Angel Fire by Gerri Hill Is the perfect audiobook. The story is captivating, the narration is spot on and the excitement was just about too much for me to handle. But before I get ahead of myself let me tell you what the story is about.
Tori Hunter and Sam Kennedy are on vacation with their friends in an attempt to destress from their jobs in law enforcement. They have just settled in at the camping spot when a Forest Service truck pulls up and a guy gets out looking worried. He tells them that he got a distress call from the wife of one of his rangers. The woman told him that there was someone at their house. The ranger needs help and even though they don’t have jurisdiction, Tori and her friend Casey head out with the ranger.
In the meantime, an armed man enters their camp and takes Sam hostage telling her to put on her hiking gear. Obviously armed and dangerous, Sam has no choice but to follow him into the forest and away from the safety of her friends.
When Tori returns and finds Sam gone she is determined to hunt down the man who has taken her.
FBI agents Cameron Ross and Andrea Sullivan are sent to help. Not only is Cameron ex military and an excellent tracker but she is possibly the only person who can find the man who has captured Sam. You see, it turns out that she is after her ex-teammate from her special-ops days.
The three woman head into the forested mountains on a life and death mission to save one of their own. And time could run out as soon as the captor feels he no longer needs a hostage.
We have met all the leading ladies before in other Gerri Hill books, but don’t worry, if you haven’t read them then you won’t feel lost.
Cameron and Andrea hold a special place in my heart because of Devil’s Rock and I was delighted to meet Sam and Tori for the first time since I haven’t read that series of books yet.
Gerri Hill is a master at creating characters who are unique and real. I love her character work…and her writing style…and her unique story ideas…and pretty much everything else.
In this one I found it particularly masterful how Hill humanised the bad guy, Angel Figueroa, and made us feel for him too. By the end of the story I was so conflicted because I knew he had killed a whole load of people, but I really just wanted him to be okay.
The Writing Style
This is a mash up of two different series and yet I didn’t feel lost at all. Have I mentioned recently that I think Gerri Hill is a genius? (cue all my Gerri Hill reviews in a montage and you will see me repeating myself a lot on this point).
The story was so well done that the action kept a brisk pace while the characters were explored and everything was executed flawlessly. What this essentially means is that you get the perfect story.
Fantastic narration. Can Abby Craden just narrate all the books ever? Seriously though, this audiobook was gorgeous.
I LOVED IT ALL. I want to experience this again and again and again. For me, this kind of audiobook perfection is what I imagine a good drug would be like. You can’t stop. You just want to keep doing it.
There is some violence for those who don’t like violence and there is a passing mention of rape from one of the other books in Sam and Tori’s story. Not cons for me personally but I wanted to give you a heads up.
This is going to be a re-listen for sure and I have added TWO of my favourites badges to show you just how much I love this audiobook.
Run, don’t walk to audible and get it (and if you use that link and you aren’t already a member of audible then you will get 2 audiobooks for free on your trial instead of the usual one – a pros of being an affiliate is that I can offer you that awesome deal).
If you enjoy a good action, four kick ass women in the lead with exceptional characters and brilliant narration then this is your next listen.
Excerpt from Angel Fire by Gerri Hill
Tori ran her hands through her hair, noting that they were trembling. Her stomach was in knots and her chest hurt. Sam…please.
She turned, meeting Casey’s concerned eyes. She nodded. “How’s Les?”
“They’re going to take her to the hospital,” Casey said. “She said a man came out of the woods dragging the girl. They didn’t know she was dead. When they went to help, he hit her with something. When she came to, she was tied to the girl.” She paused. “Sam was gone.”
“You called your people, right?”
“Yeah. I’m supposed to wait for a call from some guy named Murdock.” She let her frustration show. “Goddamn, O’Connor. The bastard took Sam and I’m supposed to wait? What the hell?”
“What else can you do?”
“What can I do?” she asked loudly. “I can fucking go after her, that’s what.” She headed to the motorhome as if to do just that, but Casey grabbed her arm.
“It’s dark, Tori. Come on. Where you gonna go, huh? Head north?” Then she pointed into the woods. “Or maybe head out there into the woods somewhere? I think that’s west. Hell, Hunter, or go south. Maybe he went that way. Or maybe he had a car and took the highway. Nobody knows where he went. The sheriff’s department is up to their eyeballs in crime scenes. They’ve got the house here. They’ve got the accident on the highway where four people were shot. I heard one of them say they found a car south of Taos with two bodies, both shot at close range. They’re thinking that may be linked to the accident. So you’ve got to wait, Hunter.”
“Goddamn, O’Connor,” she muttered, knowing Casey was right.
“You can’t just head out into the woods like a crazy woman, Tori,” Casey said. “We wait for a team to get here.”
“He killed that family like it was nothing,” she said, snapping her fingers. “What the hell do you think he’ll do to Sam?”
“He took her because he needs her. If he wanted her dead, she would be. So would Leslie.” Casey released her arm. “Now, anything disturbed inside?” she asked, motioning to the motorhome.
Tori swallowed down the lump in her throat. “She changed into jeans. Her shorts were on the floor. Hiking boots missing.” She closed her eyes. “And my sweatshirt.”
“Her weapon?” Tori shook her head. “It’s still in the drawer. So is her cell.” She flicked her gaze to the approaching paramedic.
“Excuse me, but we’re heading out,” he said to Casey. “Did you want to go?” Casey looked at her and Tori nodded. “Go on, O’Connor. Be with Leslie.”
Casey walked over to her and hugged her quickly. “Don’t do anything stupid, Hunter. Wait for the team.”
Tori managed a small smile. “I’ll keep that in mind.”
Casey left and Tori turned her gaze back to the ever-darkening forest. She closed her eyes. Sam…please be okay. She had never felt so helpless as she did in that moment.
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Angel Fire is a mash of two different series – here they are in publication order
features Cameron Ross and Andrea Sullivan
Series with Tori Hunter and Samantha Kennedy
features Cameron Ross, Andrea Sullivan, Tori Hunter and Samantha Kennedy
Bits and Bobs
- ISBN number: 9781594934292
- Publisher: Bella Books
- Audiobook Publisher: Audible
- Narrator: Abby Craden
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