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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.

Editorial Reviews


"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 a gritty story about a firefighter in New York City. Michael is a hero, whether he wants to admit it or not. Not only is it about romance and firefighting, but a tale of brotherly love between two men who couldn't be any more different - Michael, a recovering alcoholic who is thriving and Casey, the younger brother who has not found his way out of his drug addiction. Michael wants nothing more than for Casey to get into rehab and begin his road to recovery.
I love stories about brothers overcoming obstacles. Through Smoke is full of suspense and emotion, as well as romance between Mikey and Eva. I enjoyed writing this story, and I'm happy to share it with the world. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 229 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: #3,201 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 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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16 of 17 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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25 of 29 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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6 of 6 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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Struggling with the setting December 4, 2011
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The biggest problem with this book will become obvious almost immediately if you're at all familiar with New York City -- because it's very clear that the author was not. Since the book is set in NYC, this is a problem. Some of the errors were basic factual information, such as having a character live on "44th Avenue" (which doesn't exist) or having characters walk into a "smoky bar" when smoking has been banned in bars and restaurants since 2003. The subway rides make no sense (at one point, a character notes that a group of tourists get off the subway at Times Square... based on where he lives, he got ON the subway at Times Square!). There's a "warehouse fire" at 44th and 6th, which is a business district in midtown, not anywhere you'd find a warehouse. Finally, a significant portion of the book is given to describing the atmosphere in Hells Kitchen, except it's completely wrong. The author keeps describing Hell's Kitchen as if it's some sort of seedy skid row, rather than the expensive, up and coming yuppie neighborhood that it actually is.

I found the characters to be mostly likeable, although their romantic problems were mostly misunderstandings that didn't really seem like adult interaction. The "suspense" storyline running through the book wasn't terribly suspenseful, and seemed mostly contrived.

It was a free giveaway for my Kindle, so I feel like I shouldn't complain that much, but I'd steer clear if you know New York and don't want to be thrown out of the story every time another mistake is made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Things Heat Up for NYC Firefighter
This book was classified as a romantic suspense, but there isn't much romance in this story. The romance that was present between NYC firefighter Michael McGinnis and paramedic Eva... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Haley Whitehall
3.0 out of 5 stars Smoke Got Into My Eyes
A very predictable story, good to read when in a waiting room waiting for the doctor. One doesn't have to think while reading.
Published 1 day ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Great read!!
Published 5 days ago by Erik Rasmussen
1.0 out of 5 stars would recommend
Highly recommended for people interested in the very good mystery story You can hardly lay it down as it keeps you wanting to find out what will happen next.
Published 9 days ago by Gary Simons
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
This story kept me interested until the end! The characters were well drawn to and the story held my attention throughout!
Published 9 days ago by B. Sarrazin
3.0 out of 5 stars Through Smoke
This was a nice romantic suspense. Michael was a firefighter just like his dad, who dies in the line of duty when Michael was fourteen. Read more
Published 16 days ago by debbiejo
This was a great book or maybe it was the description of "Mikey"I May be 75yrs young but sure would have liked to have met him several years ago!! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Damie Simons
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book
Published 21 days ago by Dawn Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Enjoyable. A little repetitious in phrasing but still a good book.
Published 26 days ago by nat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good, just read in front of your class! Unless you don't mind crying in front of them!
Published 1 month ago by Trisha Brides
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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 seven 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 She appreciates feedback and will write back to everyone!

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