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Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  7,146 ratings  ·  918 reviews

They have one summer to find what was lost long ago.

"Never settle for less than the truth," she told him.

But when you don't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it's hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive--and as magica

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 27th 2007 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Chasing Firefilies by Charles Martin was an enjoyable read.

"Never settle for less than the truth" She told him. But when you dont't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated.

I love the title and the illustration on the cover of this book as it is a real eye catcher This a mystery style story with many varied themes such as relationships, family, love, betrayal and good vs evil.

The plot is interesting as it is told with one stroy set in the past and one in the present. The
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: When I graduated college, I came back to Brunswick, bought an acre along the Altamaha and a sailboat named Gone Fiction at the annual police auction. She was a thirty-six-foot Hunter and had been confiscated during an offshore drug raid. The SWAT guys at the auction said they'd busted some Florida writer running drugs along the coast. When his books didn't sell, he traded his pen for a habit and joined the dark side. I didn't know a thing about sailing, but she looked cozy-had a bed, to ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great mystery wrapped in a wonderful story. What an excellent surprise, I was not prepared for such a special book; not what I expected. This is an endearing story with a truly amazing historic back story. The author made it so easy to have feelings for each character that ranged from love, anger, pity, sorrow, admiration, wonder, idolization and respect. Laughter and tears were just a few emotions this story evoked. The hysterical metaphors and colloquialisms used by "Unc" are priceless. Good ...more
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Charles Martin, the author of this book, is an extraordinary writer. In a previous review, I compared his writing to that of Nicholas Sparks's; however, upon reading this book, I think he is a much better writer. The story does meander frequently, one chapter dipping into the past while the next continues the present, but the tale plays out so beautifully it is worth the journey. I loved this book.

Some reviewers have noted that Martin did not include many mentions of God or Christianity througho
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love books about contemporary American people going through real experiences. I am not into books about perfect people, cops, crooks, athletes, or rich people.

I like books about people who are flawed, people who have quirks, people who live contradictions, people who try to be good but sometimes fail, honest people doing the best they can with what life dishes out, people who sometimes can't resist temptations and people who maybe don't understand themselves fully. Those are books I can relate
Angie Dokos
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cried so much, but I loved it. This book breaks your heart at times, but it’s so beautiful. It has it all, including mystery. The characters are great, just real feeling people that remind you of people you really know. I can’t say the right things to capture my feelings about this book. It’s one that I’ll remember for a really long time. The way it makes you feel is the reason it’s so awesome. It’s not just a movie playing in your head as you read, it’s imprinting the emotions in your heart. ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I put off rating this one because so many other readers gave it a 4 or 5. Here I am again, the odd person out. But I just could not stretch it to a 3 star. It left me feeling as if I had been tricked on top of it. As if I had stood at a shell game in an old fashioned county fair, and had been snickered into putting my last $2.00 on finding a nugget that wasn't there anywhere. This ending?

Really, there are so many aspects of this story that don't even make sense. Why wouldn't one relative reveal
Leonor Lopes
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claro que tinha que ser vencedor de um prémio. Tem tanto para isso...
Mike French
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Judy Collins
Thank you Judy Collins for bring Charles Martin to my attention! Charles Martin a definite 180 from Thrillers and Action-Adventures I usually read, but he is now on of favorite authors after on 2 books of his I have read!! Judy said this is a man's book and I agree. After checking 10 pages of review on GR, I found I was only one of five men that rated it. Amazing that we all gave it 5 Stars. Guys, take a break from Cussler,Sandford,Clancy.Flynn, etc. and READ this book! You will not be disappoin ...more
Judy Collins
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"One of the most compelling books I have ever read and my favorite author! You will enjoy if from Atlanta (can appreicate)...a guys book but girls will love it as well! Father/son love...well will be reading when when the sun comes up...have some tissue handy...heart-felt story making you fall in love with Unc, Chase, and all the characters...not wanting it to end and wanting more! A Must Read! "
Audiobook. A mystery, with strong characterization and varied themes: overcoming anger, dealing with long-term ostracism, parental love, second chances, baseball (Atlanta Braves), redemption, acceptance of suffering, child abuse, the foster care system, and the ravages of HIV and hepatitis.

Set in Brunswick, Georgia, on the Atlantic coast, and in nearby St. Simons Island and Sea Island, and in the Buffalo Swamp marshlands. Takes place in current time and in the past. Told in first person POV, by
Robin Patchen
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've now officially read all of Charles Martin's books. This is one of the best, and that's saying something. The characters are so real, I feel like I have a bunch of friends hanging out on my bookshelf, waiting for me to pick them up again. I will, someday. I promise.

I particularly loved the relationship between Chase and Unc and the picture it paints of what the father-child relationship should look like, juxtaposed with that of Jack and Tommye--the ultimate "what not to do." This lends cred
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-eua, 4e
História(s) muito triste mas cheia de esperança. As personagens são muito fortes e bem delineadas. Muito bom!
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
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Linda Galloway
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know a book is good when I find myself reading a paragraph over and over again. I've never read Charles Martin's books before but I'm so glad I found him. In just a few chapters he created characters that I genuinely cared about. Characters I wanted to cheer for, fight for, and cry with. It was a book filled with life lessons, poignant moments, and a great love for baseball. What more could I ask for?
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A masterpiece. Amazing. I listened to the audio version and felt that listening to the story teller made the story come alive. A story that talks about the father-shaped hole in every son, and how a father can fill the hole. This was drama, mystery, caring, wonder, all wrapped into a great story.

Highly, highly recommended.
Camille Eide
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story, excellent writing, just the kind of book I look for. Well drawn mysteries to ponder amid relational drama, and very distinct characters. I have several Charles Martin books on my TBR list now.
Carla Marques
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O primeiro livro que li deste autor e é daquelas vezes em que tenho pena de ter tantos livros para ler, pois se não tivesse tenho a certeza que ia pegar noutro livro deste autor.
Uma primeira experiência que me marcou, pois apesar de ter dito que era muito bom, não pensei que fosse gostar tanto.
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Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
Charles Aartin is one of my favorite authors and he proved himself again with Chasing Fireflies! What an incredible book!! Martin's gift for storytelling and character development are phenonmenal.
It seems that with each of his books, they start out a bit slow as he is setting the foundation for the story and each of the characters. But once that is set, I have found each of his books to be well worth the effort of sticking with it for the first maybe 100 pages or so!
Chsing Fireflies is a haunn
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of Charles Martin's books that I've read, and I love his writing. I was surprised to read in some review that he is considered a "Christian writer." As far as I am concerned, Martin writes intriguing stores about people of integrity and strong moral principals. There isn't a "preachy" tone to his writing and I don't even recall the Bible even being mentioned in this book. So if you have avoided Martin's books because of a label, I encourage you give them a try. This story deal ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, 2018, na-fila-2018
Bem um dos motivos de ter adiado esta leitura tanto tempo é por a letra ser bastante pequena, que dificulta a leitura mas se o livro for bom, vocês nem dão pelas páginas passar, que foi exactamente o que aconteceu aqui!

No livro temos duas narrativas paralelas mas com pontos em comum. A principal (no presente) segue um menino que foi encontrado com claras marcas de abuso físico. Sem conseguir falar (nem o seu nome), consegue comunicar através dos desenhos que vai fazendo. Do outro lado temos Chas
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
It started slowly. Not so slowly that I ever seriously considered putting it down, but slowly enough that I assumed I'd muddle through it, and upon completion, probably never think about it again. I couldn't have been more off base. The story started slowly, but it built, layer upon layer, like all the good stories do, until you feel like you know the characters personally...and kind of wish you did. Parts of this book were harsh and painful to read, but they gave the story a depth that couldn't ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pat Conroy fans who need a break from his heart-wrenching drama
Recommended to Denise by: Heather
I'd give this 3 and a half stars. It was like a Lifetime movie but without the romance and the eye-rolling. Predictable, but worth the read because it was more about the drama and the feel-good than the mystery. And a little tip to any movie producers: Tommy Lee Jones should DEFINATELY play Uncle Willee. (A small beef with the author that dated him: he said "Sheryl Crow wrote a song about 'The First Cut is the Deepest'..." Sheryl Crow did NOT write that song if Rod Stewart sang it before her and ...more
Tawni Williams
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I honestly can not say enough good things about this book!! I have 'loved' characters in books before... but I grew to love, respect and genuinely want to meet 'Unc' from this novel. It's a wonderful story, but it also has powerful teaching moments about forgiveness, love, and the impact a parent can have on a child (for better or worse). I borrowed it from the library, but I will be adding a copy to my permanent collection. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book
Alina Brewer
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to place this book in the sand on a beautiful beach only to have a stranger discover it like buried treasure (90's movie reference, Can you guess which one?)... But, lo, I live in a desert and I am selfish. This book shall adorn my bookshelf only to be lent to close friends and relatives that can provide collateral and recite an oath of safe return. Better to buy your own copy :)
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book. Maybe Unc is too good to be true, but I don't care. I was hooked in the first chapter.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é simplesmente maravilhoso. Não tenho outra palavra para o descrever.

Retirando o facto de a letra ser quase ilegível (tamanho 8 ou 9) não tenho mais nenhum defeito a apontar à escrita deste autor, à editora Casa das Letras, à tradutora Maria Correia, tudo é de qualidade.

O livro começa com a descoberta de uma criança de passado misterioso que foi descoberta perdida e muito maltratada. Vítima de anos de abuso psicológico e físico ninguém consegue descobrir de onde ele é, qual o seu nome
Marci Glasgow-Haire
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The story begins with the dramatic scene in which a young (8? 10?) mute boy is savagely kicked from a car just before the driver parks on the tracks in front of an oncoming train. He is discovered two days later when he climbs out of the ditch covered in ant bites...and lots of old scars. A young journalist from the town's newspaper, Chase, is tasked with finding out who the boy is, and more importantly, whose the boy is.

OK, stop right there. The police are too busy to bother with figuring out
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Если Бог в состояние сделать так, что у каких-то несчастных жуков начинает светиться задница, значит, в этой жизни возможно все.

У жизни у каждого книголюба бывают такие моменты, когда к нам в руки попадает книга, на которую невероятно сложно написать отзыв. Для меня такой книгой стал новый роман Чарльза Мартина "Ловец огней на звездном поле".

Это невероятно душевная история, о любви, дружбе, о потерянных детях, о братьях, о семье, о краже, о поисках справедливости, о ловли огней на звездном поле
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
A good read. Martin is a young, prolific writer who is articulate and very talented. This story is very strong and I probably wouldn't have read it if it hadn't been recommended to me by a friend. The setting is a Sea Island, and thereabouts, Georgia and invites the reader into the lives of those whose grandparents came from Europe to settle the marshland of that area. Martin includes a surprising wealth of historical information in this short book, so that the reader becomes well acquainted wit ...more
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