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A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it - even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man - over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face.

Jillian watched him come to a fast boil when she refused to reveal their exact destination upriver in the uncharted rain forests - and resolved to stand her ground. Neither of them could foresee what the days ahead promised: an odyssey into the fiery heart of passion and betrayal, and a danger that would force them to cast their fates together, immersed in the eternal, unsolved mysteries of love....

©1997 Linda Howard; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Full of humor, adventure, and passion


Never a dull moment--"Heart of Fire" is one of Linda Howard's best.


In an effort to reestablish her deceased father's reputation Gillian Sherwood, an archaeologist, is on a quest for a legendary red diamond and proof of the Anzars existence. Ben Lewis is a ruffian, scoundrel, and the best river guide in Brazil. When they team up to lead an expedition deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, they must face the perils of the jungle, out-maneuver murderous thieves, and then find their way back to civilization.


Narrator Tanya Eby Sirois gave an excellent performance.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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good times.

I rather enjoyed this story. It was predictable in places, but that didn't get in my way of enjoying it. It reminded me of Romancing the Stone- just a sort of romantic adventure. The characters were pretty fun. Some of them were pretty one- dimensional, some were more deep.

The narrator kind of bugged me. She read it fine, but the way she pronounced some words (and the Latino names) kind of made me giggle-- and it wasn't supposed to be funny. So, 3 stars for her. But, her reading didn't detract from the story for me.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 04-13-09

Really good book!

This book had a great story and plenty of heat! Linda Howard really delivers on this one, especially since this is one of her earlier works. Very entertaining!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed the story

This book ended up being better than I expected. The story was interesting and the chemistry between Ben and Julia was good. Not the best narrator but not the worst. Story = 5 stars, narrator = 3 stars, so average is 4. I like Linda Howard books and if you do too then you will enjoy this story. Excellent writing of the Amazon jungle, you could really picture it in your mind. The description of the Stone City made you wish you could visit to see it. Ending was better than most (not so sappy).

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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"Dangerous and Raunchy Hero" Linda's Best

What did you love best about Heart of Fire?

this is an Old Classic from Linda Howard which is a top fave of mine, beware it was written in the 90's so read reviews.

What did you like best about this story?

this is a 90's story of family loyalty coupled with an Amazon adventure. If you like Linda's current work, then this is not it. Of course long time fans of L.H. know this is a must have novel to have in their library.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Tanya, AKA Tatitana Sokolov, recorded this story before she developed her current deeper voice reads. If you like her, then this will not disappoint, but it is NOT in her raspy deep voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, as this is a classic romance. NOT the F.S.O.G variety, but one that has humor and wit in the dialogue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 07-07-10

A RARE 5-STAR

Out of 29 audio books, this is the one I enjoyed the most. The narrator had a small s-lisp that occurred occasionally and surprised me out of the story now-and-then, but it was nothing like her nerve-racking performance of Nora Robert's THE SEARCH. The story itself was extremely entertaining, the characters were very likable, and the romance was believable. I actually listened to this one twice.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 05-21-17

2 ½ stars. Mixed feelings.

Not as good as the author’s other books.

I first read this in 2007 and really liked it. In 2015 I read it again and skimmed a lot. In 2017 I bought the audiobook and again it was not as good as the first time.

I did not care about the big misunderstanding.

STORY BRIEF:
American female archaeologist has a coded map showing the way to an ancient civilization in the Amazon jungle. Her brother arranges for a wealthy drug dealer to fund the expedition. They hire a guide. She and the guide eventually fall in love. The drug dealer brings along a hit man with plans to kill everyone after they obtain the valuable red diamond.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Tanya Eby Sirois was good. She has a slight lisp which comes out at times.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 309 pages. Swearing language: moderate plus s*** and religious swear words but rarely used. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: eight. Setting: current day mostly Brazil. Copyright: 1993. Genre: contemporary romance adventure.

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  • Robyn
  • FRANKSTON SOUTH, Australia
  • 02-12-17

This author is not for me.

What disappointed you about Heart of Fire?

I read a lot of reviews so gave it a go, but this type of book is not what I like to read.

What was most disappointing about Linda Howard’s story?

Too unbelievable. Lightweight, love story is not for me, but others might enjoy it. I found it cheesy.

Have you listened to any of Tanya Eby Sirois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I couldn't finish it.

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Great book!

I enjoyed this book. It reminds me of a Tarzan movie I saw as a child with Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce and Johnny Sheffeild as Boy in the 1945 movie "Tarzan and the Amazon". The story and the narrator are very good .

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Heart of Fire

Love, love, love the story. Have read it several times. The narrator did an excellent job bringing life to the characters.