Review: Powder Burn by Mark Chisnell


Publisher: Patchwork press
Publishing Date: March 2013
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
ISBN: 9781483940045
Rating: 2.5/5

Publisher Description: 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…

……..Ummm, how bout’ no. Katniss didn’t strike me as a whiney self-absorbed little baby that’s always crying about her mommy, dirty underwear, job, ex-boyfriend, the cold, sore legs, shooting people, bus rides, and everyone around her. If I was Vegas, I would have done as he recommended…never brought her along in the first place. So the author gives us a good dose of buzz-kill right from the get go. Coupled to a story-line that could put a ferret on meth to sleep and you have a horrific recipe for a writing disaster.

So basically, you have an entire book of people hiking around and whining, until they get to some fantasy realm called Shibde, ruled by really bad guys called the Demagistan. Meanwhile, there are two Shibde getting a lost Emperors magic sword that can oust the Demagistan. But wait, this is no ordinary sword! It was made by the CIA with a force field and auto-DNA imprint recognition. Why, You ask? To start the over-throw of the Demagistan. Really? The only reason this rated a 2.5 is the cover art and the authors prose. Who doesn’t like a hot silhouette brandishing a Katana? Fuk Yeah!

What this novel has is a dam good writer whom understands how to put it all together in terms of flow. It is wholly evident in how easy it was to read. The story-line should have been edited by a good friend not afraid of the authors thousand yard stare. Pare down the whining and the internal dialogue, give it a good kick in the action bollocks and erase that ending. The cover art coupled with the first chapter had me believing that the sword master and the chosen were taking place a thousand years ago and that somehow (fast forward to the present) the hot chick finds it and A-W-A-Y WE GO!!! From there the story could have taken on a whole new and interesting turn.

If you get this book, FOR FREE, my recommendation is to scroll your kindle to the 90% mark, and start there. You get a taste of the mountaineering, the whole story is revealed and you get the final action sequence and the left field ending.

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