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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (Aug. 5 2005)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0330419439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419437
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Format: Paperback
I just finished this novel today as a reward to a grueling week and the first thing I have to say is that it is ironic that Iris Johansen and I were on the same 'wavelength' in 2004, with both of us publishing a novel about female psychics who investigate arsons or suspicious fires. I have been a longtime fan of Johansen--long before she branched out into the romantic suspense genre and this novel did not let me down.

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
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Format: Hardcover
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. I'll finish it just to see what happens but I'm totally disappointed. The story line is there but the characters are tired. She hasn't fleshed them out enough to be believeable. The dialogue is often stilted and unreal. I'm very glad I borrowed this from the library. It's not worth buying.
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By A Customer on July 7 2004
Format: Hardcover
Johansen has never been stellar at developing plausible plots, but there is plausible, even in the realm of science fiction, and stoopid. This almost rates three "o"s
Seriously, borrow it from your library. Or buy it used. Or wait until the paperback comes out and buy IT used.
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Some call it "mind reading," others perceive it as "psychic ability" or extrasensory perception. Iris Johansen doesn't give it a particular label, but, in her new book, FIRESTORM, the main characters have extraordinary sensibilities that allow them to do things ordinary men and women can't even dream of. When Kerry Murphy, was eight years old she emerged from two years in a coma. She had been hit on the head by the arsonist who torched her house and killed her mother. When she woke up, she "had a special psychic talent triggered by fire. If [she came] anywhere near the area of a fire ... [she] received vibes; sometimes [she could] actually see it being done." As an adult she started her career as a firefighter but the pain her visions imposed upon her forced her to quietly use her talent in a different way. She became an arson investigator with an amazingly accurate record.
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.
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By A Customer on June 29 2004
Format: Hardcover
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.
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Kerry Murphy is one of Atlanta's best arson investigators, but most people think it's because of her evidence-sniffing dog, Sam, but this isn't the case. After surviving an attack by an arsonist who killed her mother and put her in a coma for two years, Murphy awoke with a new power. She has become a fire psychic, who has the ability to "see" the details of the fire and even get into the minds of the person who set them. Only a few know her secret so she was suprised when she is approached by Brad Silver to help catch a rather nasty arsonist. This arsonist, named Trask, formerly worked on a government-sponsored project called "Firestorm" where a fire can be started by transforming the molecules of a specific target causing them to burst into flames simply using a remote control. When the project was dismantled, Trask started on a killing spree, seeking not only revenge for ending his project, but to keep his former co-workers from sharing his "child." Also, Murphy discovers that Silver is a psychic as well, but his powers are more potent than even Murphy wants to imagine.
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.
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