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Smoke Eaters

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Smoke Eaters is a gripping and fast-paced novel that combines elements of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian fiction. Set in a future world where dragons roam the skies and wreak havoc on humanity, the story follows the protagonist, Cole Brannigan, a former firefighter turned dragon slayer.

The world-building in this book is fantastic, with vivid descriptions of a society struggling to survive in the face of constant dragon attacks. The author does a great job of creating a sense of tension and danger, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat throughout the story.

The characters are well-developed and relatable, especially Cole, who is a complex and intriguing protagonist. He is a flawed hero, dealing with personal demons and past traumas, which adds depth to his character and makes him more sympathetic.

Overall, Smoke Eaters is a thrilling and entertaining read that will appeal to fans of both fantasy and science fiction. With its engaging plot, strong world-building, and well-rounded characters, this book is sure to keep readers hooked until the very end. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a unique and exciting story to escape into.

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This book vividly brings to life the unimaginable risks of fire-fighting and the bravery and personal interactions of Captain Meaghan and the crew of Hook & Ladder Company No. 0 in New York City. A 1905 review in the New York Times notes: “’The Smoke-Eaters’…is one of those rare good treats that fall to the reviewer’s lot…. There is enough humor and pathos of a grim and rugged sort, enough tense life and excitement and thrilling heroism to make a dozen...of the ordinary run of books, and it is all told with a straightforward simplicity that well accords with the single-hearted devotion to duty of the men who...‘eat smoke and spit black buttons’…. Not only are they the best sort of stories about firemen, but some of them would stand as models of all that any short story should be – so compact, so restrained, and yet possessed of a vigor and force that keep expectation keyed to the highest tension.” A pdf of the FULL REVIEW may be accessed here: – Lee Smalley

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