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CHASING FIRE BY NORA ROBERTS (Piatkus Books, pounds 13.99) THE second most borrowed author in British libraries, American writer Nora Roberts is a name well-known to lovers of romantic fiction. Chasing Fire sees Roberts cover familiar territory focusing on the burgeoning romance between Rowan Tripp and Gulliver Curry. What makes it different from her other works is that the love story is set against the backdrop of forest fire-fighting in the mountains of Montana, and focuses on the men and women who risk life and limb as they parachute into the heart of the blaze to battle the flames. THE FREE WORLD BY DAVID BEZMOZGIS (Viking, pounds 12.99) THE Krasnansky family leave the Soviet Union in search for a better life, but end up being stuck in limbo in Rome awaiting visa approval when their US sponsor lets them down. From the world-weary paterfamilias Samuil, comically disparaging of everyone and refusing to leave Communism behind, to tragic Polina, married to Samuil's kind but morally wayward son Alec and unable to move beyond past regrettable decisions, this novel is bursting with fantastic multi-faceted characters, making it all the more readable. TOYS BY JAMES PATTERSON (Century, pounds 18.99) ANOTHER page-turning thriller from the pen of James Patterson. Hays Baker is an Elite, a member of a ruling race of improved humans in the not too distant future. But when it is discovered that Hays, a heroic top operative for the Agency of Change, is nothing more than an upgraded human, he falls from grace and becomes a fugitive, in a world where humanity means that you are little more than a rodent. After discovering his life has been a lie, Hays embarks on a journey of discovery looking for answers. A fantastic read.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 24, 2011
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