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Fireproof: A Maggie O'Dell Novel Kindle Edition

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Rip-roaring action that only builds in intensity with every page. Tess Gerritsen O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin. Lee Child Amid a barrel full of red herrings...the suspenseful plot builds to a finale that offers an irresistible lure to Maggie's next outing. Publishers Weekly All the elements of a great read Northern Star I could not put this book down and would be shocked to discover anyone who will put it down unsatisfied Toowoomba Chronicle Kava returns in a blaze of glory Country News

About the Author

Alex Kava is the author of thirteen novels, including the internationally bestselling mystery series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell. Her novels have been published in over twenty countries around the world. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida.

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  • File Size: 3197 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (July 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070O5F4K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Alex Kava has been offering the reading public well-crafted books for well over a decade, each exponentially better than its predecessor, while continuing to hone her abilities to the extent that her prose is as sharp and as tight as you are likely to encounter. Kava does not fill the page with a surplus of bells and whistles; she simply makes each and every word count, as if she is writing with a calculator on one side of her desk and THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE on the other. One page flows to the next, thanks to relatively short chapters and dialogue that never goes for too long. Her characters are always interesting, though none more so than FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell, a complex, flawed, troubled and ultimately sympathetic character.

FIREPROOF is Kava at her absolute best. O'Dell, still recovering from wounds sustained during the course of last year's HOTWIRE, is assigned to the investigation of a Washington, D.C. warehouse fire, which has been deliberately set and is initially thought to be the work of a pyromaniac. O'Dell sees a more calculated motive behind the blaze, particularly when a woman's body is discovered by the warehouse, and the human skull of another person is found within. The fire is quickly followed by another, and yet another, as the doer seems keen on both escalating his presence and taunting law enforcement by seemingly acting in plain view.

As the fires increase in number and severity, O'Dell finds herself under increasing pressure from above to solve the case. But her ability to function in the investigation is hampered, not only by the residual effects of her injuries but also by a news network crew that has chosen to make her the subject of a feature story, dragging her all-but-estranged mother into the mix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Upton on October 6, 2012
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Was very disappointed. Very slow. Lot of filler of nothing. You knew in the middle who the fireebug was but nobody else did! Then all if a suden he confessed and it was over. I'll never be able to get the time back I spent on this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Albritton on August 21, 2012
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Once again, Kava writes another gripping edition to the Maggie O'Dell series. From serial killers to bioterrorists to serial arsons, Kava keeps the reader on their toes to see what lies ahead for O'Dell.

Fireproof is yet another prime example of how enthralling psychological suspense novels can be. I highly recommend this book and all of Kava's other masterpieces.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deb Carlin is THE BOOK DORK on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a review copy for my blog site. I certainly agree with all the comments left by the other people who rated it a 5 star.
Kava is know for her cliff-hanger chapters and sometimes endings, as in her more political thrillers.
I wasn't disappointed. I was actually excited to know that she will be continuing the Maggie O'Dell series with her next novel STRANDED.
Yes, FIREPROOF leaves you hanging for the next book but I'm here to tell you that I couldn't put this one down.
I wanted to know who was setting the fires and why.
Thanks again Alex Kava for taking true crimes and weaving them into your story telling.
You won't be disappointed with FIreproof. Get it and enjoy this summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaRon on March 17, 2013
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Alex Kava has written many novels, but her Maggie O'Dell ones are the best. Each book builds on the ones before it. You can read any book as a stand alone and enjoy it, but knowing Maggie O'Dell's history just makes it more interesting.. I am waiting for the next Maggie O'Dell Book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Thilmany TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Maggie O'Dell is an FBI profiler who is trying to hide the fact that she's still having issues from being shot in the head in a prior book when she is sent to the scene of a blazing warehouse. This isn't the first, but one of a string of fires, although it's the first one where a body is found. And it's obvious the person didn't die from the fire.

This is my first Alex Kava novel and it sucked me in right away not only from the FBI's point of view as they work the case, but also of the perp, the homeless man who finds the body as well as a news crew that happened to get to the scene early. What I found was a very tight story with short chapters as the point of view switches to different people. This technique works very well for this story, giving well-rounded insights as well as keeping suspense alive as we don't know until the end just who is setting the fires.

There are plenty of secondary characters that apparently are in many of the books. This book easily stands on its own by giving us more than "just enough" detail to explain the relationship Maggie has with each person. It left me wanting not only future books, but all of the prior ones to read about each of the things mentioned that helped shape Maggie into the person and situation she is in today.

I do have to say, though, that I found the reveal rather anti-climatic; at least from the FBI's end of things. There is a cliffhanger, and I'm not complaining about that, but without giving too much away we know some of the who and the assumption on why but the method of confirmation left me wondering if this aspect is considered wrapped up or not.

Received free for review via Library Thing.
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