Mark Chisnell


Mark Chisnell has written 16 books, they’ve been translated into five languages and topped sales and download charts in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Mark writes suspense and mystery thrillers, technical books on the art and science of racing sailboats, along with non-fiction books and journalism on travel, sport and technology for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian.

Mark began his writing with travel stories, while hitch-hiking around the world. He got a job sweeping up and making tea with the British America’s Cup team in Australia in 1987 to earn the money to get home. He worked his way onto the boat as navigator and has sailed and worked with six more America’s Cup teams since then. He’s also won three World Championships in sailing, and currently runs the Technical Innovation Group at Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team.

Mark now lives by a river in the UK with his wife, two young sons and a dog – whenever he gets a couple of minutes peace he can usually be found reading a Jack Reacher novel, or the latest from Michael Lewis or Malcolm Gladwell.

Where to find Mark Chisnell online

Where to buy in print


Chinese Burn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,990. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Sam Blackett is back and in more trouble than ever before... She's in Shanghai working on a commission for the Boston Globe. If only she hadn't treated herself to dinner at the five star Peninsula Hotel she might even have got it finished and published - but she did, and so Roger Ravert died in her arms.
The Sniper – Janac’s Games, Origins #1
Series: Janac's Games, Prequel#1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,820. Language: American English. Published: September 25, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An empty clearing in the Vietnamese jungle in 1969. An explosive, complex and compromised war rages to the north and south, to the east and the west. Two men come to the clearing with a simple task in mind – to kill a man. The Sniper is a sensational short story (12,000 words or about 36 pages) featuring the central character from Mark Chisnell’s ‘Janac’s Games’ thrillers.
Powder Burn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,960. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
If Dragon Tattoo’s Mikael Blomkvist and the Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen could have a love-child, she’d probably be a lot like Sam Blackett... "Nail-biting action, a twisting plot and a fiesty heroine, Powder Burn is a page-turning thriller that is almost impossible to put down. The first in a new series, I'm not sure how Chisnell is going to top this one! Highly recommend!" said Minding Spot.
The Fulcrum Files
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,460. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
It's 1936, and like all his friends Ben Clayton desperately wants to believe that the Great War of 1914-18 really was the war to end all wars - but Hitler has other ideas and orders the German Army back into the Rhineland. History balances on a knife-edge, as Ben is thrown into a swirl of murder, spies and treachery; at stake is peace in Europe and the survival of those he loves most.
Spanish Castle to White Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,510. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Water sports, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Boating & sailing
(4.00 from 1 review)
So, you think you’d like to sail around the world? Sunsets across calm oceans, cocktails at cosy anchorages, landfalls in amazing new places? Not if you take part in one of the planet’s last great adventures. An incredible race, ripping and roaring through the seven seas. This is a tale of endurance, deprivation and adventure, a story of winners and losers, those who made it and those who did not.
Pressure Falling - Short Stories of Stormy Seas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,210. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Boating & sailing, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Ocean life
Are you warm, safe and dry? Good - because the ocean can be a dangerous place and never more so than when the barometric pressure plummets and huge waves start to rise. These five short stories - chilling, funny and scary in turns - will show you just how ugly and dangerous the sea can become. Wrap up warm and safe when you read this book, because the raw power of storms comes roaring to life.
Risk to Gain
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,040. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Water sports, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Boating & sailing
(5.00 from 1 review)
Have you ever dreamed of sailing around the world? If so, it probably wasn’t like this - stomach-churning storms, frustrating calms, broken gear, shattered hopes and stunning victories. Risk to Gain is the story of the men and women aboard two boats sailing around the world in the classic Whitbread Race. Travel with them on their voyage and gain a unique insight into their inspirational journey.
The Wrecking Crew
Series: Janac's Games, #2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,250. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.93 from 14 reviews)
‘A real ripping yarn... begging to be made into an all-action film.’ Qantas in-flight magazine. Drug warlord Janac has turned to piracy to fund his battle for control of the Australian narcotics trade. Attacking the MV Shawould on an evil night in the South China Sea, it seems Janac has also found the perfect next victim for his psychotic games... sequel to The Defector.
The Defector
Series: Janac's Games, #1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,870. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
(4.84 from 25 reviews)
‘This is a remarkable thriller – chillingly violent, full of tension and with a very original ending.’ Publishing News. What will you do, when it's you or them? This is the dilemma at the heart of The Defector - can Martin Cormac turn his back on his ruthless past as a currency trader, a big city player, and do the right thing? Not when he's looking for answers in sleazy bars...

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Published November 5, 2019.

Smashwords book reviews by Mark Chisnell

  • The Glassblower's Daughter on Nov. 18, 2010

    This is a wonderful book, I loved Greta's heartbreaking but ultimately redemptive journey, with some truly marvellous scenes - the ending was so poignant, so complete. This is a 'must-read' book.
  • Unusual Salami and Other Stories on Feb. 15, 2011

    A great collection from Frances Clarke, I loved the Glassblower's Daughter (if you haven't read it yet, then you must), and these stories were every bit as good.