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Tested by Fire - He Sought Revenge, He Found Redemption: Fiction for for Paramedics and First Responders (Medic 7 Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Pat Patterson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this First Responders novel, Paramedic Jim Stockbridge responds to an EMS call in the ghetto and finds his best friend brutally stabbed and shot. Consumed with rage he hunts down Sid Drake’s killers and renders his own form of justice. But soon Jim finds himself lost, tangling with a vicious street gang and its ruthless warlord, William “J-Rock” Jackson.

And so it begins, a long dark journey that pushes Jim deep into his own personal world of bitterness and revenge, and ultimately to the brink of disaster.

Haunting nightmares ensue. Endless nights. A brutal biker gang nearly kills him. An angry detective wants him behind bars. And Jim’s girlfriend, Dr. Valerie Vick, the only woman he’s ever truly loved, has just made a painful announcement: She’s leaving. Suddenly Jim’s entire world seems to be falling apart, but through the leadership of two remarkable men he finds a new relationship with the Lord and new purpose for his life. But Jim’s enemy hasn’t forgotten him. J-Rock is out for blood…and Jim is his prey.

J-Rock’s trap is both elaborate and cruel, and when Jim falls into it, he ends up in a hospital bed with a bullet in his spine, his willpower broken, and his proud spirit crushed. He finally reaches his lowest point and in a moment of quiet desperation cries out to God. And his prayers are heard.

But Jim’s ultimate fight is yet to come—a fight to the death on the deck of a sinking boat with Valerie secured in the hold below. Will he succeed? Can he defeat J-Rock once and for all? Can he save the beautiful love of his life from a cold drowning death, and carry the gospel back to the ghetto street where his best friend died? He must, but to do so will require strength he never knew, the kind of God-given power known only to a man who has truly been…Tested By Fire.

NOTE: the author uses strong language (in the opinion of some) in this story - words and phrases like, "Oh, Jesus" "My God" "God,help me." and "He was a fighter and damned proud of it."

Product Details

  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas; 1 edition (October 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FM2G0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 21, 2012
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I was fortunate to download this while it was a freebie but this book is more than worth the small regular price. After shelving it to my Kindle library for quite some time, I finally decided to read it last night. And once I got started, I didn't stop till I was finished near 5am at dawn! The author has truly taken the principle of writing what you know about, and crafted this into a realistic and therefore even more inspirational novel. It is easy to imagine this being a Christian film production. This story and the characters involved are the type that make it easy to market a book sequel as well. I want to know more about Jim, of course. And Rico, and even Sharon and Sonny. And even though I loathed Linda, even she has the potential to fit into a follow-up, perhaps in a more definitive way.
After reading this book I got online immediately to find out if there was any thing else from this author. I didn't find anymore fiction but I sure hope something's on the way to publication.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A stretch of the imagination September 22, 2012
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Overall, I did enjoy this book. The story was intense, action-packed. I liked the main characters. I would recommend it as a choice when there isn't a blockbuster in line.

What I didn't like, although it didn't deter me from continuing, were two things. One was that, for me, there was too much detail in the medical procedures and the boating procedures. I found the minute details in each to be a distraction (granted I'm neither a medical professional or have significant medical issues, nor a boatsman). I also found myself stepping outside the realm of believing the main character when he overcame so many physical ills to continue performing the feats he did. With the wounds he had, I cannot buy that he was able to continue, regardless of his motivation. Also, there were a few typos that stopped me for a second - nothing dire but enough to take me out of the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible...Must Read! August 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a phenomenal book, not only for first responders but everyone!! I loved it!!
Pat's writing comes from the heart, from his experience, his passion for making a difference & helping others. With vivd detail & accuracy it's easy for the reader to paint a clear mental picture of what's happening. From descriptions of the surroundings, sights & smells to the emotions felt by the main character, you experience it all.
An extremely moving experience that not only first responders will be able to relate to.
If you are ready for a moving, humbling but touching experience this is the book.
I can't wait for Pat's next book!! Keep up the incredible work Pat!
Thank you for taking the time to share what God has done in your life & can do in ours!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic with a powerful message August 7, 2011
By Joseph
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I just finished reading this book. The author is a personal friend and coworker of mine. But that did not influence my feelings on this book at all. This book kept me riveted from page 1 all the way to the end. I hated for the book to end because I wanted the story to continue. I am already anxiously awaiting the sequel. This was a well-written, realistic story with a powerful message. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for edge-of-your-seat action with a touch of Christian teaching. Very well written, Pat!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good book April 20, 2013
By Sharon
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For a Christian book, I'm surprised they used the Lords name in vain quite a few times. I stopped reading the book, I was disgusted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, entertaining, impossible to put down. November 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Tested by Fire is an accurate and entertaining tale. As a firefighter I was impressed with how accurate and real the technical aspects of the story are. As a reader I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and action of the book. It was well written and leaves you wanting more. I had a hard time putting it down. I can't wait for the next book from Patterson. 5 Stars, I can't recommend Tested by Fire enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Action non stop April 30, 2013
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I found Jim to not be believable as a main character . Is anyone that stupid? Hero or not the man would have died at least twice. Sorry I won't recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read September 2, 2011
By KKeith
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I found Tested by Fire to be a wonderful book in many ways. The author can not only paint a vivid picture in your head, he can have you anticipating every next move. I enjoyed the "hidden message" that is not so hidden. Sure everyone interrupts things differently,but not only did I get entertainment out of it, it helped me realize to sometimes think before acting. Very inspiring book, worth .99 a couple times over in my opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quite intense and interesting
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I couldn't put this book down, it was a great read; from front to back. Highly recommended to the young and old.
Published 6 months ago by George Hill Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story about a man's journey to get his life back on track...
Jim gets hit with some pretty harsh news and spirals down into the darkest time of his life. Good story, relatable character who's journey is easy to get behind. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lissa Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story !
Amazing story. Sat down to read the first chapter and next thing I knew, I was on chapter 10. Must Read !
Published 9 months ago by Jeremiah Ryle
5.0 out of 5 stars tested by fire
This is a book that never let's you off the edge of your chair. Superbly written and down to earth. You have a hard time putting it down. No everything goes right in this book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dee Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book and true
I think it is good to read and a life lesson you need to believe in Christ and trust him he will be the all your life even if you think he a abandoned you he will always be... Read more
Published 10 months ago by spezzlekitty97
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book
This book is absolutely amazing. I'm sad that I finished it so fast. I hope there is another one coming up soon. I recommend that everyone reads this book.
Published 10 months ago by Rachel Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I just finished reading this book and I must say....WOW. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Well written. I highly recommend this book.
Published 10 months ago by richard mosden
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story of incredible loss and, finally, survival
To lose everything that matters to you, everything you've worked for your entire life ... and to lose your entire family in a single night ... Read more
Published 11 months ago by PLC
5.0 out of 5 stars All the workings of a great murder-mystery with a whole lot of Faith.
This is an excellent read. The main characters are strong and rugged. I loved how they went from denial to questioning to finally surrendering.
Published 13 months ago by Rhonda Kegerreis
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More About the Author

I sail, I run, I mountain bike, and I hike...I save lives, and I write. Like most novelists, I write about what I know, and if that includes a little blood and grit, it's because I've been there, on the street with dying people in my arms. At the end of the day I'm just a paramedic with a lot of stories to tell. Answering the Call is a collection of short stories written as devotionals to encourage my 1st responder friends. Tested By Fire is a novel based on the streets--a gritty, action tale. Its sequel, Paramedic Killer is completed and ready to go. Here's a short excerpt:

He made his decision. He would die trying, but there was no way he was going to stand back and watch an innocent child burn to death.

He pulled free of his supervisor's grip and rushed the burning vehicle, but before he could take three steps his world erupted in a flash of orange light. Searing flames rolled over his head flinging him backwards to the ground. He felt a blast of heat, the wind sucked from his lungs. A huge fireball rolled toward the sky and then dissipated quickly to hard roaring flames. The van became a raging inferno, popping and hissing and cooking all inside.

Jim Stockbridge could only stare at the terrible fiery wreck. He wanted to cry, to shake his fist and shout at the unleashed horror unfolding before his eyes, but he was a trained professional, and he had work to do.

Three bodies lay on the pavement beside him. Two were on fire...

(From Paramedic Killer, A Medic-7 Novel)


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