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A Spark of Heavenly Fire

A Spark of Heavenly Fire
Pat Bertram
Fiction
978-1935171232
322 pages


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In quarantined Colorado, where hundreds of thousands of people are dying from an unstoppable disease, insomniac Kate Cummings struggles to find the courage to live and to love. Her new love, investigative reporter Greg Pullman, is determined to discover the truth behind the red death until the cost—Kate's life—becomes more than he can pay.

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"Wow. I read A Spark of Heavenly Fire twice. The first time for the story, the second for editing. Though I'm not sure I caught much because I got so engrossed in the story…even the second time through. Bertram's characters are heartbreaking and real. I love Kate. Absolutely love her. The description of everything seems spot on. Sounds much like New Orleans post-Katrina. Bertram clearly did her research on this one. Fabulous."Rachael Wollet, freelance editor.

"Full of intriguing dialogue and interesting characters one will not soon forget, A Spark of Heavenly Fire is a truly satisfying read I highly recommend. Captivating visuals and an original theme kept me turning the pages at a rapid rate. I look forward to more work from this gifted writer."Deborah Ledford, author

"Pat Bertram, author of More Deaths Than One and A Spark of Heavenly Fire, is one of the best of the new crop of writers. Pat's work is insightful, superbly crafted, and completely involving. I would unhesitatingly recommend her books to anyone who enjoys speculative fiction of the highest order."Suzanne Francis,Song of the Arkafina series from Mushroom Ebooks.

Excerpt

      "The death toll is continuing to climb,” Peter said finally. “There have been isolated outbreaks all over the country—all over the world, actually—but it seems to be centered in Colorado. They’re estimating fifteen thousand in Denver alone.”
     “Where are they putting all those bodies?” Greg asked, keeping his tone professional.
     “In an old meat locker on Wazee Street. They’re not releasing any of them until they know for sure what they’re dealing with.”
     “So they still don’t know what the red death is?”
     “No. Because of the conjunctival hemorrhages that turn the eyes red and the fever that gives the face a ruddy glow, they thought it might be a viral hemorrhagic fever like Ebola, but now they’re leaning toward a virus/bacteria combination.”
     “Is that possible?” Greg asked, jotting down the information.
     “It’s rare, but it does happen. They do know one thing about the red death. It sends hormone levels soaring, particularly endorphins and adrenaline, so people are still able to function and feel good while they’re bleeding to death internally.”
     “That’s probably what caused all the road rage yesterday,” Greg said.
     “Right. Then the perpetrators died. Instant retribution.”
     Greg eyed the other man curiously. “You don’t act at all bothered by any of this.”
     Peter shrugged. “It’s not my world. It has nothing to do with me.”
     “You could still catch the red death.”
     “You don’t get it, do you?” Peter said with an uncharacteristic harshness. “All my life I have done nothing but suffer. Now my body is wasting away for no reason the doctors can discover, I’m going blind, and I can’t find a decent job. You think the red death scares me? I would welcome it. But I doubt I’ll catch it. Life isn’t finished tormenting me yet.”
     Greg opened his mouth to speak, but closed it again when he realized he had no idea what to say.He finished writing his notes, then looked up. “Did you find anything on the guy I asked you about? The one who died in Cheesman Park yesterday morning?”
     “Just his blood work.”
     “That’s what I need.”
     “No AIDS, no hepatitis, nothing to worry about. He was perfectly healthy.”
     “Except for the red death.”
     “There is that.”



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