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Needs Some Work....
on May 23, 2014
At the beginning, the state of Colorado was where 'Red Death' was set in motion. One minute, everything was normal. Then the unthinkable happens: a sweeping infectious monstrosity. Within a few days, the area was cut off and its citizens were cloistered. Gas was at a premium, food was worth killing for and family member was pit against family member. Humanity had sunk to an all-time low.
Kate Cummings was a 42 year-old childless widow. She witnessed the spread of the disease when on two separate occasions a person had sprayed blood on her. Still, she didn't catch Red Death.
Greg Pullman was a veteran news reporter. Somewhere in his 30's, he had recently proposed to his girlfriend but before the ring was on her finger, she had left him for an actor. The twosome, Jeremy King and Pippi O'Brien, were trying to find a way out using each other as a means to an end. And Greg? He, also, didn't catch the infection.
Without giving too much away, I was expecting either a 'romantic/suspense', an 'action/adventure' or a good mystery. And yes, it contained all of these elements but not enough to tag the story as such. In hindsight, this story should have been a great read. Ms. Bertram had some interesting concepts. Unfortunately, the procession and flow of the ideas seemed out of kilter. Also, there was very little chemistry between any of the main characters and this caused the story to suffer. I am not sure if this is the fault of the editor, publisher or writer but for the price of the book I expected more.