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Two psychic firefighters confront a slew of dreadful deaths in this rip-roaring thriller by Johansen (Dead Aim, etc.). As a little girl, Kerry Murphy spent two years in a coma after losing her mother in a home fire. Kerry grows up to be a firefighter and then an arson specialist who uses her dog Sam as a cover for her remarkable psychic ability to telepathically sense fires. Kerry considers herself adjusted, at ease with her career and her talent, but she still suffers painful nightmares. Enter Brad Silver, who is also visited by terrible memorieshe saw his older brother, a U.S. senator, and his brother's wife consumed by an explosion of fire as they stepped into their limousine. Like Kerry, Brad has psychic capabilities; in fact, he's known as a controller who can invade other people's minds. The president of the United States badly needs someone to locate and disarm a mad pyromaniac named James Trask, who was head of a scientific project funded by the Defense Departmentuntil the project was scratched. Enraged, Trask disappeared and has begun to target his enemies with remote-controlled firestorms. Brad claims he can help Kerry come to terms with her mother's death if she will help him locate Trask. Fiercely independent Kerry demurs until the home of her beloved brother, Jason, is torched and his pregnant wife's longed-for baby dies. Trask himself blackmails Kerry into meeting him alone and her nascent relationship with Brad is sorely strained by her stubborn independence. Some of Johansen's plotting is far-fetched, but she ably captures the smell, the smoke and the terror of fire. This is a quick, easy read that just might increase the sale of fire extinguishers for the home.
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"[A] rip-roaring thriller ... just might increase the sale of fire extinguishers."
"Terrific romantic suspense ... While there are sparks of romantic tension in FIRESTORM, it's the hunt itself that's so consuming."
--The Daily News (NY)
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I haven't read a whole lot of Iris Johansen books, but if they are all like this one, I'll be looking for more of them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ladysown
I've read several of Johansen's books and have considered her a pretty decent writer, enough so that I thought I was in for a treat when I saw this on the library shelf. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2005 by Amazon Customer
Johansen has never been stellar at developing plausible plots, but there is plausible, even in the realm of science fiction, and stoopid. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
I'm new to Johansen and love her books. It's fresh and different from a lot of other crime/thriller. Definately worth the time.Published on June 29 2004
This was a waste of time and money unlike almost any other book- including pulp sci-fi I have ever read. At no time could I suspend disbelieve in reading this novel. Read morePublished on June 3 2004
Kerry Murphy is an arson inspector with a super dog who is a fraud. Actually Kerry is the one who solves the arson mysteries because she "sees" the events when they are happening. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Suzanne Vitale
I have enjoyed Iris Johansen's books in the past but this one was totally second-rate. Unfortunately I purchased it. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
By looking over the previous reviews, I assume this must be a book you loved or hated.
I loved it. In fact, I thought it was the best Iris Johansen book I have ever read.