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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Jason Mondy's world is unraveling. His seemingly secure job as a fire fighter is suddenly thrown into chaos. The bright spot in his week is that he rescued two children from a house fire, but he returns home that night to find all his furniture is missing. His girlfriend has left him without warning and his nightmares keep him from sleeping. Even just a simple trip home to ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Griffyn Ink
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Anagha Uppal
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a DNF review - I finished half of Phoenix.

Plot: I'm quite disappointed with this book. The content of the mystery, especially the way it is unraveled by Jason, is very entertaining. However, much of the book is just fluff about firemen's jobs. Granted, the novel made me repect firemen much more, but more ofen than not, Jason is going on job-related adventures (as opposed to brother-locating adventures), a huge letdown.

Writing Style: Not only is the plot rambling and much of it unnecessa
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Katy
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley/GriffynInk
Book Info: Genre: Thriller Reading Level: Adult book available October 2, 2012

Disclosure: I received a free ebook ARC/eGalley from NetGAlley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Jason Mondy’s world is unraveling.

His seemingly secure job as a fire fighter is suddenly thrown into chaos. The bright spot in his week is that he rescued two children from a house fire, but he returns home that night to find all his furniture is missing. His girlfriend has left him without warning and his nightmar
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Sam
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed on my blog: SIK Book Reviews

I would like to thank NetGalley and Griffyn Ink Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review this novel before its publication date. Although I appreciate the ARC, my review will be completely honest and I will rate it as it appeals to me/my preferences.

Story/Plot: I found the story to be a bit dull and not all that interesting. It sounds interesting in the synopsis, but the book starts off extremely slooooow and I was pretty bored up unt
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Julie Barrett
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere
ISBN: 9781937996093
This book is action packed, a bit of romance, and a lot of mystery, not only in the fire department, but police department and other state departments to get to the truth of the matter as to why
a woman was murdered on her couch when 2 little boys were left to burn in the arson fire. Amazing how all the clues lead to them solving the mysteries as other mysteries arise.
I was first attracted to this book because the main character is a fire fighter. I am t
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Jessica
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved the mystery, the characters and A.J. has such an easy to read writing style.

Phoenix starts out with a guy Jason, his girlfriend has moved out and taken everything with her. He has a mattress thrown on the floor and rent due that he can’t pay alone. While down in the dumps about that at work as a firefighter he get’s a call where he saves the lives of two little boys. The big hero now with attention he doesn’t want and nightmares that surface resulting in little sleep. What’s a guy to do
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Amanda
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book started off strong and I didn’t want to put it down. This was a bad thing, because I started reading right before bed on a weeknight. It’s an intense story, but there was just enough humor to keep me from having a heart attack. I really liked Jason, even felt a little sorry for him as he seems kind of clueless, but there was a while where I wanted to thump him alongside the head. A piece of the puzzle was right in front of him the whole time, and had he been paying attention, he could ...more
Ellen
“Great fast-paced mystery with enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the most avid reader hooked!”


While researching his brother's death from the fire he was rescued from, Jason opens up a hornet's nest. Why can't he find a death certificate? What really happened in the fire that took his birth mother's life? Why is someone trying to keep it all a secret?

As we meet Jason and the other fire fighters from Smithfield Fire Station #2, we are drawn into their life and careers. Add in a sub-stand
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Alex Sheldon
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had a great time reading this, which was mostly down to its relatable and contemporary style of writing, which goes to show that plot is not always the biggest draw. For two chapters into this, I was fully engaged - before the main plot had even fully manifested.
A story with convincing dialogue, believable characters, and a good dose of the daily routines and challenges surrounding a fire department; including the various interactions and relations between friends and romantic interests (the l
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D.B.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story kept me guessing with fascinating characters and plot twists a-plenty!

For firefighter Jason Mondy, his job is more than his vocation - it's his calling, his passion, and the one thing he can count on in his workaholic/relationship-challenged life. No surprise, since he was rescued from an apartment fire as a kid. The surprise comes when he learns from his adoptive mother that he wasn't the only survivor. This sucker-punch of a revelation leads our reluctant hero on a quest to find the
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William Bentrim
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere

Jason Mondy is a firefighter with a troubled past. Current events conspire to complicate his personal and work life. This is a good mystery and a great description of the life of a firefighter.

Jason is a man of few words, deep thoughts and many personal regrets. His inability to express his feelings leads to a less than satisfactory personal life. As a firefighter, Jason’s life seems to be on an even keel until his personal past intrudes into his professional life.

Jason
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Cindy
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With a title like this, you know someone will rise from the ashes. An interesting story about firefighters just doing a job until firefighter Jason learns a secret. As Jason does his oh-so-dangerous job, loses and gains girlfriends, loses and gains family, he tracks that secret. The suspense subtly gets tighter until the secret is exposed and everyone has to come to terms with it. Some chapters are written so you see what Jason sees as he moves through the day and other chapters see the station ...more
Rachel Warren
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t stop!!

I have read all of the Nightshade series, and so was expecting this book to have some sort of super-natural twist. While it was absent anything super-natural, it was abundant in action, suspense and emotion. Multiple times my heart was tugged for feelings toward one person or another. Very well written, great story and wonderful character development!!
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original post here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2012/10/phoenix-blog-tour-review-giveaway-by-aj.html

I really enjoyed this story. It is a read that stands on its own because the style is unique. A.J. Scudiere has shown me a world that had substance and felt very real. Scudiere knows how to build suspense, without it feeling over dramatic or forced.

I like our main character Jason. He is dealing with so much. It seems everyone around him has a secret they are keeping from him. The biggest
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Kai
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Phoenix is a great book to read. Jason Mondy is a fireman. After Jason Mondy rescued two kids from a fire, he wasn't able to sleep. On top of it, his girlfriend/roommate took off with everything he has. Compounded, Jason was ordered by Chief Adler, his boss/Fireman Chief to do public relationship for the city fire department. When Chief Adler tells him to do that, Jason knew bad news from City Hall is coming. Chief Adler also told Jason to go to his parents to sleep. A familiar surrounding might ...more
Scott
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere is a tough book to summarize without giving away something important to the plot. It's about a firefighter trying to figure out some truths about his past. There are some relationship issues, family secrets, fires, tragedies, and triumphs.

Jason Mondy was a great character to me. I've read some other reviews that say he wasn't a character that people could relate to, but for me it was easy. He wasn't a guy that was great in the spotlight and didn't really seem to go for
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Victoria Phillips
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very compelling mystery that does not even start as a mystery at first. Initially, it seems as if it is just a story about the life of one firefighter who does good, heroic work to only be screwed over by his peers and girlfriend. The way in which this story was unraveled really worked with the way a firefighters life really is. Having been around EMTs and firefighters nearly my whole life, I can really appreciate the amount of time the author took in researching the lingo as well as t ...more
Carla
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I didn't hesitate in signing up. I knew instantly just looking at the cover that it would be a good read. Good doesn't even begin to describe how awesome it ended up being.

Like any other book, it starts out normal. Then the author takes you for a pretty twisting ride. As someone who has read a lot in her life, I actually enjoy books that have a psychological thriller appeal to them. This was what this book ended up being to me. It was worth r
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Lucie Paris
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
A gripping novel which delves into the world of firefighters. On a daily basis, they face dangers to save the lives of anonymous people. Sometimes the outcome is full of emotions when lives are saved. Sometimes, it's a very bad day and lives are destroyed.

I enjoyed being immersed in the daily routine of a fire station. I also liked that the author took the time to tell the stories of the brigade and their daily hassle before starting the police investigation part of this novel.

"Phoenix" is a bit
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Amanda
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off strong and I didn’t want to put it down. This was a bad thing, because I started reading right before bed on a weeknight. It’s an intense story, but there was just enough humor to keep me from having a heart attack. I really liked Jason, even felt a little sorry for him as he seems kind of clueless, but there was a while where I wanted to thump him alongside the head. A piece of the puzzle was right in front of him the whole time, and had he been paying attention, he could ...more
Valentina
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I’ve read a few of AJ Scudiere’s books, and though this one wasn’t my favorite of the group, I still found it an interesting read.
The author obviously does her homework. She knows how to give us vivid descriptions of a firefighter’s life, what he goes through every day. There are so many great details, so many interesting things to learn about their lives that the book is worth reading if only to get a peek into this.
On to the characters. Jason, the protagonist, is not very likeable at first.
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Jessica Bronder
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jason is a firefighter. After a day where he rescues two boys from a fire, he comes home and finds his girlfriend left him and took everything. He decides to go see his mother and learns that the fire that in the fire that killed his birth mother, he had a brother that was rescued too. Jason doesn’t remember anything about the fire or before that. So, he goes on the hunt to find his missing brother.

I loved all the research that went into firefighters. This book is so realistic that you can easil
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a procedural fire fighter story with strong mystery/crime elements, yet little to no romance. It was a bit confusing trying to figure out all the fire fighter lingo and procedures at the same time as trying to understand the storyline. Once I got a handle on the fire fighting parts, the story took centre stage and became much easier to follow and enjoy.

Jason was a contradictory character. His actions when viewed from outside make him seemed like a jerk. He is a womanizer with no emotions
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Jaime K
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway

Jason Mondy saves two brothers rom their burning house.
He's a firefighter - it's his job.

Nightmares force him to go back home, to spend some relaxing time with his [adoptive] mother.
Then she drops the bomb that the fire that killed his mother when he was 7 (which is when he was put in the system) also probably claimed the life of another. His brother.

Jason remembers nothing before that time and goes on a search that uncovers more skeletons than anyone expected.

I
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Craig
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*free copy won off of another book review blog*

I found Phoenix to be a wonderful mystery. There were plenty of twists, some I saw and others I didn't. While this story seemed to start slowly (unlike some of the author's other books) it certainly picked up by the end. I could not put it down. My only real complaints are how some of the chapters seemed to shift between viewpoints (from one character to the next) without any warning. There were also a few times where it gave viewpoints of minor cha
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Shiy Conrow
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For firefighter Jason firefighting is his life. His passion and what he truly enjoys. His life is turned upside down in just a couple of days and he embarks on a journey to figure out the truth that has been kept from him all these years.
II really enjoyed the book and how the author writes about his journey and the details behind his past. At times it's a little bit too much fluff but I was able to look around that just to find out how it was going to end.

**Disclosure: I received this product f
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Jaime
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely not in my "wheel house", but it was a good read. It's a very linear story line (which I like) with a good mystery. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read about the lives of firefighters. However, my one critisism in this book is that it seems as if the author forgot about who the book was about at the end of the story. The main characters change. Other than that, it is a solid story with believable characters.
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
Such an easy-to-read book. The characters are realistic and flawed (in a good way), exactly the way that I like them. The story is engaging and has some nice twists that I didn't expect. I recommend this book for anyone who likes mysteries (and maybe firefighters).
Mat
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read

I loved the character development and storylines. I'm super busy and have little time to read but found this a very easy book to pick up after a few days or even a week of not reading.

Love the author and will be reading more.
Leslie
Shelving this for now.
Jessica Scheetz
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is suspense from the beginning, the characters are engaging, and the mystery leaves you hanging until the end.
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