Flash Gold (a steampunk novella set in the Yukon)

Flash Gold (a steampunk novella set in the Yukon)

by Lindsay Buroker

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012403469
Publisher: Lindsay Buroker
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Series: Flash Gold Chronicles Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 629,667
File size: 279 KB

About 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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Flash Gold 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
sporkdelis More than 1 year ago
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.
donnamab More than 1 year ago
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.
FlipTex More than 1 year ago
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.
Divco More than 1 year ago
Again I love Lindsay's work. Great characters with so many possible story lines to follow.
Jaymikal More than 1 year ago
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!!
burtle More than 1 year ago
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!
ErinLausten More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great and greater keep them comming...Kenn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this short story set in an 1890's alternative world Yukon territory. The main characters were interesting, along with their guns, sword, guard dogs, sled and an airship. I look forward to reading the second story in this series and hope to find out more about the characters and the flash gold. I recommend taking an evening to read this story. You won't have to stay up all night to finish it. It is about 55 e-book pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy these type of steam punk style stories, just wish it had been longer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short book about 200ish pgs. Good quick read that keeps you entertained. I have also enjoyed several of her other stories as well. More of a 4.5, I just thought with that kind of a bounty on her head more people would be looking for her.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buroker's "Flash Gold" is an exciting steampunk with an unusual setting and original protagonists. I like the idea of a misunderstood mechanical genius and a bounty hunter with a secret teaming up to win a race, with opponents from every side trying to sabotage, kidnap, or kill them. Great details, very atmospheric, with just a hint of budding romance. Highly recommended to Buroker's fans, as well as fans of Annie Bellet, Devon Monk, and Gail Carriger. -- lyradora
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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BarbieA More than 1 year ago
 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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KayDeePA More than 1 year ago
Will read the entire series.
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ZarathustraMike More than 1 year ago
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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