An Absolute Blast
5 out of 5 stars
This is out of my typical genre (fantasy) but right up my alley when it comes to action and adventure. I’ve never read Grigsby before so when I saw that Mike aka Michael Patrick Hicks had reviewed it, I decided that I needed to give it a try. Man, am I glad that I did.
Smoke Eaters is a sci-fi and fantasy mash-up (something I didn’t really believe could be done well). Set 100 years in the future in a dystopian society where dragons have scorched parts of the Earth. So much so that there is a special group of people who are set out to dispatch them: Smoke Eaters.
Grigsby is a firefighter and it shows. The amount of fire-fighting knowledge and insiderness (if that’s a word) that he shows in Smoke Eaters really helps this book shine. He took something that he obviously loves to do – thought about it in a different way and wrote a fantastic book about it.
I read this on a trip to Florida and back and I highlighted so many passages. Mostly because they were funny, but I was really entertained by this book. I realized after finishing this that it’s been a long time since a book has taken me out of my comfort zone AND entertained me as much as Smoke Eaters did.
I won’t go into too much detail about the book because I really think you need to stop what you’re doing and pick it up. It was just a perfect combination of so many genres that I had a blast reading it. The scenes further into the book featuring the Great White North cracked me up considering how close I live to both the border and Toronto.
I don’t need another book in this series but I would not be upset if Grigsby chose to write one. It doesn’t even need to be from Brannigan’s point of view (but it still could be).
Also, I plan on reaching out to R.C. Bray about this book because when I read this, it had the same smart-aaaaalecky town that The Martian did and Bray was perfect with it. Half the time I was reading it I could hear him narrating it in my head. Even if an audiobook is released in a month – I would pick it up and read it again. I think I’d enjoy hearing what the narrator did with it.
Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby
Published by Angry Robot on March 6th 2018
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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When dragons rise from the earth, firefighters are humanity’s last line of defence, in this wild near-future fantasy.
Firefighter Cole Brannigan is on the verge of retirement after 30 years on the job, and a decade fighting dragons. But during his final fire call, he discovers he’s immune to dragon smoke. It’s such a rare power that he’s immediately conscripted into the elite dragon-fighting force known as the Smoke Eaters. Retirement cancelled, Brannigan is re-assigned as a lowly rookie, chafing under his superiors. So when he discovers a plot to take over the city’s government, he takes matters into his own hands. With hundreds of innocent civilians in the crosshairs, it’s up to Brannigan and his fellow Smoke Eaters to repel the dragon menace.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.