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Chasing Fire | [Nora Roberts]

Chasing Fire

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.
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Publisher's Summary

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.

But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home - even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.

Fortunately, this year’s rookie crop is among the strongest ever - and Gulliver Curry’s one of the best. He’s also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas “Iron Man” Tripp, yet he’s instantly more fascinated by his hero’s daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn’t hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn’t make a good case to be an exception to the rule.

Everything is thrown off balance, though, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull - any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.

©2011 Nora Roberts (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    M. Davis GA 04-14-11
    M. Davis GA 04-14-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Another winner by Roberts!"

    I really enjoyed this book - and Rebecca Lowman did an excellent job of the narration. Interesting storyline - and Roberts drew interesting and enjoyable characters. Great mix of mystery/suspense and romance. Totally enjoyable listen, didn't want to stop till the last chapter was complete!

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 06-14-11
    LeftyMom North Carolina 06-14-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Excellent"

    I am a big Nora Roberts fan but have not been thrilled with her last couple of books - this one is excellent. The story was very interesting and learning all about fire jumpers made me appreciate fire fighters even more. This story was very well written with well thought out characters that were fully developed. The narrator did a fantastic job...I will listen to this one again...5 stars!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C.Lee denver, CO, United States 04-19-11
    C.Lee denver, CO, United States 04-19-11
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    "One of the best yet"

    I have been waiting for this one to come out and it was definitely worth the wait!! It was a wonderful combination of suspense and romance and I especially enjoyed the double romance that brewed throughout the story. I really enjoyed watching the way the relationship between a father and daughter can change without destroying it and that people need to accept these changes so everyone can be happy. Even old foggies like me need love too. Great job!!!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Rosina 08-19-12
    Rosina 08-19-12

    I'm a published novelist under my own name and the pen name Sara Donati. I'm also an academic specializing in sociocultural linguistics.

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    If you could sum up Chasing Fire in three words, what would they be?

    compelling, evocative, Gulliver


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read a lot of Nora Roberts' novels and many of them blend together for me, which means that they were less than compelling or memorable. Not bad, mind you. Just not exceptional in any way.

    A couple of her novels have stood out for me, and this I think is the one that I like best. I certainly admire Roberts' ability to make the perilous world of fire jumpers come into focus. A lot of research went into this, but (and this is the hard part) she never indulges the temptation to simply show off what she learned -- Roberts provides just enough detail to get a real sense of how physically and mentally challenging fire jumping is. I got a good idea of the current technology and how it's used, and maybe most important, I began to understand the mindset and priorities that would drive an otherwise sensible and intelligent human being to jump out of a plane into a raging fire.

    The primary romance is exceptionally good. Rowan, a veteran fire jumper, and Gulliver, a rookie. I find I can't resist the urge to use the totally predictable descriptive phrase: they generate tremendous heat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rowan tells Gulliver the truth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scenes between Rowan and her father were very well done. She realizes that he has been lonely, and that she doesn't want him to be lonely, no matter how much change scares her.


    Any additional comments?

    Tremendously interesting, and an alpha-hero who tempers near perfection with a good dose of self-awareness.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 04-17-11
    Kelly 04-17-11
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    "Great listen!"

    Great job by both Nora and narrator! Many twist and turns. When you think you know...you don't!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Lexington Park, MD, United States 05-25-11
    Malinda Lexington Park, MD, United States 05-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good but..."

    I am a huge Nora Roberts fan but this book was just okay. She used a LOT of descriptive imagery for the fire and other scenic sites which when used sparingly is good but was definitely overkill in this book. A lot of foul language...Narrator was okay. Overall book was not a favorite of mine...I should have taken the other reader reviews to heart and saved the credit.

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    Amazon Customer The Woodlands, TX, United States 05-04-11
    Amazon Customer The Woodlands, TX, United States 05-04-11 Member Since 2011

    My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.

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    "Good Book For Listening"

    Actually, I listened to this one twice in a row! It was a great listen. The reader's voice was easy to listen to. The book flowed well, and the subplots were easy to follow. Try it, you'll like it!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Carey Columbia, MD 08-17-11
    Christine Carey Columbia, MD 08-17-11 Member Since 2007

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    "I usually love Nora, but not this one."

    Usually Nora writes very strong female characters. That's still the case in this one, but there's so much little-lady-ing going on that I just can't enjoy the story. I don't mind the fire-jumping - I think that a lot of her most interesting stuff centers around whatever career has caught her fancy, but a lot of the male characters here, while possibly true-to-life, just turned me off.

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    Patricia 05-06-11
    Patricia 05-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Chasing nothing"

    I've heard so much about Nora Roberts books that I thought I would try one. I'm sorry to say that this book came off as juvenile. The story was run of the mill to say the least. I was happy to read about strong women, both in mind and body through out the story. This is a fine book for a young girl to read but anyone over the age of 17 don't waste your time.

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    Heather Mt Claremont, Australia 05-22-11
    Heather Mt Claremont, Australia 05-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Dangers on the job"

    Loved this book. Strong female lead. Kick ass fire fighter. Charming love interest. Roberts does like her murder, troubled characters, fighting and sex.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "intersteing and exciting romance"

    I've liked all of the Nora Roberts books I've listened to so far . But some are still better than others . This one is one of the better ones, typical of NR, she has reseached a lot of background , this time about smoke jumpers, which makes the exciting story interesting too .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    6/15/12
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    "Flamin' fantastic"

    Already a good book by a great author. Has been made more so by wonderful narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A good holiday listen"

    Not the greatest literature ever but a really good deck chair listen - keeps you listening

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    "Intense"

    This book kept me interested. It is so detailed and the narrator made it seem real and personal. I felt as if I was right there with the characters. It kept me wanting to sit and listen, leaving my housework all but forgotten. At times I would get a tingle down my back when the fires where being described. A gripping and enjoyable book. I highly recommend this book for easy and exciting listening.

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