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Author: Jason A. Ramos, Julian Smith Narrator: Ned Vaughn Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9780062395610
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A Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Bestseller

In a firestorm, nothing is safe: sand turns to glass, metal runs like water, wood and human beings vanish into ash.

Enter a world of breathtaking danger and beauty: In this remarkable memoir, veteran smokejumper Jason Ramos offers a rare inside look at the lives of airborne firefighters, the select few who parachute into the most rugged and remote wild areas to battle nature’s blazes. Featuring a foreword by author John Maclean (Fire on the Mountain), Ramos’s unforgettable firsthand account takes readers into his exhilarating and daring world. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast paced…Ramos is an expert guide through a fearful world…His passion is unmistakable.”

    USA Today

  • “A fascinating look at the men and women who devote their lives to this service.”


  • “You think your job’s hard? Jason Ramos and his colleagues parachute into the wilderness in order to save nature from going up in flames. He takes readers into the world of smokejumping, which has become more important as drought in America becomes more widespread.”

    Men’s Journal (a 7 Best Books of the Month selection)

  • “[A] touching and fast-paced memoir…written with precision and perspective, sometimes with a touch of poetry…A fun and valuable read.”

    Washington Post

  • “Compelling…A fast-paced, eye-opening read.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Ned Vaughn credibly narrates Ramos’ first-person account… Vaughn’s matter-of-fact tone maintains listener interest while allowing for the solemnity of death and injury to hit home. A passage in which Ramos ponders the feelings that a group of firefighters must have had before their deaths is especially moving. Listeners who know someone in a line of dangerous work may particularly appreciate hearing Ramos’ take on his job.”


  • “Interwoven with his exciting adventures on fires throughout the west, Jason educates the reader about the art of firefighting, the smokejumper culture, and the human tragedies associated with his twenty-six-year firefighting career.”

    Bill Moody, NCSB jumper and base manager (retired) 1957–1989

  • “Jason Ramos tells of nature at its most savage, of two-thousand-degree heat and hurricane-force drafts, of heroic, sometimes lethal efforts to save the lives of people less prepared. Here you’ll meet the people who fly between Heaven and Hell. And jump.”

    Wayne van Zwoll, PhD, former special projects editor, Intermedia Outdoors

  • “Jason Ramos’ Smokejumper is a rousing personal adventure story, a nutshell history of the great wildland fires, and insider’s brief for making smokejumpers more relevant on today’s fire line.”

    John N. Maclean, author of Fire on the Mountain

  • “Nothing can ever measure up to the sound of engines roaring as you step out into the cold air, into harm’s way—to the smell of smoke and the endless beauty of the western mountains of America. Jason Ramos brings all that alive in this book.”

    Bill Furman, CEO, Greenbrier Companies, Inc., Smokejumper NCSB 1962–1967

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About the Author

Jason A. Ramos is an elite smokejumper and twenty-five-year veteran of the fire service. He is also the founder of Product Research Gear, a company that consults with manufacturers of firefighting gear. He is currently based in Winthrop, Washington, the birthplace of smokejumping.