About The Mass of Men:
WINNER OF THE FLORIDA AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION SILVER MEDAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD IN GENRE FICTION.
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How are firefighters made? What does it take to enter a burning building and risk your life to save another? The cadets of Class #64 are about to find out.
Under the stern supervision of their instructors, the students struggle against the relentless pace of their training. As each makes the transition from novice to professional, the relationships they develop take on dimensions of their own.
Sam is headstrong and driven, but as the only female in the group, she has the added burden of fitting in. Her situation is further complicated by the deep platonic bond she shares with a fellow cadet and an evolving connection with their commanding officer.
Ty grew up under the heavy hand of an abusive father. But he comes into his own at the academy, in large part because of the friendship he shares with Sam and the mentoring he receives from a most unlikely source.
And Matt Daniels serves as a rigid disciplinarian over the cadets and staff, yet everything changes when he allows himself the emotional freedom to bond with his students.
Sam, Ty, and Daniels must now navigate an emotional triangle, all the while being bound by the rank structure that defines them.
The Mass of Men takes the reader inside the grueling training of firefighters, revealing the drama, humor, and intensity of an academy. The punishing physical demands are only part of the challenge as the cadets overcome fears and wrestle with conflict, knowing they will one day be responsible for the lives of others.
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Dr. Wentz is a former firefighter/paramedic who retired from the Orlando Fire Department and went on to complete an MS and PhD in Anthropology at Florida State University where she specialized in the analysis of human remains with foci on ancient disease and population health.
Dr. Wentz has analyzed remains from Windover, Little Salt Spring, and Calico Hill and has done skeletal work in Florida, England, St. Croix, and Ukraine. She obtained forensic experience at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the University of Florida.
She is the author of seven books, including Let Burn: The Making and Breaking of a Firefighter/Paramedic (Silver Medal winner in the 2014 FAPA President’s Awards for Memoirs); Chasing Bones: An Archaeologist’s Pursuit of Skeletons; Life and Death at Windover: Excavations of a 7,000-Year-Old Pond Cemetery; Searching Sand and Surf; and her latest, The Body Blog: Explorations in Science and Culture (Silver Medal winner in the 2016 FAPA President’s Awards for Nonfiction).