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Chasing Fire (Nora Roberts Large Print) Paperback – Large Print, April 12, 2011
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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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This tale encompasses edge-of-your-seat thrills, murder and two engaging romances. There's no better way to spend your money and time Romantic Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story opens with a smoke jumper and her jump partner falling from the sky on a fire. As she looks back at her partner she see's him pull his toggle in the wrong direction, which sends him into the bowels of the fire, where he is killed.
The following summer, as the wildfire season begins, there is trouble between the female partner of the jumper that was killed and his dating fling, and her baby.
There are several incidents where the smoke jumpers are placed in dangerous situations in and around the base camp. And then a fire is reported in a forest close to base and a murder has occurred.
The story continues until the equipment used for fighting fires is tampered with and they are put in danger in a fire.
The smoke jumpers continue fighting wildfires with a twist on the final fire.
This author again demonstrates her ability to learn the correct language and procedures for fighting wildfires and she completes a love story between firefighting incidents and keeps the readers attention on the characters as they go through this different summer. She also interposes
a secondary love story and connects the events so that the reader is rewarded with an exciting story line and is able to follow through the entire book without loosing their place and to remain enthralled with the story line.
1. I've never read a book about smoke jumpers, so I loved getting immersed in their foreign-to-me world.
2. The main romance between Rowan & Gull was an absolute delight to read thanks to the lack of clichés. Every now and then I have enjoyed them in romance books, but a couple who communicates their feelings and thoughts will always be a winner for me. No need to use third parties or innecessary denials to stop them from getting their HEA.
3. The romance subplot didn't bore me, and it usually does when it's not about the main couple.
What stops this from being a perfect reading:
The long descriptions about the missions got tiresome. I get being told once or twice about them, but there were many missions, so to read the technical talk over and over and over again was exhausting. (Although thankfully not as much as the one in the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy.)
Chasing Fire is another Nora Roberts winner. Too bad it isn't part of a series, would've loved to see every one of them getting a HEA like Rowan and Gull.
I really enjoyed Roberts latest because there was just enough technical talk to indicate that she researched the subject matter, but not so much that it was boring. Roberts also has the uncanny ability to create a cast of characters that we all love and who the reader can identify with. And finally, Roberts does an excellent job weaving the murders, romance (especially Rowan's sweet father) and the ins and outs of the profession into a fast moving and enjoyable story.
This one kept me reading late into the night as most of Nora Roberts books do. I always find it fascinating how much I learn about whatever topic Nora takes on. This one was no exception. You may not think you would have any interest in smoke jumpers but trust me when I tell you that this was an extraordinary read none the less.