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Starred Review. This searing stand-alone from bestseller Roberts (The Search) celebrates the smoke jumpers of Missoula, Mont., who routinely risk life and limb to beat down raging forest fires. As close knit as any military combat unit, the "Zulies" include veteran Rowan Tripp, haunted by the loss of Jim Brayner, her onetime jump partner who was killed the previous season in a fall, and rookie Gulliver Curry, who soon earns the nickname "Fast Feet" for his speed and prowess. Threatening trouble is cook Dolly Brakeman, Jim's girlfriend, who blames Rowan for his death—and whose new baby may well be Jim's. Rowan and Gull grow closer as the team battles fires from Montana and Idaho to California and Alaska. Meanwhile, the Zulies are plagued by vandalism and sabotage as well as a killer with arson among his crimes. Roberts fans can expect another bestseller. (Apr.)
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This tale encompasses edge-of-your-seat thrills, murder and two engaging romances. There's no better way to spend your money and time Romantic Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157448
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (552 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful By JP Reader Me on April 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Well - I remember last year when Nora Robert's The Search came out there were several reviews complaining that it was an overly long dog training manual. At the time I thought it was kind of harsh because I LOVED the dogs and the descriptions of dog interaction.

This book, in a similar vein, is obviously heavily researched, this time in the topic of "Smoke Jumping." Much like The Search, there is a huge amount of information dump on the reader concerning the professional career of the main female character. The training, the equipment, fire after fire in various locations where they do things like stamp out spots and fight the head. I don't know about everybody else, but for me it made the book overly long and in parts tedious. For me the difference between this book and The Search is I like dogs. The subject matter here didn't interest me nearly as much. There were many points were I was just like "Yeah, Yeah jump out of the plane, more burning trees" click click click on the eReader next page button trying to get past it. Once, I almost missed a near death experience because of it.

The good part. I really liked both the main characters in this novel, in spite of their really odd names. Rowan is smart, independent and strong and she isn't afraid to be in charge. Gull is tough, intelligent, well read and between the two there is a banter of word play that is quite amusing to read. I wish that would could have had about 50% less forest fire education and much more relationship between the two because they were just the type of characters that you like to read.
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140 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Tester on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Rowan Tripp loves being a smoke jumper and fighting fire with her fellow jumpers. But this year things are different. Last season her jump partner died in a fire and his death is not so easy to deal with. And then there's Gull Curry, a rookie smoke jumper, who seems to be seriously interested in Rowan. Normally she doesn't mix work and play but Gull is not that easy to discourage and pretty tempting. When a murder happens and Rowan is in danger, she realizes that maybe leaning on Gull and letting him into her life might be not such a bad idea.
Will Rowan and Gull's relationship make it through the fire season and will they be able to stop the murderer before he kills one of them?

When I get a new book by Nora Roberts I always feel a bit like a kid in a candy store. She is my favourite author and once again created an amazing novel. "Chasing Fire" is about a group of smoke jumpers and after reading the book I think that what they do is amazingly brave and absolutly crazy.

At first I needed some pages to get into the language used between the smoke jumpers because it's a bit different from Nora Robert's usual style (there's a lot of ribbing and the tone between the jumpers is casual and blunt). But after the first ten pages I appreciated the way the book is written because I felt that it fit to the smoke jumpers and the constant danger they are in.

I loved reading about the main characters Rowan and Gull. Rowan is strong woman, she is hard but also fair. She is a good trainer and team leader. I loved the scenes in which she trained the new smoke jumpers. The way she supported them and joked with them was admirable.
Gull is a hero after my own heart.
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166 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Cooper on April 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Amazon, I have 3 Kindles in my family. One of the reasons I bought the Kindle was for the convenience. The other, the price of the books. I'm on notice right now that I WILL NOT EVER PAY $15 for an ebook. You just lost a sale. I, too, will go to the library and pick up the book and in the sweet by-and-by, when the price goes down to where it should be for an ebook, I'll pay the $7.99 for it. I'm sure this is a great book. I love Nora Roberts. But no author is worth $15 for an ebook. My 2 cents' worth.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mariekn on April 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Lately Nora Roberts' hardcovers have been total misses, and Chasing Fire is no exception. This book was all about smoke jumpers in Montana. Though I have respect for the brave men and women who do this, I learned more about putting out fires than I ever wanted to know. The storyline, plot, murders were also very predictable and unsuspenseful. I guessed "who done it" way before I should have been able to. The worst part of this book however, was the relationship between the two main characters Gull and Rowan. Their was absolutely no chemistry between the two and the book failed to even develop a moderately realistic relationship. Also, I was not crazy about Rowan's character or any of the secondary characters in this book. Usually my favorite part of reading Nora's books is the depth she puts into her characters, but this book did not show that talent off. Furthermore, what the hell was up with all of these crazy names? Gulliver? Dobbie? Yangtree? L.B? I mean honestly. In conclusion, Chasing Fire was a total let down and I sincerely hope that Nora gets her act together regarding these hardcovers. Not worth the time spent reading. However, if you are new to Nora Roberts do not let this book put you off all of her other wonderful novels. Check out a few others and you will see what I mean.
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