Ever since a fire began raging through Lassen Volcanic National Park, Anna has been acting as medic and security officer for the spike camp firefighters. As the blaze dwindles and the camp demobilizes, she stays behind with a small crew to rescue an injured man. Suddenly a thunderstorm whips the remaining embers into a deadly firestorm. After the inferno passes, Anna discovers a crew member didn't make it, but a knife, not the fire, killed him.
Nevada Barr creates scenes so powerful you can almost feel the intense heat and smell the billowing smoke. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings out the nail-biting suspense as Anna searches for the killer within the small band of survivors.
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"While Anna, with her compassion, toughness, and abundant one-liners, calls Kinsey Milhone to mind, Barr's character is a true original. And for excitement, her line of work can't be beat". (Publishers Weekly)
"Anna Pigeon, Barr's down-to-earth heroine, is a delight, with her no-nonsense approach to crime solving and her commonsense approach to life....Top-flight entertainment." (Booklist)
This is my favorite of all her books. Not only does it have a good mystery to be solved,but Nevada Barr takes you right there on the mountain fighting the fire. There were times I could almost smell the smoke. Her ability to take you into the daily life of National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon sets her books apart from other mysteries. I enjoy reading about the beautiful yet perilous settings as well as the inner workings of the Park Service in all of her books. Barbara Rosenblat does a great job as narrator.
I have heard a number of Anna Pigeon novels, but found it hard to keep track of the characters in this one. You do get caught up in the intensity of the fire and their suffering, but I couldn't keep the people straight as to who did what, etc. The murder mystery part of the plot isn't as interesting as in her others.
Barbara Rosenblat is a hideous reader. Listening to her swallow distracts from the entire book. Perhaps it is a problem with the mic and the way it was recorded but I have noted that others comment on this same thing and I agree. I like Nevada Barr but the distraction of the reader was just too much.
This was a book about how fire crews and firestorms work and the mystery was a minor subplot. Nevada Barr usually does a much better job balancing her description of the national park with the mystery. This book was not that.
Someone could have listened to the last Barbara Rosenblat recording of a Nevada Barr book and fired Rosenblat. Recording books is the wrong field for someone who dedicates a huge percentage of their day to swallowing loudly.
I'm frustrated any time a good story is ruined by a poor reader. In this case I'm angry because a good series has been ruined for me by a sub-par plot and a genuinely awful reader. I suspect I am done with Nevada Barr on Audible.
Great book and the narrator did a good job of bringing the story to life.
Well drawn nature backgrounds in all of her books. So far, this is my favorite. However well done, I do find one picky little thing....in this case, a badger is not a rodent. The narrator is fantastic, her "woman" voices are varied and not the fall back falsetto used by many men narrators. Her "man" voices are also varied, and it's hard to hear her real voice in them, they are so convincingly performed. In this particular novel, the suspense carries throughout the book, and the details of firefighting, survival, and the descriptions of the eerie ash/snow surroundings were haunting. Right now I'm reading A Superior Death, which is nowhere as exciting as the FireStorm.
This is one of the earlier books about Anna Pigeon and since I read later books about her I wanted to go back to where it started. I skipped the earliest books because of the brevity. This one had a great story and the fire scenes made me feel like I was there.
A great writer in my opinion does just that. Puts you in the story. But it is the narrator that perfects it.
This series gets better with every book. Although I'd like to see a bit more of Anne's relationship with Frederick.
I especially like how that last scene.
I do enjoy Barbra Rosenblat's narration.
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