Gather 'round, lovers of disaster novels! The author of the The Tower (filmed as The Towering Inferno ) has started another blaze; this time it is a fire in a New Mexico national forest. Predictably, we have the valiant fire fighters trying to quench the blaze, while various citizens aid or attempt to thwart them, and J.L. Harmon, Fire Management Officer, experiences a growing attachment to a beautiful woman whose life and property are threatened. Although there are no surprises, there is a comforting familiarity with the formula worked by experienced hands. The variety of firefighting techniques is well described, and readers will enjoy cheering the heroes and booing the villains in this sure-to-be-popular page-turner. Elsa Pendleton, formerly with Kern Cty. Lib. System, Bakersfield, Cal.