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Chasing Fire

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Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.

But there's also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumper...more
Kindle Edition, 471 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Putnam Adult (first published 2011)
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Vinaya
WARNING: This review may prove to be dangerously combustible!

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Protection of Endangered Species: Fireman in the Wild

So after a long dry spell, (heh heh) Nora Roberts is ON FIRE!!! (I'm SO punny!) Okay, I'll stop now.

I've mentioned this before, and I'll say it again, Nora Roberts' characters have the BEST careers ever. Whether she's writing about a pastry chef, or a journalist or wildfire fighter, you always feel like you're standing right there with them, seeing how they go about their lives, and...more
Karla

5 Blazing Stars! I loved everything about this book…and then some!!

So much to love about this story!! First and foremost…Gulliver Curry! I really enjoyed his character. He wasn’t always front and center in the plot, but he had such a strong presence, that he carried a lot of the book. He handled Rowan with ease, and she was not an easy woman to handle. His determination to be with her was so sexy, he was dominant, but not in a demanding way. He set his sights on her and wormed his way into her l...more
Lisa Kay
Smoke Jumper Pictures, Images and Photos

★★★★½ (Review of audiobook.) It is one thing to fight a forest fire and another thing all together to parachute into one; however, that is exactly what the Missoula Smoke Jumpers do. Nora Roberts has decided to write a story that follows several storylines of these select heroes and manages a murder mystery to boot. Rebecca Lowman does an excellent job of narrating this one, keeping the voice inflections varied enough for me to differentiate the multiple characters.

fireman wallpaper Pictures, Images and Photos

I enjoyed Rowan Tripp and G...more
♡Karlyn P♡
This was another really good romance suspense done Nora Roberts style. In all of her books she infuses so much about the characters life to paint a vivid picture of how they live and think, a device that can works great but sometimes consumes the story too much. In Chasing Fire the details about smoke jumping were fascinating, relevant, and not over done.

The heroine is the captain of a smoke jumper squad, a tough lady who takes her job of protecting her crew seriously. When a tragedy occurs, it...more
Cris
Still a bit on the fence about this book. The hero is legend (I found Simon, the hero in NR's previous offering, The Search, to be a bit of a wanker): he's a bit alpha but not overbearing, he's sweet & romantic and not ashamed to admit it, he's funny & witty, and he knows what he wants; the heroine is strong & confident & kicks major arse (albeit she has some mummy abandonment issues); and the dialogue between them is excellent and really cracked me up. The supporting characters...more
Maurisa
Why do I keep reading Nora Roberts? Her characters have become stilted, predictable, and none too personable.

Chasing Fire is about a female fire jumper, a murder mystery, and a romance with a rookie fire jumper. You'll figure out the murderer quickly so don't read it from a murder mystery standpoint.

This book missed the mark. Maybe I'm stereotyping, but I would think that a female fire jumper is a bit of a rarity. You wouldn't know it to read the book. Struggles related to fire fighting are ther...more
Norma
I have to say I loved this one. I wouldn't recommend the audio, but when I switched over to paper, I flew through it. This is Nora Roberts romanctic suspense of old. As is habit with NR, there was a little too much detail and a little too much time spent on fighting fires, jumping out of planes, organizing equipment--time that could have been cut out or spent on the story. But anyone who's read an NR book expects that I suppose.

I loved the lead characters. Rowan Tripp is smart, tough, witty and...more
Jennie
All in all, I'd give it 2.5 stars. I liked it better than okay, but not enough to merit 3. The thing that bothered me most was the sentence structure. It was terrible. "Gibbons came to stand behind her, gulped coffee." Let me just say that a comma is NOT a substitute for a conjunction, subject and predicate. I could accept if she used this sentence style sometimes, as a change up in dialogue, but they just permeated the narrative. It felt like Roberts wrote the book in a hurry but never came bac...more
Duchess Nicole
I loved this one! My faith is officially renewed in Nora's Romantic suspense. This was an INTENSE read. The smoke jumping firefighting scenes were simply amazing. The research that Nora puts into her books just blows my mind. I swear, I was jumping out of planes and sweating it out on the ground. My heart was racing, adrenaline pumping...simply awesome, says I!!!

Rowan is more of a tough chick than I normally like. She's living in a man's world, after all. But I never felt as if she got over the...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jul 20, 2014 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporary romance
This is another winner for Nora Roberts. I liked the plot well enough, loved the subplot, and loved the characters.

It was fun watching the heroine having to deal with her own feelings on her dad's falling in love.

I didn't give it the highest rating because the suspense parts of the plot were a bit too obvious, to the point where I'd guessed the true villian and the motive in chapter three and was able to predict who would be the next victim of his machinations. (view spoiler)...more
Renee
3.5

It's apparent that Chasing Fire was excellently researched, and the fire jumper aspect was really interesting. I also really liked Rowan and Gull, as well as all of the secondary characters. However, I did have a couple of minor issues that prevented me from rating it higher.

I listened to the digital audiobook, and between parts 9-12 (out of 13 parts) the book started feeling really long. Rowan and Gull's relationship seemed to be in a holding pattern while they continued to work on the fire...more
Rosina Lippi
Edited to add: I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, and I should have said this: what a great narrator. Good differentiation of one character from another, and no straining to sound male -- she just pulls it off.

I've read a lot of Nora Roberts' novels -- with the exception of the fantasy and paranormal titles, which just are not my proverbial cup of tea. A lot of her books blend together for me, which means that they were less than compelling or memorable. Not bad, mind you. Just n...more
Tina
3.5 stars.

Liked this one quite a bit. Loved the camaraderie NR created with the smoke jumpers. She did a great job of creating different personalities amongst all the characters complete with realistic quirks. Nice amount of everday humor.

In contrast to her last few stand-alones, I actually liked this heroine as much as I liked the hero. Rowan was earthy, a little bawdy, knew her job, and was incredibly competent. I didn't feel disconnected from her like I have from some previous NR heroines.

Gu...more
Pepa
3.5
Creo que pesa mucho más la parte de acción que la parte romántica, en realidad se la come, y para mí, es más un libro de acción con una historia de amor de fondo, La pareja me ha gustado, sobre todo él... que podría ser en muchos aspectos el sueño de muchas.... y, desde luego, ella tiene mucho carácter y muchas de las características de su personalidad, sin olvidar su trabajo, la convierten en una protagonista femenina muy original... con la suerte de la novata (este es mi primer contacto con...more
Isis FG
I know I'm biased because I'm a huge Nora Roberts fan, but it's a rare day that she writes a book that I don't really enjoy. This year's hardcover release, "Chasing Fire," was no exception. I was hooked into this book pretty quick.

Series Note:
No series connections.

Summary:
Fire season is approaching Missoula, Montana and smoke-jumper Rowan Tripp is returning to base to prepare for the physical demands to come. But this year, coming back isn't as easy after losing her jump partner the year before....more
Mojca
Go Zulies!

Oh. Wow.

Nora Roberts sure can do her job right. Well-researched, well-written, wonderfully paced...This review I’m attempting to write can never do the book justice.

It was typical Nora. The “picture painting” was awesome, I really felt like I was there, in the middle of the wildfire, in the black, waiting for the siren to scream, walking the base alongside Rowan and Gull, running on the track...It all felt real, from the flaws and imperfections of the characters, the banter (God, how I...more
Ren
Chasing Fire might be not the best of Nora Roberts, but I still enjoy it. I love how Nora writing her heroines. All are though and in this one, the heroine's job as smoke jumper is unique. I never hear about smoke jumper before and assume they are just a usual firefighter. So, of course I need to check into Google (the answer for almost all of our questions) and know that they're used to fight the fire on the forest or mountain or remote area. Heh, I don't know the right term for this, lol!.

Rowa...more
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
For a very long time now, Nora Roberts has been my hands-down favourite author. Her style of blending a good mystery/thriller story with romance has been a winner in my eyes, and I especially like the powerful female role models she uses as lead characters. In an age when girls look up to Bella Swan, a strong female is a positive message indeed. I was fortunate to get my hands on an advance copy of Chasing Fire and approached it with wary apprehension resulting from my attitude towards her last...more
rivka
The best contemporary romance novels pull you so much into their world that you don't want to leave it when the book is done. This is definitely one of those -- the world of the Zulies, an elite crew of firefighters who parachute in to fight wilderness fires -- was so captivating that I have added this nonfiction book on the subject to my wishlist.

It also gets bonus points because not only does it feature Rowan and Gulliver's story, it also features Rowan's father Lucas, and his story with Ella....more
Sarah Maddaford
I went into this book pretty skeptical. I'm not a fan of the romance genre in the first place because there usually isn't enough action to keep my attention. I chose this book on purpose because the romance had an interesting backdrop of a dangerous profession about which I didn't know much. The scenes fighting the fires were exciting. You could feel the adrenaline pumping and the sense of danger throughout the fight. At the end of each fight, the exhaustion and triumph were also palpable.
And t...more
Sally
Well! At last! Nora Roberts is back to her old form with the best book she's written for years! And, I must say, one of the best books, period, that I've read for a while. I was getting so downhearted as she seemed to be lapsing into 'romancewriter laziness', seemingly resting on her laurels, and I was tempted to not even bother to read this one. Boy, am I glad I did!

This is a terrific yarn, with lots of genuine sounding action as our heroes and heroines 'jump fire', travelling all over the US...more
Splage
3.5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Heat Barometer: 2 out of 5 flames


A very good and beautifully developed story. I listen to this book in audio version and although it took me a long time to finish...it was a looong book to begin with. The writing and detail of the daily life of the fire fighter / smoke jumpers was superb. I have read very few books by Nora Roberts, but here she shows her expertise and why she is a best selling author. The research and homework she did for this book w...more
Steffi
Chasing Fire really had Nora Roberts special mark on it. Even if someone would have shown me only one single page, I would have know immediately that Roberts wrote it.

Chasing Fire is about fire jumpers Rowan and Gulliver, their relationship but most of all their work. I had the feeling that Nora Roberts really wanted to give a detailed and exact impression of the work as a fire jumper and that came across beautifully. The life on base and the work as a team, chasing the fire, was really interes...more
Jacob Proffitt
I liked this book well-enough, though a lot of its elements aren’t really that interesting to me. As is common for Roberts’ books, the details of those things outside of common experience are researched well enough that they feel real in the lives of her characters. I’m not a fire jumper and I don’t know anybody who is, so I can’t speak to how accurate they may be by themselves. But as part of the story they feel integral and important in ways that would be hard to pull off without a great deal...more
Shannon Stacey
I was expecting this to be like The Search, which I enjoyed but felt was weighed down by the research. The S&R details in The Search were interesting, but I didn't need a master class in Sit & Stay 101 before even meeting the hero. It's obvious an insane amount of research went into Chasing Fire, as well, but it adds flavor and intensity without slowing the story down.

I figured out the "villain" fairly early but, of course, had to read through to the end to make sure I was right. And the...more
Sahara Kelly
I know that every now and again it becomes "fashionable" to knock Nora Roberts' books. To say they're formulaic, routine or repetitive. And yes, occasionally those complaints hold some merit. BUT - there is no getting around the fact that this lady works magic with words and characters. Are the plots predictable? Probably. Do I care? No. I don't care because Ms. Roberts writes characters that consistently come alive for me, leaping brightly from her pages with humor, reality and the desire to ta...more
~Megan~
This is my least favorite Nora Roberts book to date. I wish with all my heart it had been better, because the premise was so good. She made her heroine, for me, almost unlikeable. I don't mind a tough chick, but Rowan put all tough chicks to shame with her foul mouth and flying off the handle and punching people. She seemed almost masculine, which made our hero, Gulliver, fill the role the female usually takes. I don't know, I just didn't like her at all....I can't tell you when I've liked a her...more
Ninou Nessie
Ce livre que je pensais plus tourné vers la romance est en fait plus diversifié que ça : amours (plusieurs couples), décès, meurtres, incendies criminels, enquête, mensonges et trahisons...le hic c'est qu'on a tout en petite dose rien n'est poussé à fond et du coup la flamme s'essouffle!!! On passe de plusieurs point de vu selon les besoins de l'histoire mais surtout par les yeux de Rose et encore une fois les personnages nous donnent très peu d'eux mêmes!
Sur 367 pages je pense que l'auteur aura...more
Jaci Burton
I love Nora's romantic suspense books. This one wasn't one of my all time favorites, but it was pretty damn good. She spent a lot of time on the fire fighting scenes, and while I found them fascinating (whoa, can the woman research and do it well), I think they bogged down the pace some. But oh, how I loved the hero and heroine in this book. Rowan was smart and strong and one of the best heroines I've read in awhile. She was fierce and capable, yet vulnerable and able to yield to Gull when the t...more
Donna
This was an amazing book!! A strong and independent couple, interesting supporting characters, a fun side romance, witty dialogue, and riveting suspense!! I kept changing my mind on the villain's identity(yes, one of my first guesses was correct!!) This had some really great dialogue. I really enjoyed Gull's vocabulary!! Rowan came across perfectly! Sometimes authors get carried away with childhood angst and abandonment issues, that didn't happen here. We were able to infer it, but it wasn't ham...more
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her...more
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