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I don't want to give much away in the review and the book description at the top of the page already does a good job of setting the stage, so I'll just add it's gripping, fast-paced, and pretty difficult to put down (I finished it in three days). I loved that the main character was female, and a pretty relatable one at that, with flaws like all of us.
The only bad thing about "Powder burn" actually turns out to be good: I would have wanted this book to be longer, it left me wanting more! So I was really happy to find out it's only the start of a series.
Did you really make it this long reading my review? What are you waiting for? Click on "buy"! You won't regret it.
This story started off a little slow, but then there was non stop action and suspense. The characters were diverse. There was a heroine that at first seemed just an average female in over her head, but then helped save the day. There was mountain climbing, then mountain survival. There were men with guns, a magic sword, monks, chases down mountain slopes. There was a slowly building romance, and a surprising twist that waited until the epilogue. There is obviously a sequel but this could also be a stand alone book.
It was a lot of rather boring day-to-day activities on their trek to the mountain, which got old. I got to skipping paragraphs to get through it all. It also seemed like they could carry an awful lot of food and supplies up that mountain, and they never ran out of food or fuel for the stove no matter how long they were out there.
Another thing was the names of the two countries involved. The first was a very secretive and peaceful place called "Shibde," which sounded a lot like Tibet would be, so for all intents and purposes I'll call it "Tibet." Tibet was invaded by another weirdly named extremely brutal and evil country which sounded a lot like a description of China but was not called China. For all intents and purposes I'll call it "China." Now maybe there really are two countries called that in Asia (in which case I owe the author an apology), but if the author was writing about Tibet and China, why the heck didn't he just call them Tibet and China? Yeah, it's probably silly, but it bugged me throughout the book.
I was also skeptical that the "Chinese" soldiers who were hunting for the "Tibet" refugees/freedom fighters only had a couple of bolt action rifles for a squad, instead of each carrying a fully automatic AK-47 type rifle. They had a helicopter but not modern weapons? And why would there only be two of the group armed? I might believe the "Tibet" guards used bolt actions, but not the "Chinese" occupiers.
And lastly, the "mystical sword" story. This was intriguing for me and I actually got caught up in it, so I was doubly disappointed to read the ending. What a big let-down! The ending dropped it from 3 to 2 Stars.
Conclusion: You might like this book if you love snowboarding and mountain climbing, but if you like mystery it's kind of disappointing.