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Smoke

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From the internationally bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes an evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town.

After a decadelong career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in her former life for a quieter one with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce and a fire in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.

For Elizabeth's ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who has lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation.

As the encroaching inferno threatens the town's residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved.

©2015 Catherine McKenzie (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Amy
  • 24-09-16

Smoke by Catherine McKenzie

This book was realistic, wholesome, and for the most part excellently written. It could be read by a kid with out causing any parent to worry about content. My only complaint would be that it does move a bit slowly in places. I expected a different ending but am not sure if this is good or bad. You figure it out since it is worth hearing.

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  • Lisa
  • 17-11-16

good story

loved how she leaves you hanging as you switch between characters. enjoyed book, recommend to everyone who loves suspense.

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  • Janet
  • 02-02-17

Vast English Language

Would you try another book from Catherine McKenzie and/or the narrators?

The narrators were good. I love Cassandra Campbell. Even though I listened to the entire book I would not read anymore of Catherine McKenzie's books. Why, you ask? Bad language, it offends me greatly! The English language is so vast. So why revert to foul words? I won't recommend her books because of that reason.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Wasn't what I expected.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The main narrators are great. Danny Campbell was distracting he was so loud. First time I've listened to him.

Do you think Smoke needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it would just drag it Out too much.

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  • Darice T
  • 02-09-16

rich lady blah

I cannot decide if it was the content or the voices that made me hate the women in the book so much. by chapter 12 I threw in the towel

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  • Ashley M. Nelson
  • 20-08-16

Great story

I really appreciate the story line. I had a great deal in common with Beth. I couldn't not listen. I had to know how it ended. And a happy ending.

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  • Bonny
  • 28-12-15

Interesting subject, too much overwritten drama

A dear friend who was a fire tower lookout for the U.S. Forest Service passed away recently. He was instrumental in protecting the Lincoln Montana Valley, as he was first to spot and report fires. There was nothing more important to Dan than the safety of the firefighters and his community. I started this book hoping it would help me to remember Dan and his world, but it read like chick-lit (not my favorite). There is some fire information and firefighting, but it was overwhelmed by far too much overwritten drama in my opinion.

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  • Lynn M
  • 29-12-19

very enjoyable book

Entertaining. I loved the character of Elizabeth, smart, warm and funny. I envied her career.

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  • Babs
  • 11-10-19

Really boring

Sorry, I never write reviews and especially never negative ones. This book was one of the most boring books I have ever listened to in my life!

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  • Nancy
  • 24-09-19

Hours of whining and indecision ... time I will not get back

Thought this would be a story about smoke jumpers filled with action and interspersed with a healthy dose of mystery and an engaging back story...instead it is a story about a woman that can’t make decisions, filled with inaction a poorly framed mystery and a healthy dose of whining from the main character who continually contemplated why she continues to make poor decisions...Couldn’t get through this one... boredom and irritation abound

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  • Mark
  • 06-03-18

Eh.

I was really hoping for a thriller or at least a gripping story about a fire and an individual that started it and doesn’t want to be caught. But in actuality I got a slow slow slow story that had other moving parts in it that were irrelevant to the main story. It just isn’t that attention grabbing and I’m honestly surprised I finished it.