Jake Palmer was trying to be a hero when he was set afire. The entire lower half of his body was horribly burnt, disfigured, rendered inflexible and slow. After many months of agonising therapy, he's now able to walk again. But how's he going to live his life again? His looks and athletic skill are gone. His wife is gone. His friends seem a bit awkward around him and don't really know how to help.
So... the physical therapy's over but how, exactly, is Jake going to live well when the things that made his life so great before have been taken from him? How does that work?
What follows is a story of depth and introspection disguised as an adventure novel. It's long enough and easy enough to read that I'd highly recommend it as an "international flight or a long wait somewhere" book for your bag. I spent several happy evenings reading this novel.
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