Firestorm (2004) Johansen rarely strays far from her formula: (1) A tough, damaged woman has a special gift -- in this case, it's Kerry Murphy, a fire… 2004-03-30 Fiction
Book Review

Firestorm (2004)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Mar 30, 2004; Writer: Iris Johansen; Genre: Fiction

Johansen rarely strays far from her formula: (1) A tough, damaged woman has a special gift -- in this case, it's Kerry Murphy, a fire survivor who awakens from a coma with the bizarre ability to identify arson and sense when her friends are aflame; (2) a macho hero needs the heroine's gift -- thus we have Brad Silver, a mind-controlling undercover agent tracking down (3) a diabolical villain, here the inventor of a combustion thingie that he's trying to sell to the North Koreans...after he kills off the techies who helped build it; (4) girl clashes with boy, boy says funny, un-dudelike dialogue (''You're damn tooting''), and they find love, healing, and action. Firestorm isn't as clever as Johansen's Eve Duncan series, but it offers some cheesy fun.

Originally posted Apr 02, 2004 Published in issue #758 Apr 02, 2004 Order article reprints