The Fireman - Joe Hill

The Fireman

By Joe Hill

  • Release Date: 2016-05-17
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4.5
From 484 Ratings


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.


  • Amazing!

    By awesome app chick
    Did not want to put this one down! Beautifully written, I read until the wee hours of the morning a couple of times until I finished it. This is the fifth Joe Hill book I’ve read, he’s quickly becoming my favorite author.
  • The fireman

    By picasso's mother
    Great read
  • No

    By Ashley2eerr c
    Boring the whole time. Lead to a rushed and anti climactic ending that was just all around unpleasant. Read it anyway but wanted it to end. Found myself skipping over paragraphs because I could tell they were useless.
  • Awesome read

    By Tatt2king
    Serious page turner!!!!
  • Great read!

    By cgrafe
    Joe Hill definitely inherited his parents talents...this one is an emotional roller coaster full of twists and turns...loved it!
  • The Fireman is captivating!!!

    By MoMo'sMom
    I absolutely loved this book. I like that I was drawn into this world and really got to know each of the main characters. I enjoy long books with lots of interesting twists and turns. When the book ends and I mourn the loss of this world and making it hard to start a new has been a great read!! Highly recommend The Fireman!!!
  • The Fireman

    By Moondiviner
    Outstanding novel! I couldn't put it down. Love Joe Hills' writing style, guaranteed to pull me into the story.
  • The Fireman

    By saminsunnyfl
    Good read! Want more!!!
  • The Fireman

    By Roadess
    Fabulous storyline Interesting how Joe keeps the contemporary aspect while hinting at a not so future concept. Loved it, couldn't put it down!!!!
  • The Fireman

    By Darin Schrag
    I really wanted to give this five stars, because I really enjoyed it, but there seemed to be too many subtle references to SK's opus, "The Stand" for me. The creepy guy from the camp being named Harold was the most glaring. I would gladly recommend this book to any SK fan, if only to find out if I'm the only one who noticed what seemed to me to be several subtle tips of the hat to The Stand.