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Blue Smoke | [Nora Roberts]

Blue Smoke

The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape.
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Publisher's Summary

The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape.

She would study, struggle, and walk the gauntlet to understand and master its terrible force - and one day become an investigator herself.

But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power as well - and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge.

When Reena achieves her goal and joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested - though sometimes the job seems like a snap compared to her love life. One relationship after another has ended for her - some in tragedy or drama, some not with a bang but with a whimper. And she can't always blame them - after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world.

Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.

Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life - with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins - of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction - she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced...

©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Romantic suspense queen Roberts lights up Baltimore's Little Italy with this appealing story of love, family, food and arson." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bean's versatile vocal range skillfully portrays male and female parts without hesitation." (AudioFile)

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    Kim Port Macquarie, Australia 08-19-13
    Kim Port Macquarie, Australia 08-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable but not memorable"

    This book was a good companion whilst driving, but it was frustrating how long it took the main character to come to what was an obvious conclusion. Not one of my favourite Nora Roberts books.

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    Rita 02-21-13
    Rita 02-21-13

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "To many things"

    I agree with other reviews it took too long for them to figure out the killer,didn't like this one with the rape,burning of bodies just too much. The love story part was cool

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    Carol GunnedahAustralia 02-10-13
    Carol GunnedahAustralia 02-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A little drawn out but intreging"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends on the friend it's a story that can cause strong emotion & not suitable for all


    What aspect of Joyce Bean’s performance would you have changed?

    A little more variance between characters


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


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    tgp157 Alabama, USA 02-06-13
    tgp157 Alabama, USA 02-06-13
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    "Really enjoyed it--story & narrator"

    I really enjoyed this book. The story is interesting with all the details about fire. The Narrator does an excellent job with all the voices. I agree with one reviewer who said it took too long for the characters to make the connection as to who the villian was but still it was a good read.

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    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 10-17-12
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a pretty good book. It happens over a long period of time which gives the story depth. There were some extremely violent parts of the book that made me a bit uncomfortable when listening, though.


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    Margaret 02-17-12
    Margaret 02-17-12
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    "Too Draggy"
    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Joyce Bean?

    Yes. I am a fan of both Nora Roberts & Joyce Bean. I just didn't care for this particular book. It dragged on and on and I was very ready for the end. Which could be predicted hours before. Ms. Roberts is fantastic at portraying relationships, but I just never felt the connection here that I got from the Chesapeake series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Of course. I love her.


    Which character ??? as performed by Joyce Bean ??? was your favorite?

    I don't really know. They all seemed a bit insipid. Ms. Bean has a fantastic range of voices and did her best here.


    Did Blue Smoke inspire you to do anything?

    Not read/listen to it again.


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    sherry Holdbrooks 01-14-10
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    "Entertaining"

    Suspenseful and entertaining. This audio book made me want to continue listening even when I had other things to do. The narrator did the book justice. An enjoyable read or listen.

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    lsweet Dallas, TX, US 01-09-10
    lsweet Dallas, TX, US 01-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good but sometimes gory"

    Good reader. Interesting story. Well-done characters. But some of the details of the events can get a little violent and gory. Not for someone who wants a relaxing read.

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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 07-09-09
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 07-09-09
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    "Almost good"

    The detail given is fantastic, that the character took sooooo long to realise who was behind everything was very frustration.

    The characters are interesting and well described.

    I did enjoy the listen but it took almost too long to get going and almost too long to finish.

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    James Eureka, CA, USA 06-08-10
    James Eureka, CA, USA 06-08-10
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    "I'm not on board with this one"

    If, like me, you saw "Nora" and mistakenly thought "Ephron", run away fast. My fault, I know, but given that I didn't realize I was buying a romance novel and listened to the first hour thinking I was getting literature, I was seriously disappointed. Listener, beware.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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