Powder Burn

Powder Burn If Dragon Tattoo s Mikael Blomkvist and the Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen could have a love child she d probably be a lot like Sam BlackettSam had given up her Manhattan job and her cute apartment i

  • Title: Powder Burn
  • Author: Mark Chisnell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • If Dragon Tattoo s Mikael Blomkvist and the Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen could have a love child, she d probably be a lot like Sam BlackettSam had given up her Manhattan job, and her cute apartment in Brooklyn She d abandoned her astonished boyfriend to the charms of ESPN, and flown off into a new dawn to chase her dream of becoming an investigative journalist ThreeIf Dragon Tattoo s Mikael Blomkvist and the Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen could have a love child, she d probably be a lot like Sam BlackettSam had given up her Manhattan job, and her cute apartment in Brooklyn She d abandoned her astonished boyfriend to the charms of ESPN, and flown off into a new dawn to chase her dream of becoming an investigative journalist Three months later, alone in a soulless internet caf , she s facing some cold, hard facts she s unpublished, unhappy and broke And right then, the gorgeous Pete Halland blows into her life headed for the mythical Powder Burn mountain to write history and blast into legend If she throws in her lot with Pete and reports the story for National Geographic magazine it could rescue her ambitions, but he s holding back some crucial information the question for Sam is what Soon, Sam is up to her neck in snow and the weather is the least of her problems lost in a secretive Himalayan kingdom with what could be a magic sword and a simmering and potentially bloody revolution But the father she lost to the war in Iraq was a marine, and he taught her a few tricks in the Vermont backcountry that might just get her out alive and with a story to tell that could make the front page of the New York Times.Powder Burn is the first of a new series featuring Sam Blackett from the author of the best selling Janac s Games books.

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    • Galen Watson says:

      A broke, fledgling writer on the verge of returning to her small-town journalist job; an experienced climber and expedition leader; a hot-tempered, adrenaline-addicted snowboarder; a videographer on the verge of bankruptcy--these are the disparate characters that Mark Chisnell has assembled in his Action/ Adventure novel, Powder Burn. What might be an otherwise pure adventure read is spiced up by the mysterious location of the mountain extreme snowboarder,Vegas, plans to conquer; and journalist, [...]

    • Lance Charnes says:

      Power Burn has an identity crisis. Its back-cover copy hints at an action thriller with a warrior-goddess heroine. What it is instead is an old-fashioned adventure novel, man (or, in this case, woman) against Nature in a remote environment, risking life and limb in the pursuit of some semi-impossible goal. Hammond Innes – with whom the author shares some similarities – used to write this kind of novel. But requiring a reader to adjust expectations while the novel unfolds can be problematic, [...]

    • Julie says:

      I am always happy to read a book by Mark Chisnell, so I was thrilled when he requested a read/review of Powder Burn. I'm going to appoint Chisnell the Thriller King. When I pick up one of his books, I expect a taut, well-written, can't-put-it-down thriller with unexpected twists and turns and I'm never disappointed.Powder Burn is another home run hit in the thriller category. It features Samantha (Sam) Blackett, and I'm happy to find this is only the first of a series featuring Sam. She's gutsy, [...]

    • Liz Barnsley says:

      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 - assumi [...]

    • Wendy Hines says:

      I've had the pleasure of reading Chisnell's books before and always enjoyed them. So, I was looking forward to his newest release, Powder Burn. Before, his main character was a man, so I was anxious to see how he did with a woman. It may seem like a silly thing to some, but some authors can't write the opposite sex point of view. However, Mark CAN and he does it very well!In fact, I really liked Sam. She's smart, strong and determined as hell. She's down on her luck and instead of tucking tail a [...]

    • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out says:

      Having enjoyed The Defector by Mark Chisnell, I was happy to agree to a review of Powder Burn, the first book in a new adventure series featuring journalist, Sam Blackett.After two months in southern Asia chasing her dream of becoming an investigative journalist, Sam is tired, frustrated and nearly broke. On the verge of admitting defeat and returning home to New York, a chance encounter with a handsome Brit, Pete Halland, has her agreeing to join him and his mates on their expedition to 'Powder [...]

    • Kath says:

      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 rea [...]

    • Manxbill says:

      We are familiar with the maritime backdrop to the author's previous novels so this latest book came as a bit of a surprise. However it has all the Chisnell hallmarks that we have come to expect and enjoy. Strong storyline, well drawn characters and very well researched. Fast paced with lots of twists and turns in the plot. Sam Blackett is a new, likeable and welcome addition to that small band of action heroines. All this makes for a very good read and I look forward to the next installment of S [...]

    • Suki Korp says:

      Am looking forward to the next book in this series. The book is well written with great action-believable aspects as to the story, the characters, and kept my interest.

    • Kathy says:

      This book focuses on a mysterious snowboarding run called Powder Burn that is secret for reason of its location in a foreign land. A legendary magic (or is it?) sword and a man that joins their trek after they meet up on the mountain are other elements of the plot.

    • Tara Chevrestt says:

      I was drawn to this because of two things: 1. If Dragon Tattoo’s Mikael Blomkvist and the Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen could have a love-child, she’d probably be a lot like Sam Blackett and 2. The fact the woman on the cover is wielding a sword. It all just screams kick-ass heroine. Though strength comes in many forms, I totally need a sword-fighting female every now and then.We have a young woman who wants to make it as a journalistd she thinks she finally has that story that will put h [...]

    • Jill says:

      I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters and got involved in the action. I liked Sam's guts in quitting her job and trying to live her dream. She had guts and chutzpah which I like in a heroine. She is a thinking heroine with a bit of daring as she signs on with total strangers to go hiking into the Himalayas on faith that she'll get a National Geographic worthy story (even though it's her flying home money).Pros: The pros are a good story that moves quickly and has a lot of action. I [...]

    • Linsy says:

      This book was very different from anything I have read before -- and in a good way! It followed Sam, a down-on-her-luck reporter, who is looking for her career-breaking story when she comes across a pair of extreme snowboarders and a documentary filmmaker out to film the pair board what is certain to be an epic run on a never-before-seen slope; a slope known only as "Powder Burn." Not to mention the undeniable good looks of one of the boarders, the ever resourceful and capable Pete.Only problem? [...]

    • Hock Tjoa says:

      There are three different stories intertwined is this engaging and at times thrilling narrative The writing is strong and the location, somewhere in the Himalayas, has potential. The characters, a young woman trying to find herself, a dreamy Brit (the woman's point of view), two American characters with the nicknames Vegas (muscle-man/snowboarder) and Lens (film-maker) are of varying interest. They are joined by two enigmatic "natives" of "Shipde," one of whom has received what he believes to be [...]

    • Merril Anil says:

      Author Hand downFirst of all a huge thanks to the author and Shut up and read community for sharing a copy with me to read and review.The book no doubt has a very interesting story line and while it starts at a small pace it progress nicely to its end.The language of the book is what made me reduce two stars from the total rating as the language is a bit troubling and you need a bit of time to get used to it and somehow i felt that it made it less captivating even though the story is fresh and e [...]

    • Al says:

      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. Most of those I read are long out of print, but a relatively recent and well known example is Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. Many of those took place in the Himalayan mountains, as does Powder Burn. Although the story largely takes place in a fictional Himalayan kingdom, Chisnell’s descriptions of the area and the personalities of the types of p [...]

    • Nostalgia Reader says:

      3.5 starsI wasn't sure I'd end up liking this book, the way it started, but it ended up sucking me in and I couldn't put it down.The plot seems a bit slow going at first, but quickly picks up towards the middle, so it's definitely worth sticking with it. I wasn't crazy about the characters and first and the way they were written they almost seemed too stereotypical in the unlikable sort of way, but they all gradually grew on me. Even though I can't say that they're were favorite characters, they [...]

    • Missy says:

      I found this read rather hard to get into and follow. I secured Powder Burn as a complimentary free download by the author for the Shut Up & Read group here on , for the critical Read It And Reap Review. While the blurb deemed promising, I still had a very tough time with the believability aspect, a bit far fetched for my liking. I do not for see continuing series, as this just did not grab my attention or hold my interest. Very promising, but I as a reader just felt it lacked something, can [...]

    • Will Decker says:

      There is something missing in this novel. All the basic elements of a good story are there, but it's lacking in something. It felt more as if it were being told without emotion than trying to put the reader in the story with feeling. There just wasn't any passion. I think the closest we came to feeling something was when Pete ran his hand down Sam's belly and she pulled away and stood up. Prior to that moment and for the rest of the story following that moment, I couldn't relate on any level wit [...]

    • Loni Engledow says:

      Powder Burn was an interesting novel. I enjoyed it very much. I will definitely read more from this author. I did have problem keeping track of where we were at in the novel. Questions that I was asking as I was reading were not answered, so I HAVE to get the next one to finish the story line.! I had trouble following what was going on because if the shifting back and forth. I still have no idea why the sword was not to leave the area. Is anyone going to find out the secret of the sword? Is Sam [...]

    • Laura Lucas says:

      Was a great read.From start to finish you are caught up in a great story. Sam Blackett, finds herself unpublished and broke in the Himalayas. In walks Pete Halland, a sexy snowboarder on a voyage with two of his friends. They are going to make a documentary of the legendary Powder Burn, and Sam is just the attention they'll need. Sam decides to tag along for a great story to write, but ends up in a fight for her life. Between abominable conditions and caught in a freedom fight and a mystical swo [...]

    • Bill says:

      The book was well written, but I just couldn't get into the characters. They all seemed a little shallow. The story was a little complicated by the fact that I was not familiar with the Himalaya region, mountain climbing, and snow boarding. So none of the events felt very real to me. There was only one technical problem with the epub I had, there were no scene separators. So the story would jump between different scenes without warning.

    • Christopher Swann says:

      Got this for free as a Kindle deal, which is a good thing. Sam has some potential as a character, but the whole story takes a ludicrous turn into magic swords and a secretive kingdom named Shibde struggling against the "nascent superpower" of Demagistan. Reads like Dan Brown without the background research. There are a few scenes that grabbed me, one being Lens stuck on the ice cliff--it seemed more focused and conscious of both setting and real emotion than most other parts of the book.

    • Mom says:

      Snow BobardingI think the ending of this book just gave me chills. Before that I really liked the heroine in the book and Pete. They are good people in a bad situation and give out good advice to their team. I love reading about strange place a and unusual people and this book does qualify for that.

    • L.W. says:

      Pretty good read. I was looking for something not along the usual murder and mayhem that I read and picked this up. I liked the characters. I liked the subject matter and how it all came together in a decent plot. I will have to check out more from this author.

    • Ida says:

      3.5 stars. This is no lyrical read, just an action-packed, no frills novel that entertains. Sam Blackett is a headstrong young woman who is willing to take risks and makes spur-of-the-moment decisions that most rational people would avoid.

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    • Thom Eckles says:

      So so book about an adventure in central asia

    • Ryan Maloney says:

      I just couldn't sink myself into this book. I found it too far fetched and slow to enjoy it, and have little desire to continue reading the series.

    • Quinesia Johnson says:

      a very strong beginning. eventually gets convoluted because of snow and mountain repel talk etc. nice intrigue. government talk. over my head though, but I notice the merit.

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