By Joe Hill
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel a couple of world wide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to minimize civilization to ashes and a band of unbelievable heroes who conflict to reserve it, led through one robust and enigmatic guy often called the Fireman.
The fireman is coming. remain cool.
No one is familiar with precisely while it all started or the place it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire around the nation, impressive towns one after the other: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The medical professionals name it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To every person else it’s Dragonscale, a hugely contagious, lethal spore that marks its hosts with attractive black and gold marks throughout their bodies—before inflicting them to burst into flames. thousands are contaminated; blazes erupt in all places. there is not any antidote. nobody is safe.
Harper Grayson, a compassionate, committed nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, handled enormous quantities of contaminated sufferers prior to her sanatorium burned to the floor. Now she’s found the telltale gold-flecked marks on her pores and skin. while the outbreak first begun, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they'd take concerns into their very own fingers in the event that they turned contaminated. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper desires to live—at least till the fetus she is sporting involves time period. on the clinic, she witnessed contaminated moms supply beginning to fit infants and believes hers should be wonderful too. . . if she will be able to stay lengthy sufficient to bring the child.
Convinced that his do-gooding spouse has made him in poor health, Jakob turns into unhinged, and finally abandons her as their placid New England group collapses in terror. The chaos provides upward push to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those that they think hold the spore. yet Harper isn’t as by myself as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she in brief met on the health center, a guy in a grimy yellow hearth fighter’s jacket, wearing a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss among madness and dying. referred to as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of latest Hampshire, a madman troubled with Dragonscale who has discovered to manage the hearth inside of himself, utilizing it as a safeguard to guard the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.
In the determined season to return, because the global burns uncontrolled, Harper needs to research the Fireman’s secrets and techniques prior to her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.
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