fantastic collection of stories, this is definitely the book for you!

The author has an amazing ability to bring his stories to life, his vivid descriptions of the locations, situations and emotions felt has you sitting on the edge of your seat, itching to turn the page to find the outcome and yet not wanting the story to end.

Each story is completely different, but all contain the crew of Engine 24 of the FDNY to whom the book is dedicated.

This is a compelling collection of short stories. I finished them feeling that I had been allowed a privileged insight not only into the very real dangerous world of a fire fighter, but also, that I had been able to  feel the sense of the comradeship, dedication, duty and loyalty to fellow workers they share.  

I hope the author continues to write more FIRE stories for his number one fan!

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FIRE: Trapped On The 4th Floor by Joe Corso

Amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author: I grew up in Queens, New York and I started writing to raise money to send my grandchildren to better schools. I’ve written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I’m working on the fifth installment of The Starlight Club series. When It’s completed I’ll write a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest in the Western category. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. Another Readers Favorite finalist is my short story FIRE: Box 598.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started my writing career a half century ago.
About the book:  This true short story occurred in the mid 60’s and was taken from notes written after the fire. I included a sub-story about my buddy Joe Black who worked that fire with me. While searching through boxes I hadn’t opened in decades I came across my notes about the day I drove my buddy to the hospital and I decided to honor his memory by including a few words about what happened that day to this short story.
Review by Susan Keefe
Everyone watches the stories on the news and admires the fire fighters who bravely enter flaming buildings and rescue people.
Joe Corso used to be such a person, now retired; he has decided to write some short stories about his experiences.
Fire: Trapped on the 4th floor is a harrowing account of the events of one night from the fire fighters perspective, where teamwork, loyalty and absolute trust are essential.
Gripping, fraught with danger and surprise, this short story is a fantastic read, a real insight into a world few of us are brave enough to enter and where friendships are made for life.  

 

FIRE: The Bouncing Lieutenant by Joe Corso

An amazing fire fighting story.

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Publisher: black Horse Publishing; 1 edition (July 26, 2013)

ASIN: B00E6SBU7O

About Joe Corso: I was born in 1935 and I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing at the age of 75 hoping to raise money to send my grandchildren to better schools. In the past three years I’ve written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I’m working on The Starlight Club 5. After that I’m considering writing a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and is a finalist in the Readers Favorite 2013 book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 is also a finalist in the Readers Favorite short story category.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started my writing career a half century ago.
About the book: I don’t feel comfortable writing about fires that I was involved in almost a half a century ago while I was on the job. My children and grand children have urged me to write about some of the fires I responded to so I have reluctantly agreed to write just five short stories. This is one of them.This story occurred at the Keneret Restaurant cellar fire on Jane Street in lower Manhattan and was taken from notes written by me almost a half century ago. As I wrote this story the memories of that night came flooding back in vivid detail. I hope that I have successfully captured and conveyed the drama of the moment to the reader.
Review by Susan Keefe

Training is important in all walks of life, but when your job is something as dangerous as a fire fighter, it is essential, and so fire drills are carried out every night at the FDNY. The training could save lives and you soon learn that listening to other more experienced fighters’ advice is wise.

When the call goes out to attend a restaurant basement fire, Engine 24 is the first to arrive; this story is about the events of that night, written by an eyewitness, one of the fire fighters, the author himself. Faith in the commands of your officers, following protocol and watching your comrades’ backs is essential; everyone looks out for each other in this very dangerous occupation.  

 When a gas leak is detected and needs to be controlled, it is the fire fighters job to do this under very dangerous conditions. The term fireball is something we have all heard, but few people have witnessed, the author’s description of one is amazing, the devastation it causes and ongoing ramifications make this story compelling reading.

Joe Corso is an amazing writer, whose vivid descriptions of the fire fighting incidents he has attended are enthralling. Through his stories, we glimpse into the world of these brave people and learn the true meaning of comradeship.

Oh, and as to the reason for the title of this book, you will have to read it to find out…

Available at Amazon on Kindle here  http://www.amazon.com/FIRE-The-Bouncing-Lieutenant-ebook/dp/B00E6SBU7O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375699298&sr=8-1&keywords=FIRE%3A+The+Bouncing+Lieutenant

 

 

FIRE: The Broadway Central Hotel by Joe Corso

 

An interesting short story about real life as a  fire fighter.

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When the majestic Broadway Central Hotel, once the largest hotel in the world collapses after years of neglect, the Fire crew assigned to search through the rubble for survivors make an amazing discovery.

This talented author, through personal experience, wonderfully describes life as a Fire fighter in New York. His engaging short story makes compelling reading and contains wonderful descriptions of the hotel, but also a vivid insight into what it was really like to be there at the time, including the dangers and rewards.

A great and thoroughly enjoyable short story.

 

 

The Time Portal 3: The Princess by Joe Corso

 

Time Travel at its best!

The Time Portal 3: The Princess (Time Portal, The)

In the Time Portal books, we follow the adventures of Lucky Campo, who, through a horrific injury, has acquired the ability to travel back in time through Time Portals.  

In this book Lucky and his friend, Mickey, travel back to 12th century England where Princess Krystine is gravely ill. The medicines of the time have failed and the Queen prays for the wizards return. However, will it be enough, can Lucky change the course of history, and if so what will be the consequences?

Throughout history, there have been bloody rulers, with horrific stories attributed to them, like Vlad III Prince of Wallachia. Some believe that these traits can be inherited, surfacing at will. Vlad Koros is such a relative, a manipulator of wealth and power globally, a man used to getting what he wants. However, can he capture Lucky and control his powers and what would he discover if he could?

With the two events running simultaneously in his life, Lucky has to cope with many complications, both physically and emotionally, evolving his powers to survive.

Action packed and exciting, with a captivating storyline, amazing scene settings and descriptions, this book is really un-put-down-able.

It is available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Time-Portal-Princess/dp/1490539840/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1373287379&sr=8-1&keywords=the+time+portal+3+by+joe+corso

and in Kindle format here http://www.amazon.com/The-Time-Portal-Princess-ebook/dp/B00DOW5QW8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373287379&sr=8-1&keywords=the+time+portal+3+by+joe+corso

The Time Portal 2: Escape In Time by Joe Corso

A great sci-fi adventure.

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Everyone knows that things happen for a reason and this story is the proof. Who would have believed when Lucky had an horrific injury it would leave him with an amazing gift – the ability to jump through time.

This time travel makes him incredibly rich, changing life for Lucky and his friends, opening new doors and making unbelievable things possible, like the inventions of his friend The Professor. However, things like this do not go unnoticed, others are watching him too.

This is the first sci-fi book I have read from Joe Corso, however, with its great characters, excitement, intrigue, suspense, adventure and brilliant storyline, all I can say is, I want to read more!

 

Available from Amazon in Paperback here  http://www.amazon.com/The-Time-Portal-Escape-Volume/dp/1490507108/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1372935982&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Time+portal+2+by+joe+corso

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The Starlight Club 4 by Joe Corso

 

The beautiful and the dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 It’s Thanksgiving, a great time for family and yet again we are transported back in time to 1962 by Bobby Valentine as he relaxes after dinner and settles down to tell his daughter Lynn a bit more about what life was like way back then.

Despite popular belief, Red Fortunato is not dead, he has survived, and what’s more, he’s determined to rebuild The Starlight Club and have Frank Sinatra perform there on opening night.

He’s a man used to giving orders and being in control, however, even he is surprises when he attends a business meeting and finds himself with Marilyn Munro in his arms.

This action packed story is full of sex and corruption, set in the dark world of politics with the writer throwing a new light on Marilyn’s death, the political intrigue surrounding Jackie and Bobby Kennedy and suggest there was a potential threat on Richard Nixon’s life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent story, which contains many of the familiar, if not lovable characters, from the Starlight Club series.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-Joe-Corso/dp/1482546655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419369&sr=8-1&keywords=The+starlight+club+4

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also on Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-starlight-club-4-joe-corso/1114998913?ean=2940044410152

The Comeback by Joe Corso

 

A short story for baseball fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Wagner is enjoying his retirement from baseball when he receives a call, and he is offered a fortune to return to the game, but will he?

The story, which follows, is one of sportsmanship, loyalty and one man’s determination to do what is right, against the odds.

A very enjoyable short story set in the world of top class baseball, which will be loved by all baseball fans.

Available from Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Comeback-Joe-Corso/dp/1489579214/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1371488765&sr=8-1&keywords=The+comeback+by+joe+corso

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FIRE: Box 598 by Joe Corso

NEW SHORT STORY – Compelling Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has dates they remember, for various reasons, good and bad. This short story is the harrowing personal account of events, which started on the evening of October 17th 1966 in the New York Fire Department.

In this story, we follow the narrator through a routine evening at the department, which suddenly changes as a fire is reported. As it grows out of control, more engines are called to assist and we follow the horrific events of that fateful night.

This short book takes the reader through a rollercoaster of raw and honest emotions, as the narrator allows us a glimpse into life as a firefighter, and a world where comradeship is paramount, decisions must be obeyed, and sometimes tragedies happen…

Everyone should read this story, is one I’ll never forget!

Available on Amazon Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/FIRE-Box-598-ebook/dp/B00D1CAD9W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370244974&sr=8-1&keywords=FIRE+Box+598

Available in Paperback soon.