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From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
The fireman is coming. Stay cool.
No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.
Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.
Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.
In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.
From Publishers Weekly
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The Fireman by Joe Hill
Mix together Firestarter with Lord of the Flies, add in some Mary Poppins, along with the Supernatural of Joe Hill and you are left with a story of amazing adventure.
In this book Joe Hill surpasses his previous works. In addition to his constantly leaving you wondering what is going to happen next, he adds in a good deal of dark humor (e.g. "an old flame"). The book even left me with an unexpected surprise near the end of the story.
This is a long book but worth the time taken to read it. This is a book I would recommend to all
Hill is on FIRE!
I've read all of Joe Hill's books. This is now my favorite. Each character is vivid & so memorable. I love the "good guys" and abhor the "bad ones!" This book absolutely grabs you & doesn't let go. Read it, you won't be sorry. I gobbled it up and wish it had never ended.
Horns and NOS4A2 were great reads. With The Fireman, Joe Hill (King) seams to be writing like his dad. Crazy religious cults, pseudo supernatural events and a lousy ending. Lousy explanation why things happened Just like his dad's books.