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Paul J. Krause is a volunteer fire captain and a graduate of University of Hartford with a BA in US History and a minor in Gender Studies. He was inspired to write Local Yokels after reading The French Revolution by Matt Stewart in an American Literature class at the university. Paul is a Marine Corps veteran, having served from June 2005 to June 2009. He deployed twice with 2D Battalion 2D Marines-once in support of the global war on terrorism, with the 26th MEU in 2007, and once to Iraq in 2008.
Bootknife and the rest of the Local Yokels-members of a volunteer fire service-find themselves in a weeklong stretch of structure fires. With this many fires being a rarity in Uville, Bootknife and his fellow firefighters’ skills will be put to the test. When they arrive at one of the worst fires they’ve ever been called to, three of the firefighters are trapped in a series of collapses on the first and second floors of the structure, leaving them fighting for their lives. Local Yokels offers an insider’s view of the brotherhood of the fire service, with characters based on real volunteer and career firefighters. Full of adventure, humor, and heart-gripping tension, it’s a dynamic debut novel.