The Fireman (Paperback)

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"A pandemic called Dragonscale has infected civilization, and threatens to end it. The contagion spreads, for want of a better term, like wildfire, and people are spontaneously combusting. Harper Grayson is a nurse who is struggling to save those who are infected. When she contracts Dragonscale, her husband turns on her. She is rescued by an enigmatic man known only as The Fireman, who takes her to a camp made up of those who have learned to control their disease. Longtime fans of Joe Hill and his father, Stephen King, will enjoy the homage to King’s masterpiece The Stand. New readers will appreciate the work on its own merit, as Joe Hill has certainly earned his place among writers of note." --Sharon

— From Sharon's Staff Recommendations

"This book was so much fun! Invoking previous post-apocalyptic novels, Joe Hill creates a disease called Dragonscale that throws the world into chaos. Harper Grayson has witnessed the horror that can come from the illness, people blowing up in spontaneous combustion. She works the hospital helping the ill, until she also is one. Fleeing for her life, she is rescued by the Fireman, who has the magical ability of controlling his Dragonscale on a grand scale. Such an imaginative and brilliant story!" --Jason

— From Jason's Staff Recommendations


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: 9780062200648
ISBN-10: 006220064X
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017
Pages: 768
Language: English