Flash Gold

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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.

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About Lindsay Buroker

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'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.

My fantasy short stories are available as free ebooks around the web, and my fantasy novels are up at Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

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Reviews

Review by: Laurel Taylor on March 13, 2014 : star star star star star
What a rare, amazing, and thorough delight. Excellent story, we'll written and perfectly edited.
(review of free book)

Review by: slc333 on Aug. 30, 2013 : star star star star
Fun stream punk novella that leaves you wanting more. And guess what - there is more with the next 2 instalment already available.
(review of free book)

Review by: Fred Robertson on April 15, 2013 : star star star star star
Great story...off the beaten written track...very catching...worse than a cold!(or better.
(review of free book)

Review by: Willow Webster on Jan. 29, 2013 : star star star star star
Another great steampunk novel!
(review of free book)

Review by: Willow Webster on Jan. 29, 2013 : star star star star star
The more steampunk vovels I read the more I love them. This one was no exception. Great book!
(review of free book)

Review by: Sophia DeLuna on Oct. 12, 2012 : star star star star star
I very much enjoyed reading this story. Its style is very similar to the Emperor's Edge series, which I love.
(review of free book)

Review by: Damon L. Wakes on Sep. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
Just because a book costs nothing doesn't make it worth reading: Flash Gold, however, is one you can't afford to miss.

Though this novella most likely won't take more than a couple of days to read, it'll stick with you for longer. The steampunk technology is typical in many ways, but the Yukon setting--where such devices have not yet been fully accepted--adds a new twist. Interesting as the background is, though, it never overshadows the story itself, which races along nicely.

It's also worth mentioning that, although there are other books in the Flash Gold Chronicles, this one works perfectly well as a standalone story: great if you find yourself with just a little time to fill. However, I for one certainly intend to pick up the next in the series!
(review of free book)

Review by: pdarnold on June 22, 2012 : star star star star star
I've had this book on my to read list for awhile. The other day I needed a quick story to read to shake off the very long book I had just finished. What a delight!!!!! I love this story! As I progressed I found myself regretting the book was so short. Upon completion, I quickly came here to check if there's more from this author, in particular more of Kali and Cedar. What excitement when I saw on the page for Hunted (The Flash Gold Chronicles, #2) "You own it"! Yea!!!! I think I probably picked it up during the Read an E-Book Week.

In Flash Gold there are mechanical wonders, a steampunk air ship, modified guns, dog sled racing, bad guys and gals, pirates, and one hunk of a man... what's not to like?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: pdarnold on June 22, 2012 : star star star star star
I've had this book on my to read list for awhile. The other day I needed a quick story to read to shake off the very long book I had just finished. What a delight!!!!! I love this story! As I progressed I found myself regretting the book was so short. Upon completion, I quickly came here to check if there's more from this author, in particular more of Kali and Cedar. What excitement when I saw on the page for Hunted (The Flash Gold Chronicles, #2) "You own it"! Yea!!!! I think I probably picked it up during the Read an E-Book Week.

In Flash Gold there are mechanical wonders, a steampunk air ship, modified guns, dog sled racing, bad guys and gals, pirates, and one hunk of a man... what's not to like?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jemima Pett on March 13, 2012 : star star star star star
I got this book as the first in the series when I saw the third during the Read an E-Book Week. Proof that these promotions work for some people!

Flash Gold is a short book, but a full story that introduces Kali, her inventions and her world in vivid and glorious technicolour! Kali is set on competing in a sled competition with her new steam powered sled, much to the derision of the locals, and not a little jealousy and fear from those that suspect she’s a witch. A mysterious, but handsome, stranger turns up to suggest she hires him ‘for security’ during the sled race. The price? 10% of her winnings. Suspicious, Kali thinks. And of course she’s right. Nevertheless he proves his usefulness, with an antiquated sword as well as the latest in rifles, as Kali is beset by assailants over and over again. The hidden prize? Flash Gold, her late father’s invention, rapidly become the Holy Grail to unscrupulous and murderous entrepreneurs who see it as the solution to… what? I suspect they don’t actually know, and maybe Kali only suspects the half of it. From the sample of the third book I read online, I think we have plenty of the story to unfold yet!

It’s well written, vividly conjuring up the Yukon icefields and the characters sparsely populating them. Action scenes are smartly described, with diabolically imaginative inventions. The adventure looks set to continue. Looking forward to it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Victoria Chvatal on Jan. 29, 2012 : star star star star star
Great book. Although short, the novella has a fast-moving plot, a good team of protagonists whose strengths complement each other, and enough details to create a sense of the universe where the action takes place. The heroine, Kali, is a strong, smart woman without being too perfect. I'm getting the sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Diana Collins on Jan. 25, 2012 : star star star star star
Great book, although too short. I got hooked on Lindsay's books when I got the first Emperor's Edge and have purchased all the other books I could find by Lindsay. I like Kali and identify with her insecurities. Cedar is my new hero, tough and humorous. It's a great mix.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mia Darien on Jan. 24, 2012 : star star star star star
That was fantastic. I don't give 5 Stars very often, but this deserved it.

The steampunk elements blended seamlessly into integral parts of the plot and character. Kali was wonderful and Cedar was just the kind of hero I like. The plot was a fun, fast-paced racing romp and adventure.

For anyone who wants to write a smart, sassy tough chick and anyone who wants to write a sympathetic Alpha hero, with wonderful interaction, this is how it's done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jacquelyn Smith on Oct. 10, 2011 : star star star star
I'm new to steampunk and I really enjoyed this book. Kali is an appealing character, and I love the chemistry between her and Cedar. I downloaded Hunted right after I finished reading Flash Gold to find out what happens next!
(review of free book)

Review by: Kylie A on Aug. 28, 2011 : star star star star star
Wonderful!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Carol on Aug. 08, 2011 : star star star star star
All the adventure and gadgets that you would expect in a steampunk novella. The Yukon setting is different. The main character is well developed and the pace is fast. Only thing you might wish for is more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jeffrey Poole on July 25, 2011 : star star star star star
An adventurous romp into 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!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cathy Keaton on July 16, 2011 : star star star star star
This short story is awesome! I completely loved it. It's a great steampunk read, as my interests in that genre are growing more and more, lately. "Flash Gold" has such an endearing quality going for it, I couldn't help but love it. Although light on the details of the steampunk technology, it is so strong on story and character, you just don't really miss it.

The plot is perfectly paced and there is plenty of dangerous action going on. But, the best thing about this story is its amazing characters. They are so funny, unique and interesting. Kali, the main character is my favorite and she's a little spitfire. I love how stern she is at only 18-years-old. Cedar is a great contrast to her, being one to talk less and do more. They make a great team.

I couldn't help but think of True Grit as I got into this story. Kali kind of reminds me of Mattie, although Cedar is nothing like Rooster.

Yes, Lindsey, please DO write more about these great characters. I want more, since the story is left with a brand new adventure about to begin for Kali. I would like to know what's going to happen next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lillie H on June 03, 2011 : star star star star
Read the full review at: Read My Mind


My Review:
I've previously read work by Lindsay Buroker, and have been very impressed with the amount of detail that goes into her adventure stories. Because she does write true adventure books. They might fit under genres or sub-genres like fantasy, science-fiction or steampunk, but the one thing that Buroker writes well is a rip-roaring adventure story.

FLASH GOLD is no exception.

This time around, Buroker brings to the page Kali MacAlister and her extremely mysterious "partner", Cedar. I have to admit that I really wanted to learn more about Cedar. FLASH GOLD doesn't really explain his background, just how he came to be in Kali's orbit, and why he seemed so eager to help her in a sled-race across the Yukon. I found myself wanting Buroker to bring up his history, or delve a bit deeper into his background. In fact, I remember having the same feeling about her character, Sicarius, in ENCRYPTED, and feeling so psyched when he had his own story, THE EMPEROR'S EDGE.

Kali was just as fascinating a character. Though she is a woman alone in the Yukon (or perhaps, because she is), Kali is no shrinking violet. There are times when Cedar jumps in to help her from villains, but there are just as many times that she is utterly capable of taking care of herself, even in the face of people who aren't that concerned about whether they capture her dead or alive.

The steampunk aspect of the novel really captured my attention. This is one of the things that I love about reading Buroker's books. Yes, they are undeniably fantasy, but she always adds a little something in each story line that makes it unique and intriguing. In ENCRYPTED, there was code and code-breakers. In THE EMPEROR'S EDGE, there was counterfeiting. Each story is driven by an idea that seems like it's never been done before.

FLASH GOLD could certainly never be confused or lumped in with anything I have read before. Even with the brevity of the page numbers, this is a complete story that I enjoyed reading. Fans of a pronounced romance might hesitate with this one, but any readers who love an adventure, a little bit of danger, and a woman who can make mechanical dogs, will want to check this book out.

4.5/5 for plot
4.5/5 for characters
4/5 for language

My Rating: 13/15 (4 stars) Highly Recommend


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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kelly Rubidoux on April 27, 2011 : star star star star star
Originally reviewed at Reading the Paranormal - paranormalbookreviews-kelly.blogspot.com

This is a short and sweet little steampunk novella that has enough going for it to be a expanded or extended into a full length novel. I loved Kali's prickly can-do attitude. She's used to taking care of herself and she does just that. Cedar intrigued me. I'd love to hear his backstory and see more of what made him into the man he turned into.

As short as this story is, it easily drew me into Kali's life and the hardships she faces. Sure, I'm a sucker for steampunk and all the fun gadgets that go with it, but this was just fun to read. I would totally be game for more stories set in this world.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: iamjoy on April 26, 2011 : star star star
I don't normally read steampunk, but I had no trouble suspending disbelief with this. The story moved along at an engrossing pace. On the other hand, I kind of felt that perhaps it was a little rushed and there could have been more development of the backstory and characters. This may have helped the reader better understand the alternate world that was the setting. Still, Kali is an admirable heroine - tough, creative and assertive. The is witty and seems realistic.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: calebblake on April 08, 2011 : star star star star
Steam punk meets dog sleds in the Yukon.

This was a really entertaining read. The interplay between Cedar and the feisty Kali made the story dance and the setting was highly original for a steam punk offering.

This author has caught my attention and I'll be reading more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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