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A Chemical Fire: a novel Paperback – July 22, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The dreamlike(druglike) flashbacks, the sleepy emptiness, in spirit, morals, and environment, contrasted with sudden violence and frenetic escape, are told well through Mr... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the fast writing style.. no bulls*** added. Raw and gritty. I literally couldn't put it down. The characters are twisted but somehow still likable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Molly S
I never write reviews, and this is actually my first one, but I felt compelled to write a review as I just finished reading "A Chemical Fire" by Brian Martinez. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Sean Ater
A Chemical Fire is incredibly raw and gritty. The prose is unique and his perspective is extremely unusual. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by TR
Brian Martinez is simply masterful. A Chemical Fire is brilliant. A deep depiction and a real page turner. I can't wait for his next project. Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by NYC KID
I've been trying to read this book for weeks now. The book is challenging with the drug infused flight of dream/reality coming from the first person's perspective. Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Richard D. Cook
Have never taken the time to do a review before, but this book deserves it! This guy can write! How often do you find that in zombie fiction? Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Judy Colonnese
This book is gripping. You get really into what's going on and then.... you have absolutely no idea of what's real and what isn't. I literally couldn't stop reading it.Published on February 24, 2012 by Holly
when I read the prologue and saw that this book was about addiction and zombies I thought wow....till I started reading! Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by awood