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Pressure Falling - Short Stories of Stormy Seas [Kindle Edition]

Mark Chisnell
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Are you warm, safe and dry?

Good - because the ocean can be a dangerous place and never more so than when the barometric pressure plummets and huge waves start to rise up from the deep.

These five short stories - chilling, funny and scary in turns - will show you just how ugly and dangerous the sea can become. Make sure you are wrapped up warm and safe when you read this book, because the raw power of storms comes roaring to life in these terrifying tales:


  • In 1959, the Smeeton's tried to round Cape Horn in a tiny wooden sailboat - big mistake. And they made it twice.

  • The 1979 Fastnet Race - the greatest tragedy ever to hit the sailing community.

  • In 1993, Cam Lewis tried to fly past Cape Horn in the quickest sailboat on the planet - instead, he was humbled into a battle for survival.

  • In 2001, Michel Desjoyeaux would have lost the Vendee Globe to Ellen MacArthur, if it wasn't for this one inspired 'MacGyver' moment.

  • Discover how the scientists came to accept they were wrong about rogue waves.


Pressure Falling contains just five short non-fiction stories, followed by a sample from one of Mark Chisnell's novels. The latter may tempt you into buying another book... so please don't get Pressure Falling if you feel that this is in some way underhand.

Pressure Falling has consistently topped the Watersports chart on Amazon.co.uk.

Mark Chisnell's other books include spy thriller The Fulcrum Files - also a #1 book, topping the historical mystery and thriller charts on Amazon.com.

Reviews for Pressure Falling

"I stumbled upon this collection of short stories quite by chance and discovered a string of seductive gems that I simply couldn't put down."

Amazon.co.uk Kindle Reader

"This was great fun to read and I like the author's style: clearly knowledgeable on the subject but witty and easily absorbed."

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 160 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mark Chisnell (10 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W4MD96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Chisnell grew up in a small town on the east coast of England. The town was dominated by the rise of the oil industry and the decline of shipbuilding and fishing. Mark has been a professional sportsman and also won awards as a broadcaster and for his non-fiction accounts of maritime adventure. He's written for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. One of his greatest personal achievements was hitch-hiking to Mount Everest base-camp in Tibet. In Trainers.

Mark had thought he'd have a future as a marine engineer, that was until he picked up a copy of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The cover said it would change the way the reader felt about the world and it changed Mark's perception about his life and where he wanted to go. He learned that books can change people's lives and that he wanted to write one. He wanted to write many.

Mark began by writing about the sport in which he won three world championships, and subsequently won plaudits and recognition for his adrenaline-fuelled and suspenseful accounts of round-the-world racing. When he moved to fiction, he used his experiences as a sportsman and his background in broadcasting and journalism to weave chart-topping tales filled with intrigue, danger, romance and characters that take the reader on an incredible page turning journey.

Mark currently lives in Europe with his wife and son.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 28 Aug 2011
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Am a big fan of this author. His novels are cracking reads, his technical books are very instructive and the accounts of the Volvo races are in a class of their own. This latest book follows in the steps of the latter genre and is up to the standard you expect- it will satisfy both the layman and enthusiast.
Only complaint I have is that it is too short- I'm sure he has lots more tales like these- maybe they will be in volume 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pressure falling 22 Feb 2014
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No idea if my husband ordered this but he died 20 moinths ago so I cannot give you any idea of whether he liked it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars short stories 17 Jan 2014
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Shorts the word,it took about 10 mins to read and the supposed extra material was conspicuously absent, waste of money
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best read ashore! 20 Aug 2013
By Phill
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A compelling little collection of sailing stories, based on storms. The collection makes useful references to more detailed works. I read it on a boat and was a little disturbed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short 19 Jun 2013
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For starters it is too short. It barely gets started drawing you into a story when that ends and we are on to the next one. I found this irritating and a bit of a tease. Second, I am astonished that any author can get published when he does not understand the use of the apostrophe. Even in the description of the book you will see the words "the Smeeton's tried to round Cape Horn". The Smeetons (Mr. and Mrs. Smeeton) are a couple or a PLURAL if you prefer. This is repeated throughout that chapter, followed up by a reference to different boat's. Again, a plural does not [expletive deleted] require an apostrophe. Grammar and spelling are becoming lost arts and I weep for their loss. Yes, it's a free book. You get what you pay for.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lively account of seafaring tales 10 Sep 2011
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This was great fun to read and I like the author's style: clearly knowledgeable on the subject but witty and easily absorbed. Needs to be expanded into a full series of similar accounts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection Of Jems 7 Jan 2012
By F Brown
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I stumbled upon this collection of short stories quite by chance and discovered a string of seductive jems that I simply couldn't put down. Beautifully written, technically spot on, but no where near long enough. I just hope volume 2 is on its way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very short 25 Mar 2014
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I felt the stories were very short. Although some of them were quite interesting, there could have been more stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good collection of sailing adventures, great read even when on dry land!
Published 21 days ago by JR Wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars Book reviews
These are mostly great stories. I've marked the book down because of the way it is written - the timeline keeps getting confused between the story and reminiscences.
Published 10 months ago by L. J. McQuillin
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy
it was exactly what I ordered it was in good condition and it was one day earlier than I expected
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Good start, poor finish
The first factual stories were excellent, but after 4 it changed to a fiction book. Maybe a down load problem
Published 12 months ago by Tony S
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Short Stories
Fastnet 79 was extremely interesting, especially as it was obviously true. In reality, all five short stories are made that much more fascinating by the fact that they were all... Read more
Published 13 months ago by David Arthurs
4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection
The short stories are well written, so even a non-sailor could understand them. Unfortunately, it could be read in a very short time, why not make a compendium of say a dozen ?
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good stories
There were some good stories in here, but I have to say that none have stuck in my mind with any clarity.
Published 17 months ago by Gini
5.0 out of 5 stars A good collection.
First hand sailing accounts of terrible weather and occurrences. Put me off sailing for life! (Not that I've ever done it!) Good stories, well written.
Published 17 months ago by florid065
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