There’s a fire on the horizon.
For Guy, a fireman, it means the death of his wife and daughter. For 19-year-old Nathan and Alexa it means a chance to fight back against austerity and abandonment.
While the teenagers turn to arson, Guy searches for meaning behind his family’s deaths, battling corruption and a lost underclass, intent on fiery revolution.
For all three, their actions will lead them to the precipice of disaster.
The latest novel by Tom Ward is very different from his previous two. Fires, which is due to be published and available from November 2nd is a dark, gritty and tragic read. Absolutely absorbing, heart wrenching and heroic in a twisted kind of way, from beginning the first sentence I was transported to the dank streets of smoke, grit, rain and fear, deposited within the worlds of both Guy and Nathan as they both pursued their own personal journeys to find the right to correct the wrong and peace in a harsh dying setting that has lost all hope and left to abandonment.
The story begins with Guy, in happier times, we catch a glimpse of his family life, his world outside of the long hours and roaring heat of the fires he manages each day, his agony and hardship he feels at leaving his daughter to yet again attend another lengthy night shift. Three pages in and the story hits the reader with full force as tragedy strikes and Guy finds his whole world turned upside down. Fires tells the story of a devoted father and loving husband on a mission to discover the truth no matter of what the cost.
We are introduced to Nathan very early on. Young adolescent teenager, tired of the same old, tied to a suffocating routine and dead-end living. Looking for that spark of excitement he ventures down the path of no return turning his hand to arson and the addictive glow of burning embers. Nathan wasn’t what I expected him to be, he was a lost soul looking for some affection and an escape from the mundane, regardless of the result.
Ward weaves both stories together, the reader witnessing the challenges of both characters as each run aligned close together, how they cross paths and disperse only to become entangled again. Both characters are as important as each other, both determined, strong and seeking a new outcome, answers to questions and a chance to do the right thing, even if it isn’t the conventional way forward.
My interest in Fires was captured by the journeys of Guy and Nathan, with every other character playing their part as best they could.
A captivating read with a satisfying and conclusive ending
Allow Ward to draw you in, feel the flames against your skin but be careful you don’t get too close
Read about these amazing characters and their journeys for finding the right solution. I am delighted to publish the very first review!