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Powder Burn

(The first book in the Burn with Sam Blackett series)
A novel by


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Three months later, alone in a soulless internet cafe, she's facing some cold, hard facts; she's unpublished, unhappy and broke.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

Try the sample with 'Look Inside'.

Powder Burn is the first of a new series featuring Sam Blackett from the author of the best-selling Janac's Games books. Chinese Burn will be published in the spring of 2014.

Mark Chisnell's thrillers have topped the Amazon charts around the world.


Highly recommended... unique read.

Nail-biting action, a twisting 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!
Minding Spot

Chisnell is a favorite of mine and Powder Burn delivers his usual well-researched, fascinating, and fast-packed thriller novel.
Nina Sankovitch,

A great start to the series.
Big Al's Books and Pals

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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Used availability for Mark Chisnell's Powder Burn

Paperback Editions

March 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: Powder Burn
Author(s): Mark Chisnell
ISBN: 1-62125-156-X / 978-1-62125-156-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2013 : USA Paperback

Title: Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett)
Author(s): Mark Chisnell
ISBN: 1-4839-4004-7 / 978-1-4839-4004-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Powder Burn (Burn with Sam Blackett Book 1)
Author(s): Mark Chisnell
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA