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The Smoke Jumper
The Smoke Jumper
Author: Nicholas Evans
The fire that was to change so many lives so utterly started with a single shaft of lightning. It struck a mountain ridge on a still and moonless night and nestled like a pupa of death in the desiccated heart of an ancient pine. There were witnesses no doubt to this sudden splintering of air and wood, but none that was human. The woman, camped n...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385334037
ISBN-10: 0385334036
Publication Date: 8/21/2001
Pages: 448
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 138 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Smoke Jumper on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is the second book I've read by Nicholas Evans and I enjoyed both. He writes with passion and breathes life into not only his characters but the environment in which they live. The setting is as much a character as the people. Through use of rich vocabulary, combined with metaphors, similes, he evokes scenes sometimes beautiful, sometimes tragic. The story is compelling and takes you on a journey through the lives of three people. He easily switches back and forth between them, weaving in their backstory while revealing bits and pieces of who each of them are. The story unfolds slowly, but holds your interest as you become attached to each of them and begin to care about their outcome.

Essentially, this is a love story that evolves over many years simmering like the fires the smoke jumpers are faced with. It is also a story of friendship and loyalty. Each character is unique, and not just a caricature. Ed, the musician, looking to make it big in the world of New York city musicals, Julia, the teacher who works with troubled teens, and Connor the photographer. Ed and Connor, both outdoors men, both adventurous, meet while training to become smoke jumpers and a great friendship ensues. Then there is Skye, the troubled teen, part Native American, who plays a crucial role in the first and second part of the book.

The characters journey's take you from New York, to Montana, to Africa and beyond, through war troubled third world countries and into the heart of a smoke jumpers life, to a quest into the woods with a group of troubled teens and into the heart of war correspondent. This book has a little bit of everything and it keeps it coming for all 560 pages. Thanks Nicholas for a great ride.
reviewed The Smoke Jumper on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Great love/action story. Great descriptions of Montana, the reader feels like you're there with the characters.
reviewed The Smoke Jumper on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
My Amazon review - This book took my breath away - literally. I found myself on the edge of my seat and holding my breath so many times while reading this wonderful book that I would have to set it aside, calm down, and return to it later. I can't remember the last book that made me care so much about the characters, to the point that the tension became almost unbearable. If you like Evans' first two novels I think you will like this one, too, but be prepared for a much edgier story and more nail-biting action. If you have never read Evans before, this is one of his best so it's a great place to start.
reviewed The Smoke Jumper on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book was SO wonderful. I laughed, I cried, and my heart ached for these characters. I've read it three times, and the only reason I am getting rid of it is bc there is no more room on the bookshelves!
kss avatar reviewed The Smoke Jumper on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I love this story. Many times I was crying so much I had to put it down for a few minutes. It was very moving. One of my all time favorites.
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reviewed The Smoke Jumper on + 19 more book reviews
This is a excellent book by Evans. What a great writer!
jazzysmom avatar reviewed The Smoke Jumper on + 907 more book reviews
As one other reviewer said---"It took my breath away"---This is such a moving novel, so beautiful, you experience, suspense, trauma, grief, wonder, and find yourself praying that on the next page things will be ok. The smoke Jumper is a book you really want everyone you know to experience.
Hewette avatar reviewed The Smoke Jumper on + 67 more book reviews
Really amazing book of what these guys go through. Makes the CNN stories of ragin fires hit home.


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