The woman, camped nearby with her group of troubled teenagers, slept and heard nothing. She has brought them here by court order on a youth program to help them find themselves. But one among them will be lost forever. For soon the cocoon of fire will hatch to engulf the entire mountain and exact its deadly toll. And into this inferno will come...the Smoke Jumper.
His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but he knows he cannot have. For Julia Bishop is the partner of his closest friend, an ambitious young musician called Ed Tully. Julia loves them both but the tragedy on Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them and burns a brand on all their hearts.
©2001 Nicholas Evans; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Bantam Doubelday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House Inc.
A decent story, exciting at times, a little dull at others. I bought the book because of it's title and my interest in fire fighting. I was disappointed to find that the bulk of the book did not make reference to this. A more recurring theme throughout the book is photography, disappointment and the supression of emotions. Perhaps it should have been titled "The heart broken photographer"
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
The story is a sojourn from young people working as fire fighters in the Montana woods to the other professions this leads them to. It is an epic from Montana to the war zone in Bosnia, Africa and South America and culminates in an epic love story that is very satisfying and fulfilling and as Evans does mixes it with sadness and happiness along the way. This story really touched me and I have listened to it several times since it came out.
Near the end of the book, I had the feeling that the rest of the book was somewhere beside me.....but when I looked, it wasn't really there. Truly, I checked to be certain that I had not inadvertently purchased an abridgement. Yes, the story fragments that are told show Evans at his best. Yes, the story is gripping. In fact, it is indeed because it is gripping that the fairytale ending is a bit of a letdown. What is the meaning of the burning elk's antlers and eyes? Where does Skye twist fate? When and how did Ed die? Why all the unwoven threads? A beautiful story unfulfilled. Still.....worth five stars. The parts of the story that exist are very well written.
I bought this book purely because of the narrator, Eric Conger, who contributes so much to John Sandford's books and surprisingly I was not disappointed. This compelling story is essentially about a love triangle between three very likable people. Perhaps the book's only flaw is that they are too likable. It's a little saccharine and predictable but it's an enjoyable listen, thanks in large part to Eric Conger.
I'm a 31 year old momma to two amazing young men, wife to the greatest guy on earth, a multiple sclerosis survivor and school bus driver!
This was a wonderful book, but I found it slow in some places. So much so, that I felt like fast forwarding through some parts. The plot to me, was too drawn out and I ended up getting frusterated with the characters.
This book is one of my 5 all time favorites. Nicholas Evans writes a wonderful story of romance, friendship and adventure. I didn't want it to end. I may listen to it again. I've loaned it to friends who loved it too.
I was very disappointed with this book. I bought it because of my interest in fire fighting. The first 1/8th of the book was well done and held my interest. Then it feels like the author told his story and need to fill in the rest. It wonders through a strange sequence of monotonous events with little to no relevance to each other. It felt like he constantly ran out of ideas and thought up new material as he went. What I thought would be a story of courage and bravery in the burning back woods of Colorado ended up being a dull story of a blind man, his best friend who becomes a photographer, and his wife who?s really in love with his best friend. I can?t recommend this book.
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