The Fireman Hardcover – 17 May 2016
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[An] undeniably readable work. --Booklist (starred review) on NOS4A2"
A genuinely scary novel filled with people you care about; the kind of book that still stays in your mind after you ve turned over the final page. I loved it unreservedly. --Neil Gaiman, author of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE on HEART-SHAPED BOX"
Joe Hill has always been good, but he s created something incandescent here, soaring and original. He s a master storyteller who writes with fire in his veins. --Lauren Beukes, author of BROKEN MONSTERS on THE FIREMAN"
[An] undeniably readable work. --"Booklist" (starred review) on NOS4A2"
Original and gripping, a page-turner. --George R. R. Martin on THE FIREMAN"
[A] superb supernatural thriller . . . a tremendous, heartrending epic of bravery and love set in a fully realized and terrifying apocalyptic world, where hope lies in the simplest of gestures and the fullest of hearts. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE FIRMAN"
Hill has a talent for depicting fascinating characters caught in terrible situations. . . . With a full cast of characters and multiple story lines to keep the reader hooked, Hill s enthralling fourth thriller hits another home run. --Library Journal (starred review) on THE FIREMAN"
Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is for certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again. --Library Journal (starred review) on NOS4A2"
[An] undeniably readable work. --Booklist (starred review) on NOS4A2"
Read it with the lights on and your children locked in a closet. --BookRiot.com on NOS4A2"
From the Back Cover
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box comes an unnerving novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes
Stay cool . . .
No one knows exactly when or where it began. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one . . . Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that tattoos its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks--before causing them to burst into flames.
Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse treated hundreds of infected patients before contracting the deadly virus herself. 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 now wants to live--at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term.
Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their once-placid New England community collapses in terror.
But Harper isn't as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger, a man wearing a dirty yellow firefighter's jacket and carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known simply 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.
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Since I discovered this author's books, being a huge fan of his dad's work it was a natural progression to move on to his work but I want to make clear that I am not a fan because of who his father is, I am a fan of his amazing talent as a writer and Joe Hill is definitely one of my favourite author's now. I loved this storyline, and was hooked from the first page, it was one of those books that you can't put down, I have found that all of his books that I have read have that quality!
Now characters..... there is definitely too many to name individually, as a writer he has managed to make you love every character, even the characters that are the "bad" ones, you still want to read about them and know their motivations and what has made them who they are. My absolute favourite character is The Fireman himself, I could seriously read about him all day and I loved how throughout this journey you really begin to understand who he really is, my second favourite has got to be Nurse Willowes with her huge heart and her amazing courage that makes her someone that you would want to have at your back. I have to mention Nick as he makes me smile a lot throughout the book.
I highly recommend readers read this stunning piece of writing and in my opinion this is well worth the 5* rating!!!!
I felt quite often Mr. Hill was aiming at a Y.A audience with so many children in prominent roles within the story and the writing itself was somewhat simpler I felt.
Despite a terrific start and premise, the horror wasn't quite there for me. I read it quickly, it was enjoyable, but unlike the two I've already mentioned I won't be trying to force this work to anyone else.
Still, I'll be reading more by him and hope this is just a small blip.
The plot and characters are decent.
It walks a good line between sci fi and supernatural.
I found it easy to read and the (generally) short chapters really helped.
The way the Kindle tracks the chapters was a pain though (only allows you to go to the parts by contents page and not the chapters).
I found the first 1/3 or so of the book to be a little slow. It then really got going, but perhaps lasted a little longer than it needed too. The tension was really good in places, but there were perhaps too many pages between the climax and the end.
Make sure you keep reading after the last chapter as there is a short addendum before the Acknowledgements that wasn't entirely obvious.
Overall I was very satisfied with this story though, as others have said, NOS-4R2 is better by a long shot.
As a plague novel and at a hefty number of pages this was always going to be compared to The Stand and not much beats that. Hill has obviously realised there will be comparisons given the amount of knowing nods he generously scatters throughout the book. Anyway, this is not an epic picture of the plague apocalypse but focuses on a smaller stage. That's OK but I'd have liked to know more about how it spread, how it affected different parts of the world and that sort of thing - you do get some information but not enough. I guess you could argue it's more realistic though.
The pacing of the novel is patchy and the first section of the novel really didn't grip me (I expected this to be the most interesting part). At times it did feel as if it was wandering off into YA territory as well. Thankfully it does pick up as the story progresses and especially as the focus switches to Camp Wyndham where we see some some nice characterisation and group dynamics. Society under siege, how we deal with outsiders and threats - these are the themes here.
I did enjoy The Fireman - it's just that given the premise and Hill's pedigree I expected to like it a lot more.
I have had a few books by Joe Hill for a while now waiting patiently in my Kindle to be read so now I have gone straight to 'NOS4R2'. The subject is very Stephen Kingish so far. It must be hard to be his son and not be influenced by such a master of his genre but I think 'The Fireman' has managed to have its own voice.