Summer of Fire

Summer of Fire

by Linda Jacobs
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Summer of Fire by Linda Jacobs


It is 1988, and Yellowstone Park is on fire. Among the thousands of summer warriors battling to save America’s crown jewel, is single mother Clare Chance. Having just watched her best friend, a fellow Texas firefighter, die in a roof collapse, she has fled to Montana to try and put the memory behind her. She’s not the only one fighting personal demons as well as the fiery dragon threatening to consume the park. There’s Chris Deering, a Vietnam veteran helicopter pilot, seeking his next adrenaline high and a good time that doesn’t include his wife, and Ranger Steve Haywood, a man scarred by the loss of his wife and baby in a plane crash. They rally around Clare when tragedy strikes yet again, and she loses a young soldier to a firestorm. Three flawed, wounded people; one horrific blaze. Its tentacles are encircling the park, coming ever closer, threatening to cut them off. The landmark Old Faithful Inn and Park Headquarters at Mammoth are under siege, and now there’s a helicopter down, missing, somewhere in the path of the conflagration. And Clare’s daughter is on it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932815290
Publisher: Medallion Media Group
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Series: Yellowstone series Series
Pages: 483
Product dimensions: 4.68(w) x 7.32(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author


Linda Jacobs divides her time between the West and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Summer of Fire 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 618 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bob Barbee, who was the Superintendent of Yellowstone Park from 1983-1988 read SUMMER OF FIRE and called it 'uncannily accurate.' He also wrote, 'Linda Jacobs has produced a gripping novel about one of the most electrifying events in the annals of American wildfires - the great Yellowstone fires of 1988. Through her fictional characters, Jacobs has captured the essence of the emotional coaster, high drama, and the outstanding performance of America's finest wild land fire fighters. She has done her homework well and the setting is completely accurate. This is a compelling work and I had difficulty putting it down.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've ever wanted to learn more about the Yellowstone Fires of 1988, the courageous people who fought them and the park and surrounding areas then you MUST read this book. Ms. Jacobs has written an intense and suspenseful tale about wounded souls who find love and personal forgiveness in the midst of the fires.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. Be prepared to stay up all night. The story draws you in and makes you feel as if you're there during the horrific Yellowstone National Park wildfires of 1988. Lots of history, realism and human emotion. Having never been to the park, I was fascinated with the rich descriptions of the area & the complexity of the characters. The main characters are wounded by some tough life experiences and how they deal with their emotional crisis' makes the story so gritty & real. Linda Jacobs' research paid off in spades! Kudos to a new voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
NY Times bestselling author John J. Nance said, 'Summer of Fire is at once a beautiful and disturbing voyage through the type of hell only firefighters understand. Clare Chance is as genuine a character as they come - brave, vulnerable, well-trained and thrown by her own act of escape into a forested hell. Beautifully crafted and shudderingly real.'
Mystery_luvr More than 1 year ago
The way this author paints a picture with her scenes is incredible. I usually stick to mysteries and romance when I am looking for a book to read, but with the characters and intricate back stories that she laid out for them, this is turning a regular thriller about forest fires and leaving me wanting to know what happens to these characters. I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took a while to get into the book since it is not in my usual genre. But once i understood where it was going the story was very good.
DavidWile More than 1 year ago
In 1999 we visited Yellowstone and were still in awe of the massive destruction that took place a decade earlier. Sure there were new trees growing, but those young trees were growing among millions of dead trees still standing in the massive burn areas. As I read Summer of Fire, I recalled our last trip to Yellowstone, and I wondered what it would look like now that another ten plus years have passed. ---------------Linda Jacobs has created a very exciting story telling about the daily activities of the various folks who were risking their lives trying to stop the many fires throughout Yellowstone and the adjacent areas. The characters she created are people you quickly come to care about, and Jacobs interweaves each character's present situation with past events that have brought them to this place in time. --------------- My one criticism of her writing involves her transitions in time between present and past for her characters. I am not sure how to describe what was wrong, but it seemed to me when she made such a transition, I did not pick up on it right away and had to go back a few paragraphs and re-read the passages to figure things out. -------------- In spite of this particular problem, however, the book was very intriguing, and I was most concerned about what would happen to the folks featured in the story. Yes, I certainly would look forward to reading more of her works. ------------Best wishes, Dave Wile.
Lisa Ridenour More than 1 year ago
Fellow readers: Perhaps writing "spoiler alert" in the subject or headline section would be a kind way to warn those of us, like myself, that prefer to often not even read the back of the book or the summary online, etc. I just enjoy literary surprises if you will. I find it most helpful to just read reviews that state something to the effect of, " great storyline, but lack of character development", etc. Just tell me if you liked the book! Lol. Thank you and cheers.... :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good fictional story of a true event. Made me enjoy the Yellowstone segment on Planet Earth recently. I would recommend to women due to the romance angle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong heroine, interesting subject and characters, people working to contain the wild fires of 1988 in Yellowstone Park.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this a little hard to finish. I kept at it though, as I had just visitied Yellowstone and therefore, found the setting interesting.
Ailanthus More than 1 year ago
It's almost like you can feel the heat when reading this book, it's that detailed. The auther definitely did her research. Some parts had me holding my breath, willing the characters to get out of intense situations. I can't wait to try out this author's other books. This book is for mature audiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has it all. Great acts of heroism, sacrifice, lies and love. A great tribute to all firefighters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and the history of the yellowstone fires. Especially toward the end it was hard to put doen.
DianeinNC More than 1 year ago
This book totally consumed me this weekend. Didn't get all my chores done because I couldn't put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a "Free Friday" selection on my NOOK quite a while ago and forgot about it until recently. I've been reading a lot of thrillers, and Goodreads suggested it to me, reminding me that I already had it. I'm so glad I finally read it! The main characters are wonderful, compelling, and very real. The story takes you into the hearts and minds of people fighting fires in Yellowstone in the 1980s and really increased the healthy respect I already had for firefighters. My only real complaint is the heavy use of flashbacks. I understand the need for them, but the transitions between real time and those flashbacks weren't as clear cut as they could have been, so I found myself having to go back and puzzle out where the flashbacks started each time. I also think maps would have complimented the statistics about the fires in a way that would have really highlighted what the characters were dealing with. Over all, though, this was an excellent book. Very hard to put down. I look forward to reading more by Linda Jacobs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holds your attention and is difficult to put down
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mjmutch More than 1 year ago
This book has a slow start, which is weird since it takes place in such a dramatic setting, in such a dramatic time. The characters eventually fleshed out and started getting more compelling as the book got to the middle, but that is along time. It picks up and starts becoming more interesting as it goes a long. The main character is a woman fire fighter up to work the forest fire, and her two romantic interests, a forest ranger with a sad past and bad knees, and a married, liar, chopper pilot. There is also a sullen teen who finally sees the error of her ways. This is the kind of book you finish on a vacation because you can't run to the bookstore and you already have it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nicely done. Repeats a little with damage reports but this author could be the next Nevada Barr!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could've done without the fire update pages but otherwise pretty good book