Wildfire Season

by Andrew Pyper

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | March 31, 2005 | Hardcover

Wildfire Season is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
ROSS RIVER, a.k.a. ""lost liver,"" is a town on the edge, clinging to the outside world at the end of the Yukon’s loneliest road. It’s the perfect hiding place for Miles McEwan, the town’s hard-drinking, fist-fighting fire chief. No one gets close to Miles, except the blackened spectre of a young man only he can see, a haunting reminder of the forest fire that scarred Miles’s face and psyche, forcing him to abandon his plans for the future as well as the woman he loved.

But the slow burn of Miles’s exile is about to explode into life—and death—over the course of a handful of days at the height of the wildfire season. A hunting party seeking one of the last giant grizzlies is about to encounter a savagery of a different sort. In the mountains, a flame ignited by human hands begins to smoulder. And amidst the primeval beauty of rock and forest, someone is contemplating murder.

As the hunting expedition confronts a chilling new enemy, and the growing inferno races to the edge of town, Miles embarks on a desperate rescue not only for the life of his five-year-old daughter—a child, who, until this dangerous summer, has been a complete stranger—but also for his own salvation.

In The Wildfire Season, Andrew Pyper returns to the fictional landscape of the last true wilderness, portrayed with such authenticity in Lost Girls, his bestselling first novel. A blockbuster work of storytelling that drives relentlessly to its heart-stopping conclusion, The Wildfire Season is a dark psychological thriller, a visceral adventure and an unusual, and unusually moving, love story. It is also a lyrical exploration of our most raw emotional truths, of what ultimately binds us to family, to conscience, to what remains of the natural world. The Wildfire Season is storytelling at its very best.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 324 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 1 in

Published: March 31, 2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 000200562X

ISBN - 13: 9780002005623

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, Moving, Exciting THE WILDFIRE SEASON is one of the most accomplished and plain thrilling novels I have read in a very, very long time. The writing is precise, jolting, and funny as the context demands. And the story is almost mythical in its simplicity and the human lessons it imparts. To my mind, Pyper is pretty close to perfecting a style he has single-handedly invented and established: the thinking - and feeling - person's novel of suspense. ...And don't plan to answer the phone or get any sleep for the last 100 pages... A great read.
Date published: 2005-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, bold and unforgettable The Wildfire Season is the most entertaining, convincing and powerful novel I've read in years. Pyper is getting pretty close to perfecting the intelligent literary thriller - a page-turner that never sacrifices attention to character or language. And in this regard, he may be alone, at least on the Canadian literary landscape. The relationship between Miles and Rachel is unforgettable. And during the last 100 pages, it's near-impossible to set the book aside. The Wildfire Season proves that suspense and readability don't have to stand in conflict with explorations of theme, of character, of the ways in which a contemporary novel may be told. A very satisfying read.
Date published: 2005-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A writer headed in the wrong direction... The Wildfire Season's main characters are a forest fire, a lunatic with a zippo lighter, a grumpy grizzly, and a handful of Yukon townsfolk, avec lumberjackets, who find themselves connected with Miles, a med-student turned burn victim turned grumpy hermit, hiding from his past, his horribly scarred face (read the title story in Kiss Me for a better version of this idea), his overly-determined ex-girlfriend, his daughter, and his fate. The plot takes over soon after the introductory scenes, and rides you like so many natural disaster movies that grace the summer screens. It's sad to see a novelist of Pyper's talent and word-brilliance disappear into the commercial depths. No self-respecting writer (or reader) should have cause for complaint with an appearance on the best seller list, but while Kiss Me and Lost Girls contained character driven dramas of broken romance and deep mystery, Pyper's second novel, The Trade Mission, contained all the sad elements of a writer gone itchy with his sudden wealth. Sadly, the sophomore jinx seems to have crept into his third major work. While certainly Pyper's most crafty and tight novel, prose-wise, The Wildfire Season gives you so many reasons to turn the pages you might end up dropping the book altogether.
Date published: 2005-05-16

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Wildfire Season

Wildfire Season

by Andrew Pyper

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 324 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 1 in

Published: March 31, 2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 000200562X

ISBN - 13: 9780002005623

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ROSS RIVER, a.k.a. ""lost liver,"" is a town on the edge, clinging to the outside world at the end of the Yukon’s loneliest road. It’s the perfect hiding place for Miles McEwan, the town’s hard-drinking, fist-fighting fire chief. No one gets close to Miles, except the blackened spectre of a young man only he can see, a haunting reminder of the forest fire that scarred Miles’s face and psyche, forcing him to abandon his plans for the future as well as the woman he loved.

But the slow burn of Miles’s exile is about to explode into life—and death—over the course of a handful of days at the height of the wildfire season. A hunting party seeking one of the last giant grizzlies is about to encounter a savagery of a different sort. In the mountains, a flame ignited by human hands begins to smoulder. And amidst the primeval beauty of rock and forest, someone is contemplating murder.

As the hunting expedition confronts a chilling new enemy, and the growing inferno races to the edge of town, Miles embarks on a desperate rescue not only for the life of his five-year-old daughter—a child, who, until this dangerous summer, has been a complete stranger—but also for his own salvation.

In The Wildfire Season, Andrew Pyper returns to the fictional landscape of the last true wilderness, portrayed with such authenticity in Lost Girls, his bestselling first novel. A blockbuster work of storytelling that drives relentlessly to its heart-stopping conclusion, The Wildfire Season is a dark psychological thriller, a visceral adventure and an unusual, and unusually moving, love story. It is also a lyrical exploration of our most raw emotional truths, of what ultimately binds us to family, to conscience, to what remains of the natural world. The Wildfire Season is storytelling at its very best.

About the Author

ANDREW PYPER is the author of Lost Girls, his highly acclaimed first novel that was a bestseller in Canada, in the Top 10 on the TimesUK paperback list and in the Top 30 of The New York Times paperback bestseller list. The novel was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail and The New York Times and is currently being adapted for the screen. His second novel, The Trade Mission, was selected as a Top 10 Best Book of the Year by the Toronto Star and was published in Canada, the US and the UK to great acclaim. Pyper is also theauthor of Kiss Me, a collection of short stories. While researching and writing The Wildfire Season, he spent three of the past five summers living in the Yukon. His home is in Toronto. Visit his website at www.andrewpyper.com.