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The Fireman by [Hill, Joe]
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Nobody knew where the virus came from.
FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s.
MSNBC said sources indicated it might've been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types fixated on the Book of Revelation.
CNN reported both sides.
While every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt.

Pregnant school nurse, HARPER GRAYSON, had seen lots of people burn on TV, but the first person she saw burn for real was in the playground behind the school.
With the epic scope of THE PASSAGE and the emotional impact of THE ROAD, this is one woman's story of survival at the end of the world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2926 KB
  • Print Length: 769 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (17 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016P01YCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I am a huge fan of post apocalyptic novels. What would the world be like if it all went to crap one day? It all does in Joe Hill's novel, The Fireman, newly released in paperback. And I'm kicking myself for not reading this book in hardcover. Twenty pages in and I knew it was going to be an amazing read.

A contagion referred to as Dragonscale is infecting people and causing them to, well, go up in smoke. Yes, it burns people alive. Most people that is. But there's a group who have figured how to survive and yes, even control the affliction. See it as a blessing even. They're in hiding from those who are healthy and determined to kill them off.

Okay, that was a quick in a nutshell outline, but it doesn't even begin to touch the breadth, width, depth, scope and inventiveness of Joe Hill's plotting. Epic saga is a good descriptor. The reader's heart is firmly in the camp with the infected. Hill's cast of characters is just as deep and detailed as his plot. The Fireman is at the heart of it - a man who has figured out how to use the fire, to control it. Nurse Willowes is the other main character, a woman who gets calmer and cooler when the situation heats up - all the while singing Mary Poppins songs. They're our main two, but Hill has populated the book with a rich, wide, varied cast of characters - all detailed and each with their own part to play in the book. Good and bad. I love ensemble novels and The Fireman has a wealth of memorable players.

So, I'm speeding through The Fireman - literally I can't put it down - and I hit page 500. And realize I am racing towards the end. And I don't want to finish the book. But I was helpless to stop reading. Hill is one heck of a storyteller. There was no 'down' time.
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Joe Hill is talented and brave. Talented because he has put out previous novels that were well done including NOS4A2: A Novel and Heart-Shaped Box. Brave because he is Stephen King's son. In his previous works, Hill had his own very clear voice. With The Fireman comparisons to King's Cell and The Stand are inevitable as all are apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic stories. This happens to be a favourite genre of mine so I welcomed Hill's take on how the world would fall apart (and unfortunately, I never bought into the premise).

It is tough not to get formulaic in any genre but when reading The Fireman it shows just what the formula is. It starts with the earth's near ending whether it be a meteorite, terrorist attack, virus, the dead rising, or giant creatures. Then we follow a group of survivors who represent familiar archetypes. Next the survivors form or come across a settlement. How this settlement is ruled and survives makes up the bulk of the story.

Television's Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead retreads this ground every season (how many settlements has Rick and crew been part of?). Hill also follows this sequence. Professional reviews have noted similarities between this book and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. Both explore what happens when scared people adopt a quasi-religion in hopes of warding off evil. The bulk of The Fireman takes place in a refuge that explores this part of the genre.

Unfortunately the story is overly long and drags significantly. Part of the length is attributed to unnecessary repetition. Hill feels the need to remind the reader of previous bits and that gets irritating. Beyond pace were the characters who were hard to believe. The heroes did not garner my support and the villains were too recognizable.
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Not what I expected, but in a good way. A post-apocalyptic kind of story, with all too believable characters.
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