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And it then proceeded to keep me so hooked that I read WAY past my bedtime cos I wanted to finish it. There was just the right amount of intrigue to keep me wanting to read on without it being laid on too thick. I think that's the difference I guess between HAVING to read on and WANTING to read on.
The characterisation was great - I really did feel something for the characters. I especially loved the differences between the guys and the fact that the one thing they had in common was enough to outweigh the very big differences in their characters, goals and beliefs.
The action was thrilling, I actually held my breath at a couple of points. The balance between action and description was perfect. Enough description to assist the story but not too much that it distracted the reader away from it. There was one bit that I do admit to speed reading through but that was because, for me, it was a little techie and tbh I am not really into ice mountain climbing but in no way did it spoil anything in the story for me. And I absolutely loved the twist at the end ;)
And the best bit - Sam returns in a new story next year!
I need not have worried as the storyline was strong, the charecters well drawn and it had the usual Mark Chisnell twists and turns in the plot. Fast paced and well written it is a great action novel, very reminiscent of that great storyteller Alistair MacLean- once you start reading, it is hard to put down.
Really liked Sam Blackett and I think she will make an enduring heroine...can't wait for the next Burn.
The characters were actually characters, the action tense, the writing tight and the twists always a surprise, right to the very last page.
I can't wait for the next one. But can it please be released on a Friday so I can lie in the next day?
But, there's something about the plan that Blackett isn't being told.
Chisnell places his thriller in the fictional mountain kingdom of Shibde, which has recently suffered hostile occupation by neighboring (and fictional) Demagistan. The reader can perhaps squint against the glare off the snow and imagine these countries are based on Tibet and China. Personally, I always get a little fidgety when an author resorts to make-believe locales in an otherwise real-world milieu.
It took me awhile to become engaged by the storyline as I first had to buy into the premise that snowboarding was a serious lead-in. I mean, really?
As the plot evolved, elements of it reminded me - perhaps too superficially - of other epics both literary and cinematic: Zorro, Tolkien's Ring series, the Three Musketeers, and the Indiana Jones films.
And then there's the issue of the legendary, perhaps magic, sword that Sam (in silhouette) is seen holding on the virtual front cover of the POWDER BURN e-edition.Read more ›
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I never would have chosen this book knowing it was about snowboarding, so I am glad that I didn't know. I really enjoyed this story. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R.Sk
Lots of twists and turns. Keeps you in suspence from start to finish. Well written and a very good storyline.Published on 8 Oct. 2014 by Bluelady43
A can't put down book. It was exciting, unique setting and plausible plot. The heroine was strong and likeable. Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by janushka
Sam tags along with a group of snowboarders about to set off on an extreme adventure in the Himalayas. She has a secret and they have a secret. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2014 by Joo
After reading some of the Reacher stories, I thought I would have a change in direction from the usual US based stuff I read. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2014 by B. Spiers
The author said that Sam was his favourite character - I really cannot understand why. I found all the characters in this book,
including her, to be superficial, not really... Read more
There was a time when I read a lot of books that were in a non-fiction subgenre that, for lack of a better term, I'll call armchair mountaineering. Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2013 by BigAl
I was really looking forward to reading this because I loved The Fulcrum Files and Powder Burn has received excellent reviews. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2013 by Stella in the Pyrenees