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Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett Book 1) by [Chisnell, Mark]
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Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Burn with Blackett (2 Book Series)

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Mark Chisnell writes the kind of stories that will keep you turning the pages till you’re done, and still thinking about them long after that. He writes the Kindle-chart-topping Janac’s Games thrillers, and the Burn series featuring Vermont back country girl and wannabe-investigative journalist, Sam Blackett. Mark Chisnell’s a former professional sportsman and has also worked as a broadcaster and journalist. He has written for some of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian - but Mark's greatest achievement was probably hitch-hiking to Mount Everest base-camp in Tibet. In trainers. Or maybe that was the stupidest.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 162125156X
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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By Ashrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 April 2013
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I had read another book by this author so I thought I'd give this one a go. I was hooked way before the 10% sample size and so bumped it up my ever increasing TBR!
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!
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Mark Chisnell is back with a new heroine - Sam Blackett, a wannabe journalist who just can't seem to get herself published. This leads her on an adventure with a group of snowboarders searching for the elusive Powder Burn, a mountain run which is revered by snowboarders across the globe. Little does Sam know how much trouble she's about to find herself in. Hints of romance (but never enough to detract from the main story) a bad guy regime and a mythical sword all come together to produce an adrenalin rush of a novel. Sam is a character that I found easy to relate to - proving how difficult it is to chase your dreams and succeed. Nevertheless her tenacity is endearing and it's clear that she will grow in the Sam Blackett stories which will follow. I can't wait for the next one.
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Previous novels have a had a very significent nautical flavour which I have thoroughly enjoyed. This novel's setting could hardly be further from the sea and I wondered how the author would handle this.

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.
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As with the author's previous book (The Fulcrum Files) reading Powder Burn turned into another night shorter on sleep than intended. I'll just read this bit - and this bit - can't stop now - i need to know now what happens at the end (great climax BTW) oh **** is that the time.

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?
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 April 2013
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In POWDER BURN, the first installment in an adventure series by author Mark Chisnell to feature Samantha "Sam" Blackett, the heroine, an investigative journalist wannabee, finds herself on the Tibetan Plateau after several months mucking about the Indian subcontinent looking for a sellable story to write. She meets up with Pete, Vegas, and Lens. Pete and Vegas are two snowboarders about to trek into the Himalayas to do the Powder Burn, a three-thousand yard, fifty-seven degree slope that no one has done before. Lens, a down-on-his-luck filmmaker, hopes to shoot the run and rescue his career. Sam signs on to write the story that will launch the expedition into snowboarding lore.

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.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 May 2013
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The first in what is going to be a series of books featuring Sam Blackett, this was a highly enjoyable novel and a great opener. We meet Sam as she is travelling and feeling a bit down - her plans to write about her travels and sell her articles to various magazines is not going well. Nearly out of money, and on the verge of returning home, she rashly agrees to go on an expedition with three men she has only just met, up the mountains in Nepal to the legendary "Powder Burn" mountain run - assuming of course it exists. They are intending to make a Snowboarding film, she promises them an article in National Geographic...what can POSSIBLY go wrong?.Well, Sam is a great character, feisty, not above lying if it gets her where she wants to be, and she takes no nonsense from anyone so you would be right to assume its not going to be plain sailing. Don't expect a standard thriller here either - This book will surprise you with its depth and where it takes its characters, which is why I'm not saying more about the plot.. Think "Adventure" in the style of Alistair Maclean but very much with its own voice and sense of style. Great writing, great characterisation and an interesting and unusual story this is a great read...and the ending will make you smile. I look forward to the next in the series and am very grateful to Mr Chisnall for sending me a copy of this to enjoy...because enjoy it I did.
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