I know. "He's a fireman and this book must be about firefighters." you say. Well, your wrong. Its about being set on fire.
The Full Burn by Kevin Conley is a great read. It's full of action because that's what it is about. The action packed life of stuntmen and stunt women. It has it all, from car chases to crashes, explosions, jumps, falls, you name the stunt and someone in this book has done it. The author gets in with their clique and learns the ins and outs of the job. He reports from the sets of many top movies and treats the stunt team as the real star of the show. He has an interesting writes about the changes to the stunt world that happened with the extensive use of computer graphics in so many movies. The stunts have to be better now and with the use of new technology, the stunt teams can provide many of the same visuals on screen that the CG can provide, but at a much lower cost. CG is really expensive. This book was a fast read for me and I did not want to put it down, I really did not want to finish it, because it was so exciting. It is gritty and cool. It made me want to be a stuntman, until I remembered how many broken bones, scars, plates and screws I already have. May be I should do CG instead. There is better pay and less pain.