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Flash Gold

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    Fun short book

    I found this author through her advice about indie publishing on her blog. I now go there weekly because, though she may repeat herself, it’s very interesting and informative. She has links to the first of all her novel and novella series. Since I go there at least weekly I decided that I should give this book a try.


    Flash Gold is short at 40,000 words, but feels closer to a full length novel. At first this was a little annoying to me, but I figured it made me feel like I was getting more bang for my buck (Literally, the e-book sells for $.99).

    The story goes that Kali McAllister is trying to run a dogsled race (I assume the Iditarod) in her steam-powered “dogless sled”. She is met at her workshop by Ceder, a man who professes to be a pugilist, but no one really thinks that. Kali’s sister, Nelly, thinks that he’s a newcomer too green to the Yukon to survive; Kali thinks he’s out to get the secret to her father’s invention, Flash Gold. As the first action scene shows she has a surplus of people out for the elusive material and as she takes out one or two, Ceder rushes to her aid and takes out all of the bandits. She decides to keep him.


    The story reminds me of the pilot to a tv show. Short, sweet, but enough to get you interested in the next episode. I have a feeling that just three books of any length will not really be enough for any real fan of this series. The characters were refreshingly different from each other. This I found important as I have read too many YA (and not YA) books where everyone really was pretty similar sounding. Ceder and Kali have distinct voices. I found Kali’s red-neck grammar to be a bit over the top, but I’d rather have over the top than lukewarm. I was having problems with a pair of characters I’m writing and the necessity for them to really be different from each other, and this book has gotten me back writing again.

    The lack of real romantic mushiness was appealing. There were suggestions of things to come, but nothing overt. I’m one of those people who would rather read/watch/write something that doesn’t inevitably lead to the romantic. I know that stuff sells, so I forgive those who do write the “romance wins in the end” book series. This book at least didn’t have me worrying that I’m going to be looking at a constant Yearning and Longing throughout the other two books. At best I’m expecting a Firefly-esque Mac never getting the girl because he’s such a blowhard sort of thing. Except maybe Kali will get over that. Either way I’m saving my hard-earned pennies for the next book in the series.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    A quick, fun read

    I enjoy all kinds of alternate reality stories including steampunk and this was a fun addition to my collection. Setting the story in the Arctic instead of London or some other metropolis was a brilliant twist that the author used to good advantage; the weather and the harsh landscape are as much of a trial for the heroine as the viallains are. For a short story, the characters are quite well-drawn and interesting. My only criticism is that the plot was quite thin and much of the background was simply assumed. The ending, while predictable, was satisfying and left room for a sequel. I hope that there is a sequel. I would like to see the author flesh out this world and these characters.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Interesting take on the steampunk genre.

    There are a couple of interesting twists in this intro novella - female protagonist, Yukon setting instead of something more strictly Victorian, airships in the arctic. Its fast moving, innocent with some hints - young teenagers could read it without frightening parents.

    Anyway, enjoyed it enough to buy the follow up novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Such fun

    I loved this ss. I love many books so I've started giving books a 5* only in a series when I've read the 2nd too. Honestly though this was witty, charming, romantic & just plain fun.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    Loved this story

    Will read the entire series.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Highly Recommended, I bought the entire 3 book series....

    Captures you on the very first page. I couldn't put my Nook down until I finished the trilogy. I'm looking forward to more of Lindsay Buroker's books. I like strong female charactors......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Good read!

    As with all Buroker's stories; they leave me wanting more! I love the vivid characters, and the story is engaging. This story cut.off long before I wanted it to, but that lends itself well to a series. Can't wait to continue!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Quick and fun

    Fun little book that moves at a quick pace. I have read all three of the series and couldn't be more pleased.

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