Fireproof

Fireproof Gerard Brennan
  • Title: Fireproof
  • Author: Gerard Brennan
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  • Page: 485
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  • Fireproof Gerard Brennan Fireproof Equal parts crime fiction dark urban fantasy and black comedy Hell hath no fury for Mike Rocks He s fireproof an anomaly caused by a slip up in afterlife bureaucracy Lucifer bundles him off as an emb
    Equal parts crime fiction, dark urban fantasy and black comedy.Hell hath no fury for Mike Rocks He s fireproof an anomaly caused by a slip up in afterlife bureaucracy Lucifer bundles him off as an embarrassing problem with a mission to introduce Satanism to Northern Ireland And while he s at it, Mike can exact revenge on the men who took his life.
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      Gerard Brennan

    About Gerard Brennan


    1. Gerard Brennan s latest novel is Undercover, a Belfast cop thriller His short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies including three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime and Belfast Noir He co edited Requiems for the Departed, a collection of crime fiction based on Irish myths which won the 2011 Spinetingler Award for best anthology His novella, The Point, was published by Pulp Press in October 2011 and won the 2012 Spinetingler Award for best novella His novels, Wee Rockets and Fireproof, were published as ebooks by Blasted Heath in 2012 He graduated from the MA in creative writing at Queen s University Belfast in 2012 and is currently working on a PhD.


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    1. Similar yet distant enough to be a unique take on the occult brand of Satanism Switching up the fallen angel angle to have a human feel, Brennan s Fireproof is than a story of Hell and it s dark angels Aside from the main plot lies a love story, albeit misguided and partially built on a common interest in murdering people the allure of the unnatural combined with a fatal attraction of sorts fatal by means of the mortal bodies Mike occupies adds another element to the reincarnated hit man The o [...]

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    2. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this from the publisher.Does that mean I m expected to praise it to the hilt No, I doubt it.I will start by saying I m an inexperienced book reviewer, though I do tend to rely a lot on what other people say about books before purchasing most of the time I find it to difficult to determine how much of the story to discuss without giving away too much of the plot and how the finale unfolds Spoiler alert Previously, I ve found myself re hashing the synopsis on th [...]

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    3. I liked FIREPROOF Can t say I loved it, but I liked it and can definitively get behind its ideas It s the form that bothered me Like for WEE ROCKETS, Brennan took a starting point and developed from there instead of having a complete story bottled While it worked wonders and fit WEE ROCKETS perfectly WEE ROCKETS being a social novel , but here it hampers the satirical potential of the novel, or at least I thought it did.But it would be unfair to severely punish FIREPROOF for that since it s a no [...]

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    4. I started reading this with a flourish thinking blurb sounded really interesting,Woah, I was really quite disappointed as 25% through I am thinking that I am just not feeling this and wondering where it is going to go.The premise sounded really good and I was so looking forward to it But It got really slow and I hate to say quite boring and I could go no further.I don t know if it was just the writing style or whether the author was just trying too hard to be funny dark and unsettling But to hav [...]

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    5. This is a wonderful piece of modern day fantasy Gerard Brennan writes with dark humour reflecting on the blackest aspects of violence in Northern Ireland He doesn t marginalise the troubles, deaths or senseless violence he brings fresh eyes and subverts it with comedic situations This is a challenge to the many words used to justify a position and in allegorical symbolism and almost parable like narrative he helps the reader take a fresh perspective The result is a novel that will help you smile [...]

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    6. A book for fans of US TV show Reaper Fireproof marks a departure for Gerard Brennan It s not about the mean streets of Belfast, although they do feature as the backdrop.The main character is murderer Mike, dead and in hell But Mike doesn t scare easy He uses his scything wit to keep himself sane, in between sewing his limbs back on when the demon he rooms with rips them off When he has a chance to leave hell by Lucifer, by becoming a civil servant for Satan in exchange for a mortal body, that s [...]

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    7. Gerard Brennan is one of those names in the circles I have come to know that oozes quality Having read his WEE ROCKETS a short while back I was keen to have a look at his next outing FIREPROOF as quick as I could.I was not disappointed.Mmm equal parts crime fiction, dark urban fantasy, and black comedy well there s a thing, eh And I d have to say it s a pretty accurate descriptionREPROOF begins with Mike, a former Belfast bad boy, in Hell, being swallowed by his room mate a demon of horrific pr [...]

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    8. I liked this book and most fantasy these days bores meI thought the ending was a little too lovey dovey for the nature of the book

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    9. The story opens with Mike in Hell Literally Mike s bored He has a very high pain threshold his Personal Tormentor, or as Mike likes to call him it, his roomie, Astheiziachial Mike likes to call him Wriggly Worm just doesn t terrorize him any , if he ever did Mike suggests WW ask the Boss for a transfer WW sulks But concedes it s the only course of action After all WW has his rep as a vicious tormentor of damned souls to consider I m paraphrasing In due course Lucifer summons Mike makes him an of [...]

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    10. Mike Rocks is, literally, in Hell He s given a choice by Lucifer himself stay in the nether region for the rest of eternity or return to earth and set up a Satanic religion in Belfast Mike takes the latter path, in part because he has his own unfinished business, getting revenge on the people that sent him to Hell in the first place Before long, Mike s mission is well underway, but then Cathy Maguire, wannabe contract killer, crosses his path and things start to get complicated.This is a unique [...]

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    11. Well, fuck me sideways What a bloody excellent book Really It s brilliant some slight hint y type spoilers below It s packed brim stone ful with dark, violent humour and gittish little demons that fully deserve to be stuffed inside hand dryers and electrocuted I loved this book and found myself giggling aloud through most of it There s some great characterisation and storytelling The plot is fairly fluid and fast moving, never lingering on one scene for too long It s very intelligently written.O [...]

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    12. I had always heard that Gerard Brennan was a crime writer So imagine my surprise when reading the first chapter of Fireproof It came off a lot like Bizarro a genre of humorous, weird and absurd fiction than traditional crime fare The rest of the book doesn t stay as crazy as this first chapter but still continues to be weird In a good way.Mike Rocks is a guy sent from hell by Lucifer to start the True Church Of Satanism Then he dies He s sent back again and, well, dies again He finally keeps a [...]

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    13. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, which rightly or wrongly, set me in mind of a better version of Little Nicky Perhaps in other hands, the story of a murdered man being sent back to Earth from Hell to wreak havoc by punting satanism to the disillusioned masses would have resulted in a macabre horror fest filled to the brim with things I m not bothered about However, the way Gerard Brennan injects a fantastic sense of humour, three dimensional characters, and dialogue that a lot of other writers woul [...]

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    14. The publisher s notes on the book peaked my interest I love urban fantasy, dark humor and stories about Belfast I watch the BBC America series Being Human and loved Of Blood and Honey A Book of the Fey and the Fallen by Stina Leicht The newsletter from the publisher said they were looking for early readers so I sent them a note telling them I read a lot of urban fantasy and science fiction but not horror Don t send me any horror.I didn t find any humor in this book To me, putting someone in a ba [...]

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    15. At first I thought this was just your basic mucking about with heaven and hell Then the writing style started growing on me, almost a grittier PG Wodehouse Gradually I realized that this funny sort of fantasy novel had a bigger point to make about Northern Ireland The morality in the novel is not black and white or good and evil any than the political situation there is Brennan s light touch will make this an enjoyable read, whether you agree with my interpretation or not If you enjoy funny cri [...]

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    16. Meet Mike Rocks Mike is a regular guy living in Belfast, or so it seems As it turns out, Mike is the very charismatic leader of the True Church of Satan on Earth, and as such, has some very unique co stars, including an imp that appears on his shoulder to give advice, and a three headed dog that doles out punishment FIREPROOF is a lighthearted romp through Hell and in some cases, Hell on Earth that reminds me of the works of Sam Raimi If you like irreverent books that deal with larger than life [...]

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    17. Wow What a story I have never read anything like this before A new direction for Brennan I wasn t sure that I was going to like this because I love Brennan s crime novels This is a must read for someone who wants a change in their usual reading material Loved it from start to finish

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    18. Moment to moment, Fireproof is moderately entertaining It just never really winds up going anywhere or gelling as a whole experience Still, despite the deeply questionable cover, you could do worse for devil related shenanigans.

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    19. Part Irish crime, part keyhole into the afterlife A fun romp through hell and Belfast from the ever reliable Brennan.

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    20. Very different, funny but not in a laugh out loud kind of way.Well written.Will look out for another from Gerard, thats for sure

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    21. Very entertaining and quite a departure from Brennan s previous crime novel Wee Rockets Really enjoyed it.

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    22. Think of the very best of Martin Millar s novels Now imagine them with torture and violence, and you ve got some idea of this brilliant book.

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