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Firestorm [Kindle Edition]

Nevada Barr
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Product Description

An insatiable, unstoppable beast, the wildfire called Jackknife has already devoured 17,000 acres of California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. A devastating force of nature, it has brought out the very best – and worst – in those sworn to defeat it.

Ranger Anna Pigeon is among the exhausted firefighters, serving as medic and spike camp security, when an abrupt weather shift sends Jackknife racing relentlessly in their direction. And when the monstrous blaze has passed, Anna emerges from her protective shelter to discover two men are dead: one a victim of the hungry flames, the other stabbed through the heart. Now, trapped in a nightmarish landscape of snow and ash, cut off from rescue by a rampaging winter storm, Anna must investigate an inexplicable homicide – as she and nine others struggle to survive the terrible rage of nature … and the murderer in their midst.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DRI0L9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying... 2 Aug 2002
By Forsfi
Format:School & Library Binding
It's difficult to write a review without giving away the plot - which I really do not want to do with Firestorm. After the deceptively matter-of-fact beginning came a passage of drama which I found terrifying and gripping. No crazed psychopaths here, but an impervious natural world that decides to do the "red in tooth and claw" bit. An admirable heroine, and an impressive description of the setting really ring the changes with the traditional "one of us here must have done the murder" plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 18 Nov 2010
By lilymay
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I like the Nevada Barr "Anna Pigeon" mysteries and this is the 4th I've read. Great mix of mystery and info about US National parks and the park rangers. Worth a try. I slip the read in between other heavier stuff and the acid test is I dont fall asleep!
Added bonus is buying cheaply 2nd hand and getting quick service. This is proper recycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firestorm 21 Jun 2012
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anna Pigeon, National Park Ranger, is busy salving and binding the blistered feet of forest fire fighters, when other duties beckon. Before too long she is part of a team heading into the mountains and they are unluckily caught in the path of a turned fire. Each person knows the drills that must be followed for survival, but one man is already injured. They do their best, but after the firestorm roars over them, some of the team are dead.
Anna is not just an EMT - she has law enforcement duties, and she notices inconsistencies - like how did a person get stabbed in the middle of the blaze? The team can't descend the mountain yet and is running low on supplies so as Anna gets to know the men and women sitting with her in the hot ashes, she faces the fact that one of them is a killer.
This is an excellent, intelligent read.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire everywhere -- no one is safe! 25 Jun 2000
By Victoria Tarrani - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Anna Pigeon, Park Ranger, has been called to Northern California's Lassen Volcanic Park to fight a blaze of suspicious origin. Danger exists in the air she breathes and the exhaustion that takes a toll on all firefighters that have been brought in to save the park.
Nevada Barr convincingly shows why rangers are called from many locations and the need to work as one in the midst of a Firestorm. The problem in working as one is that there is a murderer who has no compunction about covering up the first death with more. The most intense scene is when the Firestorm is blasting down the trail and the only way to survive is as dangerous as the fire itself.
Ms. Barr is a great storyteller who writes what she knows. I have no doubt that she has experienced survival in various parks and on a myriad of projects. She brings with her the full power that a writer can when she has lived the events--perhaps not the murder itself, but survival in it rawest form.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, Hot, Hot in Barr's best novel - a 'locked room mystery' 16 Jun 2002
By cousette copeland - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nevada Barr has 2 books that are closed to "locked room" mysteries - that is, where the action and events are in a tightly controlled environment. Firestorm has it's events in the middle of a firestorm, on a mountain top where rescue is delayed. (Blind Descent is the other - inside a subterranean cave.)
Barr's description of the firestorm, and being trapped inside of a tiny fireproof tent are gripping! The murders are solved by Frederick and Anna. Frederick is working on the outside, and supplies info to Anna via hand radios. Anna uncovers facts and fights the growing tension between survivors who are trapped on the mountain together.
There are suspects galore - but I was totally surprized by the identity of the true murderer and Anna's judgement call in handling the murderer.
This is probably one of Barr's best novels - a "hot, hot" read!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin'... 12 Nov 2001
By Shelley Mckibbon - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second Anna Pigeon novel I have read, and my only consolation for being such a latecomer to Nevada Barr's writing is that I can occupy myself with her backlist while waiting for new books. So many mysteries are either not very mysterious, or clunkily written, or feature annoying characters, that I was delighted beyond belief when I finally found Anna Pigeon and realized she is a real person, and Nevada Barr is a real, skillful, writer. Not everyone can make you giggle, hold your breath, and mutter a sympathetic "ew" in the space of a couple of pages. Barr's characters, marooned by a forest fire that practically rises to the level of a character itself, have to contend with injuries, filth, hunger, and the knowledge that one of them killed one of their colleagues in a most creative manner. From the "shake and bake" (which is really something) to the final solution, I was riveted.
This is an extraordinarily imaginative take on a classic locked room mystery. I didn't figure it out until the end, and I was gravely hampered because my list of those I didn't want to have done it had gotten so long. You can really get to know people when you're stranded with them in the mountains, and that's what happens here. Even if Barr wasn't so ingenious at devising murder plots, I'd read her work. She's amazingly good at creating hard-headed, soft-hearted characters who try to do the right thing -- most notably, Anna herself.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 5 July 1997
By N. Sausser - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't understand why this book isn't at the top of the bestseller list. Anna Pigeon is a ranger with the National Park Service. She is currently serving as security and EMT at a fairly routine fire in the Lassen Volcanic National Park when things suddenly go to hell in a hand basket. The firestorm scenes are absolutely riveting. The characters are all very well developed. Some are easy to love and some are easy to hate. There is plenty of sophisticated, witty humor sprinkled throughout. Some of it made me laugh out loud. The landscape descriptions were the next best thing to being there. And tying it all together is a whopping good murder mystery. I probably shouldn't make comparisons but I will. Nevada Barr has Sue Grafton beat by a mile
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uncompelling lifeboat-type story 18 Nov 2007
By Steven Sabin - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The breathless positive reviewers of this book puzzle me. Their experience was distinctly not my experience. I've read 3 of Barr's books now and this was definitely *not* the pick of the litter. At Barr's best, she's a 4. This one was somewhere between a 2 and 3...but since I can't award half stars, I'll give it a 2. This was definitely the worst of the three books by Barr I've read thus far.

Here's the plot in a nutshell.

A group of rangers including our heroine, Anna Pigeon, are brought together from various national parks and agencies to fight a fire in Lassen National Park in Northern California. When the fire unexpectedly flares, a group of 9 are caught off guard and with no path of retreat from the rapidly advancing flames. Their only hope for survival is to crawl inside their fire-proof emergency tents, burrow into the ground, and hope that the fire will literally flash over the top of them so quickly that they won't be baked to death...merely scorched.

When the inferno blasts over, it feels like hours but is just minutes. They are singed, some quite seriously, but alive. However, although 9 people crawled into tents, only 8 people emerge: one literally has a knife in his back. And, the fire has felled trees across the only road in to the area, nor will the weather allow rescue helicopters to reach them. The 8 survivors are trapped indefinitely without food as it begins to snow and temperatures begin to drop -- and one of them is a killer.

Sounds enticing enough. But the ensuing days as the 8 struggle to survive are gray, cold, eventless, and populated with miserable people struggling to maintain their sanity and civility.

Basically, that describes how I felt trying to perservere through the remainder of the book. Yeah, I made it. But it wasn't a pleasant experience.

Barr decides to make the victim in this book a man who is universally scrorned by all who know him. And in so doing, we don't care that he's dead, we don't care why he died, and we don't care who killed him. There is just no incentive for the reader here to really care about finding the killer. In fact, I just couldn't bring myself to care about *any* of the characters or details in this story, doubly sad since I live in that part of the country and many of the towns and landmarks Barr describes are my stomping grounds that would normally have been very interesting to me. Oh, and Barr -- for reasons known only to herself -- felt obliged to once again introduce a homosexual lover subplot into the story. Why she feels compelled to insert this into every story is beyond me. I think it must be some type of politically correct statement. Whatever. But I'm beginning to find it tiresome. It feels contrived and forced because it is...contrived and forced.

Anna Pigeon is a likeable enough protagonist who behaves and talks like a real person. I have no gripe with Barr's writing abilities or dialog. But the people in this story get confusing. It is hard to keep the 8 folks in this "lifeboat" type story straight. It is harder still to care about them or care about finding a resolution.

It just felt like 4 long days in the snow surrounded by blackened timbers and a bunch of people you don't like.
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