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Unburnt

a speculative firefighter novella

Publisher: A.M. Weald
Year of Publication: 2023
Book type: Novella
Age: Adult
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Sub Genre: Action · Contemporary · Disaster · Low Fantasy · Romance · Supernatural · Suspense
Language: English
POV: Third-person
Tense: Past
Key Phrases: American West · C-PTSD · character-driven · climate change · Contemplative · Contemporary Fantasy · drama · family · family life · Firefighter · Firefighting · friends to lovers · Growth · Happy For Now · Heartwarming · hero · HFN · house fire · later in life · Literary · literary fiction · male main character · Male Protagonist · mental health rep · MMC · mysterious · Near Future · over 40 hero · ptsd · reflective · romance subplot · romantic · secrets · Self Acceptance · Self realization · self-discovery · small town · soft sci fi · Speculative · Standalone · Superhero · Supernatural · Third person · Trauma · Unexpected love · Wildfire · Wildland · Wyoming
Spice Level:
2/5

The spice rating is in regards to the type of sexual content within the book. Below is a helpful guide (courtesy of Georgia C Leigh)

1= YA romantic, making out, MAYBE a closed door.
2= some on page foreplay and nudity but mostly fade to black.
3= open door, on page vanilla sex.
4= on page sex – hot or with kink.
5= erotica.

A different kind of superhero story…

After emerging unscathed from the house fire that killed his father, Ed Stoneman had recurring dreams about rescuing himself as a boy, sitting amongst the flames, unburnt. The dream stopped once he became a firefighter, later earning the nickname of “Dodge” by surviving a lethal flashover fire. Dodge embraced his supernatural imperviousness to the heat of fire by going in when no one should, breaking the rules of rescue because he had to, because he could. With the Wyoming steppe becoming increasingly arid and fires igniting every few days, his ‘talent’ is needed now more than ever.

On his 50th birthday, Dodge dreams of the boy not on fire for the first time in over 30 years. Chalking it up to stress, he thinks nothing of it. With retirement from active fire duty in his near future, he’s depressed and aimless. Other than firefighting, what purpose does he have? Twice divorced and childless, believing himself to be infertile in exchange for his superpower of unknown origin, he has no one to confide in but his cat, and he daydreams of walking into a wildfire just to see if he’d finally burn. But when he answers an emergency call about a local house fire, renewed purpose greets him in the flames, making him question everything he once believed.

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