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'What really impressed me though was the strong characterisation and plotting. It is rather complicated, but everything dovetails together very nicely at the end… Fans of David Downing or Alan Furst in particular should give this book a chance.' Crime Fiction Lover

'With his riveting plotting and engaging characters, Chisnell provides a good read.' Read All Day

'This is a well-researched historical thriller with romantic extras. The hero is a poor boy with a brain and the complex snobberies he encounters are sharply delineated. Two nicely contrasted heroines, lots of period detail and a touch of industrial strife thrown in. This is a big book, well-worth settling down to. I shall be looking out for more.' Indie e-book review

'Once the “course” of the book was finally set, I was hooked. Just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore this amazing, fast paced story emerged before my very eyes and I couldn’t put it down… What you have is just another shining example of why Chisnell is an indie name to keep your eyes on.' Kindle Obsessed

‘History, the sea, adventure, Romance and intrigue make for a good plot but the real measure is if you can put it down or not. I couldn’t and am looking forward to Mark’s next book for he has a new fan.’ Pete Goss

About the Author

Mark Chisnell writes the kind of stories that keep you turning the pages on holiday, and still thinking about them when you get back to work ...
The books include the Kindle chart-topping thrillers - The Defector, The Wrecking Crew and The Fulcrum Files - as well as award-winning works of non-fiction. He's a former professional sportsman and also works as a broadcaster and journalist, writing for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian.
Probably Mark's greatest achievement was hitch-hiking to Mt Everest base-camp in Tibet. In training shoes. Or maybe that was the stupidest.

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  • File Size: 3547 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1621251632
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074HGO4S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Chisnell grew up in a small town on the east coast of England. The town was dominated by the rise of the oil industry and the decline of shipbuilding and fishing. Mark has been a professional sportsman and also won awards as a broadcaster and for his non-fiction accounts of maritime adventure. He's written for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. One of his greatest personal achievements was hitch-hiking to Mount Everest base-camp in Tibet. In Trainers.

Mark had thought he'd have a future as a marine engineer, that was until he picked up a copy of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The cover said it would change the way the reader felt about the world and it changed Mark's perception about his life and where he wanted to go. He learned that books can change people's lives and that he wanted to write one. He wanted to write many.

Mark began by writing about the sport in which he won three world championships, and subsequently won plaudits and recognition for his adrenaline-fuelled and suspenseful accounts of round-the-world racing. When he moved to fiction, he used his experiences as a sportsman and his background in broadcasting and journalism to weave chart-topping tales filled with intrigue, danger, romance and characters that take the reader on an incredible page turning journey.

Mark currently lives in Europe with his wife and son.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Carol Devine on March 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
All Ben Clayton wants to do is take to the Atlantic Ocean and America as engineer on board the yacht `Windflower', and it looks as though this dream is about to become reality, when - in a scene as memorable as the opening chapter of Ian McEwan's Enduring Love - a shocking accident changes everything. Clayton suddenly finds himself drawn into an increasingly complex tale of murder, politics and espionage.

Having read and reviewed both of Mark Chisnell's previous novels, The Defector and The Wrecking Crew, I was surprised and curious that he had chosen this time to write an historical thriller, based on real events. But he carries it off with great assuredness.

In the English boatyards around Hamble and The Solent pre-World War 2, there is more concern with class divisions than the seemingly unlikely prospect of another war. Yet beyond the upper-class gambling clubs and expensive racing yachts; beyond the struggles and hand-to-mouth existence of the striking fishermen, other forces are at work. When the action moves to Germany, Munich is painted as fashionable, vibrant and alive, but the bonhomie of the beer halls is undermined by the chilling presence of uniformed Gestapo on the streets. It is to the writer's credit that despite the reader's knowledge of the historical outcome, there is still, through Clayton's eyes, the sense of a moment in time: where such things have not yet come to pass.

As ever with a Mark Chisnell novel, we are treated to his pre-occupations with psychology, philosophy, and of course, sailing. The moral dilemma this time is represented by the conflict Clayton faces given his commitment as an avowed pacifist, when pitted against the enormity of the potential threat that looms.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carol N. Cronin on February 8, 2012
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The Fulcrum Files combines several of my own interests: European history, boat design and sailing, and the Riddle of the Sands. Best of all it's spiced up with a few love interests and a murder mystery. The action is fast-paced, the writing is tight, and the characters are so believable and fresh you'll wish you could share a drink with them. This may well be one of the best books I read this year. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 18, 2012
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The unlikely hero of this complex (and rather long) spy thriller is a young engineer who just wants to build a better sailboat and live peacefully with the love of his life until the closing credits of happily ever after. Unfortunately for him, his dream becomes quite a bit more complicated when a tragic event overturns his life plan, pushing him way beyond his comfort zone and into the pre-stages of WWII.

While trying to uncover the truth about the aforementioned tragic event, he finds himself caught between the obligations of his job and loyalty to his friends, and is even forced to deny the woman he loves.

An unexpected business trip to Germany in the company of a mysterious femme fatale leads to further problems on all fronts, and soon he's fighting harder than he ever did in the boxing rings of his youth. As can be expected from the "Fulcrum" part of the title, he gets landed (involuntarily) with a pivotal role in determining the outcome of an inevitable war.

This novel has something for everybody - intrigue, politics, action, romance - even geography, history and sailing. The hero? Well, he's not your suave superman by any means, and even though you'll want to thump him upside his head for his lack of finesse, you'll still be rooting for him in the end.

Amanda Richards, September 18, 2012
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2012
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Chisnell's third thriller is another that's impossible to put down, with an intricate plot, superb characterisation and unexpected twists that maintain suspense - and surprise - right to the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Ashton on February 3, 2012
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The usual excellent intricate plot and well drawn characters. The big difference is the era in which the action takes place. Superb research pays off as he paints a realistic political backdrop to the fast paced action. His best yet
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ilbob on September 3, 2012
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A freebie I acquired in mid April and started reading, and somehow got about a third of the way through it and stopped. So, as part of my resolve to wade through the bunch of free (or near free) books I have started but never finished, I started reading it again. I managed to read another third of it before just giving up on it.

It is the story of Ben Clayton. A boxer who in 1922 seriously injures another fighter in the ring and so loses interest in boxing.

We pick up his story in 1936. He is now working as a structural engineer at an aircraft factory. The factory owner (Harold Dunwood) also owns a racing yacht. A fellow engineer (Stanley) at the aircraft factory dies on the yacht while they are installing a new mast the two engineers designed. Ben rooms with Stanley and his wife.

It turns out that the accident might not have been an accident.

It also turns out that a friend of Dunwoods is a homosexual. A British intelligent agent (also a Dunwood friend) blackmails the friend into helping out against a pacifist group he is part of.

Ben discovers Stanley is broke and way behind on his bills, possibly because of gambling debts.

It gets more convoluted as Ben investigates Stanley's death to the point where I just lost interest.

I was very hopeful I would like the book as it had a bunch of what appear to be legit 4 and 5 star reviews, which is what convinced me to give it a shot in the first place, but it just got so convoluted that I lost interest. YMMV.
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