Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Book review Chasing Fire by author Nora Roberts

Chasing Fire is the latest release from author Nora Roberts. She was one the first authors to become a fav of mine when i started reading again a few years ago. I don't know if I'll ever get thru her entire back-list it's so huge. lol  The cover for this book is awesome if nothing else you should check that out and be sure to look inside the book cover also for another amazing graphic. Chasing fire is about fire jumpers. Something i know nothing about and was fascinated throughout the book learning about it. How about a little blurb to start things off.

The number-one New York Times-bestselling author delves into the world of elite firefighters who thrive on danger and adrenaline-men and women who wouldn't know how to live life if it wasn't on the edge.

There's little as thrilling as firefighting-at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are in Rowan's blood: her father is a legend. She's been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home-even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering.

Fortunately, this year's rookie crop is one of the strongest ever-and Gulliver Curry's one of the best. He's also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids' arcade.

Everything is thrown off balance when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year's tragedy. Rowan knows she can't complicate things with Gull-any distractions in the air or on the ground could mean the end-but if she doesn't find someone she can lean on, she may not make it through the summer. . . .

Ok there is alot i liked about this book and some things that bugged me some. The names of the characters were a bit strange but quickly grew on me. Rowan Tripp and Gulliver Curry and Dobie Karstain wow those are some names huh? I have to say so many of the characters endeared themselves to me in no time. I just loved these 3 in particular. Dobie is from Kentucky and lot of the stuff with him reminded me of my husband who is also from Kentucky. I had to laugh out loud at him carrying the bottle of Tabasco sauce in his pocket all the time.  When my husband and i were in the Army we spent time in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm and it seemed everyone liked the hot sauce on everything. It wasn't for me but my husband put it on everything ( we weren't married yet it's where we met). They even had little tiny bottle of it in the MRE's we had to eat. Even with the serious nature of this book there were so much funny dialog to give you a laugh when you most needed it. Rowan returns to the Missoula Montana base for another season of fighting fires and she is troubled by last seasons death of her friend and fellow jumper Jim who died on the job as her jump partner. It wasn't her fault he made a mistake but she couldn't shake the feeling of guilt all the same. There is always a new crop of rookies that come in to join the zulies ( the fire jumpers) but this year brings in Gulliver, Dobie and Lilly. The three have previously worked together in smoke jumpers school. Gulliver had previously been a Hot shot fighting fires elsewhere before coming to Missoula. Jim's brother Matt comes back for another season unsure of his welcome and feeling odd about the whole thing. Last season before Jim's death he has been dating a cook Dolly who had a bit of a promiscuous reputation. She blamed everyone under the sun for Jim's death not excepting it was his own mistake that killed him. She shows up with a baby she claims is Jim and says she's found god and has changed and needs a job. It doesn't take long to find out she's not changed like she says. As Gull tries working his way into Rowan's life and get to know her on every level Dolly keeps causing trouble and then she turns up dead in a forest fire.  There are many twists and turns in this book but i figured out who the bad guy was before the end.  Sometimes i felt there was to much extra information. To many extra details. I have to remember though that this is what Nora Roberts books are like. Whatever she's telling you about there is lots of info to go with the story. The guy who ends up being the bad guy starts out with a prominent role in this and then kinds of disappears in the middle. That bugged me. All the sudden he shows up again. If he'd been around more through out the book it would've been harder to figure out who was the bad guy. Still all in all i really enjoyed it. Like i said i loved the main characters Rowan and Gulliver and Dobie was just hilarious.  To read a excerpt of Chasing Fire you can find on on Nora Roberts website by clicking here . I give Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts 4 Modokker Book Pick stars.

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