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Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  5,584 Ratings  ·  753 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
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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I was not sure about this book when I first started it. By the time I got to the end, it had become one of my firm favourites. I listened to an audio version. I am going out to buy a copy. Chasing Fireflies is a book I know I am going to read more than once.

This is a book about fathers and sons. How you don't have a blood relationship to be a 'dad'. How cruel father's can be to their children. It is about abandoned and unloved children and fostering. It is about love and giving. It is about the
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
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...
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
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
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
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
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Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, e4
História(s) muito triste mas cheia de esperança. As personagens são muito fortes e bem delineadas. Muito bom!
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
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?
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
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
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
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.
Tanya Love
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
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
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Prologue was fantastic. It was exciting, it grabbed my interest and had me wanting to know more. Even the first couple of chapters were okay. But then the book went from being mostly about the boy at the train tracks to being about 100 different things. There were too many side stories taking place and the one thing I was curious about - the history of the train boy - kinda fell by the wayside. His story really wasn't all that exciting & left me disappointed.

For the most part, this book
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
Lana Jackson
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
My husband and I both read this, and neither could put it down. Compelling story about a newspaper reporter, with childhood history of living in foster homes, is assigned to interview a mute 10-year-old boy who has been found after his adoptive mother kicks him out of the car just before she pulls in front of an oncoming train. The reporter's foster parents take in the 10-year-old and healing begins for all concerned.

The characters are rich and relatable. The foster father, Uncle Willee, was my
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose the book because of its high rating and a title which attracted me and seemed inviting. Knowing very little of what the book was actually about when I first started reading it, I was not sure that it was going to be my "type" of book. I quickly got over that thought as I became caught up in the story and grew to love the characters. It was easy to root for each of them as they struggled to conquer their demons. There is a lot of pain and heartache in the story, but there is also a lot of ...more
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
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
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
If asked to describe this book in one word, that word would be heartwarming. The characters are well-developed and varied and their relationships complex. The story itself is where several character's paths merge and they each discover what their roots are and what they're really made of.
Worthwhile and clean read.
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 :)
Sep 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
I actually didn't finish this, just couldn't get into the story. :(
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