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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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,835,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Brian Martinez knows how to tell a GREAT story with twisted characters and a mesmerizing plot you've never read before. I could barely sleep for days till I finished this novel and I love getting into a book like that.

A friend told me about it or I would never have picked it up because I never heard of Brian Martinez. Why not? I love sci fi and writing like LOST, MAD MAX and FIGHT CLUB. CHEMICAL FIRE is as good, maybe better. Maybe that's stretching it but maybe not. Read this and see if you agree.

Martinez builds characters like he's a freaky genius scientist creating humans out of wet clay, nano tech and everybody's garbage then breathing life into them in a way that you feel like you're going to wake up and find them standing over your bed. The world he takes you in is somewhere between post apocalypse, dream and drug OD coma. You don't know which and it isn't relevant to your total immersion into this blisteringly intelligent story.

I've got an actual Dali print my mother gave me. There's a clock melting in the desert and an elongated figure that looks like an alien that could be weird but you get it totally because you've felt it and know his surreal vision is more real than your boring every day life. OK, you can see I loved this novel and will give it to some friends who can appreciate it.

Will some producer please read CHEMICAL FIRE and turn it into a film instead of yet another superhero thingamabob? I would run to see this.
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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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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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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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