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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.37 X 5.43 (inches)
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When a serial arsonist known as The Fire Dancer strikes in the wilds of Arizona, Tess finds herself fighting more than wildfires.
Tess Masterson's parents died in a terrible barn fire. The tragedy drover her to become one of the best smoke jumpers in the business. Though she makes a living jumping out of planes into roaring wildfires, she's never found the courage to face the wounds of her past--or to deal with the anger that flares whenever she encounters Chase Huston.
When a serial arsonist known as The Fire Dancer strikes near her old homeplace in Arizona, Tess must examine her past. Can she confront her own demons and put a stop to the terror that has the area in flames?
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks
Tess's partner, Allie Stinson, apologizes just before they jump into a fire for picking up Tess's parachute by mistake. When Allie's chute doesn't open, Tess is able to dive to Allie and rescue her. As they plummet toward the ground, Allie screams something about seeing someone messing with Allie's chute. Though Tess's chute saves their lives, Allie ends up in a coma. Tess faces the question why someone would want to kill her.
To make matters worse, Tess's sister, Stevie, pleads for Tess to return to the ranch which is near the fire camp where she's based. She hasn't been in her childhood home since her parents' deaths and the first person she meets is the attractive cowboy and former foster brother, Chase Huston. She and Chase have been enemies since her father welcomed Chase onto the ranch and into his heart as a son.
Criticized by the family for running away, Tess finds that she can't run away now because Stevie's lupus has left her severely sick and the ranch is nearly bankrupt from strange fires, vandalism, and a huge terrifying wolf. The sheriff intends to reopen the investigation into the Masterson barn fire because it resembles other fires that have gone on throughout the area over the years, but Stevie begs Tess to stop the sheriff.
As Tess begins her investigation, she finds that people in the area do not want to help her uncover the past, but without the past, she is sure she cannot solve the present. Chase Huston, who loves the ranch and the family as much as she does, agrees to become her ally.
With Colleen Coble's customary flair for twists and turns, she takes us into the world of the smoke jumper and into the mind of the arsonist known as the Fire Dancer who tells some of his own story. I enjoy her writing because she hides the bad guy from me so well while adroitly laying out her clues. She excels at well-placed clues and red herrings. Coble also shows the dangers of jealousy and covering up sin.
Fire Dancer is an exciting read, but some of Coble's clues and motivation don't add up. We're told how Tess gets in the barn, but not why her parents can't get out if they and she got in. At times the arsonist tries to kill Tess, but he tells of how he wants to die with her in a fire. The reader doesn't notice these problems and others until reflecting later. In spite of these problems, Fire Dancer is vintage Coble and her fans will look forward to this new series as I do. Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
AntieM5 Stars Out Of 5Well Plotted SuspenseJanuary 10, 2013AntieMQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The romance was fulfilling as was the mystery. I recommend this book for those who love a well-plotted romantic suspense.
Luv2readKYAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting but....December 31, 2010Luv2readKYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2I have read other Colleen Coble books that I have enjoyed. This one was overall entertaining, but I really didn't feel like I was reading Christian fiction with the exception of a few comments where someone was saying a prayer of protection or a few fleeting comments about God. I realize no one is perfect, but I was disappointed by the willful sins of some of the "Christian" characters. The skinwalkers and witches were also a bit eerie.
Billie RaybornPascagoula, MSAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5April 11, 2009Billie RaybornPascagoula, MSAge: 55-65Gender: femaleVery entertaining read. Plot moves quickly and there are several surprises. I recommend the book
Stephanie4 Stars Out Of 5March 17, 2009StephanieThis is my second Colleen Coble book, and it did not disappoint. Tess is a strong, multifaceted character who you want to shake sometimes, but who ultimately wins your empathy and turns out to be a wonderful heroine. Colleen's suspense technique is right on--I suspected a new person with almost every chapter, but she left enough clues that when I found out who the real arsonist was, I said, "I knew it, I knew it!" The romance could use strengthening, and some of the plot points, such as Stevie's lupus, seem weak. But otherwise, this was a great, cool book, and I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
Sharon A Lavy5 Stars Out Of 5July 27, 2008Sharon A LavyAs always, when I read a book I was impressed how Tess's past experiences influenced her job choice, and her relationship problems. Colleen is a masterful story teller and the story gripped me from beginning to end.I highly recommend this book as a story with take away value.