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‘Lake Of Fire’ by Mark Stevens
Book Beginnings / First Lines


Cover Image Of The Book 'Lake Of Fire' By Author Mark StevensWednesday, Late Afternoon

Nature kills as mean as man.

A one-hundred-foot spruce exploded like a giant sparkler. Smoke flowed thick like London or San Francisco fog. Take your f***ing fog pick. The cloud stung her eyes and for a moment the burning lollipop bubble of orange on the tree faded behind the wall of smoke and she slowed to a walk, unable to see much beyond Sunny Boy’s snout.

Pincers of flame threatened to close off the mouth of the ravine that she needed to clear in order not to become a fleshy morsel of skin and bone amid the fire’s otherwise steady diet of  crispy-dry timber.

Her heart flared. Sweat coated her forehead. Smoke whipped around and another tree caught the lollipop disease with a snarling crackle. High definition 3D movies rolled in her head that showed various scenarios for how the next minutes might play out. None of the clips ended well.

I’m afraid that I did decide to * out one of the very first words in this extract, which doesn’t mean that it isn’t exactly the first word which would come to mind if I found myself in a similar situation, however it isn’t a word which I personally, particularly wish to commit to print.

Being trapped by fire has to be just about everyone’s worst nightmare and having personally known someone who died trapped in a domestic house fire, is definitely my one of my own worst fears – after drowning that is, as I am even more petrified of water!


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