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Review: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

February 7, 2018

About the Book

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.

My thoughts:

This book absolutely lives up to its hype. Well written, clever, unique and just a damned fine read. It’s out in March of this year (2018). I got my hands on an advanced copy and all I can say is, buy this book!

Sean Grigsby has come up with a unique story idea that simply jumps off the page. Dragons and Firefighters? Sign me up. I wanted the book straight away and it didn’t disappoint. Sean’s experience as a firefighter shows in every beat of each fire scene. (I was wondering by the end if he also has experience with fighting dragons!) Set in the future, the technology is very cool but the threat that comes with it is way too scary! And then there are the dragons. Dragons have returned to the world and they are pissed!

The main character Cole Brannigan is not your typical hero… he’s nearing retirement age, an experienced firefighter and full of attitude to boot. To find out he is a Smoke Eater is not what he wants to hear. Getting drafted into the brotherhood is also not in the plan. I loved this character from his crotchety behavior to his experience and inability NOT to help when he can. I want to see more of this character. Sean has created an amazing world that is fully believable and as scary as hell.  And I want more of it. Great book Sean.


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