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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.
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on June 9, 2009
A quote on the back cover of A Spark of Heavenly Fire reads "...interesting characters you will not soon forget." Having read Pat Bertram's novel a month ago, I concur.

Main character Kate Cummings is a young widow who's coping with guilt from her belief that she failed her late husband during his long-battled illness. When a fatal flu spreads through Colorado, Kate's courage and strenth are once again put to the test. Amidst the chaos that becomes a quarantined Colorado, Kate rises to the challenge and reaches out to those in need. By opening her home to bereft strangers, Kate shakes aside her lonely existence and in the process opens her heart to a younger man.

Greg Pullman is a reporter trying to uncover the truth about the new strain of flu ravaging the state. As the facts he learns chill him, he is drawn closer to Kate, who he befriended at the onset of the pandemic. In Kate, Greg finds comfort in a world gone mad, and sees her courage before she sees it in herself.

Kate and Greg 's mutual admiration for each other grows, providing a solid foundation for their relationship to move from trust to lust. While their love story--as well as some interesting secondary characters---are bonuses, it is Kate's humanity that will live in readers' memories long after the final page is read.
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on December 21, 2011
A spark of heavenly fire.
The red death epidemic has hit the state of Colorado and there is a quarantine and Marshall law. Along with merely staying alive; three women manage to thrive and show how strong they really are in the face of adversity. Kate, Dee and Pippy show what it takes to get through the worst. That indeed is a spark of heavenly fire. Kate and Dee work tirelessly to provide for the homeless and a purpose and merely try to save people. Pippy, miles from home must find a way to get back home after escaping illness. Meanwhile her fiancé is researching the epidemic and what caused it. Is it a bona fide illness or did it come from somewhere else, he wants to find out before it kills every one.
Ms. Bertram has written some very strong characters that have the strength in the worst of times. She keeps the reader on the edge while writing a riveting story and a the same time give us all hope that we to can have such moxie when we need it the most. Congrats to the author. I give this book five gold stethoscopes.
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