Do you have a book you re-read every year? Year in and year out, around this time, I pull out Nora Roberts Chasing Fire. This story of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect forests, homes and people. The hot shots and smoke jumpers detailed in this story inspire a case of hero worship in me. They live fast, love hard, and are deeply loyal to each other.
The story is well told and has not just one love affair, but two. It takes a lot of attention to detail to weave two love stories, a terrific cast of characters, and action and adventure together. And to do it with the kind of accuracy into the daily lives of these firefighters, is a monumental feat.
In 2013, after the Yarnell Hill Fire, where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots perished, I read this book twice. And cried all the way through it both times. For that, I decree this a book that kicks ass!
Well done, Nora Roberts. This book is among the top ten of my all time favorites.
Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. But there’s also little else as thrilling—at least to Rowan Tripp. Being a Missoula smoke jumper is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home—even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.
One of the best of this year’s rookie crop, Gulliver Curry is a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. And though Rowan, as a rule, doesn’t hook up with other smoke jumpers, Gull is convinced he can change her mind…
But everything is thrown off balance, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull—any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.