Set Fire to This Card House

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Title: Set Fire to This Card House
Author(s): zarah5
Date(s): 28 February 2011 - 30 April 2011
Length: 74,563 words
Genre: slash fanfiction, spyfic, AU
Fandom: Hawaii Five-0
External Links: Set Fire to This Card House (AO3)

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Set Fire to This Card House is a Steve/Danny AU where they are both spies and meet under different circumstances. They still end up in Hawaii though.

Summary: "AU. In which you’ll find agents, hotel beds of varying sizes and sensible rules that still deserve to be broken."

Recs and Reviews

Why we love it: This is an epically long AU from perennial favorite author. The premise is intriguing with compelling characterizations. The plot is tight and the writing flawless. If you are looking for a really good long AU read this is definitely it.[1]
I love a good AU and this is a great, long, AU. Steve is a spy "who does things differently" and Danny is his handler. Chin is their boss and Kono is the receptionist who is more than meets the eye. The story follows Steve and Danny as they travel the world on missions, stay in hotels, break rules and fall in love. Keeping characters in character is often tricky in an AU, but Zarah does it right. Danny still rants and Steve is still crazy and together they still have an intense chemistry. The author warns for graphic depictions of violence, but I don't think it's anything you wouldn't see on the show. Settle in with a nice cup of tea for this novella. It's one hell of a great read.[2]


  1. ^ shinysylver in: h50-rec-room. Themed Thursday (5/12/10) - Long!Fic. (Accessed 16 May 2016)
  2. ^ iamrosalita in: crack_van. Set Fire to This Card House (Explicit), 08 July 2011. (Accessed 08 June 2016)