|Plot Summary of Combustion|
Treble Heart, 2003, 14.99, 352 pp.
After severely injuring her knee while on the job, smoke jumper Autumn MacAllister returns to her Montana hometown to heal though the place has one monstrous nightmare memory for her that she can't shake of her parents dying in an inferno. Autumn obtains a reporter's position on the local newspaper.
As a child, Autumn tutored Jack Dillon, who had a big crush on her that still remains inside his soul as he realizes when his heart pounds upon seeing her back in town. To her own shock, Autumn not only feels the heat between them, she cannot dampen her out of control scorching fervor. A firefighter, Jack's father also died in the blaze that killed her parents. However, though both have battled fires, neither has felt the heat that the magnetism between them emits. Before they can explore their feelings they must first deal with an arsonist threatening to raze the town
The threat of the see all arsonist adds torrid suspense, but that seems cool compared to the ardor between the lead protagonists who make a wonderful couple. In fact the story line is at its best when Jack and Autumn share romantic and professional interludes. The arsonist seems to aware of everything, but the audience will not care though Denise A. Agnew should include asbestos gloves to keep fingers from burning from all the heat generated by this fine romantic suspense.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Combustion|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- chasing a bomber/arsonist
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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