Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett #1) by Mark Chisnell Review & Giveaway

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Three months later, alone in a soulless internet café, she’s facing some cold, hard facts; she’s unpublished, unhappy and broke.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.

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 and returning home, she decides to join three others in an expedition to the fabled Powder Burn.  Sam, being a journalist, figures this may get her a good story for National Geographic and back on track again for her dream of being an investigative journalist.

But not everything is as simple as it seems.  The men she accompanies all have secrets of their own and when something explodes, Sam will need all of her wits about her if she hopes to get off of that mountain alive.  With nail-biting action, a twisting plot, a solid plot and a fiesty heroine, Powder Burn is a page-turning thriller that is almost impossible to put down.  The first in a new series, I'm not sure how Chisnell is going to top this one! Highly recommend!

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