Water to Burn

Water to Burn

by Katharine Kerr

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Just when Nola O'Grady thinks she has it all...

Nola's the new head of the San Francisco branch of the Agency, the psychic organization so secret that even the CIA doesn't know it exists. What's more, for some mysterious reason, Interpol has assigned her lover, Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, to her new bureau as her permanent "bodyguard."

But everywhere she looks she sees a Chaos manifestation spying on her. Inexplicable "rogue waves" are sweeping innocents to a watery death befreo she can save them. She has two increasingly dangerous searches on hand, for Rob Ezekiel, the supposedly dead prophet from Ari's past, and for the mysterious "Brother Belial," head of the Chaos cult they had managed to take down.

To top it off, her brother Michael is dragging Nola and Ari into his attempt to rescue his girlfriend from a radioactive alternate dimension.

How is Nola supposed to serve the forces of Harmony and maintain the balance between Chaos and Order when she can't even keep her own family under control?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101543337
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Nola O'Grady Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 394,196
File size: 566 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Katharine Kerr first became involved in the field of fantasy through role-playing games, becoming so intrigued that she began writing articles for gaming magazines, and for some time was a contributing editor to Dragon magazine. This interest soon led her into the field of fantasy writing, with her first Deverry novel, Daggerspell, appearing in 1986. Since then, she has written fourteen more Deverry novels, of which The Silver Mage is the latest, as well as other fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Deverry novels have hit the London Times and the Australian bestseller lists.

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"The plot gallops, the mysteries matter, and the secret at the heart of it all just whets my appetite for more." —Kate Elliot, author of Crown of Stars

"Kerr has built a rad new world full of magic, cults, and Chaos. Awesome!" —Jennifer Rardin, author of Bitten to Death

"Breakneck plotting, punning, and romance make for a mostly fast, fun read." —Publishers Weekly

"This is an entertaining investigative urban fantasy that subgenre readers will enjoy.... Fans will enjoy the streets of San Francisco as seen through an otherwordly lens." —Midwest Book Review

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Water to Burn 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco psychic Nola O'Grady works for a top secret government agency so secret the CIA never heard of them. She runs the Apocalypse squad whose mission is to support Harmony in the combat with Chaos across the multi-earths. Her staff consists of two stringers and a bodyguard spying for the Israelis. Having been successful in her last endeavor against the Chaos Masters (see License to Ensorcell), Nola and her bodyguard Israeli and Interpol agent Ari Nathan understand that was just one battle in a great war that crosses dimensions. She is proven right starting with a strange wave coming out of nowhere that drowns a tweener child. The Prophet Reb Ezekiel, who ran the Kibbutz where Nola grew up, has been seen stalking the city; the problem with the sightings is Reb Zeke is supposed to be dead. On top of this on the personal front someone seems to be blackmailing Nola's brother-in-law. To Nola none of these events connect until she finds the core is the enigmatic Peacock Angel cult. With a nod to DC comics Infinite Earths (before the "Crisis" and subsequent reinventions) Water to Burn is a terrific urban science fiction with fantasy and police procedural elements. The story line is loaded with action as Nola and Ari investigate strange phenomena in a world where other worlds collide and cultural anthology is the most important socials science (wonder what personality type some of these others would turn up under Myers-Briggs). Nola is a great protagonist holding the story line focused. However, the key is the Katherine Kerr universe that readers will enjoy exploring as long as the heroine and her bodyguard provide protection. Harriet Klausner
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nola O'Grady, who works for a secret government agency fighting the forces of Chaos, is now living with Ari Nathan, an Israeli Interpol agent and probable spy, A series of drownings by rogue waves leads to a new transdimensional danger. This reads like a middle book, although there is resolution to the immediate problem.Nola is an appealing heroine, commitment-phobic and borderline anorexic, but also talented and confident in her own abilities.
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DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
I'm loving Katharine Kerr's "Nola O'Grady" series. The second book, Water To Burn, is just out. In this urban fantasy, the heroine works for a supernatural Agency "so secret, the CIA doesn't know it exists". This takes place in an alternate San Francisco, one in which magic and the clandestine agencies to regulate it are real. This world is not the only one; there are alternate, weirdly dystopic worlds (and a gateway in the attic of Nola's aunt's house). Not only do the Agency and its people hide in plain sight, Nola's family, Irish illegal immigrants with past ties to the IRA, live with secrets, low on the radar. Nola herself may or may not have an eating disorder. And Nola's lover, Israeli agent Ari Nathan, does not always see the world the way she does, and I don't mean just his inability to sense supernatural elements. At one point, he says, "That's what we've got on our hands, a war..." Nola asks, "We? You mean Israel, right?" His response, "Of course. I always mean Israel," perfectly demonstrates that although he may cherish Nola, although their goals may be complementary at times, and although they make excellent team mates, he is the hero of his own parallel story. (I love the implication that there might come a time when he has to choose, and I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing how Kerr develops this potential conflict.) Everything in the book does not revolve around Nola's Agency assignments, or her family's immigration worries, or her brother trying to rescue his girlfriend from radioactive-wasteland San Francisco; the book is more like an orrery, plotting the orbits of many planetary systems. That complexity is one of the things I love in a good yarn, and nobody does it better than Kerr.
KnowwhatIike More than 1 year ago
Nice characters and good location. A lot of stories seem to be in San Francisco these days. Hope she leaves the other world thing alone. It could get very trite.