Fire In the Wind

Book #4, Wind Series

Fiction - Mystery - General
268 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2017
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Megan Docket, an attorney in the small town of Dexter, Nebraska, is surrounded by loving family and friends – and dangerous criminals. Finding a burning cross was the beginning of a frightening adventure in Fire in the Wind by Judy Bruce. Although Megan has not yet celebrated her thirtieth birthday, she has already lived a life full of harrowing moments and tragic deaths. She is no stranger to defending her own life, and has found herself killing others in self-defense. Days before her divorce from Brian is finalized, she is breaking up with boyfriend Zane and has two other men fighting for her affections. At the same time, she is grieving the effects of a major stroke on her great friend, James, a man who was like a father to her.

This book engages the reader from the first page to the last. It is full of thrilling action, and numerous twists and turns. There is also a plethora of deep emotions, as Megan has had so many personal and professional challenges to endure. And, the main character also is a finely-tuned intuitive, as she frequently receives premonitions of events that come true. Author Judy Bruce developed an intriguing story through her highly-skilled writing in Fire in the Wind. Her writing is fast-paced, clear and concise. This is the fourth book in the Wind series; there are enough references to Megan’s earlier adventures that the reader will want to read the first three, if s/he has not already done so. This book is definitely a breathtaking, adventurous tale!

Joana James

Fire in the Wind by Judy Bruce tells us the story of Megan Docket, a lawyer in a small Nebraska town, with a sixth sense for trouble. This awareness lands her in the middle of crimes that the police have a hard time solving. Megan, along with her small band of friends, the Night Posse, solve an instance of racism that is connected to other crimes in the area. After a personal loss and an unlucky love life, Megan struggles to protect her heart. Her drive to protect everyone she loves leaves her battling her own personal demons. Making some questionable decisions lands her in even more hot water, but she is able to take care of herself until she loses someone who is near and dear to her. Megan seems to unravel, but the love of family and true friendship rescue her from the brink.

Fire in the Wind is an action-packed depiction of a strong, confident woman who still struggles with the difficulties of everyday life, like every other strong, confident woman. There is never a dull moment in the story as Megan fights bad guys, does her own investigations, tangles with love, and manages to find herself behind bars in the process. The story’s pace is quick with elements that would appeal to most readers. There’s action, adventure, romance, and even some drama. This is an easy, feel-good read with some sexual overtones. Though this is the fourth book in a series, there was no issue with missing information from previous books. Judy Bruce did a good job of giving a new reader all the information necessary to enjoy this one.

Sefina Hawke

Fire In the Wind by Judy Bruce is the fourth book in the fictional mystery series, Wind Series. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of adults and mature young adults who enjoy mystery thrillers as well as those who have enjoyed the previous books in this series. Megan’s day begins just like any other ... until she finds an unlocked door with scratches that indicate the lock was picked. Megan has been through all sorts of adventures that have honed her senses so when she begins to feel that something is wrong, she gathers her friends, her family, and calls the police. By nightfall Megan’s hunches prove correct as she finds a cross burning on her land. Megan’s outrage knows no bounds as she creates the Night Posse in order to strike back. Will Megan overcome this new avenger or will she find herself convicted of a murder she did not commit?

Fire In the Wind by Judy Bruce is written from the perspective of the main character, Megan, as she finds herself in the middle of another adventure. I personally enjoyed the way that the story was written from Megan’s perspective as it made me feel like I was experiencing everything alongside her. Megan was by far my favorite character because of her strong attitude and her ability to handle herself in dangerous situations; it was nice to see a female character who was willing to stand up for herself and fight back against those who would hurt her. I felt saddened for Megan’s loss when her boyfriend is killed and anger on her behalf when she found herself accused of his murder. Overall, this was a book I enjoyed reading, though I would recommend that all readers read the previous books first so as to better understand the characters.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Megan’s life is far from boring, but finding a burning cross on her property is something she’s not prepared for. Unfortunately, it’s only the first of many awful things that start to happen in the area, just when she thought maybe the drama had begun to die down. When the police can’t seem to get any leads and her best friend is already suffering enough, however, she’s determined to take matters into her own hands. But it turns out that finding the culprits behind the latest hate crimes in the area isn’t going to be the end of it, because there’s something else fishy going on in town when the ‘CIA informants’ in town turn out to be something other than what they seem, (especially with the super-hot agent who seems to have appeared overnight). Megan isn’t going to stop until she uncovers the truth and finds a way to protect herself and her family and friends. Of course, that may be a little harder than it seems if she’s stuck behind bars, but Megan is never down for long and neither is the rest of the Night Posse in Fire in the Wind by Judy Bruce, including her unlikely friends.

There is plenty going on in this story if you’re interested in action. Megan is in the center of a love triangle (or maybe a star) with a few too many men interested in her so there’s definitely a whole lot of romance going on. You really get into the life of not just her but her friends as well, including James, who’s going through struggles of his own and Zane, who seems incapable of relating even to those he loves. You will find someone to relate to and you'll want to learn more about them and what’s going to happen to them. This is the fourth book in the series, but you definitely won’t have a problem getting into it. Fire in the Wind by Judy Bruce is a book you’re going to love.

Jack Magnus

Fire In the Wind: The Wind Series, Book 4 is a mystery novel written by Judy Bruce. Megan Docket knew that something was very wrong; it hovered in the back of her mind as she ran along the trails in the vast open areas that were her own backyard. The rugged Nebraska area was so familiar to her, each of its odd land formations, buttes and mounds having been named by her and her playmates as children years before. Megan was used to this sense of unease; she was the woman who knows, who had a gift for sensing things. As she traveled the familiar terrain, she noticed that the Fort, the small observation hut built in December, was not locked as it should have been, but examining the surrounding area with the binoculars she had stored in the hut yielded no answers. State Patrol Officer Merritt was familiar with Megan’s gift, and she made sure to contact him after arriving back home again. Her mom, Uncle Bill, and her Lakota housekeeper, Patty, also realized that there was trouble coming, even if no one had a clue what it would be. Then, as darkness fell, it happened; the local dogs raised the alarm first, and Megan and her guests instantly saw it as they looked out the family room’s windows. Someone had erected and set ablaze a huge wooden cross high up on a hill. Megan made sure that it was extinguished before James saw it, and she was determined to find out who had erected the hateful thing.

Judy Bruce’s mystery novel, Fire In the Wind: The Wind Series, Book 4, is an absorbing thriller tale that blends elements of the paranormal amidst the natural setting of rural Nebraska. As a mystery fan with a particular interest in legal thrillers, I’ve enjoyed reading Bruce’s stories featuring Megan Docket, whose small-town law practice is a nice change from that found in most legal thriller novels. Bruce’s characters are well-drawn, original and engaging, especially Megan whose frank and uncompromising attitudes about justice, family and the opposite sex make these books stand out so well. Fire In the Wind: The Wind Series, Book 4 is most highly recommended.

Rabia Tanveer

Fire In the Wind is the fourth book in the Wind series by Judy Bruce. Megan Docket is an attorney in a small town. She is not new to violence and fighting for her life; she has learnt the hard way. Although she is not even thirty yet, she is already on the way to being divorced, has broken up with a boyfriend, and her life is becoming a mess very quickly. Her life takes a very difficult turn when she finds out that someone tried to break into her room, and she barely has time to be outraged when she finds a burning cross on her property.

She has a strong feeling that something is wrong and there is not much that she can do about it. Her personal life is going down the drain. With her divorce just days away from being finalized, her personal life is at a standstill, and now this is happening. What can she do when there is something sinister and unwanted happening around her? Is this something that she can fight? Or is this it? Is this is the end of her life?

Fire In the Wind is perhaps one of the best and most engaging novels I have read this year. I love a novel with a strong female lead. Megan was the perfect lead, and she is strong, resilient, and ready to take charge of the situation whenever it is needed. Judy Bruce did an amazing job with creating these characters and this storyline. The story is fast paced and fully developed, there were no loopholes and no loose ends. This was a really entertaining novel, one that I will not forget any time soon. Wonderful!

Romuald Dzemo

Fire in the Wind is book four in the Wind Series by Judy Bruce, a title that immediately suggests a spirited work of mystery. I was first intrigued by the title, by the images it conjured, and then it turned out I wasn’t wrong in picking it up. In this mesmerizing tale, the reader is introduced to a beautifully crafted yarn that explores powerful themes, including discrimination, racism in its goriest form, love, friendship, and redemption.

Megan hasn’t yet come to terms with the loss of her unborn baby when suddenly she finds a cross burning on her land. And who could be behind the fire? A lot is happening in her life, including a divorce from Brian, and the illness of her friend, James, who has just suffered a major stroke. Things escalate quickly for her when her new boyfriend is killed and she is jailed for the murder. It’s time she has to fight back as an avenger attacks her at night and as her best friend, James, tries to take his own life. Megan has to do the one thing she has always considered, even faintly.

Judy Bruce had me enticed and enthused by her beautiful prose. I was pulled into the story by the strong character of the protagonist, a character who is punished more than an average woman can take, but who keeps on fighting. Readers will find a place in their hearts for Megan, a character who is well-explored and whose story will resonate in many lives. The story is well-paced and there is a lot of drama going on. I was particularly taken by the emotional strength of the story and the multilayered conflict. The subplot creates a powerful sense of suspense which encourages the reader to keep on turning the pages. Fire in the Wind is a spellbinding story, very captivating and absorbing.

Ray Simmons

I am in awe of Judy Bruce. I am almost as much in awe of Megan, the protagonist of Fire in the Wind. But I keep reminding myself that Megan is a fictional character and Judy is the real live writer who created her. It’s hard sometimes because Megan felt so real to me. This is a woman I’d love to have as a friend. This is a woman I’d love to sit down and have a drink with. This is a person that I’d call on if I needed someone to watch my back. I loved Fire in the Wind. I plan to read it again and again in the hope of learning something about how to craft a tight compelling story. That is some of the highest praise I can give a writer and Judy Bruce deserves it. I started reading Fire in the Wind and I couldn’t stop. Everything about it is compelling. Judy Bruce is the real thing.

I liked everything about Fire in the Wind but what stuck out first were the characters. I have met people just like them in my hometown, or while serving in the Army, or in other small towns across America. That Judy Bruce describes them so well made the story real for me. I also liked the diversity of this town. Some people give diversity a bad name sometimes, but this is the America I see today. It didn't seem that diverse when I was a kid, but after traveling around as a young man, this is the America I see. I think it’s important for writers to see it and show it too. The plot is great. It starts with a bang and it’s a race to the finish line. I wish I could pace a story so well. Read this book. Read this writer.