If wisdom comes with age and one should write what they know, then who better to pen a novel than someone like Joe Corso, a retired NYC firefighter, who has lived a long life filled with ten lifetimes worth of experiences. He’s been a husband, a father, a grandfather, a hero, a friend and now an author. He’s lived more than most people even dream of, so he has a lot to draw on when it comes to storytelling.
The way I see it, you can look at an author like Joe Corso in one of two ways: You can take the cynical approach and consider it strange for a man to spend his whole life doing something else and then suddenly decide to write in his 70s. When you go with the cynical approach, you might just assume his novels are subpar. But, if you allow yourself to be open minded you might be surprised. If you consider everything a man filled with life experience has to offer, you can begin to imagine the magic that might come out of him as he puts pen to paper—or fingers to keyboard.
Take Corso’s Engine 24, which is filled with New York firefighter stories. In this novel, Corso tells the true story of the extraordinary brotherhood of men who face extreme danger every day inside the New York Fire Department. Thanks to his life experiences, Corso is able to vividly depict the moments of truth when ordinary men watch their brothers die, and then, in order to live with themselves, they too must be prepared to lay down their own lives. This novel gives us civilians a chance to take an in depth look into the lives of every day heroes.
With Engine 24, Corso truly took the saying “write what you know” to heart; and we are lucky he did. Corso’s amazing storytelling abilities combined with his incredible life experiences led to a truly remarkable novel that you won’t be able to put down.
Thanks to Mr. Corso’s long life filled with adventures, his wisdom stretches far beyond his knowledge of New York firefighters. He has many a life experiences to draw on, and we the readers are the ones who benefit. His crime novels are as good as his time travel novels which are as good as his Sci-Fi books. You can’t lose when you pick up a Joe Corso novel.