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Chasing Fire

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  28,528 Ratings  ·  1,674 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Putnam
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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
Apr 06, 2017 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
This was all new territory to me. I had never come across Smokejumpers before so I guess we do not have them in Australia. Maybe, although our bush fires are savage, they have some basic difference to American wildfires. Anyway, as I said, smoke jumping was new to me and all very interesting.
As usual Nora's characters were well drawn and entertaining. She always writes witty dialogue and manages to keep her romances very romantic and down to earth at the same time.
The story was good if a bit ove

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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

DNF at 32%, which is about 4+ hours of listening.

I'm super bummed that I didn't like this one. I'm a big fan of the audio narrator, Rebecca Lowman, who killed it in her narration of Landline, so I had high hopes for this one. Again, Rebecca Lowman delivered a great performance. Her male voices were raspy and sexy and her female voices were also pitch perfect. However, even an awesome narration couldn't save this one for me.

For some reason, even 4 hours in, this book just had no plot. I mean, th
♡Karlyn P♡
Sep 02, 2012 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2011 Cris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2011 Belle rated it it was ok
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
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
Apr 15, 2011 Norma rated it really liked it
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
Songbyrd*SB needs low angst books*
This is the story about a fire jumping unit that is experiencing a really rough season following a tragic death the season before.

The heroine is name Rowan Tripp and is the only daughter of famous fire jumper Lucas "Ironman" Tripp. She is a woman who is very independent and very stubborn. Someone who resits change and avoids long term relationships. She is very good at her job though and it is one very important to her.

The hero is Gull(Gulliver) Curry. He was a firefighter and is now a new rec
Great read, as usual for Nora. Strong characters, good mystery, and snappy dialogue. Lots of action too.
Jun 07, 2012 Jennie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, romance, action
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
Lakshmi C
Jul 21, 2014 Lakshmi C rated it really liked it
I've been on a re-reading spree recently, anyone else try something familiar?

Nora Roberts explores new territory with this one. She introduces you to the brave, dangerous world of smoke jumpers and you can see the action unfold.

Rowan was tough, loyal and guarded.

Gulliver Curry was charming, clever, strong with bottomless patience. And romantic.
Somehow he made me think of gentle giants, instant noodles and spicy food.

The murders in this book were, personal, brutal and the crew was full of unlik
Paola Segura
Nov 20, 2015 Paola Segura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha tenido enganchada a sus páginas y me ha dejado con un buen sabor de boca estupendo. Excelente equilibrio entre la historia romántica y el suspense.
Tiene un argumento sólido, coherente y atractivo.
Romance realista y bonito.
Enamorada de los personajes :
Rowan es una mujer atípica, fuerte, independiente, tenaz y con las cosas muy claras. Es una excelente profesional.
Gull es el hombre ideal: seguro de sí mismo, encantador, divertido, paciente, juguetón...
Dec 23, 2010 Tina rated it liked it
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.

Mollie *scoutrmom*
Apr 20, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it really liked it
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)
Sahara Kelly
Jun 30, 2012 Sahara Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Rosina Lippi
Aug 19, 2012 Rosina Lippi rated it it was amazing
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
May 21, 2011 Renee rated it liked it

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
May 07, 2015 Skandia rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2015
This is one of the latest Nora Roberts' standalone novels and a good one.
I have never heard about smokejumpers who fight the forest fires jumping out of the plane into the heart of the fire. So exciting! I really enjoyed the competent descriptions about the training, living and adrenaline filled job they do fighting the fire in most difficult conditions. This job is truly dangerous, demands special skills and qualities only the bravest or craziest adrenaline chunkies can take on.
In addition to
Laura V.
¡Qué entretenido!

No sabía que había una profesión como bomberos paracaidista, es tan divertido. Pensé que sería denso la parte donde la autora se demora en cada uno de los incendios forestales, pero es muy interesante, cómo se desarrolla la labor y cómo es el trabajo de Rowan allí.

Me gusta Rowan, creo que fácilmente pudo haber creado una barrera que la mantuviera alejada de cualquier tipo de relación que implique compromiso y volverse pesada por eso mismo, pero no lo hizo, de hecho, es bastant
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
Mar 20, 2011 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
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.

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.
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!.

Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
Feb 16, 2011 Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer} rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Kaje Harper
May 12, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-m-f
I don't know how Nora Roberts does it. She has written so many straightforward romances, and yet each one has some freshness to it. I still go out and read each new book of hers that comes out. This book is fairly typical for her work. I give it extra credit for the smoke-jumper setting, which she brings alive in detail, with all its risks and exhilarations, meticulous preparation and split-second luck of the draw. And yet she never makes it feel like she's explaining or filling background. The ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rivka rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 13, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
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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