The Fireman

The Fireman

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062659361
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Edition description: Unabridged, Low Price CD
Sales rank: 1,194,854
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Fireman, NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box; Strange Weather, a collection of novellas; and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key. Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV, including NOS4A2 (AMC), Locke & Key (Netflix), and In the Tall Grass (Netflix).

Kate Mulgrew, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, is an actress and author with an extensive career on stage and screen. From her start as Mary Ryan, the lead role on the popular soap opera Ryan's Hope to the groundbreaking first female starship captain on Star Trek: Voyager to her acclaimed performance as Galina "Red" Reznikov on Netflix's smash hit Orange Is The New Black, Kate brings a formidable presence and deep passion to all her projects. Her 2016 book, Born With Teeth, allowed her to add "New York Times bestselling author" to her resume. 

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The Fireman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Hill is a great writer and this book draws you in and you can't put it down. He is the real deal and doesn't have to flaunt the fact he is the son of writing royalty. If you haven't read any of his works just pick one of his novels and you will read them all! Think of this book as the zombie apocalypse, told from the zombie's point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A highly original plot, characters that you love, villians thst terrify, twists you don't see coming, this was a great read. Joe Hill has not dissapointed yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held me in suspense. It just kept getting better and better. A must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Hill is truly an exceptional writer, much like his father; however, his style is even more refreshing than the Great King. The Fireman did not unfold the way I had anticipated. I had incorrectly supposed it would be an apologetic story in the style of World War Z or so many others. But it really isn't, and the direction it turned instead was a pleasant surprise. As always, Hill's dialog is snappy and authentic. The narrates with a flirty cynicism that can make you laugh. The Fireman was well worth a month of my time. I dislike NOS4A2, so I was trepidatious, but like Horns and HSB managed, this book was gripping and fantastically enrapturing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Mr. Hill's books and they just keep getting better &better! I loved The Heart Shaped box! I read it & it was my favorite! Then I read NOS4A2 and simply loved it too! And now The Fireman comes along and POW! Another GREAT book! A chip off the old block they say? No! You are your own block- and we love all the chips your throwing our way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Hill has become one of my favorite authors. I have been a Constant Reader of his father for years. I now can say that I will be purchasing Mr Hill's books hot off the press also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed. Joe Hill is one of my favorite authors. This book is my favorite by him so far which I will be rereading soon.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
It's been many years since I've read a Joe Hill novel - I've had NOS4A2 in my TBR pile forever - and after reading The Fireman, I'm asking myself why. Yes, this is a long novel at over 700 pages (guess it runs in the family) but, believe me, it's worth every page. I admire any writer who can create this many strong characters, most likable, some not so much, in a story and make the reader care so much about them. Harper is especially compelling as a woman determined to survive long enough to see her baby born and The Fireman himself is both fascinating and tragic. I've read my share of post-apocalyptic novels and this one could easily have taken familiar routes, but the author chose some new directions, making this a powerful read. During the last ten pages of the book, I still had no idea how these characters' journey would end - but what an ending it is. Joe Hill is one talented storyteller and this is a book I won't soon forget. Thanks to Edelweiss for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Dakotah56 More than 1 year ago
BURN BABY BURN! In the Fireman Joe Hill has created a real sweet hottie of a tale. This newest fright fest drops us into one corner of the world that is slowly being decimated by a plague of monumental proportions, Draco incendia trychophyton . The human race is going up in smoke literally. We first meet our heroine nurse Harper Grayson as she’s tending to the injury of one of her elementary school students while at the same time outside of her office window on the school’s playground witnessing the demise of a stranger being consumed by the quickly spreading dragon fire plague. Follow along with Harper as she too becomes infected. Watch as she grows from a meek women into one heck of a tough cookie, she has to after a night of passion with her husband she soon discovers she now has another good reason to remain alive. Harper eventually loses her husband Jakob to insanity, and then finds new love again with the most unlikely of heroes. There where characters I came to love and rooted for. Others I couldn’t wait to see get their comeuppance and Joe didn’t disappoint. Amazing how the human race can descend into depravity and madness once all system breaks down. Those with signs of the dragon fire plague eventually become the scapegoats of fear from those afraid of catching the disease creating monsters of another kind. The apple truly doesn’t fall far from the tree in this instance. As the son of two well known writers Joe has broken out of the gate with this one, and progressed as a writer in his own right of great ability and storytelling prose. This story draws you in and doesn’t let up until the final satisfying but bittersweet page. There were moments when I was reminded in spots of Fire starter and the Stand but these were only fleeting moments. Some of these references were I’m sure homage to his famous dad. This story is all Joe Hill and a right fine job he does. I don’t want to give away too much as it would surely take away from your pure pleasure of discovering every subtle, extraordinary moment of detail for yourself. Once in awhile a book comes along that leaves you with a pounding heart and exited and jubilant about the characters you’ve come to love and bond with. Praise be the writer that can accomplish that. A definite best seller I look forward to what is yet to come from this fertile writer’s imagination.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I found this book a bit like The Stand & The Talisman ( 2 of my fave books by The Master,SK). I never wanted this story to end. The characters were all interesting & the story kept me interested the whole time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little bit anxious to read a book by the son of Stephen King. I've read most everything his father wrote and worried his kids would be writing pallid copies of their father's ideas. It's easy to catch Fame by Association. To my amazed delight, this was a fantastic read. So good that I immediately re-read it, wanting to scoop up any detail I'd missed the first rushed read through. The characters are beautifully crafted, believable and indelible. The story is paced very well and very hard to put down. A truly satisfying book. I can't wait to read his backlist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything by Joe Hill before, but I fell in love with this unique, very readable novel! It was almost 800 pages of incredible & strange people who I very much wanted to meet! I hope all his works are as great as this one. Totally loved it!
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Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was good. Really good. I have had this book for years but for some reason, I never got around to reading it. I should not have waited so long because this book is fantastic. I was hooked by this story right away and there was never a dull moment. I listened to this book every spare moment that I could find and really enjoyed the experience. I probably read this book's summary back when it was released but I went into this book with no idea what it was about. Based on the title, I thought it was about a fireman. There is a fireman in the book but this story is really about a whole lot more than that. This story follows Harper, a nurse, as the world tries to deal with the new outbreak everyone is calling Dragonscale. People with Dragonscale seem to spontaneously burst into flames killing themselves and endangering those around them. I do enjoy a good end of the world story and I appreciated the fact that this one is a little different than anything I have read before. The Dragonscale is dangerous and people are scared and some are taking things into their own hands. When Harper is infected, she must fight for her life and ends up finding her way to a community filled with others like her. She doesn't do it alone though. She has help from the fireman. This book took me on quite the journey. At the start, I was really curious about this new illness and was kind of mesmerized by how it was described. I loved seeing how the world was dealing with the situation at the hospital and in the world. I understood Harper's need to survive and keep going. The community she found was fantastic until it wasn't. I found the community's changing dynamics to be very well done. There was plenty of action and things that really couldn't be explained that kept the story really interesting. Kate Mulgrew did a fantastic job with the narration of this book. She was able to handle a large cast of characters incredibly well. Each character had a very distinctive voice and I felt a lot of emotion in her reading. She has a very pleasant voice and I thought that she read the story at a perfect pace. I found this book easy to listen to for hours at a time. I think that her performance increased my enjoyment of the novel. I would recommend this book to others. This was an epic story filled with great characters and a lot of excitement. I am so glad that I finally decided to pick this one up and cannot wait to read more of Joe Hill's work. I received a digital review copy of this book from William Morrow via Edelweiss and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was unwilling to put this book down for more than a few minutes!
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Joe Hill masterfully crafts an epic novel that melds multiple genres into something completely unique. The book pulls no punches and has tons of mysteries that make complete upon reveal. The characters are realistic and sad, like life. The main protagonist has ridiculous flaws like all of us and she's likable and heroic. The novel is sizable but never feels like it as I flew through it. Joe Hill has established himself as a can't miss author. Overall, I simply loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this book. Found it very difficult to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it you are as great an author as your dad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Novel by Joe Hill! His stories are so spellbinding! Such a great author!
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
I figured I’d like this beast of a book, but I never expected it to be so addicting! The tone of the story had me interested immediately and the action starts right away. In the first scenes of the book, you get to see Dragonscale in action. The mysterious plague covers a person’s body in shimmering patterns much like scales and often the patterns are beautiful. I can’t say I’ve ever read about a potentially world-ending disease that sounded lovely to look at. Harper is the embodiment of Mary Poppins – hopeful, positive, always doing her best to care for and cheer up others – and boy, did she drive me friggen nuts. Throughout everything that happens in her book, Harper almost never loses her cool. That might seem admirable, but at times I desperately needed her to have a damn backbone. It was unbelievable that someone could be so forgiving (or was it gullible?) after all that Harper went through. Ugh. Jakob, on the other hand, was perfectly despicable. He fit the crazed husband role to a T. I knew I didn’t like him from the start because he refers to Harper as “babygirl” – like, ew. What grown woman wants to be called babygirl? He’s got the added level of despicability of being a writer with a rubbish novel six years in the making. He made a great villain. There’s a lot happening in this beast of a book, but it’s divided into nine books and each of those is divided into several small, easily readable chapters. I don’t think I’ve said “one more chapter” more times to myself than when I was reading this book.. Upon reading the ending I was full of rage, but in hindsight, I suppose it makes sense. This book kept me thinking and the ending was no exception. There’s can also be something satisfying about unsatisfying endings if they're done just right, and this falls into that category for me. Anyway! I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a creative spin on the whole plague-that-is-ending-the-world thing and if you like Hill’s other work, I’m thinking you’ll like this too! **Pro Tip: Read to the end of the credits page – there’s a segment called CODA with an extra paragraph of the story! I would have missed it if not for my group pointing it out.
RightScott More than 1 year ago
Yeah, 2 stars is probably generous. Sorry Joe. This story starts out promising enough, and keeps you wanting to know more, but...eventually it just unravels. It seems as if Joe Hill lost focus and didn't know how to steer the story back. If not for my stubborn refusal to quit a book once I've started it, I wouldn't have finished it. I found myself indifferent to the fate of the main character and less than interested in the fates of the one dimensional characters that come along. The camp sequences (75% of the book) are redundant and petty. I rolled my eyes at the far-fetched aspects of the book - the fire phoenix, in particular. It's not that I have an issue with the phoenix itself, but rather to me it represents a cop out for Joe Hill in not having to address problems that are otherwise quite unsolvable if not for the existence of a creation controlled by a random man's mind. I can deal with the supernatural and the fantastical, but it wasn't even thrilling or suspenseful. And the political jabs and references on every other page are over the top lame. Again, I don't mind a little politics interspersed in my reading, whether my "ideology" or not, but this was to the point of losing originality. There's even a faceless "right wing" talk radio personality with narcissistic tendencies (gee, wonder who that's supposed to be) who seems to be more of a villain than the Dragonscale itself. People are randomly bursting into flames all around the country, and yet everyone is seemingly more afraid of the Marlboro Man than of spontaneous combustion. Sure. And seriously, enough with the Mary Poppins. I tricked myself into thinking I liked the book for hundreds of pages, until it dawned on me that I stopped caring what happened rather early on, approximately when Harper was rescued. The first time. To summarize: Too redundant for too long with too much Mary Poppins and artistic privilege, and waaaay too many unnecessary pages. It wasn't a book anymore, it was a chore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this one down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe's tale had me riveted the entire time. Great read.
SGMomma More than 1 year ago
Joe Hill is an amazing writer.  I have enjoyed all of his books.  I couldn't put this one down.  The story was incredibly interesting, the characters draw you in and the ending was very satisfying.  Pretty much has it all.  If you haven't read any of his books, START HERE!!! I don't want to give away spoilers (I hate that in reviews), but this story really  makes you think.  You won't be disappointed in this story.  I'm hoping someone in Hollywood will see it as the next great movie!