Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett, #1) by Mark Chisnell

Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett, #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...Sam 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 café, she’s facing s...

Details Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett, #1)

TitlePowder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett, #1)
Release DateMar 31st, 2013
PublisherMark Chisnell
GenreThriller, Adventure, Fiction, Action

Reviews Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett, #1)

  • Galen Watson
    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 sn...
  • Lance Charnes
    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 expecta...
  • Julie
    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...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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...
  • Wendy Hines
    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. Sh...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    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 joi...
  • Kath
    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...
  • Manxbill
    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 re...
  • Suki Korp
    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.
  • Connie
    I liked this book well enough. It had enough adventure to keep it interesting. I think the part about Shibde, the authors take on Shangri-La, was not very good. The entire part with the council - history, dialogue, action - was stilted, as if it needed more authenticity - it just didn't feel real. I realize the book is a work of fiction, but within that parameter (fiction) it just didn't mesh up with the rest of the story.
  • Fermentum
    i gave it to 25%, but didnt keep my interest. kind of boring. i have SO many other choices that i am going to stop reading this one.
  • Kathy
    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
    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 journalist.....
  • Jill
    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 s...
  • Linsy
    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, t...
  • Hock Tjoa
    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...
  • Merril Anil
    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 les...
  • Al
    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 o...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    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 ...
  • Melissa
    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 Goodreads, 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 promisin...
  • Will Decker
    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 followi...
  • Loni Engledow
    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 ...
  • Bill
    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
    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 ...
  • Mom
    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.
    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
    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
    So so book about an adventure in central asia