The Spark

by John Kenny

Verdict: THE SPARK is a wonderful tribute to all the brave firefighters out there who risk their lives for us. Kenny reminds us the insider’s view of what life is like inside and outside the fire station is often breathtaking.

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4.0

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Captain Donny Robertson knows fire — how it smells, how it burns, and how it should and shouldn’t behave.   So, when Donny loses his mentor and long-time friend, Chief Paul Fitzgerald, to a fire that wasn’t supposed to “flash” – that is, suddenly burst into a raging inferno — Donny suspects foul play.   The water main was conveniently shut down, no sprinklers.  The three fire stations closest to the burning building were out.  “Accidental” fires don’t start in two different places.  Plus, there was another dead body recovered from the fire.

Unfortunately for Donny, in spite of his experience and smarts, nobody cares to investigate.  The fire was declared an accident, and sadly, some firefighters lose their lives.   There is no hard evidence to support Donny’s suspicions that they were set up.  Everyone thinks Donny needs more grief therapy, a desk job, and to move on.

But, Donny can’t.  Especially when a City Works employee explains that it is possible to set up an explosion through the water main.  Every time Donny gets another clue, or too close to uncovering the truth, there’s fiery retribution.   Burning hot messages that Donny stands to lose his career, his freedom, and his life if he continues his ill-fated pursuit.   The story feels a little too long once the author has given you all the pieces, but Kenny is great at establishing and maintaining suspense.

THE SPARK is a wonderful tribute to all the brave firefighters out there who risk their lives for us.   Kenny reminds us the insider’s view of what life is like inside and outside the fire station is often breathtaking.

Reviewed by Lucy Wang for IndieReader