Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin

Chasing Fireflies

They have one summer to find what was lost long ago. "Never settle for less than the truth," she told him. But when you don't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it's hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive—and as magical—as chasing fireflies on a summer night.A haunting story about fishing, ...

Details Chasing Fireflies

TitleChasing Fireflies
Release DateFeb 10th, 2008
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreFiction, Christian Fiction, Christian, Adult Fiction

Reviews Chasing Fireflies

  • Dem
    Chasing Firefilies by Charles Martin was an enjoyable read. "Never settle for less than the truth" She told him. But when you dont't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. I love the title and the illustration on the cover of this book as it is a real eye catcher This a mystery style story with many varied themes such as relationships, family, love, betrayal and good vs evil.The plot is interesting as it is told with one...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: When I graduated college, I came back to Brunswick, bought an acre along the Altamaha and a sailboat named Gone Fiction at the annual police auction. She was a thirty-six-foot Hunter and had been confiscated during an offshore drug raid. The SWAT guys at the auction said they'd busted some Florida writer running drugs along the coast. When his books didn't sell, he traded his pen for a habit and joined the dark side. I didn't know a thin...
  • ✨Susan✨
    A great mystery wrapped in a wonderful story. What an excellent surprise, I was not prepared for such a special book; not what I expected. This is an endearing story with a truly amazing historic back story. The author made it so easy to have feelings for each character that ranged from love, anger, pity, sorrow, admiration, wonder, idolization and respect. Laughter and tears were just a few emotions this story evoked. The hysterical metaphors an...
  • Carli
    Charles Martin, the author of this book, is an extraordinary writer. In a previous review, I compared his writing to that of Nicholas Sparks's; however, upon reading this book, I think he is a much better writer. The story does meander frequently, one chapter dipping into the past while the next continues the present, but the tale plays out so beautifully it is worth the journey. I loved this book.Some reviewers have noted that Martin did not inc...
  • Steve
    I love books about contemporary American people going through real experiences. I am not into books about perfect people, cops, crooks, athletes, or rich people.I like books about people who are flawed, people who have quirks, people who live contradictions, people who try to be good but sometimes fail, honest people doing the best they can with what life dishes out, people who sometimes can't resist temptations and people who maybe don't underst...
  • Leonor Lopes
    Fabuloso!Claro que tinha que ser vencedor de um prémio. Tem tanto para isso...
  • Mike French
    Thank you Judy Collins for bring Charles Martin to my attention! Charles Martin a definite 180 from Thrillers and Action-Adventures I usually read, but he is now on of favorite authors after on 2 books of his I have read!! Judy said this is a man's book and I agree. After checking 10 pages of review on GR, I found I was only one of five men that rated it. Amazing that we all gave it 5 Stars. Guys, take a break from Cussler,Sandford,Clancy.Flynn, ...
  • Judy Collins
    "One of the most compelling books I have ever read and my favorite author! You will enjoy if from Atlanta (can appreicate)...a guys book but girls will love it as well! Father/son love...well will be reading when when the sun comes up...have some tissue handy...heart-felt story making you fall in love with Unc, Chase, and all the characters...not wanting it to end and wanting more! A Must Read! "
  • Kathleen
    Audiobook. A mystery, with strong characterization and varied themes: overcoming anger, dealing with long-term ostracism, parental love, second chances, baseball (Atlanta Braves), redemption, acceptance of suffering, child abuse, the foster care system, and the ravages of HIV and hepatitis.Set in Brunswick, Georgia, on the Atlantic coast, and in nearby St. Simons Island and Sea Island, and in the Buffalo Swamp marshlands. Takes place in current t...
  • Jeanette
    I put off rating this one because so many other readers gave it a 4 or 5. Here I am again, the odd person out. But I just could not stretch it to a 3 star. It left me feeling as if I had been tricked on top of it. As if I had stood at a shell game in an old fashioned county fair, and had been snickered into putting my last $2.00 on finding a nugget that wasn't there anywhere. This ending? Really, there are so many aspects of this story that don't...
  • Robin Patchen
    I've now officially read all of Charles Martin's books. This is one of the best, and that's saying something. The characters are so real, I feel like I have a bunch of friends hanging out on my bookshelf, waiting for me to pick them up again. I will, someday. I promise. I particularly loved the relationship between Chase and Unc and the picture it paints of what the father-child relationship should look like, juxtaposed with that of Jack and Tomm...
  • Teresa Proença
    História(s) muito triste mas cheia de esperança. As personagens são muito fortes e bem delineadas. Muito bom!
  • Karen
    Sweet as Molasses with all of the quaint saying from “Liam". Great writing when depicting the look, feel and sounds of the south BUT (SPOILER!!) there were multiple names for characters, the cars even had names and the Mute boy without a name wasn’t even necessary to tell the story. He, Buddy, seemed to be placed in the story in order for the author to show us how Chase’s life growing up with Liam was. There were analogies told and retold. ...
  • Linda Galloway
    I know a book is good when I find myself reading a paragraph over and over again. I've never read Charles Martin's books before but I'm so glad I found him. In just a few chapters he created characters that I genuinely cared about. Characters I wanted to cheer for, fight for, and cry with. It was a book filled with life lessons, poignant moments, and a great love for baseball. What more could I ask for?
  • Camille Eide
    Excellent story, excellent writing, just the kind of book I look for. Well drawn mysteries to ponder amid relational drama, and very distinct characters. I have several Charles Martin books on my TBR list now.
  • Carla Marques
    O primeiro livro que li deste autor e é daquelas vezes em que tenho pena de ter tantos livros para ler, pois se não tivesse tenho a certeza que ia pegar noutro livro deste autor.Uma primeira experiência que me marcou, pois apesar de ter dito que era muito bom, não pensei que fosse gostar tanto.opinião completa em:
  • Debby
    Charles Aartin is one of my favorite authors and he proved himself again with Chasing Fireflies! What an incredible book!! Martin's gift for storytelling and character development are phenonmenal. It seems that with each of his books, they start out a bit slow as he is setting the foundation for the story and each of the characters. But once that is set, I have found each of his books to be well worth the effort of sticking with it for the first ...
  • Judy
    This is the second of Charles Martin's books that I've read, and I love his writing. I was surprised to read in some review that he is considered a "Christian writer." As far as I am concerned, Martin writes intriguing stores about people of integrity and strong moral principals. There isn't a "preachy" tone to his writing and I don't even recall the Bible even being mentioned in this book. So if you have avoided Martin's books because of a label...
  • Mafi
    Bem um dos motivos de ter adiado esta leitura tanto tempo é por a letra ser bastante pequena, que dificulta a leitura mas se o livro for bom, vocês nem dão pelas páginas passar, que foi exactamente o que aconteceu aqui!No livro temos duas narrativas paralelas mas com pontos em comum. A principal (no presente) segue um menino que foi encontrado com claras marcas de abuso físico. Sem conseguir falar (nem o seu nome), consegue comunicar atravé...
  • Dawn
    It started slowly. Not so slowly that I ever seriously considered putting it down, but slowly enough that I assumed I'd muddle through it, and upon completion, probably never think about it again. I couldn't have been more off base. The story started slowly, but it built, layer upon layer, like all the good stories do, until you feel like you know the characters personally...and kind of wish you did. Parts of this book were harsh and painful to r...
  • Denise
    I'd give this 3 and a half stars. It was like a Lifetime movie but without the romance and the eye-rolling. Predictable, but worth the read because it was more about the drama and the feel-good than the mystery. And a little tip to any movie producers: Tommy Lee Jones should DEFINATELY play Uncle Willee. (A small beef with the author that dated him: he said "Sheryl Crow wrote a song about 'The First Cut is the Deepest'..." Sheryl Crow did NOT wri...
  • Tawni Williams
    I honestly can not say enough good things about this book!! I have 'loved' characters in books before... but I grew to love, respect and genuinely want to meet 'Unc' from this novel. It's a wonderful story, but it also has powerful teaching moments about forgiveness, love, and the impact a parent can have on a child (for better or worse). I borrowed it from the library, but I will be adding a copy to my permanent collection. LOVE LOVE LOVE this b...
  • Alina Brewer
    I'd like to place this book in the sand on a beautiful beach only to have a stranger discover it like buried treasure (90's movie reference, Can you guess which one?)... But, lo, I live in a desert and I am selfish. This book shall adorn my bookshelf only to be lent to close friends and relatives that can provide collateral and recite an oath of safe return. Better to buy your own copy :)
  • Marian
    Loved, loved, loved this book. Maybe Unc is too good to be true, but I don't care. I was hooked in the first chapter.
  • Aerykah
    A few minutes was the most I could handle listening to this narrator. The only thing I can think to compare it to is a child being forced to read aloud for school or something when they really don't want to. It was bad. :/I might try an actual paper copy of this book later.....
  • Sandra
    Este livro é simplesmente maravilhoso. Não tenho outra palavra para o descrever.Retirando o facto de a letra ser quase ilegível (tamanho 8 ou 9) não tenho mais nenhum defeito a apontar à escrita deste autor, à editora Casa das Letras, à tradutora Maria Correia, tudo é de qualidade.O livro começa com a descoberta de uma criança de passado misterioso que foi descoberta perdida e muito maltratada. Vítima de anos de abuso psicológico e f...
  • Marci Glasgow-Haire
    The story begins with the dramatic scene in which a young (8? 10?) mute boy is savagely kicked from a car just before the driver parks on the tracks in front of an oncoming train. He is discovered two days later when he climbs out of the ditch covered in ant bites...and lots of old scars. A young journalist from the town's newspaper, Chase, is tasked with finding out who the boy is, and more importantly, whose the boy is. OK, stop right there. Th...
  • Tatiana
    Если Бог в состояние сделать так, что у каких-то несчастных жуков начинает светиться задница, значит, в этой жизни возможно все. У жизни у каждого книголюба бывают такие моменты, когда к нам в руки попадает книга, на которую невероятно сложно напис...
  • Booklady
    A good read. Martin is a young, prolific writer who is articulate and very talented. This story is very strong and I probably wouldn't have read it if it hadn't been recommended to me by a friend. The setting is a Sea Island, and thereabouts, Georgia and invites the reader into the lives of those whose grandparents came from Europe to settle the marshland of that area. Martin includes a surprising wealth of historical information in this short bo...
  • Sharon Thomsen
    A delightful story