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Firestorm (Anna Pigeon #4)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  4,666 ratings  ·  217 reviews
A raging forest fire in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park traps exhausted firefighters, including Ranger Anna Pigeon, in its midst. Afterward, Anna finds two from her group have been killed. One a victim of the flames. The other, stabbed through the heart. Now, as a rampaging winter storm descends, cutting the survivors off from civilization, Anna must uncover the ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 340 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 1996)
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The good: I learned a ton about wildfires and wildfire survival. The book itself tends a bit towards the infodump, but the information is generally so interesting that this is not too problematic. Barr herself has worked as a seasonal park ranger, later a full park ranger, and she clearly knows what she is talking about. I love books where a specialist uses fiction as a means to teach in an enjoyable way, and Barr's books always fall under this category.

The bad: As usual in Barr's books, I had r
] Firestorm by Nevada Barr

I always enjoy Nevada Barrs ' work, despite the fact that I haven't been reading about National Parks Ranger Anna Pigeon's exploits, in sequential order. This is one of her earlier works, number four in the series. California's Lassen Volcanic National Park is the setting, and Anna is there, high in the mountains, serving as a medical technician for crews fighting a major forest fire. There is plenty of interesting information about this extremely dangerous job, the strategies involved to comb
I don't know why but I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous 3 in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna , who is a Park Ranger, and a team of fire fighters from other services have been caught in a firestorm in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. I'd never heard of this park prior to reading this book. Anyway, two people and a pet dog end up dead, both by murders covered up by the fire. During the several days that the group is cut off from civilization it is Anna's responsibility as the ...more
Anna Pigeon is trapped with 10 others as a fire goes out of control near Mount Lassen. Anna has been called from her usual posting along with personal culled from many other sources like BLM. Surviving in their personal shelters they survivors are cut off by the destruction the fire wreaks and by the weather that created the conditions allowing the firestorm. The weather continues to develop and brings on snow and close cloud cover blocking air rescue options and creating a locked room mystery s ...more
Donna Roberts
My favorite Nevada Barr book so far

Fast-paced, Firestorm kept me at the edge of my seat. Couldn't put this book down until I finished it. The murderer was a complete mystery until almost the end
, and the ending had a very satisfying twist.
Ralph McEwen
Another good book by Nevada Barr. The story give you are real feeling for what it might be like to be trapped on a frozen mountain following a firestorm. The mystery is well written and keeps you in suspense till the very end. The characters are written with personalities and foibles in their characters that they seem real. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jeff Tonkinson
This may be my last Anna Pigeon book. This has all the elements of a good story: rangers battling a fire, murder, an interesting landscape, FBI agents, affairs of the heart, etc. But again this book leaves me wanting. So much drab dialog drowns out the interesting situation created by the author. Anna's beau, the FBI agent, gets significant time in the 1st half of the book, but it never goes anywhere. Again the author makes Anna a real bonehead to put her in a life-threatening situation at the b ...more
I have read several books by Nevada Barr. In her stories, the main character is Anna Pigeon, a forest ranger (who always seems to be involved in murders in the parks she serves). It is great to have a female as the leading character. Anna is working temporarily as an EMT at a forest fire in California. (yes, she an EMT, too) The fire is near being contained and one of the men breaks a leg. Several people are carrying him to safety. A weather front is moving in and causes a firestorm. That is a s ...more
This 4th Anna Pigeon book finds her working as EMT for a firefighting crew in northern California. After eight days of work, most of the crew is called off as wet weather is predicted. But a firefighter breaks his leg, and Anna and her partner, Stephen, are called down the 30 degree slope and administer first aid. The EMTs and the last few firefighters are half way up the hill when suddenly a "firestorm" occurs, meaning the fire explodes and moves up-hill as fast as a human can run. And run they ...more
As she's seen in her fourth spine-tingling adventure, it's hard to tell what impassions hard-nosed park ranger Anna Pigeon more?crime or grime. Fortunately, Barr (Ill Wind) has a flair for depicting both as she sets Anna to providing first aid for the crews fighting an especially nasty forest fire, probably caused by arson, in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. As if living intimately with strangers under stressful conditions weren't trouble enough, more problems flare when Ann ...more
"A raging fire in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Parkk seems an unlikely setting for a murder, but that's exactly the circumstances that crime-fighting park ranger and medic Anna Pigeon confronts in this mystery thriller. A suspicious fire breaks loose in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic Park and Pigeon assists in battling the blaze and treating the wounds of other fire fighters. As if living intimately with strangers under stressful conditions weren't trouble enough, more p ...more
I think that this was a really cool book in the sense that it was a very specific event that that didn't have a whole lot of scenery and only a small amount of characters who really didn't have the outside influences. It was an isolated community of people and one of them is a murder. This reminds me of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie where all these people are deserted on an island and one of them is a murderer. You know who all the suspects are, their motives, means, and alibis are ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
**Plot/Summary of book** The Jacknife Fire is burning in Northern California at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Anna Pigeon has been brought in from her post as ranger at Mesa Verde to be part of the emergency medical crew to a "spike", a group of firefighters right up against the fire line called the San Juan crew. She and Stephen Lindstrom are mainly responsible for blisters, scratches, bumps, and bruises.

They get an emergency call. One of the men was hit by a tree at the line and his leg is b
This edition to the Anna Pigeon Mysteries has the Ranger on the front lines of the fire. She is manning the Medical tent where the fire fighters go to get their blisters, scrapes and burns tended to. When a young fire supressionist is hurt along the trail, Anna and her assistant are called in to treat and transport the man down the mountain. The fire that was dying down in whipped up due to wind change and a firestorm thunders down on the rescuers and the fire crew. In the aftermath the survivor ...more
I have bespoke of myself to not be a mystery reader, and again proven my declaration to be correct. I had to read a mystery for class, so I picked one with an appeal element that I thought I would enjoy - this book (and series) is set in various National Parks. And I was indeed correct in that aspect, however this appeal element was pretty much the only thing that I enjoyed.
Anna is a park ranger and EMT that is temporarily based in California to assist a fire fighting crew. She is caring for the
i always enjoy nevada barr's anna pigeon mysteries. they are well developed, the characters are interesting and generally more than a cliche, and the setting in various national parks keeps it fresh.
i trust that the author has done some research, so i enjoyed learning a bit about fire-fighting in a forest. she gives some gritty details without being gross. once again, i am grateful to an author who expects her readers to be intelligent and thoughtful.
heading right into the next one!
Kristen Lendzion
I'm really enjoying following the adventures of Anna Pigeon. But what I really like about these books is the descriptions of the national parks. Nevada Barr is excellent at capturing the feelings of these parks. I've found I enjoying visiting the National Parks website while reading just to get a better feel for the layout of the parks. Barr does a great job in her detail, but as a National Park fan I really enjoy going a little farther.
In Firestorm I loved Barr's description of the fire and th
I love reading Nevada Barr. This is the fourth in the series. Instead of the usual serene beauty of a national park, this one has fire, danger, and a lot of action. There is a wide cast of characters and suspects in this murder mystery. At times it is hard to keep track of who's who and the background of each character. The complex plot adds to the fun and makes this one a page turner. I couldn't wait to find out who did it and why. The main characters are members of a fire crew, and the firesto ...more
Anna Pidgeon solves the crime again, this time in the middle of firefighting in the California forests. The descriptions of the fire, its effects on the landscape and the firefighters, is in itself worth the time of this book. Anna is believeable and human, forest firefighters are a special breed, and though things get nasty, everyone gets what is coming to them. Extremely satisfying.
Gloria Johnson
This was not one of my favorite Anna Pigeon novels. I had hopes that there would be a lot of detail about Lassen National Park where the story is set. Turns out the forest fire that is the center of the novel could have taken place anywhere. There are very few references to Lassen at all. Lots of characters, making it a little difficult to keep everyone straight. It was OK - I think some of the other national parks are better represented in other Nevada Barr books. Will read another some day.
A forest fire is raging in northern California and park ranger Anna Pigeon is on the scene. This time around Anna is volunteering as a medic for the firefighters battling the blaze. An approaching snowstorm seems to promise relief but delivers a firestorm instead, leaving one firefighter dead from the flames—and another dead from a knife in his back.

The combination of wreckage from the firestorm and bad weather conditions isolates Anna’s group. Trapped for days in cold and fog with few resources
REALLY good plot. Loved the story and all its twists and turns. I was so sure i had it all figured out halfway through, and then the ending totally surprised me - I couldn't have had it more wrong, lol. The only negative thing i have to say about the book is that there was such a huge lead-up to Fredrick finally seeing Anna again, that to end the book just mere minutes before they'd finally see each other seems like a cheap shot. Was she just not sure how to write their meeting after the big lea ...more
This wasn't my favourite so far. The setting, which Nevada Barr always makes incredibly vivid (often leaving me to imagine my next vacation there) was gone, by necessity of the fire. The characters didn't do much this outing, it just wasn't quite as good as some of the others. I guess I'll see if the next one is better.
It was an okay mystery. I was confused by the author's method of sometimes using first names and sometimes last names for the characters. Of course, in a mystery there are many suspects, so this made it very confusing. People in my book club had to write down the names to keep track of who the author was talking about. I misunderstood the ending, even so much as who actually did commited the murder. It was dated, because technology today would be much different than in 1996 when the book was pub ...more
One of my very favorite Nevada Barr stories full of great character assessment, fantastic descriptions of survival under adverse conditions, and lots to think about. The story tells about a group of specialized firefighters caught in a firestorm in California. The stresses of the situation bring out the best and the worst in people. When one of the number is found murdered, Anna Pigeon, as the chief security officer as well as part of the medic team, has to eliminate each member of the group one ...more
I read this book a few years ago and haven't reread it lately, so I'm not going into details. But I don't keep many books and I have quite a few from Barr's series, and I highly recommend them. Well written, interesting plots, great character development. Barr's main character is a park ranger, and Barr has the ability to really put you in whatever situation Anna is in - running out of air at the bottom of Lake Michigan, baking in a protective tent during a forest fire, trapped without light in ...more
I enjoyed this entry in the Anna Pigeon series. There was the usual excellent narration by Barbara Rosenblatt. I'm liking how they are all set in different parts of the country, at different national parks. Barr using a lot of detail in describing the surroundings but since they are always different and interesting (worthy of a national park) the detail works for me. I also enjoyed that this was basically a "locked room" mystery only set in the great outdoors. Anna's team is cutoff by a firestor ...more
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I usually enjoy the Anna Pigeon mysteries. I like that she is a park ranger and that I get to read about different National Parks. But this one didn't engage me much. About a murder that happens in California during a firestorm (wildfire and snow storm combined). Had a hard time willing myself to finish this.
The best so far

this is my seventh Anna Pigeon book and, so far, the best. I have been able to guess the villain in each of the previous six, but couldn't figure this one out. Loved it. looking forward to the next one.
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Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in
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Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1) Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6) A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2) Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3) Flashback (Anna Pigeon, #11)

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