Mark L Fowler: Painted Fire

Today iI’m taking part in the blog tour for Painted Fire. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell and the team at SpellBound Books for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of the book.


Actress Kate Tolle falls victim to an illness that baffles the medical world.

In desperation her husband Ben appeals to the public, and an anonymous benefactor comes forward. Soon the couple find themselves on a flight bound for San Francisco.

Where the enigmatic Merle is waiting.

Kate’s health appears to improve as people around her die horrifically. Merle tells Ben that healing comes at a price and questions what he’s willing to pay.

But what does Merle want?
And what is the chilling truth waiting out in the desert … in Las Vegas and beyond?


Painted Fire is very different to anything I have ever read before, so I’ll probably find it quite difficult to review. It doesn’t really fit in a specific genre and I couldn’t tell where the story was going until we got there, but I was intrigued by the story and the unusual setting and I wanted to find out what would happen. 

The protoganists of Painted Fire are married couple, Kate and Ben and they meet some interesting characters along the way. We don’t really find out much about them, but I think this is deliberate as it helps to maintain the mystery in the story. 

As the novel reaches the end, there are a few surprises and these kept me engaged until the last page. 

I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I enjoyed his writing style and I can see that he offers a fresh voice to the writing scene. 

Painted Fire is available from Amazon.

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