Flash Gold (a steampunk novella set in the Yukon) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Flash Gold (a steampunk novella set in the Yukon)

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Overview

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?

Details: an 18,000-word (75 page) steampunk novella set in the Yukon during the gold rush era.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012403469
  • Publisher: Lindsay Buroker
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: The Flash Gold Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 217,548
  • File size: 273 KB

Meet the Author

I've been writing fantasy novels and short stories since I was seven. I've been finishing them since... well, that's a more recent development. I enjoy writing fantasy stories that take place in steam-age worlds, but this is the first you might call steampunk. It's also the first that takes place on Earth!

I'm a professional blogger for my day job, and I live in the Seattle area. I have two vizslas who are as spoiled as most people's kids. Occasionally they let me leave the house to play tennis, go to the coffee shop, or take a yoga class.
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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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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Great sequel. Strong characters

    Again I love Lindsay's work. Great characters with so many possible story lines to follow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    An adventurous romp in the wilds of the Yukon!

    I acquired this novella after reading (and thoroughly enjoying) one of her other works, Emperor's Edge. I really enjoyed that, as well as this one. This adventure focuses on young Kari McAllister, an orophaned teenager in a small town in the middle of the Yukon. The townsfolk have labeled her as a witch just because she's a very gifted engineer, having created numerous inventions. Her deceased father was also responsible for creating a mysterious substance called flash gold, which apparently can be used to generate power. Several of Kari's inventions are powered by flash gold. However, her father's work has raised interest in quite a few groups of people all bent on acquiring this new technology for themselves. I won't give anything else away, only to say that this novella is truly worth reading, and I sincerely hope that the author continues this storyline with another adventure!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Great story!

    I really loved this novella. The characters were fun and it was nice to read a steampunk story that wasn't set in England. I hope that the author continues writing for these characters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    A Fast Fun read! Couldn't put it down!

    I had a blast reading this novella! By choosing a brilliant new location Lindsay Buroker takes the elements of steampunk and brings a new perspective. From mechanical sleds to airships the action is non-stop and characters engaging. Just the kind of read I needed for a quiet evening at home. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

     am recently introduced to steampunk and this lady has the chops

     am recently introduced to steampunk and this lady has the chops. She sure can write. Her characters emerge through their acts and their conversations, although the POV is the heroine Kali
     This is great fun and I strongly recommend it. Now I'm going to read the second book in the series and I can't wait.

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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 August 15, 2013

    A Great steampunk short story

    I really enjoyed this little steampunk story set in Canada. The characters were engaging and the ending left me eager to read the next one without leaving me hanging off a cliff :)

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    Interesting premise, and cool tech, but the characters were disa

    Interesting premise, and cool tech, but the characters were disappointing.  The heroine is motivated by your typical been-burned-now-can't-trust-anyone attitude, and the hero is the secretive swashbuckler type.  I mean, she's a lone young teenager, is attacked by bad guys, fights for her life, and then goes about her business without further thought, as if nothing significant happened.
    I liked the over-all idea of this story, but maybe the book needed to be longer to really flesh out the setting and give the characters, including the stereotypical witch-hunting and pirate-like villains, some depth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Story was too short

    The author should write more because she captures your interest and the story is very good with an satifactory ending but I would like for the novella to be a book. I would have more time to enjoy the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Good story

    Very nice. I was disappointed to see it end so soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Too short to be a book

    Intetesting tale

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Great book

    The book kept me reading and when i wasnt reading, i wanted to know what was going on. The plot line was great and the chracters are beleivable. Godd job and keep them coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Way Cool!

    Great story, characters & punctuation! I am buying the rest of the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    New author

    Nice short,wish this was a full novel i think it would have been quite a story. Really enjoy steampunk,. You judge

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I hope there are more books on the way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Love it!!

    It's easy to fall in love with the characters, and root for them in your mind. I hope to read/learn more about them!

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