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‘Lake Of Fire’ by Mark Stevens
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From page 203 of my PDF copy

Cover Image Of The Book 'Lake Of Fire' By Author Mark Stevens“Devo could live in a permanent dawn. The crack of light—the promise.

Cutting through the burned-out forest on the banks of the White River, the broad plain near Meeker gave way to a narrow canyon. Devo crossed the river where it was shallow. Here at dawn, Devo realized he missed his birds—no robins, swallows, warblers, and chickadees to greet the day. Hiking through a forest scrubbed clean of its undergrowth made for easy travelling, but the lack of birds and critters was eerie.

Now it was dawn, and he would stay low. He knew they were looking. He’d walked all night, and he needed food, water, and a place to hide while the sun was up.

He plunged his head in the water, sucked in cool water until he felt like he would burst. He foraged for berries and spotted a batch of sunflowers huddled up next to a house. He circled downwind of five deer grazing in an open field and risked a half-minute in open country. He yanked one stalk from the earth, a seven-footer. Among the hundred or so available, it would never be missed. He munched on the seeds by the river bank, chewed the blossoms and the leaves, and stuffed a pocket with hunks of the plant for his next meal or a snack, if he didn’t find something better.

In this spot in the valley, roads followed both sides of the river but the one on the south bank rose higher to skirt a sprawling farm complex with a half-dozen matching out-buildings prettied up in a green-and-white theme. He had never seen a ranch spread that screamed its brand with so much authority—all the matching paint jobs. The spread might have been airlifted from horse country in Kentucky or Virginia. White wood fences chopped the undernourished riverside fields into chunks of grazing pasture. Dozens of cattle lingered in the morning calm and, further upstream, horses dotted a more open field. The rancher must have had quite the show when the fire roared through. No doubt now any scenic value he could tack on to the property’s price had dropped to zilch because the view of a forested hillside had been reduced to thousands of dead-soldier trees and scorched earth….”


Cover Image Of The Book 'Lake Of Fire' By Author Mark StevensA giant wildfire is roaring through Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness.

The massive blaze is wiping out Allison Coil’s precious hunting grounds, and the flames have set their sights on the beautiful ranch owned by her boyfriend’s family.

Allison and longtime friend Trudy are shocked to learn that a body has been found in the fire ravaged forest—a friend who was a reclusive environmentalist with an unorthodox idea for the battle against global warming.

Along with reporter Duncan Bloom, Allison burrows into an underground group of anti-government extremists.

As they strike close to home and hurt those closest to her, Allison vows hell might not be punishment enough for this cabal of sinister fanatics.

I have now finished this book and have awarded it 4 out of 5, well deserved stars.

Ahead of my final review, I shall be sharing an excellent Guest Post, which author, Mark Stevens, has written in support of ‘Lake Of Fire’


Teaser Tuesday Image Updated December 2016 'The Purple Booker'


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia @ ‘The Purple Booker

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘The Purple Booker’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Ambrosia, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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  • I’ll admit the opening lines are quite captivating, but I’m still not certain this is one for me. I’m glad to know you enjoyed it, though, and do look forward to the guest post from the author.

    Hope you’re enjoying your current book, whatever it might be, as much as I’m enjoying mine!

    • Both the opening lines and these teaser lines really do help set the tone for this story, which I did thoroughly enjoy, with the possible exception of the pages where Allison is tracking the bad guys, although the descriptive narrative did keep things moving along at a fair pace.

      The author guest post is very good and titled ‘What Person Stands Alone?’, so I hope that whets your appetite a little.

      The book I have just started probably won’t appeal to you at all, as it is a contemporary romance. Not a genre a read too often, however I did take part in the Blog Tour for the book and once again, I have a lovely guest post to share, so I hope that at least one of the posts might be worth your while stopping by to read!

      It wouldn’t do if we both waxed lyrical about the same books all the time and I do like to ring the changes every once in a while. I look forward to you sharing your latest read 🙂

    • The premise for this series is definitely different to anything I have read before and although I am not much of a hunting fan, thankfully Allison Coil seems to have more than enough amateur detective work on her hands, to concentrate too much on her day job, which is fine by me!

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Oh Yes! There is plenty of high drama in this storyline.

      As if a forest fire which threatens an entire eco-system, kidnap and murder isn’t enough, we also have to deal with a very well organised group of secessionists intent on stirring up a riot – and as for personal relationships – let’s not even go there!

      Definitely action-packed and fast-paced, highly recommended!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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