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Liz Deveraux has been running from her Louisiana roots for more than 15 years. Nothing could make her go back to her life as Izzy except for her mother's funeral. Upon her return, Liz is caught up in Cajun superstition as her father deems that she must now become "The Keeper of the Fire Opal." As the Keeper, Liz must fight Ankouer - le fantome noir. She is the last Guardian. All this seems to be a little much for Liz, especially considering that she has shed all trappings of her earlier life. That's where her former boyfriend Zachary Fortier comes in. Left behind all those years ago, Zach is ready to settle his feelings for Liz, but not until they take care of Ankouer (the evil spirit). And in the process of traveling through the swamps, their relationship is put to the test. With Zach's help, Liz goes to battle. They face all sorts of diversity thrown at them by this evil being. And when the confrontation comes, only their love can withstand the evil. This one stretches the realms of the possibility, lending itself to be more of a thriller than a romance. The foray into Cajun folklore is refreshing, yet a confusing. Ms. Flynn has an avid imagination brought to the forefront by her depiction of Ankouer, the evil spirit. Amy Wilson -- Copyright © 110198 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451408608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451408600
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,133,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FIRST WE KILL ALL THE ZOMBIES launched my series of zany supernatural mysteries involving, of course, zombies, but also very real human villains who aim to rule the world, perhaps the galaxy. But they're up against gutsy amusement park owners who have just returned from their honeymoon, fighting mad that it was interrupted.

If you are a short story fan, you may have come across There's a Dead Elf in Santa's Workshop and/or Murder at the Toadstool Cafe which introduce Derek and Clara Shriver. This couple will be with us a while as the series continues. They are a revival of the old school husband and wife teams that populated fiction and television back in the 1970s and 1980s and I'm looking forward to working with them for some time to come. Which means I'm developing a sequel to ZOMBIE.

Also coming up is the sequel to KNOW WHEN TO RUN, my romantic suspense series set on a riverboat. It will tentatively star the daughter of the mob boss. To stay in touch with story developments and my appearances, subscribe to my free newsletter at http://eepurl.com/qOHbT or through my website http://connieflynn.com. Meanwhile, keep on reading. And remember that novels expand the imagination better than any other entertainment form. True fact.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1998
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This book was a new experience for me, one of those I didn't realize what I was walking into-or reading into. (Forgive the poor grammar.) However, reading on I found it impossible to put down, couldn't turn loose of the story or the characters, because I had to know what happened to them, regardless whether or not this was the type of book I usually read. It wasn't my usual thing, but it made no difference. Connie kept me hooked.
Her imagery skills as she wrote the words made the story unfold in my mind as if it were a wide-screen movie, and I had the best seat in the house. The only hard thing to swallow (no pun intended) was the hero's ever bottomless flask, which defied explanation. <G>
Bored with the same old, same old...? I highly recommend Fire Opal by Connie Flynn if you're looking for something different. It's truly wonderful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Gigante on June 12, 2012
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If you like mysticism mixed with eroticism, this book is for you. The book is impossible to put down. I love the imagery of the swamps that surrounds the characters told in a brilliant story. The characters are complex and tortured yet eerily reminiscent of people you have met before. She masterfully weaves in a steamy romance that enhances the theme without overpowering it. Flynn does a great job of capturing the essence of what it is to be a cajun and the power of the spirits that inhabit the Louisiana bayous. A must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Graham on March 8, 2013
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In all honesty, 99.9% of free books are mediocre. That is NOT the case here. Excellent plotting, great dialogue, depth knowledge of the subject, hairpin twists and turns create an excellent read. And it has been EDITED! I admit it, I hate seeing their, there, and they're misused. Poor grammar, the wrong word choices and lousy punctuation ruin reading for me. This writer is a reader's dream because you are able to focus on the great story telling without being jarred by errors. I look forward to reading more - paid or unpaid - by Connie Flynn. Great going!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Denise Domning on October 3, 2012
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This is one great "quest story", reluctant heroine with a destiny to fulfill, equally reluctant hero with demons to fight before he can help his long-lost love do what she must, all set in the sensuous and dangerous Louisiana Bayou. The story demanded I finish it ASAP!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
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I got this book several months ago and put off reading it because it seemed like other books were calling out to me. I wish I would have read this book sooner. I loved it! The storyline was interesting and different.
Liz ran away from home 20 years ago at the age of 15 after a frightening incident. She left behind her boyfriend and her family and let them believe she was dead. Twenty years later she returns to Louisiana, shocking the entire town to find out that she is alive. She soon discovers she is still in love with her teenage lover, Zach, and also finds out that she is the guardian of the Fire Opal. An interesting book with supernatural powers. A must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2000
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Finding a book that I am unable to put down is a real treat. Fire Opal is just this type of book. The author offers well develped characters, a great plot, and lots of suspense. Fire Opal takes you into the world of the Cajuns living in the LA. swamps and a world that includes witchcraft, vodoo, and demons. It is a world where "good" and "evil" battle, with love being the key to the war. The author does an excellent job of bringing the paranormal to life in a most believable manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aussie bookworm on October 19, 2012
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I really enjoyed the fire opal by connie Flynn, it was a great new story away from the usual vampire/shifter paranormal story. I loved the way it was written and the mystery of it. A really good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1998
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The townsfolk of Port Chatre, Louisiana are all stunned when Liz Deveraux arrives for the funeral of her mother Ellie because everyone thought the young lady was dead. Her mother's epitaph is fitting, even though Liz loathes it. The stone states: "Guardian of the Fire Opal: At Last She Rests". These are the same words that are written on the stone of Liz's grandmother.

Liz's father Frank, the Protector, insists that "La Maladie Malefique" killed his beloved because he failed to protect her from the evil demon Ankouer. Frank knows that he has no choice but to enter the Bayou in order to fight the darkness in the demon's lair to regain the lost fire opal. Liz is stunned when her father goes swamp hunting. She turns to Zach Fortier, who always loved her, to help her rescue her father. Liz is the last surviving Guardian, but she does not believe in the family legend. She thinks that she and Zach are only saving a distraught, grieving person from himself. Little does she know that Ankouer plans on her elimination next. If she survives, perhaps her love for her protector Zach will flourish like that of her parents.

Connie Flynn has the knack of taking an obvious fantasy and turning it into a believable tale that readers will think could occur in the real world. Her latest supernatural romance, THE FIRE OPAL, is a brilliant example of Ms. Flynn's uncanny ability to take the unreal and make it real. The story line is a first rate romance blended inside a frightening plot, proving once again that no one makes the para-world seem more like a perfectly normal occurrence than the fantastic Flynn.

Harriet Klausner
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