Book Review: Chasing Fire

Nora Roberts’ new book will have fans believing they are Zulies smoke jumpers in Big Sky Country Photo: Photo: Putnam

MORROW, Ga, April 1, 2011 —In Chasing Fire, (Putnam, ISBN 9780399157448), Nora Roberts transports readers into the fiery world of smoke jumpers operating in Big Sky Country.

Continuing her father’s legacy since she was eighteen, Rowan Tripp is a Missoula, Montana Zulies Smoke Jumper. Members of the Zulies team parachute from planes to land in the middle of out-of-control fires, in order to try and stop them. Rowan loves her job, loves being on the edge, and the adrenaline rush her job brings, but mostly she relishes helping to save lives and property.

Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

This year, however, is different. There are more fires, more injuries, and more deaths, including the death of Rowan’s partner.  It is also the year in which Rowan meets rookie Gulliver “Gull” Curry, who falls in love with her.

Rowan develops feelings for the newcomer-with-an-Ivy-League-vocabulary, but fears them, because she knows from personal experience that love hurts, and Curry may not have the staying power she needs in a lover/life partner. As Rowan and Curry try to end the fiery reign of a maniacal arsonist with a vendetta against the Zulies, they share both danger and desire.  

Rowan and Curry’s saga proves, once again, that Nora Roberts  is one of the best romantic suspense authors on the market, even with a theme used many times before.  A major part of the book’s freshness comes from Roberts’ use of a female as the experienced mentor, and a male as the rookie-in-training.

Chasing Fire’s incredible excitement testifies to Nora Roberts’ ability to tell an exhilarating tale in which readers feel as if they are the ones leaping into out-of-control fires.  Loaded with action, especially the fire zone drops, and filled with fiery romance, Chasing Fire will have fans believing they are Zulies smoke jumpers.

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Harriet Klausner

Born in the Bronx before the Dodgers and Giants left for the other Coast, Harriet has her masters in Library Science from Queen College.  My thesis topic was the Impact of Science Fiction Reading by High School Seniors on Standardized Reading Scores.  

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