But there's also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumper...more
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
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
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
★★★★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.
I enjoyed Rowan Tripp and G...more
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)[ When a minor char...more
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
I loved the lead characters. Rowan Tripp is smart, tough, witty and...more
Very interesting setting and characters, which reminded me a bit of The Smoke Jumper, which I have very fond memories of. Smoke Jumping just is very interesting, because, well it's firefighting in the wilderness, it's absolutely crazy and brave and scary, and it goes beyond anything I've experienced, because, well Belgium doesn't have any forests. At all. We have parks.
I liked Rowen & Gull as well but my one criticism would be that Gull is a little too perfect. He's...more
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
I thought how the romance played out - two people enjoying the physical release and then becoming two people enjoyed spending time together outside the physical release, without a lot of emotional hangups - was a relief.
However! I thought the detail was excr...more
Starred Review. This searing stand-alone from bestseller Roberts (The Search) celebrates the smoke jumpers of Missoula, Mont., who routinely risk life and limb to beat down raging forest fires. As close knit as any military combat unit, the "Zulies" include veteran Rowan Tripp, haunted by the loss of Jim Brayner, her onetime jump partner who was killed the previous season in a fall, and rookie Gulliver Curry, who soon earns the nickname "Fast Feet" for his speed and prowe
What struck me most about this book is the amount of research that must have gone into getting every detail of fighting fires exactly right! Each fire that they battle is described in its own way, each time they have to choose different strategies based on the nature of each fire, and it amazed me how many variations there are in it, that it's not just going in there and spraying water on the fire. And that Nora Roberts wa...more
Rowan Tripp is the daughter of Lucas "Iron Man" Tripp, a famous smoke jumper out of Missoula, Montana; he was the elite of the elite. Ro followed in his footsteps to become one of the few women who has what it takes to physically and psychologically fight raging forest fires - and she excels at it. She has single-minded focus when in the heat of the fire, revels in the adop...more
Chasing Fire, her April release, is just such a book - predictable...more
The primary story is of forestry firefighters who jump into the midst of a forest fire to turn it back on itself. The drive, the passion, the life they lead as the men and women wait for the next fire to break out. The strategy of fighting the fire, predicting where she'll turn and advance, planning how to use your people to best effect whether it's in the firefight itself or simply prepping for the next one. This particular group is based in Missoula, Montana—the Zulies.
The jab in the...more
This time the characters are fire jumpers. They jump into wildfires in remote locations where regular firefighters can't get. The main fem...more
This is a terrific yarn, with lots of genuine sounding action as our heroes and heroines 'jump fire', travelling all over the US...more
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
I've mentioned before that there is real method in these books, girl, guy, job, situation and then the risk/suspense element. This is no different however the author again makes you appreciate another way of life for the Zulies, the wild fire fighters that arrive...more
Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of the 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 sopho...more