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First to Burn (Immortal Vikings #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  239 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
A soldier with secrets

Immortal Viking Wulf Wardsen once battled alongside Beowulf, and now serves in Afghanistan. He's trusted the mortal men on his elite special operations team to protect his secret, until an explosion lands Wulf in a place more dangerous to him than a battlefield: a medevac helicopter.

A doctor with questions

Army captain Theresa Chiesa follows the rules
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published January 27th 2014 by Carina Press (first published December 3rd 2013)
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Anna Richland
Sep 24, 2014 Anna Richland added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: romance, beowulf
Thank you for reading, rating or reviewing FIRST TO BURN! As a debut author, every rating and review helps other readers find my books and I thank you for taking the time here and at other internet sites.

Responding to some of the readers' comments below:

If you love Wulf's teammates Cruz, Kahananui and the rest, please check out Sergeant Cruz's story His Road Home by Anna Richland releasing on October 13. Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review and called HIS ROAD HOME "Tantalizing ... a raw, emotional story." As usual
Tami (synchro from BL)
You had me at "immortal Viking"...

I have a weakness for Vikings, hunky blond guys, the whole works.

Nonetheless I was sceptical that a contemporary military romance with an immortal viking would work. It sounded kind of like a joke.

It wasn't.

It was a very well written romance, which didn't pull its punches. Meaning: life is throwing stuff at those two people (the immortal Viking and the lady doctor) without any miraculous solutions for the HEA.

I liked that a lot.

I loved Wulf. He was yummy and vul
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Feb 21, 2014 Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort rated it it was amazing
Favorite Lines “When you go for it, you don’t mess around. And a sergeant.”

“Please. Theresa. Please. Pull me back. Pull.”

“Men who were superstitious about goodbye found ways to speak without words.”

“Course not, Doc, you’re too polite. But you’ve got more balls than Miss Christy here.”

“Life with Wulf would never be normal, but who cared? She’d have a Viking to love her for eternity.”

Yummy yummy! I knew this book would be fabulous! Imagine this a mob bosses daughter who is joined the army and beca
Aug 12, 2014 Marlene rated it liked it
This joint review was originally published at The Book Pushers

1. Thoughts on the Hero

E: If ever a hero had earned his PTSD Wulf had. An immortal warrior fighting in just about every single war since Beowulf faced Grendel and his mother. In fact, Wulf helped fight against them and in the process gained immortality. I liked how he showed immortality really wasn’t all it seemed to be. Any situation, sound, smell, could and did throw him back to an unpleasant memory usually involving the death of so
Monica **can't read fast enough**
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author through the LoP*

I love a good Viking hero and when I read the synopsis for this book I knew that it would be one that I wanted to give a try. This is not in any way a typical paranormal story. There is an immortal Viking, but he is very much a modern soldier. Despite being able to heal even the worst of wounds sustained in battle. Wulf fits in with his group of Special Forces brothers and has earned and received res
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal, LoP).

Impressive well written debut novel with characters who, for the most part, are easy to relate to. As a military veteran who has done her share of deployments, I think the author did an incredible job with the first few chapters that showcase and explain about the way of life military members experience when downrange or in theater (which can be craptastic at best); especially the scenes that describe the chow hall
Amy Raby
Feb 11, 2014 Amy Raby rated it it was amazing
I was reading this on the airplane, and my teenage son was so interested in it he kept peeking over my shoulder to read. You won't believe this is a debut, because it's so accomplished, especially the writing and the authenticity of the voices and settings.

It's a real genre bender, essentially a paranormal because the hero is an immortal viking living in the present day, but it's also military themed, since both he and the heroine are in the military (serving in Afghanistan), and there are suspe
Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Hide in plain sight has been Wulf Wardsen’s motto since he fought alone side Beowulf a thousand years ago. Wulf is an immortal Viking that cannot die and heals wounds without any assistance or damage. He has finally found a group of men that accept him, have made him part of their family and protect his secret. A military group called the Operational Detachment Alpha-5131, 5th Special Forces Group and he is known as Sergeant Wulf Wardsen a member of that team. Ev
Marta Cox
Jan 10, 2014 Marta Cox rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and I think it's probably her debut as an author and it's a very accomplished piece. A strong mixture of action, adventure, romance , paranormal and even Viking mythology! There is so much happening in this book that it's hard to know quite where to start! Although once you start to read this story you will be well and truly hooked!
This story is centred around Theresa a serving captain and doctor with the military forces serving in Afghanistan. She's a strong woman w
Oct 08, 2016 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First to Burn is basically the Bourne movies with some romance thrown in to it. You have the super powered Viking dude who can't die going around from action scene to action scene as he works on taking down the other overpowered bad guy. During said scenes, he's working on protecting the girl who takes a bit of time to believe everything that's happening / going on.

I very much enjoyed the premise and the way the author portrayed the immortality in today's world. Furthermore, it's very clear tha
Lynn Spencer
Jan 21, 2014 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I gave this a B- on AAR, so 3.5 stars. With First to Burn, military romance plus a foray into the paranormal proves to be a winner for the most part. Anna Richland takes her immortal warriors and blends the Beowulf legend with modern-day military conflict for a story that certainly caught my attention. Even with the dreaded sagging middle, it's still strong enough for me to recommend giving it a try.

As the story opens, we are confronted with the mystery of Sgt. Wulf Wardsen. Seriously injured in
Feb 26, 2014 ChattyKat rated it really liked it
3.5 rating...
This is a very well written story with very likable characters. I loved Wulf and his relationship with his Special Ops team. And, Theresa is a mature, intelligent and strong female lead. She is an officer and he is enlisted so there is a forbidden love issue for them at first. I was especially touched by the scenes in the beginning when they flew out to assist the young Afghan girl with her pregnancy. These are characters that quickly earned my respect and had me hoping for their HE
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
This was a pleasant surprise! Teresa is a military nurse stationed in Afghanistan and is faced with a mystery when one of her patients arrives with no evidence of the severe injuries noted in triage. Wulf is an immortal, a berserker, and if his secret is exposed he'll be forced to leave the military and the team he considers family. He should avoid Teresa like the plague, but he's drawn to her strength and confidence as duty forces them to spend more time together. Then a mission makes Wolfe a t ...more
Feb 18, 2017 Madison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5⭐ ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Rhode rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As some first novels do, this has everything but the kitchen sink in it. Afghani feasting, special ops forces, sightseeing in Rome, the New Jersey mob, explosions, sewers, fancy lingerie, veterans hospitals, castles, Danish museums, velvet-lined bedding with golden swags, torture, some more explosions, sex, saunas, bondage, the CIA, faithful Oxford-educated retainers, field surgery, twins, the international drug trade, assassinations, starfish DNA, great banter, guns and more than one burning bu ...more
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal r2r)

You had me at Immortal Viking...

To be honest this is the first 'military' book that I've read, and I found myself enjoying it. A lot. The mash up of military meets paranormal proved to be very enjoyable, and the romance thrown in also? -> Cha-Ching!
To say that this is her first book, makes me extremely excited. No pressure to Richland, but to say how well thought out, written, and presented this was...I'm expect
Jan 18, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: ry-2014, read-in-2014
I thought I was going to love this book, I wanted to love it but I just liked it..... I like the idea behind 'the Immortal Viking' & how it came about. There was lots of action and life threatening situations interspersed with some hot moments between the two MCs but I struggled with the first 50%.... I suppose it was focussed too much on the military aspect whereas I was in it for the supernatural element. I did enjoy the latter part of the book, the change of scenery helped and the amping ...more
A Viking Immortal...and yeah, that was all I needed to read before I was sold on reading this one. Okay, yes, I noticed that he is now a Special Forces warrior fighting in Afghanistan while he tries to duck the persistent lady doctor who notices his healing abilities and wants answers. But there is also the hidden enemies that hunt them both making this not just an interesting paranormal romance, but a thriller too. It's passionate, brutal and exciting and leaves me eager for more from this auth ...more
This was an interesting read for me. I wish I could give the various sections each a rating of their own - or that I could turn my brain into a brain that loves paranormals, because then I would give this book a much higher rating.

Premise: Wulf is a Special Forces sergeant in Afghanistan. Theresa is an Army doctor in Afghanistan. They find each other cute, but of course fraternization is not okay, and then there's the minor detail of how Wulf is an immortal Viking. Also, people are trying to ki
Nov 30, 2013 Lesley rated it it was amazing
What a story! When I read the blurb on Goodreads I was very intrigued by the possibility of an immortal Viking in a modern day setting and First to Burn certainly does not disappoint.

Immortal Viking Wulf Warsden is now Sargent Warsden, serving in Afghanistan alongside his elite and entirely human Special Operations team. When injured in a blast Wulf comes to in a medevac helicopter on route to hospital but the minute he's transferred he walks away fully healed as he's done many times before to e
Jan 30, 2014 Cameron rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

Enjoyable characters and an intriguing plot line combine to create an action packed book! Richland definitely knows how to keep a reader on the edge of her seat.

Theresa is a fun character. She’s tough as nails, driven to succeed on her own, sarcastic at times, and expects everything to be orderly, but she’s also got a romantic, dreamer like side to her. She wants to live a normal life, or at least as close to normal as she can get, and I can’t begr
Larissa Brown
I received this book free in return for an honest review, via the Lovers of Paranormal group. The book captivated me enough to write a really long review.

First to Burn is a surprising, adventurous love story set against the backdrop of a history-based (not historical) thriller. Since it spans a few genres, it is complex and greater in scope than many romance books. Anna Richland is clearly a knowledgeable, intelligent author tackling a big story.

It has some qualities that make it a standout, an
Christi Snow
Mar 01, 2014 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
My Review:
B+ rating
Whoa, this book was so creative. I am completely blown away by just how much there was to this story.

There's the whole backstory to the Immortals that served with Beowulf. Wulf is just one of them and he serves now with a spec ops team in Afghanistan. He's the only immortal on this team and they work hard to protect his secret...mainly because he's saved them all so many times. It's a serious advantage to have a guy on a team like this who can't be killed. Can you imagine? We
Jan 28, 2014 Gaele rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In her debut offering, Anna Richland provides a unique twist on a paranormal character and combines it with the tension and danger of a ‘boots on the ground’ military setting, romance and some serious potential complications.

Wulf is special forces Staff Sergeant: we first meet him as he is being flown away from the front lines with a serious leg wound. The call into the medical camp has the staff prepared to operate, yet he walks away from the helicopter in the midst of the confusion when it la
Kelsey Jordan
Mar 05, 2014 Kelsey Jordan rated it it was amazing
I really like the way the author built up to the reveal of the supernatural element in this book. I understood from the beginning that there was something not entirely normal about Wulf, but I liked the slow unveiling of his otherness. To me the slow reveal to the reader mirrors the slow reveal that Theresa received.
I'm going to take a moment and address those that seem to miss the paranormal/supernatural element that is present from the very beginning of the book. I honestly can't see how peop
Annia Lennox
So, this is another book I picked up because of the DBSA podcast. It isn’t necessarily the type of romance I would normally read, but I enjoyed it. I would call this a suspense romance war story with some paranormal elements. Considering the hero is an immortal Viking there isn’t a ton of paranormal stuff.

I really liked Wulf and Theresa and they are the heart of the story. Wulf is storng, but not afraid to be emotional. And I really like his relationship with the guys in his special forces grou
Feb 12, 2014 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: calibre-library, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow -- this was a really a delightful surprise! I admit that I'm not typically a military book reader, but this book was a really great blend of paranormal, military, romance, action, and mythology. I never thought I'd admit to loving a story that involves so much Beowulf after being forced to read it in school, but this book was just so unique!

I was worried, but, yes, this book takes place in present day. Seeing the word "Viking"
Llaph | No Frill | No Shill
I started this book when it first came out and DNF'd it then the second book in the series was published--The Second Lie--I read it and what I read made me immediately go back to this book and stick it out.
I'm glad that I went back to read it. The beginning was slow going for me, but once I passed the point where I stopped before and read further it got a lot better.
I think the thing that most fascinated me was how their immortality was linked with the Beowulf epic and it wasn't magic-based but
Feb 18, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
I've not been a fan of books featuring military settings but the author interweaves Viking mythology, intrigue and romance into this mix and the result was that I was hooked! This was a very polished debut for this author!

Wulf Wardsen is an immortal who once fought with his brother alongside Beowulf. Presently he is serving as a sergeant with an elite special forces team in Afghanistan. He has developed a close relationship with the other team members who protect his secret that he doesn't die.
Maria Dodd
Feb 25, 2014 Maria Dodd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by the author via Lovers of Paranormal.

I was torn between 4 and 5 stars for this book but only because of a few questions that I still have hovering in the back of my mind. The story was so good that it does deserve the 5 stars I have given.

The plot was great and kept moving at a steady pace and kept my interest throughout. A few military facts and terms made me re-read the sentences but I was left with the impression that the author really
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