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The Hostage (Chicago Fire Trilogy, Bk 1)
The Hostage - Chicago Fire Trilogy, Bk 1
Author: Susan Wiggs
A sweeping tale of love born from the ashes of revenge... — October 8, 1871 -- One small spark ignites the entire city of Chicago, sending its residents into panic. But amid the chaos, a chance encounter leads to an unexpected new love. — Unaware of the fire sweeping toward them, Deborah Sinclair confronts her wealthy, powerful father, determined ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781551667560
ISBN-10: 1551667568
Publication Date: 8/1/2003
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 63 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed The Hostage (Chicago Fire Trilogy, Bk 1) on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I thought this was a great book. Very enjoyable adventure, set in an interesting time period. I love stories about the Chicago Fire, San Fran earthquake, etc. The book is relatively clean with no long drawn-out sex scenes. I loved how the main characters changed throughout the story. Good survival parts as well. Good book.
reviewed The Hostage (Chicago Fire Trilogy, Bk 1) on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I''m reading through the Wiggs series of books and this is the 3rd I've had the pleasure of reading. Each book I read seems to get a little better, not that any are bad. Being from Wisconsin and having family from the shores of Lake Superior I found myself identifying with the plot setting and enjoyed the little bit of history associated with the plot. Good read.
reviewed The Hostage (Chicago Fire Trilogy, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
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I read the trilogy that included "The Firebrand" and "The Mistress". This was my absolute fave. I would search high and low for a man like Tom Silver. Big, rugged and filled with revenge. How could Deborah not love this man. From the fires of Chicago to the frozen lakes of Canada he was hot anyway you look at him. With a kidnapper of his quality, freedom is definitely overrated.
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This book was OK. I enjoyed the well developed characters but the plot was only average. The story could have been significantly more complex in many ways and less lengthy and drawn out in others. However, overall, I enjoyed the story and the premise and will pursue the other stories in the tilogy.
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reviewed The Hostage (Chicago Fire Trilogy, Bk 1) on + 1422 more book reviews
Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Fire of 1871, this fictionalized account grabs the reader quickly. The descriptions of the fire and the reactions of the people were excellent.

Tom Silver, upset by the death of his adoptive son, Asa, goes to Chicago to kill Arthur Sinclair, the man he knows to be responsible for Asa's loss. Instead, he kidnaps Arthur's only heir, his daughter Deborah.

We soon learn that Arthur is a social-climber and one of the richest men in Chicago. He has promised his daughter to one Philip Ascot, a penniless man of Chicago's 'old money.' With the marriage, Arthur will attain his fondest wish - to be accepted by the upper crust of Chicago society.

Because the two main characters, Tom and Deborah, had so far to go emotionally, I was relieved that the relationship took a big hunk of the book to ripen. It takes time to move from kidnapper/kidnapee to friends, etc. By taking the long route, I found the relationship to be very realistic.

On the down side, the story is an oft-told one. However, Susan Wiggs wrapped it within a larger story (the burning of Chicago and its aftermath), lifting it out its common roots.

4 stars

Chicago Fire Trilogy
1. The Hostage (2000)
2. The Mistress (2000)
3. The Firebrand (2001)
reviewed The Hostage (Chicago Fire Trilogy, Bk 1) on + 29 more book reviews
If you like historical fiction, this is a great story. The main character in the story gets separated from her father and her fiance, and gets taken as a hostage by a man who wants revenge on her father. The story kept me interested all the way to the end. Set in Chicago and Upper Michigan. Susan Wiggs is a wonderful author.
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This is the first book by Susan Wiggs that I have read and I'm glad I've discovered a new author who has written many books. I read the book in just a couple of days. It is the first in a trilogy and I am definitely ordering the next two. The story is about a young debutante who is hostage, not only to her kidnapper, but to her father and fiance as well. The story is about her struggle to be her own person against these three men who try to keep her imprisoned in their plans for her.

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