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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515150630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515150636
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (595 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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121 of 129 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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141 of 154 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Beachgrrl on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Nora is my favorite romance author, but this one just didn't do anything at all for me.

The heroine, Rowan, was all casual bravado, fierce temper, and super-physical-perfection without having any sympathetic qualities to her at all. Whether she was puffing on a cigar, drinking the entire flight crew under the table, or kicking the crap out of an offensive bar patron (all the while, we are told, smelling like peaches and sunshine rather than stale cigars and tequila), I found her thoroughly annoying rather than strong and capable which I have to believe is what the author was going for.

The hero, Gull, was the usual charming, equality-minded, sexy, deeply caring hero Roberts writes so well.

The subject matter -- fire-jumping -- was obviously researched thoroughly and then used to bludgeon the reader into a coma between romance plot developments. There was some small relief from a romance between Rowan's father and a local woman, but beyond that the firefighting descriptions just took over and obliterated everything else. Add to this unbalanced mix a murder mystery with a bad guy I saw coming from about page 10, and things just weren't working well at all.

Roberts evidently researched fire-jumping to the nth degree and then put everything she ever noted down into the book. But when that subject matter has the reader skipping over entire pages, multiple times, to get back to the boy-meets-girl and who's-the-murderer? storyline (because this is supposed to be a romance novel, right?) something is way out of whack.

I know she can do so much better. Two stars.
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