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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Mystery; Reprint edition (May 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380725827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380725823
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,489,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 21 2002
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 23 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 28 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By Marie Smith on Feb. 26 2014
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Have read and followed Anna from the first book, interesting to watch her aging and the story is always intriguing, a good mystery read..and anyone who likes outdoors and a good mystery would enjoy...
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By A Customer on May 19 2004
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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By Wendy Kaplan on June 26 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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