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Firestorm [Mass Market Paperback]

Nevada Barr
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May 1 1997 Anna Pigeon Mysteries

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 if nature. . . and the murderer in their midst.

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A raging fire in a national park seems an unlikely setting for a murder, but that's exactly the circumstances that crime-fighting park ranger and medic Anna Pigeon confronts in this mystery thriller. A suspicious fire breaks loose in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic Park and Pigeon assists in battling the blaze and treating the wounds of other fire fighters. As if that's not enough, Pigeon finds herself without food and water trapped with a group of fire fighters, one of whom is a murderer. She tries to figure out who the culprit is before he, or the weather, strikes again. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As she's seen in her fourth spine-tingling adventure, it's hard to tell what impassions hard-nosed park ranger Anna Pigeon more?crime or grime. Fortunately, Barr (Ill Wind) has a flair for depicting both as she sets Anna to providing first aid for the crews fighting an especially nasty forest fire, probably caused by arson, in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. As if living intimately with strangers under stressful conditions weren't trouble enough, more problems flare when Anna and her EMTs must rescue a firefighter who has broken his leg. On their way back to camp, they are trapped in a firestorm?the most dangerous of all fire conditions. Anna is saved by her silver pup tent, or "shake 'n' bake," which she pulls over herself at the last minute as the fire dances on her back. One of the other medics isn't so lucky. Only it's not just bad luck. It's murder. The tension approaches unbearable when bad weather and destroyed roads trap Anna and the rest of her crew with the murderer in their midst. While Anna, with her compassion, toughness and abundant one-liners, calls Kinsey Milhone to mind, Barr's character is a true original. And for excitement, her line of work can't be beat. Mystery Guild selection; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great rainy day read Feb. 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read mystery novels to pass the time. Most of them are not great fiction, or particularly realistic. However, Firestorm completely consumed me.
I have worked as a field biologist around rangers and wildland fire fighters. I know what these folks are like, what a fire camp is like. I think this is why I was so pulled in! The descriptions are incredibly accurate, the characters - a lot of them I swear I have met, from the slimey resources guy to the hard bitten crew cheif and the various camp followers.
I hardly ever cry while reading a mystery novel - its 'cartoon blood' after all, but I cried for the poor young man stuck in the face of the firestorm, knowing he could not survive.
A great read, a great ending and throughout a sense of awe for the forces of nature. Not bad at all!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much gutter mouth language! Aug. 23 1998
By A Customer
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After hearing about the ex-NPS employee who writes mysteries, I decided to check her books out. Boy, am I glad I only purchased one!
My main complaint is Ms. Barr's gutter mouth. Call me old-fashioned, but I do not appreciate it, in either movies or books. Furthermore, for someone who represents our National Parks, especially as a former NPS employee, I believe she should be a little more respectable in her writing.
Regarding the rest of her writing, her characters were shallow, although it was evident she was familiar with fire camps. The book didn't keep me on the edge of my seat, and I have no desire to read another of her mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great action; realistic characters May 28 1998
By George
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What I've enjoyed about all Barr's books is her accurately drawn characters--I know these people (well, within reason...). Although her plot devices are occasionally a little far-fetched, I'm willing to close one eye in exchange for her fine, often even lyrical writing. (I'm a law enforcement ranger, though have never met Barr).
On this book, the only thing that made me a bit twitchy was her ending--definitly not police academy approved. Still, well worth reading all her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Firestorm WOW!! May 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fast-paced action and quick clever dialogue that keeps you on the edge of your seat through all of Neveda Barr's book Firestorm. This is one of a series about the main character Anna Pigeon. Barr's always writes really good stories but I liked this one because it was easy to get into and there wasn't very many boring parts.
Firestorm takes place at a wildfire that is out of control in northern California Lassen Volcanic National Park. Anna is placed in a medic camp by the fire that takes care of all the injured firefighters. She is surrounded by all men but that doesn't bother her because she is very strong willed person and can "hold her own on" with all of them.
The mystery part of the story comes when one of the firefighters are murdered and Anna Decides to investigate it to find out who did it. If I had to describe firestorm in 5 adjectives I would have to say suspenseful, fear filled, some what funny, sad in parts, and puzzling in others. Anna is put to the test when she has to survive the fire when it surrounds them and they have to stay under a tinfoil like blanket to escape the fire.
I think Firestorm was written for entertainment but could easily be made reality. The book is very good but is written in a manner that little kids wouldn't understand or like. So I think the recommended age for this book should be from 12 on up. The people that read this book have to be in to a suspenseful book that throws you for a loop every now and then. (good thing I was one of these people)
I think Barr's writing style is very thrilling yet the storyline was very believable. The storyline is believable because, unfortunately, wild fires and murders are a reality and are not all that rare anymore. The characters voice makes it all the more believable because they all have their little attitudes that cause fights to happen. But overall I thought that Firestorm was well written and a very good read that kept you on the edge of your seat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eerily Memorable June 26 2002
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Although not as well-written as Barr's three previous efforts, "Firestorm" is still a major page-turner, especially if, as happened to this reviewer, it is being read while major forest fires are raging in Colorado and Arizona.
Barr's usual descriptive genius doesn't fail her here, as she places Anna and her colleagues in a vicious forest fire blazing out of control in northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. As spike camp medic, Anna is deep in the fray. But her security officer side doesn't get called into play until later in the book--after a terrifying firestorm that traps Anna and her colleagues in an inferno from which there is no escape. Barr's description of the firestorm is so realistic, and so frightening, that I must believe she has lived through such an experience herself. As always with her books, I felt that I, too, was huddled beneath the fireproof foil the firefighters call "Shake and Bake," desperately trying to breathe while intense flames roared over the top of the flimsy little shelter. I won't be a spoiler and say who survives and who does not--but I will say that murder rears its ugly head even as Anna and crew are struggling to survive the flames' holocaust.
Those who have read the three previous books will be glad to see the return of FBI agent Frederick Stanton, whose interest in Anna has gained much momentum. Feisty southern ranger-in-training Jennifer Short is also in this book, fighting a personal tragedy that threatens her survival even more than the aftermath of the firestorm--when she, Anna, and several others are trapped in the burned-out forest with no food, no medical facilities for the badly burned, and the knowledge that whoever committed the murder is among them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Great story! Another exciting thriller by Barr set in the middle of a terrifying forest fire. There were the usual amount of government service politics and in-fighting amongst the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
4.0 out of 5 stars LONG TIME READER
Have read and followed Anna from the first book, interesting to watch her aging and the story is always intriguing, a good mystery read.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, Hot, Hot in Barr's best novel - a 'locked room mystery'
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. Read more
Published on June 16 2002 by cousette copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin'...
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2001 by Shelley Mckibbon
5.0 out of 5 stars Firestorm Smokes
FIRESTORM smokes. Anna Pigeon is a great mystery character, one of my favorites. I especially enjoyed this Nevada Barr novel. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2001 by Mystery Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Much peril but not much park
Overall, this is good, exciting read. It's the fourth book in the Anna Pidgeon series and was nominated for an Anthony award. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2001 by Carol Peterson Hennekens
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to grab a pulaski and hit the fire line...
Anna Pigeon is a jack of all trades. Not only is she a park ranger with law enforcement training, but she's also an emergency medical technician and a trained firefighter. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2001 by Richard A. Lovett
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
As I've said elsewhere about this author, she has a wonderful gift for writing compelling and believable mysteries. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2000 by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire everywhere -- no one is safe!
Anna Pigeon, Park Ranger, has been called to Northern California's Lassen Volcanic Park to fight a blaze of suspicious origin. Read more
Published on June 24 2000 by Victoria Tarrani
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Ice, Love and Hate
I've read all of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon mysteries (*Liberty Falling* the latest), and though I always enjoy them, this remains my favorite stand-alone. Read more
Published on March 7 2000 by Janice Dawley
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