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Burnt Sienna [Kindle Edition]

David R. Morrell
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An ex-marine must stop a dangerous arms dealer before he kills again in this high-action thriller from New York Times bestselling author David Morrell.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Like his last novel, Double Image, Morrell's robust latest dips into gothic territory as an obsession with beauty leads to lethal extremes. The new novel, however, incorporates more of the uber-thriller elements for which Morrell is known, depicting one decent man's fight against a black-market arms dealer equipped with unlimited funds, political access and a private army. Ex-marine hero Chase Malone has made it big in the art world as a painter, so arms dealer Derek Bellasar asks him to paint a portrait of Bellasar's wife. Malone won't do commission work but Bellasar won't take no for an answer. Soon Malone finds his life in turmoil: his land in Mexico has been sold, his house is scheduled for bulldozing, his favorite restaurant closes and his New York gallery has been bought--by Bellasar. Malone's old Marine buddy, now in the CIA, is after Bellasar for myriad international crimes and begs Malone to spy on the arms dealer. Jeb adds that Bellasar has had three beautiful wives, each of whom died right after having their portrait painted. Malone agrees and is flown to an extravagant mansion and arms-testing range in Nice, where he falls in love with Bellasar's wife, Sienna. The feeling is mutual and the pair plan their escape when Sienna discovers the portraits of previous wives and an even more terrifying secret. Morrell delivers hairpin plot-curves as the lovers make their way to a CIA safe house, only to have Sienna recaptured and Malone left for dead. The mayhem concludes in a pyrotechnic ending with a twist that Morrell's fans will love in spite of the accompanying romantic schmaltz. Foreign agent, Danny Baror. Film rights to Irish Dreamtime Productions; author tour. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Morrell's latest thriller is a vast improvement over his disappointing last book, Double Image. Ex-Marine Chase Malone has become a well-respected artist known for his beautiful landscape paintings. Derek Bellasar, a ruthless arms dealer, tries to force Malone to paint a portrait of his wife, Sienna. At first, Malone refuses, but when Jeb Wainwright, a Marine buddy who now works for the CIA, shows up asking for help, Malone relents. It seems that Bellasar commissioned paintings of each of his three wives before they died in mysterious accidents. Can Malone prevent Sienna from following in their footsteps? The characters are interesting, the plot is relentless, and no one excels at writing action scenes like Morrell. Thrillers don't get any better than this. Recommended for public libraries.
-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 1, 2001)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GUXJM4
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller April 3, 2000
Morrell has long been a favorite author of mine, and although he slipped a little with his last book, he has delivered another winner in Burnt Sienna. Interesting characters, tons of suspense, and fast paced action make for a great read that you will finish before you know it. Some of the events are predictable, but the with the intrigue and intense action you won't care. Morrell's writing is much better than most other books in the genre. If you are a Morrell fan or just a thriller fan in general, pick this one up.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure action adventure March 5, 2000
Now I know why David Morrell is one of my favorite writer.Burnt Sienna starts with a bang and does not stop until the explosive ending.This book will make you read it in two days.Mr. Morrell,please do not wait so long to write another.If you liked the fast pace action of "Extreme Denial" and the love story of "Double Image" than this book is for you.David Morrell's books keep getting better and better.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A heavy-handed and predictable novel. March 12, 2000
I have read a number of books by Morrell in the past because he has the ability to write extremely exciting action sequences. Unfortunately, in "Burnt Sienna," even the action sequences are not particularly exciting. In fact, this book is weak in a number of ways. The lead character, Chase Malone, a Marine who becomes a world-famous painter, is a macho man with a sensitive soul. Sienna Bellasar, the beautiful heroine, is a somewhat clueless beauty who seems to be oblivious to the fact that she is married to a psychopath. Do beautiful women have to be so dumb? Sienna's husband, Derek, is a "by the numbers" character. He's filthy rich from selling armaments to rogue regimes, and he will do anything for money. Bellasar also discards women who pass the age of thirty, because their beauty starts to fade. When I say "discards," I mean it literally--he has them killed. Our hero, Chase, is sent by the CIA to save Sienna and to stop Derek from his nefarious activities. None of these characters ever comes to life. The action sequences are not particularly exciting. The only part of the book that moved me was the last page, which was somewhat poignant. Overall, I had the feeling that Morrell wrote this book mechanically; "Burnt Sienna" is not his best work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
David Morrell is one of my favorite authors. He writes with honesty and depth. Chase Malone is a great character who has created the life he always wanted. His independence matters more to him than just about anything because in the days before he claimed his independence, he nearly lost his life for what other people felt was important.
With Sienna, Morrell has created a beautiful woman who for the last several years has lived a very sheltered life. She owes everything to her husband. Problem: Her husband is an international arms merchant who kills his wives when they begin to show signs of aging--a plot point that makes perfect sense when you find out why. He hires one of the world's greatest artists to paint a portrait to capture his wife's beauty the way no photograph could ever do. Bellasar makes a great villain. He's got power and money and an insatiable desire to crush those who oppose him. When he and Malone clash, the conflict will knock your socks off.
Morrell has crafted a fine-tuned thriller that starts fast and never slows down. The book is a lot of fun, but I'll also tell you that the last page makes the book. Powerful stuff!
Do yourself a favor and read this one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book March 12, 2000
By Jamie
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Once again David delivers on all fronts. Great characters, fast past, tight suspense, and extreme actaion. I find the review at the bottom interesting when they say that it took long to get through, simply because my only complaint is that the book is too short, it only took me two relatively short sittings to finish. But they were very enjoyable sittings!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Better Luck Next Time April 24, 2000
I've been a faithful David Morrell reader for years, but this one leaves me wondering -- is it an action-thriller or a love story? Chase, the hero of the story, describes Sienna Bellasar as being so beautiful that even with sunglasses, no makeup and a droppy hat he was afraid that her beauty would attract undue attention from border guards. Please! No one is that beautiful! Also, she doesn't seem to be too bright. There were other ways I found this novel lacking, but I won't waste your time listing them here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A major Morrell fan February 27, 2000
By A Customer
It took me longer to get through Burnt Sienna than any other Morrell book. The begining was slow but toward the middle the storyline picked up. Burnt Sienna does not have the intruige and suspence you have come to expect from Morrell. A majority of the begining of the book was character set-up. I would of course recommend this book to anyone, but don't expect alot of action in this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Morrell Masterpiece February 25, 2005
This is the third Morrell novel I have read and like The Protector this is a non stop thrill ride masterpiece. Burnt Sienna has you turning pages until the early hours of the morning as you can't put it down.

Malone an ex marine now full time painter has no choice other than to accept a demand by wealthy arms dealer Derek Bellasar to paint two portraits of his beautiful wife Sienna. His CIA buddy informs Malone that Bellasar has had his previous wives painted too before murdering them and wants him to convince Sienna to escape with him and inform the CIA of everything she knows about her husband. Upon arrival at Bellasar's French Riveria mansion compound Malone comes to quickly realise how little time Sienna has left and probably himself as well. He also realises just how hard it will be to escape if he can convince Sienna to believe him and how hard it will be to hide on the outside world with Bellasar's resources if they do.

A bit unrealistic at times but a non stop entertaining can't put down thriller non the less. As well as The Protector also check out Morrell's novel Long Lost.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
kept its pace and interest level characters were vivid it was a book recommend and will read other works by this author
Published 5 months ago by John McGuinness
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired story
I have read so many of David Morrell's books and love each of them. It is amazing to me that he keeps coming up with such inspired plots and characters. This one is wonderful.
Published 6 months ago by Madelyn Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not believeable from the start, then went down hill
I had high hopes for this one after having read Morrell's "Extreme Denial" which I liked. But this one had problems from the start. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Flynn
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars
This is the first book I have read by David Morrell. I am not sure I will read another. I know this is fiction, but some of the stuff was just too unrealistic for my taste. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TeeRob
2.0 out of 5 stars wanted to like it, but....
It is one of those works where each of the main characters is a perfect individual, who needs no improving or reforming. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
I read this book during 2 nights when I woke up at 2 in the morning. Quick pace, believable/interesting characters, and unexpected twist to the ending.
Published 13 months ago by J. B. Sullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Burnt Sienna by David Morrell: Excellent book/excellent writer, his...
The book held my interest all the way through.
The main character is amazing, some of the stuff he pulls off is amazing, it's like, no way......................... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tommy L King
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Mystery Writer!!
I have fallen in love with David Morrell. I have always been a Patterson fan and have read all his novels. Now I have found an author who really outdoes Patterson. Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Marciano
2.0 out of 5 stars So so
This book is only so so. It wasn't a bad read, but I expected it differently. It was recommended to me as an action packed story of an ex military CIA man versus a ruthless weapons... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Christopher M Belcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Was well Worth the read. I Loved it. Romance, mystery suspense. It's a Great book to read. Look forward to the end tutu
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More About the Author

David Morrell is the author of FIRST BLOOD, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy that begins with THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl. The other books in the trilogy are THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. His latest novel is the highly praised Victorian mystery/thriller, MURDER AS A FINE ART.

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