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Firestorm (Anna Pigeon #4)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  6,284 Ratings  ·  319 Reviews
As part of the army battling the Jackknife fire in northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park, Anna, in her capacity as spike camp medic and security officer, tends the injuries and the frayed nerves of the firefighters. When the National Weather Service predicts a cold front followed by snow, promising to all but extinguish the fire, the camp is demobilized, but ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!"
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This is a very enjoyable mystery. Has a lot of similarities with a country house mystery. You have a limited group of suspects and they are isolated. Though, they are isolated in a stressful situation while being trapped by a wildfire.

This is the fourth of the Anna Pigeon mysteries that are all set in National Parks. This one is no different, being set a Lassen Volcanic National Park dur
Feb 14, 2013 Carly rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Donna Roberts
Jun 01, 2014 Donna Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
] 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
Feb 07, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I read this quite a few years ago, but recall enjoying it. These books are always entertaining, with their changing settings and interesting main character, Anna Pigeon. I've read many of them, but probably haven't recorded them all in Goodreads yet. I'll round up to 4 stars from 3.5, since it didn't make my Mystery Top Ten list that year.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Anna Pigeon finds herself as an EMT embedded in a firefighting crew battling the "Jackknife" fire in Northern CA. The fire has consumed thousands of acres and has claimed the life of a man and his dog. The blaze is somewhat controlled and the San Juan crew has been recalled due to a cold front that promises rain. But before Anna and the crew start for the Base camp, a young firefighter is injured. When Anna, the crew chief and the firefighters reach the young man, the winds don't feel right to P ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 to 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
Mar 31, 2015 Teri-k rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This is the first Anna Pigeon story I've read in years. I don't actually remember reading any before but I have the feeling I read one or two decades ago, because I love our national parks, have visited a lot of them and enjoy reading about them. I read this one because of the description of the fire. Having grown up in CO and lived in CA I find wildfires fascinating and sometimes read nonfiction accounts of them. I'd heard this fictional account was quite good, so I gave it a try. The fire in t ...more
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In this 4th book of a series, U.S. Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is on temporary duty as the security officer and EMT with a group fighting the Jacknife fire in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. A weather system promises some rain or snow to quench what is left of the fire, so the crew is dismantling the camp and pulling out. But one man is injured in an accident and Anna and a few others trek to his position to help evacuate the big guy down the mountain. Before they can get to saf ...more
Jun 29, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Oct 06, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Okay, lost my first review in a cyber-burp, I guess, so here goes again . . . . I'm not sure how I missed this in the Anna Pigeon series, but I did, and I think it's one of her best. The story is tightly plotted and the descriptions of riding out a firestorm in a tiny hand-deployed fire shelter harrowing. This is Barr at her best.
Sep 06, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mom
So far this is the best Anna Pigeon novel I've read. I loved this setting - fire fighters caught in a National Park, fighting a fire and one of them turns out to be a murderer. But which one? Anna spends several days surrounded by people that she can't trust and everyone is suspicious of everyone else. There's a lot of excitement with the fire, too, and I just kept on reading.
Ralph McEwen
Jul 10, 2011 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it
Shelves: s-barr_pigeon
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.
Sep 24, 2016 Laurene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There would be nightmares. As Garrison Keillor said: "Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving".

Loved this novel. I love the development of the main character "Anna Pigeon" as the series continues.

I wasn't taken by the story line here, however the writing and the characters are developing nicely.

3* Track of the Cat
3* A Superior Death
3* Ill Wind
3* Firestorm
Jan 29, 2016 CindySlowReader rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I don't read mysteries but thanks to Goodreads I found this one and liked it a lot. I'll be reading the other Nevada Barr books as well. Her style of writing suits me and Anna Pigeon rocks!
May 14, 2017 Cherie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-read
I learned a lot about wildfires; that part of the book was interesting. I enjoyed reading the continuation of the development of Anna's relationship with Stanton. I was disappointed with the mystery. Once they ran to escape the wildfire, the story lost me.

The use of characters by first name and sometimes by last name was so confusing. Sometimes she changed their reference in the same paragraph. I had to keep going back to verify which character she was referring to, and it slowed the pace of th
Connie Cockrell
Feb 25, 2017 Connie Cockrell rated it it was amazing
I have been slowly reading New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr books featuring Anna Pigeon, a Forest Ranger.

Firestorm finds Anna Pigeon working as a medic on the fire line of a major forest fire. She's tough, intelligent, and a bit of a character. The story, set in the California wilderness, finds Anna and a small team of firefighters caught in a firestorm. The description is harrowing. I could feel my own heart beating with fear.

As usual I found the book fast-paced, riveting and cou
Nov 07, 2016 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2016-read
In honor of the National Parks 100th anniversary, I thought I'd read Nevada Barr.
This one is set in California's Lassen Volcanic National Forest. Working with a fire crew, Pigeon and the rest of the crew are isolated from rescue because of weather conditions. One of them ends up dead, stabbed with a knife when the fire alone might have killed him. Trapped together, finding the killer takes special finesse.
May 29, 2017 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm likely done with Anna Pigeon. I looked for the Nevada Barr book with the highest rating that I had not already read, and this was the one I selected. I admit that the story setting of stranded firefighters provided a clever basis for learning a great deal about each of the characters. But Anna's "sort of romance" is awkward at best. Not my favorite.
Fiona Forthe
Jun 25, 2017 Fiona Forthe rated it liked it
Seems like an interesting coincidence that I've read two books about firefighters so close together (not done on purpose.) I like the Anna Pigeon series, and this story has interesting details about working on a wildfire. The denouement didn't feel quite earned - the characters suddenly just decided to admit to their guilt for no apparent reason.
Maria Jansson
May 31, 2017 Maria Jansson rated it liked it
Interesting enough that I had to finish the book, but I am not tempted to read any more books in the series. I got hooked on it mostly because of the setting in northern California. I find pleasure in reading about places that I know very well. It's enjoyable to see the road (inside my head) that they are driving on etc.
May 09, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
This was a good one in the Anna Pigeon series. We saw a couple of familiar faces as Anna was helping to fight fire in California, while also trying to solve a murder. This one had the feel of the closed room mystery even though it was all outside but remote so it was a limited number of suspects. Looking forward to the next one.
Betty Day
Jun 11, 2017 Betty Day rated it really liked it
First intro to Anna Pigeon - didn't get the reason why the hot springs/lake wasn't used more to get/keep warm . . . the cold was such an issue and then it wasn't . . . another book that wore me out with all the battling with nature.
Jan 28, 2017 Kim rated it it was amazing
The fire on their tails was intense. Waiting for rescue was intense. Other than a bit of repetitiveness, it was enjoyable.
Mar 23, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing
My favorite so far!
Mar 23, 2017 Rachel rated it liked it
Somehow I missed #3. Have to go back and catch up on what's up with her and Stanton . . . . .
Jun 02, 2017 Bethel rated it it was amazing
Great story set in the Mt Lassen area and a big mystery!
Mar 11, 2017 Kelly rated it really liked it
This continues to be an excellent crime series. Anna is a good protagonist and the locales are great. it was interesting for me to take what I learned in "The Big Burn" into this situation at almost the same location 100 years later.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1)
  • A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2)
  • Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)
  • Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5)
  • Blind Descent (Anna Pigeon, #6)
  • Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon, #7)
  • Deep South (Anna Pigeon, #8)
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