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Through Smoke: Firefighter Heroes Trilogy (Book One) [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Tate
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Book Description

Firefighter Michael McGinnis is no stranger to intense situations. Veteran of New York’s Ladder Twenty-One Company as a search and rescue man, he has seen his share of burning infernos, high-rise saves, and intense emergency situations. Despite McGinnis’ years on the job, nothing can prepare him for getting tangled in his brother’s mistakes as a drug addict and gambler, especially when a blood thirsty bookie gets involved. A romance sparks between him and fellow paramedic, Eva Crisante, catching him even more off guard. Morals are tested, lies are told, and relationships are built and then torn to ruins. The problems ahead are more challenging than any fire McGinnis has experienced. He learns that bravery is not only needed in his job with the department, but also in dire situations away from work. His tough love for his brother is tested, proving that there truly are things more dangerous than a five-alarm fire.


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"An absolute must read......I have loved the entire series. I would suggest this series to anyone that has a firefighter in their lives." ~ Mary Wetherhold; Amazon Reviewer
"I truly enjoyed this book! It had a great live story but had typical life scenarios and difficulties! Loved how solid Michael was, even when his head told him Casey was lying he still had to try to take care of him. True Big Brother fashion ~ great read!!!" ~
Heatherobx; Goodreads Reviewer
"Tate's characters are believable and realistic. She has developed each person so that you are drawn into their struggles and find yourself loving and hating at the same time. You are attracted to the hero, Michael McGinnis, and begin rooting for him from the very beginning of the story." ~Kay P. Marziale; Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

Through Smoke is the first book in the Firefighter Heroes Trilogy. Here is a list of the books featuring Michael McGinnis and Eva Crisante - 

Through Smoke (Book One)
Backfire (Book Two)
Fire Escape (Book Three)

Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: J Tate Publications (December 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OL26JO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipe for Trouble December 28, 2012
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In Through Smoke, J.R. Tate stirs up a recipe for not only trouble but danger and disaster. This is no cookbook thriller, however, because the ingredients of drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling, and family dysfunction create a mixture that is volatile, explosive and altogether edgy.

Tate's characters are believable and realistic. She has developed each person so that you are drawn into their struggles and find yourself loving and hating at the same time. You are attracted to the hero, Michael McGinnis, and begin rooting for him from the very beginning of the story. His family relationships are sadly all too familiar. His own struggle with alcohol, his brother's drug addiction and gambling problem lead Michael down the primrose path of enabling an addict and all the while rationalizing why he is putting himself and his girlfriend, Eva, in harm's way by protecting Casey, his younger brother.

Stir in the consequences of finding himself on the wrong side of Casey's bookie, mounting danger as the bookie seeks retribution, a workplace romance, some guilt and shame and you have a thrill ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You cheer Michael on as he does his job as a search and rescue firefighter and you hiss and boo as Viper, the bookie does his vilest to destroy not only Casey, but Michael and his girlfriend and their very lives. Plot twists, fire and death are the order of the day and Tate ties it all together in her recipe for trouble.

A fast paced read, you will find yourself hurrying to see what happens, who will live and who will die. Who will be victorious and who will get their just desserts? I was left hungry for more and Tate does not disappoint. Some of the characters move on with their lives in a sequel as thrilling as Through Smoke. No spoiler from me, however, you'll need to seek out "Backfire" to find out who has survived Viper's ungodly payback.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all around great read December 7, 2011
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Downloaded it to my Kindle because it was free and sounded good. Well, this book was so much better than I expected and worth so much more than the normal $0.99 price. The characters were so real you could just visualize them and almost hear them talking. Although not all of the geographic references were spot on it certainly does not detract from the story (unless you are ultra ridiculously picky). The plot flows smoothly and keeps you wanting to read until you are late for work. As soon as I read the last word I immediately downloaded the 2nd book (for which there is a link to click right at the end - very convenient!!!!!).
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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I read this author's first book, Modern Day Drifter, and said I would like to see her add some depth and complexity to her story. Well, she certainly added those items for this book. In Through Smoke, the characters were well-developed and the story was well-plotted. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen with Mikey, Casey, and Eve. I cared about these characters and wanted to see their lives settle down and be good for them. Mikey and Casey are brothers and seemed very different from each other at first, but I don't think they were really that different. Casey was a true drug addict and gambler and Mikey struggles with alcohol. They had lost their father when they were very young and had a tough time dealing with his death, having never really grieved properly. Although their brotherly relationship has issues and Casey's gambling debts cause both brothers to become involved with a violent bookie, the love between the brothers is always evident. Eve is Mikey's love interest and also likeable. Their relationship develops and grows throughout the story, and they seem to be good for each other. This book held my interest until the end. It was filled with action and emotion, and I recommend it to others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Every turn of the page was great! July 17, 2012
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I normally only purchase romance novels, and this was classified as one. There really wasn't a whole lot of romance in it to be honest with you. But that was okay actually, the story rocked!

The book takes us on a journey with Michael McGinnis and his dealings as a NYC firefighter and the troubles he has come into, courtesy of his brother, Casey. Casey, a druggie with a betting habit, comes to Michael looking for a place to stay. He brings one friend over, and it all goes downhill from there.

On the romance side of the story, he has been working along side Eva Crisante, a Paramedic stationed at the same firehouse as Michael works at for quite some time. They were partners back in the day, and always remained friends. But a hang out here, and a date there, there friendship blooms into something bigger.

This book left me in suspense every turn of the page. What I thought would happen didn't. This is only book one in Jessica Tate's Troubled Hero series, and I can tell you that it won't be the last book of the series that I read....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just "ok" December 6, 2011
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This book started out with a great story line, but the two main characters never really 'connected' for me. They kept going back and forth as to whether or not they wanted to have a relationship. The younger brother, although an adult, brought his older brother into his world of problems and almost had him killed. Then he miraculously becomes the hero and saves them both. I thought the book dragged on and I never felt the chemistry between the coulple. I needed a deeper emotional level to draw me into the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Through Smoke:Firefighter Heroes Trilogy ( Book One)
Michael is a NY firefighter and really good at his job. He is finding himself falling in love with a coworker Eva who is a paramedic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie Katz
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice tale
A soft story, one with not enough of anything. Major. But not a east of time if wants to pass the time
Published 5 months ago by Brian R Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read! Definitely a thriller!
This was a book that I read in a day and experienced all types of emotions! This book reminded me of so many movies that have come out it was insane.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Obsessed with romance
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This book was an excellent read. The story line was good and moved right along.. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
Published 7 months ago by sue singleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Enough
This book will keep you warm on a cold night. I liked the plot and the characters kept me intrigued. I will be reading more by this author!
Published 8 months ago by Optimistic Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Through smoke
Another good j. R. Tate novel. An easy read, good character building, and not hard to follow ans get into the action.
Published 9 months ago by Th
2.0 out of 5 stars Terminated Pollution (See? I can use a thesaurus, too!)
If the writing had been acceptable--word usage primarily--I would probably have finished the book as a light not quite satisfying read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Melissa Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars A real suspense
Not my usual read but free so I tried it. Great book! Well developed characters and a great plot that keeps you riveted til the end.
Published 11 months ago by Horsegal 2760
2.0 out of 5 stars Storyline good
The story was good but the mechanical errors were very distracting. Also there were some obvious word choice issues - like there for their and trustworthy when it should have been... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donna Herman
5.0 out of 5 stars Through Smoke
Loved this book. Makes you appreciate what firefighters do even more. Lots of thrills, suspense and romance. I would recommend it to everyone.
Published 13 months ago by Linda Canbek
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J.R. Tate was born and raised in Texas and is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies and Psychology. The author of five books including the Firefighter Heroes Trilogy, she first began writing at a young age and hasn't stopped since.

You can reach J.R. Tate at jtateauthor@yahoo.com. She appreciates feedback and will write back to everyone!

To check on book updates and writer news, follow her on Twitter @JTateAuthor, or 'like' her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/JTatePublications.

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