Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery - eBook  -     By: Charles Martin
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Thomas Nelson / 2008 / ePub

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When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is---and why he won't talk! Chase, a small-town journalist, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions about his own history?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781418537265
ISBN-13: 9781418537265

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Publisher's Description

They have one summer to find what was lost long ago.

"Never settle for less than the truth," she told him. But when you don't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it's hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive—and as magical—as chasing fireflies on a summer night.

A haunting story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death.

Author Bio

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of 12 novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about him at Facebook: Author.Charles.Martin Twitter: @storiedcareer



Publisher's Weekly

In his fifth novel, Martin (Maggie; When Crickets Cry) offers the same brand of sentimental Southern storytelling that has endeared him to readers. Just before T-boning her Impala into a train, a woman on a suicide run kicks her horrifically abused little boy, known only as Snoot--or to the state, John Doe 117--out of the car. Chase Walker, a reporter for the Brunswick Daily in Glen County, Ga., is assigned to follow up on the boy, whose abandonment mirrors Chase's own haunted past. The little boy, apparently mute, is an artistic prodigy who excels at chess and quickly works his way into Chase's heart. Martin's strength is in his memorable characters, especially Uncle Willie, whose fresh quips ("as out of place in South Georgia as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs"), penchant for Krispy Kreme doughnuts and mysterious past keep readers engrossed. Here, as in some of his other novels, Martin can't resist piling on unnecessary tragedies; his characters and their issues are enough to keep the pages turning. Although the plot needs fine-tuning, Martin's prose is lovely, and the flashback parallel stories of a grown man abandoned as a child and the neglected boy will ensure readers keep the Kleenex handy. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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  1. China
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story!
    December 28, 2012
    Hal Haire
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    I love a book that draws me in deeper and deeper until I just can't wait to read it again! You can see things unfolding, and you wonder if this or that is going to happen. Sometimes you're right and sometimes you're wrong.

    What a wonderful story! Although it was emotionally draining, it was also deeply satisfying! The characters seemed real!! The whole story was believable! I felt like I knew them. I wanted to know them! Intrigue, mystery, romance, adventure, and satisfaction!

    I felt sad when I finished the book! I wanted the story to keep on going...
  2. Hershey, PA
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great book by Charles Martin
    August 27, 2011
    Hershey, PA
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Chasing Fireflies.
    I've always enjoyed Charles Martin's writing style...he makes me feel like I am right in the middle of the story. This book is another one of those. I love the characters---especially "Sketch". One thing to note, the Christian influence throughout it is quite subtle...if you are looking for something more bold, this book may be lacking something for you.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 8, 2010
    This review was written for Chasing Fireflies.
    I have to say that The story started out a little slow but once I reached the first chapter I was hooked. I love Chuck's writting technique and the characters were relational and true in the eyes of my soul. I'm currently involved in a sexual abuse case with a young girl and this story resinated with me. I heard great words of wisdom and I just loved this book.
  4. Southfield, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    January 6, 2010
    Southfield, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Chasing Fireflies.
    I wonder why this is being sold as Christian fiction? I see nothing Christian about it and it is starting out like any other worldly book. I flipped through the rest of the book and see nothing at all Christian about it. It has a dark tone. It is a real downer so far and I can't make myself read on. A huge waste of money!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 7, 2009
    M. Tanavamel
    This review was written for Chasing Fireflies.
    This is a story every southerner must read because we all have an Uncle Willee, whose claim to fame is his hilarious one liners termed as Williee-isms in the book -my favorite including "It's so dry the trees are bribing the dogs" and a beautiful but haunted cousin Tommye, as well as a friend like Chase Walker, who is good as gold but walks around aimlessly looking for something he's had most of his life. When a kid is found abandoned, abused, and acrimoniously silent, Chase, a local reporter searches out his past and in turn, finds his own. Martin ceremoniously tells a story of keeping secrets as long as necessary, crazy relatives on the proverbial back forty acres, and the sacrificial love that only fathers can give as close to your heart as possible; something all southerners instinctively know from birth but it's worth saying again and reading about.
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