Title: Tested by Fire
Author: Pat Patterson
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
My rating is 5+ stars out of 5.
What an incredibly suspense-filled story full of action, danger and choices that have both here and now consequences along with eternal! The characters are a mixture of those refusing Christ, coming to the end of themselves before seeing their need for Christ and others taking the gospel message into dangerous territory.
The action shows the battle that takes place here on earth to save lives and those who take them without any thought afterwards. Then, the broader picture shows readers the battle that wages over the soul of every human being. Paramedics Jim and Sid were partners until Sid was killed by a gang member which ignites the war within Jim. Jim was already struggling with alcohol before coming on duty and any moment he had free.
Though the turf war includes land, drugs and getting others involved, it also involves the internal struggle within each character as to their personal beliefs. When the one gang’s leader decides to up the ante and go after Jim personally, this begins to heighten the danger to Jim’s life. I became glued to the story quickly, losing myself in the emotional grip that some of the characters displayed. Plus seeing how the characters wanted to really know what God wanted them to do or how to act in various situations made the story quite realistic.
I don’t know if the author is even writing anymore as I couldn’t find an updated website or a newer book by Pat Patterson. I think I can say it would be a shame if he never published another work of fiction such as Tested by Fire as his having worked as a paramedic and his working knowledge showed up brightly in the tale.
Please take time to read Tested by Fire as it is so enthralling and share it with someone you know who also likes these suspenseful pieces of fiction.
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