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And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic, #2) Deaf Since Early Childhood, Caleb Zelic Is Used To Meeting Life Head On Now, He S Struggling Just To Get Through The Day His Best Mate Is Dead, His Ex Wife, Kat, Is Avoiding Him, And Nightmares Haunt His Waking HoursBut When A Young Woman Is Killed, After Pleading For His Help In Sign Language, Caleb Is Determined To Find Out Who She Was The Trail Leads Caleb Back To His Hometown, Resurrection Bay The Town Is On Bushfire Alert, And Simmering With Racial Tensions As Caleb Delves Deeper, He Uncovers Secrets That Could Ruin Any Chance Of Reuniting With Kat, And Even Threaten His Life Driven By His Own Demons, He Pushes On But Who Is He Willing To Sacrifice Along The Way

10 thoughts on “And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic, #2)

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    For everyone who has been anxiously awaiting the sequel to Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic, it s here For readers new to Emma Viskic, she s an author not to be missed In And Fire Came Down a young woman comes to severely hearing impaired insurance investigator Caleb Zelic for help She is killed before he even knows why she s there and he s determined to find out who she was and what happened His business is struggling, his life is in shambles, and he s an emotional wreck following the events of Resurrection Bay With all his own problems, his family and residents of Resurrection Bay don t understand why he s so committed to learning this woman s story Then why are you goin around asking questions about her Because she d come to him Because he d seen the light in her eyes flicker and fade to nothing Because if he crawled back to his flat now, he might never come out Viskic creates believable, life like, and fully developed characters One of the things I appreciate most is the intimate view she provides of her characters interior lives Caleb s introspection, emotional vulnerability, and the devastating effects crimes have on him make him a singular character one who feels much real than the hardened world weary investigators in so many crime fiction novels In addition to creating brilliant characters, Viskic powerfully evokes the Australian setting the blistering heat, looming brush fires, and the restorative escape the bay provides Combine that with brilliant writing and crackling suspense and this is a book I highly recommend.

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    4 Caleb followed him, then stopped It was a place of deep shadows and hidden corners he wouldn t be able to understand a word Sniffy said wouldn t know if someone was creeping up behind him, ready to slip a knife between his ribs Second in the Caleb Zelic series and Caleb is still no better at telling people he s deaf He s also still chasing bad guys back home in Resurrection Bay, although that s not home to him any His younger brother, Anton, had gone badly off the rails some years ago, and law abiding Cal had pretty much disowned him He d thought his brother had needed to learn a lesson, and he d left him to learn it And Ant had He d learned the best places to score and the easiest places to rob The lowest forms of humanity to befriend That didn t go so well, did it, Cal But now Ant s been clean for a couple of years and is living in the family home in Resurrection Bay It s still equipped with flashing lights for the front door bell, just as it was when Cal was a boy The brothers are a bit touchy with each other, understandable, given Ant s criminal past and Cal now working with the police trying to track down a killer Their adult relationship was exactly seven months old a rickety construction built on a few honest moments and a memory of childhood closeness Hard to know what its load bearing capacity was The killer Cal s after has some connection to Resurrection Bay, but he doesn t know what He lives in Melbourne these days, and the story opens with him out running without his hearing aids , trying to clear his mind of the demons that haunt his nightmares, when a street guy catches him and hands him a lipstick scrawled note with Cal s name and address The guy mumbles something about a girl with black hair who gave it to him and needs help Cal is terrified that the girl is Kat, his estranged wife, whom he adores, but when they get to the alley, there is a terrified young woman in a red dress trying desperately to make herself understood, but it s so dark that he picks up only a few words.Meanwhile, a blond guy attacks Cal from behind while Red Dress escapes, only to be run over by a van She dies in his arms, and the sight of her life fading from her eyes haunts him for the rest of the book.So Cal s back in Resurrection Bay, needing advice from his brother and wondering how much to trust him Ant is also a competent Auslan signer, but Cal doesn t like him to sign in public because it makes people aware of his limitations.Their relationship is complicated but even complicated is his relationship with Kat, his estranged wife whom he clearly adores She s an active member of the Koori Aboriginal community as is her mother, a local doctor He s part of the family, or at least he always was Now he s not so sure Interesting is the fact that unless they are face to face, their connection is through texting, since he can t use the phone He s thirty one, and it s hard feeling like a kid again It was nearly twenty four hours since he d spoken to Kat Was that a long time in the scheme of things God, a teenager again, not knowing if the lack of contact meant piss off or, I m presently busy, but please do continue to pine for me Cal is a mess He also laments the loss of his partner, Frankie, a wild, energetic 57 year old woman on whose wit and interpretation skills he d come to depend but who had unforgivably betrayed him Ant s obviously not going to fill the bill there, and with Kat keeping her distance, the Koori community is a bit leery of him, too Cal s a good guy, flawed and stubborn, but he s someone you worry about, and we don t know who s trustworthy either He gets in some life threatening situations, and the plot isn t something you re likely to figure out We just hope he makes it to another book Another welcome addition to the series Thanks to NetGalley and Bonnier Publishing Echo for the preview copy from which I ve quoted read Dec 2017

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    This is the sequel to Resurrection Bay which really needs to be read first in order to get a full understanding of events in And Fire Came Down Caleb now lives in Melbourne but returns to Resurrection Bay to try and discover the murderer of a woman he meets in the city In the course of the book he unknowingly upsets a number of people and blunders into many dangerous situations Luckily for him he has family and friends who look out for him and save him from himself.I enjoyed the Australian setting with the threat of bushfire hanging over the town I read it on a hot windy day when all the news was full of a major fire threatening south Sydney It felt very appropriate.I was a little disappointed in Caleb in this book, both with his continued refusal to tell anyone he is deaf which just seemed plain silly on occasion, and the way he repeatedly set himself up to get into trouble I think I missed his partner Frankie who in the first book stopped him from some of his excesses Still a very good book with lots of intrigue and excitement and a total surprise of an ending

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    Caleb Zelic s life changed the instant the young woman begged desperately for his help but his inability to save her buried itself deep into his brain, especially as it wasn t that long since the horrors that had killed his best mate and took his beloved wife from him Caleb left Melbourne and drove to his hometown of Resurrection Bay in the hope of finding answers But worse was to come much worse Ant, Caleb s brother, had been clean for two years and had a lovely young woman in his life Caleb was quietly optimistic that Ant s change was there to stay But he tried not to involve him in the investigations he was making, especially as it became obvious that Caleb was stirring up trouble The local Koori families were being harassed and though Caleb tried to help, he wasn t welcome.Caleb kept getting knocked down his deafness impacted but his stubbornness had him getting up again and again He knew he should leave it be it was obvious there was at stake than he d worked out But he couldn t it wasn t in his nature Would he find answers before deaths occurred Would he push too hard and too far, just once too often And would people he loved suffer because of his tenacity Wow And Fire Came Down is the second in the Caleb Zelic series by Aussie author Emma Viskic and I absolutely loved it Gritty, fast paced, filled with heart pounding tension it was an intense and outstanding thriller I love the characters Caleb and Ant s back and forth bantering Maria and Frankie though she didn t play a big part this time the author has made the characters real I have no hesitation in recommending And Fire Came Down highly looking forward to 3 already With thanks to Bonnier Publishing and NetGalley for my ARC to read and review.

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    Caleb Zelic is back in Melbourne trying to put his life back on track His best friend Gary is dead, his ex wife has vanished after a brief reconciliation and his business partner Frankie has fled leaving him to run his investigation service on his own When he is summoned into an alley where a distraught young woman is waiting for him, but before he can find out what the problem is, a big blond thug chases after her, forcing her into the traffic where she is fatally hit by a car She tries to tell him something as she is dying but because Caleb is deaf and relies on lip reading he s not sure how much he got However, Caleb is determined to help her even though she is now dead and returns to Resurrection Bay, the town where he grew up, to find out who sent her to him and why she needed his help.Emma Viskic paints a very vivid and real picture of small town rural Australia It s high summer and the threat of bushfires hangs over the town Racial tensions are high as gangs of white youths damage and burn down properties Caleb thinks a bikie gang may be trying to take over the local drug supply but where does the dead girl fit into all this Caleb has moved in with his brother Ant, still living in their old family home He was a drug user but has been clean for 2 years and has a girlfriend and a job It s clear they really care about each other and start to mend their relationship once Caleb sees that Ant has become responsible Caleb s wife Kat also arrives back in town and they clearly still love each other but Kat finds his inability to share his thought and feelings with her difficult to live with Everyone seems to have secrets and it takes Caleb some time to work out what is going on He doesn t always make the best decisions and puts himself in danger but ultimately his actions pay off as all the pieces start to fall into place This is a well written thriller, with a lovely sense of place in the descriptions of the Australian bush and the lives of the small town inhabitants I will be looking out for Caleb Zelic 3 With thanks to Netgalley and Bonnier Publishing for a copy to read and review

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    This is the second book in the Caleb Zelic series, and it carries on after the events in Resurrection Bay It will make sense to the reader if Resurrection Bay is read first.I really like Caleb Cal He s deaf and, as I said in my review of the first book, the author has done a fantastic job writing the experience of a deaf person I especially like the dialogue when Cal is with his brother Anton Ant They do have their differences, but the love between brothers is always there.The book starts when Cal is approached by a fearful young woman who is being chased in an alley Cal has an altercation with the man and the young woman runs out into traffic and is killed Cal is holding her when she dies, and because he is emotionally sensitive, he can t get her death out of his mind and has to know why she was running This leads Cal into some very dangerous situations involving drugs, racial tensions, and teen gangs.Cal also reconnects with his ex wife, Kat, but it s tenuous Kat s mother figures in this book prominently and I really liked her Ant goes off the deep end maybe And then there s Frankie, but you ll need to read the first book to find out about her.At one point, I had to look at Cal from the other characters viewpoints Was he in bad shape mentally Does he need counseling Is he really suicidal I think my only problem with this book was the ending I would have liked resolution as it seemed to just end abruptly I felt that Cal metaphorically threw up his hands, shrugged his shoulders, and accepted how things were Hopefully, there will be in the next book, which I will gladly read.

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    It s not over, none of it s over Trouble seems to find Caleb Zelic This book is much darker that its predecessor Resurrection Bay After the events of the first book, you d think that Cal would be left in peace and quiet to lick his wounds Both his wife and business partner have gone AWOL, and Cal is still trying to set his life back on track, to return to some sense of normality However an innocent late afternoon jog finds Cal unwittingly embroiled in a case that s best left alone As Cal becomes entrenched in discovering the identity of the woman who was pleading for his help at the beginning of the story, than one can of worms gets opened.This book tackles many themes, including community, family, revenge, vandalism and the impact of the drug trade on all of these There are simmering racial tensions, and unease between the drug suppliers Who to trust Who is telling the truth Even Mother Nature gets in on the action by unleashing her fury with a bush fire.Highly recommended Best if Resurrection Bay is read first, as it will put this story in context especially with the characters backgrounds, foibles relationships to one another.

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    Having not read the author s debut novel, Resurrection Bay, I went into this book not sure on what to expect Firstly we have a character that is for me at least, being deaf, in Caleb Zelic and intriguing proposition Secondly, we have a small town indigenous population as one of the stories main themes with their closeness and desire to gain control of their lives.Zelic is someone who has a tendency to over analyze things and is like a dog with a bone, no matter how much it gets him into trouble with loved ones and enemies alike This is very much the case when a young woman comes to him on a street in Melbourne The unknown person appears to be trying to communicate through sign the word help And after witnessing her death Zelic will be drawn back to his former home Resurrection Bay.What he returns to is a complicated string of events that are tied to his deafness and the people most important to him There is his recovering addict brother Ant, separated from wife Kat and her mother in law who is a member of the local indigenous community and friend Frankie With the town seemingly tearing itself apart with racial tension and a seemingly thriving underbelly of drugs and petty crime, Zelic will have his work cut out for him as he tries not to poke a hornet s nest too hard and get himself killed.One thing I will be doing after reading And Fire Came Down is getting a copy of the first book in the series While I was able to follow the storyline, much of the layers were based on Zelic and the people in his inner circle and I feel if I had knowledge of the characters backgrounds it would help me appreciate the overall experience Despite that, I found myself deeply satisfied with the story that featured great characterization, action sequences and a great feel for the location.

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    My View The continuing narrative of the chaotic life of Caleb Zelic, private investigator, is filled with suspense, mystery, anger, social commentary wit, humour and many exquisite moments This is a portrait of a fractured love, a fractured life with many references to Picasso s Guernica violence, chaos, war, flames the suffering of innocents.The writing is evocative and fast paced Themes of family, drug reliance, race and identity intersect and explode in small town contemporary Australia This narrative is fraught with regrets and what ifs, there are many stories left unfinished, many moments of heartache and pain yet there is a glimpse of potential, of a brighter future, of redemption for some book three will be amazing Not together, not apart, still caught between breaths P.151 Exquisite and powerful writing.

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    This is the 2nd offering in the Caleb Zelic private detective series Viskic won a Ned Kelly for Resurrection Bay, the first book featuring her hearing impaired investigator Here, a woman accosts him on the street and seems to be seeking his help But before he can fully understand what she is saying, two people chase her into traffic she is hit and dies as Caleb tries to save her Her wounded eyes haunt him It makes him determined to find out what she wanted and who caused her to die.In the meantime, Caleb s life is a mess He is separated from the Koori wife he adores Frankie, whom betrayed him in the previous book, circles his life like a buzzard The one good piece of news is that his brother, Anton, has kept himself clean from drugs for two years and is in love with a lovely woman Great news as family is everything to Caleb.Viskic tells the story through Caleb s eyes and his inability to hear causes him to miss certain clues and catch others This allows Viskic to deliberately obscure clues as the plot develops Further, there are aspects to the story that suggest that her next offering will address them Enjoy getting to know the stubborn investigator with a tender heart.

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