Friday, June 17, 2016

The Fireman

Survival. Apocalyptic fiction takes many forms: some are packed with despair, while others offer hope. In the capable hands of Joe Hill, in a novel titled, The Fireman, a deadly spore spreads a disease called Dragonscale across the world. Black and gold marks cover one’s body, and many people burst in flames leading to fires and chaos. Hill draws us into the story with characters we care about. His apocalyptic fiction leans away from despair and toward hope. Before long, we forget about the pandemic and root for the survival of a ragtag crew of characters who have found a way to accommodate the spore in their lives and avoid combustion. Hill treats us to a story of sacrifice, redemption and love, while maintaining fast plot momentum and multiple climactic scenes. As after any major catastrophe, there are plenty of bad players to go around, and Hill presents them with clarity. This huge novel is perfect summer reading for those readers who enjoy a well-told story, packed with action and interesting characters. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Fireman from

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