Review of More Deaths Than One

Reviewer Steven Clark Bradley, has been to or lived in 34 countries, including Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey. He has a master’s degree in liberal studies from Indiana University. He speaks French and Turkish. He has been an assistant to a prosecutor, a university instructor and a freelance journalist. Bradley is the author of four novels, including Patriot Acts. Bradley writes:

Why is Bob Stark being pursued by the henchmen of a shadowy multinational corporation? What does it have to do with his old friends from his brutal days of service in Vietnam? These are but a few of the exquisite and tantalizing questions and scenarios painted and which must be answered in Pat Bertram’s and excellent new novel, More Deaths Than One.

Try to put yourself into Bob’s shoes. Your mother died more than 20 years ago and you actually attended her funeral, at that time. Then, you travel to South East Asia where you end up staying for eighteen years, only to return and discover that your long lost mom has just died again and another you is at her funeral. Sound startling, eerie or suspenseful? Believe me; if you start reading this tremendous read, you will not want to stop until it is completely finished. It is one of the best novels I have read in years.

As a novelist, one of the most important things a writer must do is to grab the reader’s attention, on the first page. Pat Bertram’s novel, More Deaths Than One certainly hooked me immediately. Bertram has a natural talent and has created a story that gets readers deeply into the story and holds them. Her plot and her very realistic characters took my total concentration. The characters are so fascinating, attention-grabbing and human. By the end of the book, I felt as if I knew them well and for a long time. I am convinced that if the reading public learns about this spellbinding new novel, a very large number of people will want to read it and Pat Bertram will have a best seller. I consider her to be one of the smartest writers I have had the pleasure of meeting.

I think we will read a lot more from this excellent storyteller, Pat Bertram. She has stated that when the traditional publishers stopped publishing her favorite type of books that are character and story driven novels, which can’t easily be slotted into a genre, she decided to write her own. She certainly achieved her goal, with More Deaths Than One. The residents of Pat Bertram’s native Colorado, where she is a lifelong resident have much to be proud of, from one of their own. There are many words that come to mind to describe this powerful and suspenseful novel, such as exciting, powerful, suspenseful or mesmerizing. But, without a doubt, the best word I can use to describe More Deaths Than One by Pat Bertram is nothing less than Superb.

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