Monday, May 16, 2016

The Fireman - Review, Excerpt Link and trailer

Idgie Says:
This book has been slowly teasing and torturing me for months now.  First I received an excerpt back in the Fall.  Then at Christmas I received the first 150 pages.  But it wasn't until April that I received the full book - all 768 pages of it. (I do so love a big book.)

Following in the footsteps of his father, Stephen King, Joe has the talent for making horror stories extremely character driven tales with deep insights into everyone's psyche.  There are very few cardboard filler characters in his book.  

This book has it all - horror, cultism, human ugliness vs. human kindness and the possible end to humanity in general.  The dialogue veers between ugly and moments of absolute wit and humor.  The Fireman has a fascinatingly different way of speaking that intrigues and entertains. 

I stayed firmly glued to the story throughout all 750 plus pages. There were a few completely implausible moments in the book, but then again, when one is writing about people spontaneously combusting as the subject of a novel, you are granted license to make fantastical events happen that never could in real life. I say just grab the saddle horn, hang on for the ride, and enjoy.


William Morrow
May 17, 2016

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.

Follow this link to the preview excerpt.