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.
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!
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!!!
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!!
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.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
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!
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.
Loved this book. Strong female lead. Kick ass fire fighter. Charming love interest. Roberts does like her murder, troubled characters, fighting and sex.
I was so looking forward to this book. I have been reading Nora Roberts for years. I may even have read everything she has published. I loved last years "The Search" and "Birthright" is my all time favorite. This one just didn't have it. Maybe I just had no interest in fire jumpers, I don't know. I just know it wasn't up to her usual standard. With that said, JDRobb's last In Death book, "Treachery in Death" was the best yet.
compelling, evocative, Gulliver
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.
Rowan tells Gulliver the truth.
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.
Tremendously interesting, and an alpha-hero who tempers near perfection with a good dose of self-awareness.
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