Review: Powder Burn by Mark Chisnell



Title: Powder Burn {Burn with Sam Blackett #1}

Author: Mark Chisnell

Published: March 2013

Status: Read from June 20 to 21, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

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 Burn’, deep in the Himalayan ranges, where ‘Lens’ plans to film ‘Vegas’ skiing the legendary mountain run.

The real action in Powder Burn begins when, nearing the run, the group find two men claiming to be refugees trying to escape from Shibde, a tiny region ruled by a brutal regime which forbids entry by foreigners. One of the men is suffering from severe altitude sickness and so Sam and Pete feel there is no other choice than to offer them their help, unwittingly involving themselves in a dangerous bid for revolution. With the weather on the mountain worsening, Chisnell cranks up the tension and the pace as Sam and her companions try to avoid capture in a perilous race down the mountain.

Sam is a strong protagonist, and in this introduction, proves to be likeable, intelligent and resourceful, important traits for a featured character for a series. Her companions on the journey are well developed, with distinct personalities and believable motivations for being part of the trek.

Powder Burn offers plenty of twists and turns and one or two surprises to its readers. I think it is an entertaining action thriller sure to please adrenalin junkies and adventurers alike.

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