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Flash Gold (The Flash Gold Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lindsay Buroker
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Book Description

Eighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered "dogless sled" in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father's alchemical masterpiece.

With her modified rifle and a pocketful of home-made smoke bombs, Kali wouldn't normally hide from a confrontation, but taking on a whole airship single-handedly is a daunting task. Unfortunately, the other racers won't assist her--they're too busy scheming ways to sabotage her unorthodox sled.

When a sword-slinging stranger shows up, wanting to hire on as her protector, she's sure he has ulterior motives, but he's the only one interested in helping her. The question is...why?

An 18,000-word (80 page) novella

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About the Author

Lindsay is an independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She also gets excited about dark chocolate, vanilla lattes, and chatting online with her readers. Most of her heroines are on the geeky side--it's possible she might be too.

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  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UGMVP2
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  • Lending: Enabled
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Steampunk Should be Written September 16, 2011
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Flash Gold was the second book I've read in the Steampunk genre. I can honestly say that I get it now. The first title I attempted was The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (The Steampunk Chronicles) by Kady Cross. Lindsay Buroker can write circles around Cross.

This novella is very well written. Ms. Buroker has a wonderful talent of blending story and action. What I liked most was the pace and the way she laid out her tale. There weren't any lagging or long dumps of back-story yet I know so much about the characters. The movement, scenery, and emotion were top notch.

The best parts of this novella were the Steampunk aspects! Ms. Buroker took the elements of this genre - mechanical devices, steam propelled vehicles, and airships and placed them smoothly into the story. There addition didn't feel like spaceship pop up pages as they did in Cross's title. They fit, they made sense.

And thank goodness Lindsay Buroker didn't concentrate on the clothes. Note to other Steampunk authors - constantly mentioning corsets and wool tights does not automatically make your story Steampunk or a good read.

Thank you Ms. Buroker for giving me a glimpse into what fun I can have by reading this genre.

I look forward to reading Hunted [The Flash Gold Chronicles], book two in this series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little story that makes you want more. May 14, 2011
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I downloaded the sample to check out this new author before I committed to even the 99cent book, and I am sure glad I did! I stayed up late to finish this tale set in the Yukon during a sled dog race in a slightly different world from our own.

It is the story of Kali, a strong and intelligent eight-teen year old who has aspirations to win a dog sled race with a mechanical contraption...much to the other racers' anger. Kali is not your normal girl with a normal past either. She is extremely intelligent, apparently taking after her father, some sort of scientist who uncovered the secret of Flash Gold. Of course, there are those that want the Flash Gold to themselves and will stop at nothing to get their paws on it.

The little bits of Kali's past eluded to here and there throughout the story are interesting and will provide you with a desire for a follow up novel to delve deeper into her past. The story of her and Cedar's relationship is intriguing and has enough of those awkward moments to make it genuine and never feel forced. The quirky little world the author Ms Buroker has creating is interesting and works well for the story with just enough unique elements to make you enjoy the world and want to see more.

Over all I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adventure, especially one with a strong female lead that is realistic, intelligent and has the wit to make you chuckle as you read about her adventures. With any luck, we will see more of Kali in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars flash gold July 19, 2012
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This is a cute tale.

A super smart girl who enters a dog sled contest with one of her advanced inventions. On the eve of the race she encounters a mystery man who saves her from robbery (and possible kidnapping/death). He makes her an offer and they partner up. Fortunate for her as the hometurf bandit visit apparently is not a "one shot deal." She wants to win the race to gain the purse so she can leave the town (that is less than welcoming to her - for being a witch (and who knows what else)). She has some secrets related to her father and her inventions. The fellow (Cedar) has a secret or two himself. During the course of this rather predictible (but well told and amusing) race lots of bad guys and gals try to claim Kali for a bounty. Time and again Cedar (and her intellect) save the day. Along the way there are encounters purely fantasy themed (robotic dogs she created running off of special stuff) flying pirate ships, etc. While the scenes are somewhat predictible the accessories are (decidedly) not. With the genre, there is nothing so far out there that one cannot suspend belief for any of the occurances. It is fast paced, dialogue is fitting for characters presented and adds to fleshing in nice way. The text is basically error free of grammar and punctuation issues.

Many will enjoy this fantasy novelette for the novelty - the heroine who is strong (but is not overdone with tons of contrived abilities) and adds a hero who is very capable and insightful without hitting on the girl every 5 minutes. They spar and are great counterparts for each other. It is a good show of author ability and while may not be full of suspense and mystery, it contains good action scenes done believably and with dialogue that is witty.

Recommend this work and author.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Entertaining August 5, 2011
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Let me begin this review by stating that Flash Gold is definitely worth the $.99 you'll pay for it -- more than that, really. It's the popsicle of books. Cheap, doesn't last very long, but fun and tasty. Oh, and it's cold. Obviously, as it's set in the Yukon. I'd definitely be interested in reading more in a series.

Buroker develops interesting characters and an interesting premise. However, I did feel that Flash Gold suffered from focus on action rather than on world-building. I definitely wanted a deeper look into the world she has created, which I don't think was impossible in a story of this length. If I were her beta reader, I would have told her to edit for more world-building, as right now, it feels a little bit sparse. Hopefully, her next offerings will provide more of what I'm craving from this project.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I definitely enjoyed this book. Lots of action and some crazy good descriptions of steampunk type inventions. I will definitely be continuing with the series.
Published 1 month ago by JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
First, I was worried that everyone was after Kaly, and then, I figured that yes everyone was after Kaly. But then I knew she was with the right person. Nice end.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Great
I just finished the first four books in the Dragon series and I loved them. I didn't like this short story nearly as much. I would categorize it as alright or just average. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann de Vries
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure First, Then Characters, Then Steampunk
Even though the strange alchemical fuel "flash gold" is the steampunk macguffin that keeps the plot wheels turning in this series, and even though we have steam powered sleds and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pop Bop
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like steampunk, you'll like Flash Gold.
This is a well crafted story. Only flaw is that it isn't longer, but such is the nature of a novella. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Weldon
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent plot, excellently executed!
This book turned out to be a very quick read: first, because it is short, and second, because of its light, fast-paced story telling. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jay Bower
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, looking forward to a follow on work
good steam punk, well written, and short
Published 5 months ago by Kurt B. Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this series
I really like this series! I wish it would be longer and more involved :(. Thank you Lindsay. I love all your books especially emperor's edge.
Published 5 months ago by Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great series to enjoy! Give it a try!
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Light Entertainment
I had fun with this one! This is a much less robust tale than the Emperor's Edge series, but it's a pleasant upbeat read if you have a flight or a few minutes to sit down with a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by IrishFire
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Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered.

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