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The Smoke Jumper by [Evans, Nicholas]
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The Smoke Jumper Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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In Nicholas Evans' The Smoke Jumper New York native Julia Bishop has no warning that spending the summer counselling troubled teens in Montana will change her life forever. Happily in love with smokejumper and musician Ed Tully, she looks forward to spending the summer weekends with him in Missoula and is stunned and disturbed by the instant connection she feels to his best friend, Connor Ford. Connor, a Montana rancher and smokejumper, loves fighting fires almost as much as he loves photography, and before the summer has barely started, he loves Julia Bishop just as deeply. The bond between the three is strong but the work of a smokejumper is fraught with danger and the trio soon face death by fire. Survival changes their lives forever and places them on paths that divide Julia, Ed and Connor just as surely as their individual journeys bind them irrevocably together. The Smoke Jumper is a tale of loyalty and guilt, honour and selfless love, and the human cost of choices made. --Lois Faye Dyer, Amazon.com

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" [Evans' ] richest work to date...compulsively readable."
--"The Denver Post
"
" Epic...compelling...crackles with suspense."
--"The Seattle Times
"" Brim[s] with cowboy stoicism and wide-open spaces...Evans possesses an unusual ability to write big, all-encompassing, almost cinematic scenes."
--"USA Today"

"[Evans'] richest work to date...compulsively readable."
--"The Denver Post
"
"Epic...compelling...crackles with suspense."
--"The Seattle Times
""Brim[s] with cowboy stoicism and wide-open spaces...Evans possesses an unusual ability to write big, all-encompassing, almost cinematic scenes."
--"USA Today"

"[Evans ] richest work to date...compulsively readable."
--The Denver Post

"Epic...compelling...crackles with suspense."
--The Seattle Times
"Brim[s] with cowboy stoicism and wide-open spaces...Evans possesses an unusual ability to write big, all-encompassing, almost cinematic scenes."
--USA Today"

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1006 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440235162
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZRDQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
When given this book for Christmas, my immediate thought was - geez, it's huge and no doubt boring coz it's by that horse whisperer guy! I had not at this point ever read or seen The Horse Whisperer and I couldn't have been more wrong. The Smoke Jumper is by far the best book I have ever read. As Evans' gripping sequence of events unfolds, you will be drawn into the Montana wilderness and catapulted to war-torn Rwanda where he takes a firm grip of your heart, mind and soul. This is a deeply satisfying read and you will not be disappointed. The Smoke Jumper delivers in full everything that anyone could ever want from a book: high drama, sizzling suspence, involved description, profound love and glorious passion. Nicholas Evans just keeps getting better and better - I cannot wait for his next book to be published!
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Format: Hardcover
The Smoke Jumper is a wonderfully engaging saga, taking in the Montana wilderness and the horrors of 'ethnic cleansing' in Bosnia and Rwanda. He skillfully presents us with three characters who face an impossible dilemma and carries them through to a resolution which keeps the reader's sympathies for them all intact. As with his other novels Mr Evans pitches you right into the action, his research must take forever! I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good read with involving characters and unusual settings that stays with you when you've finished.
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As an avid fan of the mystery/suspense/thriller/horror genres, I will occasionally surprise the people who know me by picking up what I like to call an "adult romance." These are novels of love and heartache that have a way of touching one's soul, reminding us of what it means to be a human being and to be in a relationship with another person, written by men (Nicholas Sparks, Robert James Waller and Nicholas Evans) who are able to profoundly capture this unique spark of life that resides in all of us. Of the three male authors, Nicholas Evans is perhaps the one who best touches the inner core of what love between a man and a woman can be like when it reaches an almost mystical level of awareness, interaction, and commitment. In Mr. Evan's newest novel, THE SMOKE JUMPER, he continues the same theme that resonated throughout his first bestseller, THE HORSE WHISPERER, which centers on an extremely passionate and unrelenting love between two people who, for reasons beyond their control, are unable to fulfill this potential for a life-long relationship with each other. Connor Ford is a Montana cowboy who has a passion for two things: photography and smoke jumping. During the summer months of each year in the state of Montana, Connor joins an elite group of fire fighters known as "smoke jumpers." They are the ones who are dropped in by parachute to fight the raging forest fires that pop up throughout the state. When Connor finally meets the new girlfriend, Julia Bishop, of his closet buddy and fellow smoke jumper, Ed Tully, it's love at first sight. Julia, of course, feels the same way about Connor. This is the conflict that both of them have to wrestle with through the rest of the book because Ed is a great guy whom they love dearly, and neither one of them wants to see him hurt.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed in this latest novel by Nicholas Evans because it was nowhere as good a story as his two previous novels, The Horse Whisperer and The Loop. I am angry because this had the makings of a "great" book and ended up being nothing more than a longer version of a Nicholas Sparks' novel. And, don't get me wrong - I enjoy a good Nicholas Sparks' book but not when I'm supposed to be reading a Nicholas Evans' book.
Set in Missoula, Montana and inspired by real life smoke jumpers, this book follows the lives of its three main characters Ed Tully, Connor Ford and Julia Bishop over a period of about ten years. Ed and Connor are best friends brought together by their love of life and interest in "smoke jumping." Ed is exuberant in nature while Connor is reserved yet they both complement each other. Julia is Ed's girlfriend and she will become another thing in which the two men share an interest. This will become a book about choices with loyalty and friendship being at its core.
Prior to this reading, I had no idea what a smoke jumper was and found out that there are only 400 of them in America. This is one of the reasons I always gravitate towards Evans' books - I always learn something from them. In The Horse Whisperer, I learned that people COULD talk to horses. In The Loop, I learned that the wolf is an endangered species and people invent elaborate traps in which to catch them. In The Smoke Jumper, I learned that these jumpers parachute out of planes into "fire areas" and have devised incredible ways of fighting and starving fires.
For the first 100 pages, I loved this book until it became a predictable love triangle.
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Format: Paperback
Having read previous Nicholas Evans books and especially loving 'The Loop', i was really looking forward to reading this book. However, i found the book did not live up to my expectations and was bit of a disappointment.
The first ten chapters where Nicholas Evans establishes the characters are great but the rest of the book i found the be slow and in some ways slightly repeative.
However, if you are a fan of Nicholas Evans do read the book, if not and are thinking about buying one of his book, buy 'The Loop'.
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