Firestorm Paperback – Aug 5 2005
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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."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Terrific romantic suspense ... While there are sparks of romantic tension in Firestorm, it's the hunt itself that's so consuming."--" Daily News, "NY --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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In Firestorm, she takes a seemingly normal arson investigator, Kerry, with a trained arson dog who is given all the credit and throws her together with a mysterious and somewhat 'controlling' mystery man, Brad Silver. Add to this Trask, the evil genius who designed Firestorm, a secret government project that could annihilate an entire city with the press of a button.
At first, Kerry is resistant to helping Silver track down Trask. Until the madman targets her brother's house. With Silver's not-so-patient guidance, Kerry fine-tunes her 'gift' and the chase is on. With plot twists and subplots that involve a fire from Kerry's past and a flaming romance with Silver, this is a novel that sizzles. I read it last night. In one sitting.
If you enjoy this psychic suspense genre, please also check out Divine Intervention.
~Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Author of Divine Intervention (1-4120-3591-0) available now,
and Whale Song (978-1-60164-007-9) available 2007 from Kunati Books
Kerry Murphy is good at her job. But because she works with a canine "fire-sniffer" named Sam, and she gives him all the credit for her success rate in identifying arsons. Sam is a dopey looking gangly animal and "as an arson dog he's a complete washout." Kerry wants "everyone to believe [that Sam has the best nose] in the southeast. [She] didn't want [anyone] to know the truth; that the only way [she] knew where and how the fires were being set was [because she] saw it being done." Sometimes, she even felt the blistering heat on the skin and the smoke choking her lungs.
One day, Brad Silver barges into her life, and forever things change for them both. He had been comatose as a result of a serious car crash and emerged with a different kind of psychic power. He has the ability to enter the minds of others and not only read them but, if necessary, alter their thoughts for good or ill.Read more ›
I've read a number of Johansen's books and this one is just as good as the rest. It's a good read, not too heavy, and a touch of romance as well. It's definitely a "chick book" but all of her books are.
Now that Kerry's an adult.She has learned to use it to her advantage as a fire arson investigator. She could go to a scene and see how the fire was started. She kept her visions a secret. She had a arson dog for cover.
Brad Silver is visiting his brother. A US Senator. He stands on the porch to watch as his brother & sister-n-law leave for a dinner.Their limo is engulfed in fire. Brad learns about Kerry through Michael Travis. Brad is following Kerry trying to figure the best time to approach her.
Kerry is taking "SAM" her dog to the hospital,to see the sick kids when she starts getting this feeling. While she's reading to the kids, she gets this vision. She goes to hide. She knows her friend(a fireman)is dead.Read more ›
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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 17 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.