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Brian Martinez lives on Long Island with his wife Natalia and their dog Frankie.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453713417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453713419
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,649,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Martinez is an American novelist and screenwriter. He studied Film at Long Island University where his short films played at the annual festivals. Riding the recent boom of self-publishing, Martinez released his apocalyptic A Chemical Fire to a reception of strong reviews. He followed it up with Kissing You is Like Trying to Punch a Ghost, a surreal novel of love and experimental drugs, before returning to the apocalyptic genre with the serialized saga The Mountain and The City. He lives in New York with his wife and their pack of wild dogs.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JEA on February 16, 2011
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Just finished this a few minutes ago. Really liked the author's writing style. I was quickly drawn into the story and consumed by it.

Though I've been a long time fan of zombie themed movies, I haven't found many books on the subject that I've enjoyed... I typically like my PA pretty grounded in "reality." This story has quite an original twist on the genre and takes you for quite a ride.

There were a few typos along the way, but nothing too distracting. Overall, a very enjoyable, dark read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 9, 2011
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I read this book in about a day and a half, a ripping good read. The story of a misfit junky after an Apocalyptic event, and the people he is linked to before and after the fire. I didn't know whether to love or hate them, rooting for them to the end in their zombie, drug filled, violent neurotic world! A great story of hope and salvation as well, for even the lowliest of the people on Earth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By marimorimo on August 11, 2011
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As mentioned by other reviewers this novella is a different take on zombie fiction. I enjoyed it but there was so much to take in it left me overwhelmed. Aside from the post-apocalyptic theme, much of the story has postmodern overtones. Reminds me a bit of the Japanese anime Haruhi Suzumiya but on steroids. I thought it would be straight-out dice 'n slice zombie story, so the unexpected twists and turns in the plot took me by surprise.

An exciting page turner that's made all the better because Martinez doesn't spoon-feed information to the reader (It's what I like best about his writing). It encourages the reader to think.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicole M. Amburgey on February 24, 2011
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I've read a lot of zombie/apocalyptic/dystopian fiction and I have to say this one was right up there with 'Day by Day Armageddon' by J.L. Bourne, one of my favorites. The story follows John, a character who you love to hate, and his quick fall into ...moreI've read a lot of zombie/apocalyptic/dystopian fiction and I have to say this one was right up there with 'Day by Day Armageddon' by J.L. Bourne, one of my favorites. The story follows John, a character who you love to hate, and his quick fall into addiction and his waking up in a world destroyed by fire. Along the way, he meets three other people who have been spared by the fire and the novel follows them as they struggle to survive. The book comes with quite a surprising twist at the end which leaves a lot of open questions, but it's very satisfying.

I read this in a day and a half and can't recommend it enough to fans of the genre. Do yourselves a favor and check this one out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David J. Newman on August 28, 2010
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that's the question that I was struggling with after the first few pages; who IS this guy and how is he not mentioned along with the likes of Palahniuk, Clevenger and Baer?
I can't say enough good things about this book. It does what every good novel is supposed to do; impress you, move you, take you on a journey. Martinez builds characters and set pieces that instantly engage you. To say that I was blown away by the last few chapters would be an understatement.
The best part is that A Chemical Fire and the author himself are still pretty much a secret. Be the first on your block to experience a rising author's first work of genius, and then you can tell everyone you know that you had this book YEARS ago when they're making a movie out of it and this guy's on every magazine's "hot list."
do yourself a favor. buy it. I'm very happy I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M. Jilg on April 11, 2011
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For the low price this is a great bargain. There are parts that are extremely well written. Then there are parts that are hard to understand because they are not written in typical English grammar. I don't know if the latter is because it was an attempt to draw the reader into the drug-induced haze of the main character, or if the poorly written areas are just needing some editing.

The book flows pretty well, but one has to wonder about the dichotomy of everyone being burned but the buildings standing. As the plot progresses, some survivors band together on a journey. And all it does come together well at the end, answering most of the mystery (I won't give it away).

There is some promise with this author and it would be good to see another book from him, albeit a little bit better edited.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marion Stein on August 26, 2011
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I read this a long while ago, the Smashwords version, before it was up on Kindle. I was hesitant about writing a review because (1) I don't normally read "zombie" books and (2) I wasn't crazy about the ending. But thinking it through, I've decided that (1) this is a bit more than just a "zombie book" and (2) if I did like zombie books I'd love this one.

I had read an excerpt of the novel long ago on a site for writers. I knew from the description it would be post-apocalyptic. I didn't quite get this would mean dead people running around trying to eat the living. What struck me back then reading the first few pages was the depth of characterization and the power of the description. I believed strongly in the main character, a former teacher, a husband, a decent man at heart, an addict spiraling down. I was struck by one line, the pusher, a man with the unlikely name Janet, is trying to convince his ever more dependent client to move from pills onto heroin. He tells him, "Your pills are swimmers, understand. Your veins are lanes." The poetry of the dialogue between John and Janet -- the avoidance of cliche, the absolute rightness of it, was enough to hook me.

I wish it didn't have walking dead people in it. I think Martinez could have done something else with the characters he brought together, but you can't write other people's books. I'm giving it four stars out of five because I'm not sure if I can flat out recommend the read to people who aren't fans of the genre. It does in some ways transcend the category, but it doesn't reinvent it. The tropes are all there -- the banding together, the conflicts within the group, the journey to safety, etc., etc. Plot-wise it is a familiar path.
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