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The Fulcrum Files

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The young, charismatic Ben Clayton was one of Britain's brightest boxing prospects, until the day he slammed a left hook into a fragile chin. Sickened by the consequences he turned away from the ring, and found solace in the arms of the beautiful Lucy Kirk.

Hitler's Challenge

On the 7th March 1936, after almost two decades of peace in Europe, Hitler ordered the German Army...more
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Published February 1st 2012
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In inter-war Britain forces are at work either trying to prevent or prepare for a second world war. Ben Clayton is more interested in sailing and fisherman's daughter Lucy. When an apparent accident kills his friend Ben is plunged into a world of intrigue, plots and counter-plots. As a sworn pacifist he doesn't even want to be involved with the production of warplanes like the Spitfire, but events force him to rethink his position. His beliefs aren't the only thing under threat, as his relations...more

Set in England and Germany as Hitler is starting his encroachment in to France this tale follows an engineer who was a scholarship student at university and found himself between the lower class working men and the upper crust of the privileged. He and a friend while working for an aircraft company designed an advanced aluminum mast for another industrial mogul’s racing yacht. When the friend is killed in an accident while stepping the mast the trouble begins workers on the yacht strike, the tit...more
I never would've discovered Mark Chisnell's writing if it my friend hadn't talked me into getting an e-reader, which I did. I then discovered Smashwords and free e-books. After slogging through some real dreck, I picked up The Defector. I was blown away. I found Mark on Twitter and asked why he was giving away such a quality read. I mean - I know I complain about e-book prices, but The Defector and it's sequel, The Wrecking Crew are too good to be free. (They aren't any more, but they're still w...more
Misty Baker
I have this acquaintance (I’d call her a friend, but I think that’s slightly overstating) that is obsessed with puzzles. She has an entire room in her home dedicated to them. She has the roll up mat meant for easy travel and the finishing spray to ensure that her completed beauties remain intact and full of glory. She frames them and hangs them on the wall. Like I said…she is obsessed. So one day I asked her, “What is it about puzzles that you love so much?” Her response (much like her puzzles)...more
Carol Cronin
I'm not usually a big fan of thrillers, but I really enjoyed this one. Chisnell has overlaid the big picture tensions of a significant moment in European history (1936) with the small details of people who are just trying to do the right thing.

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Louise Warman
Excellently well plotted thriller set against the build up to the Second World War.
This novel goes beyond conventional as it also explores issues of class, gender and sexuality of the period. A fine read.
Karis North
A slow starter with a good finish. Pre war England, espionage, politics, Nazis sailing, class struggles, handsome stalwart hero and the dark and light heroines. What's not to enjoy!
Hal Zenner
Enjoyed the book. It took awhile to "get started," so the second half was better than the first.
I enjoyed the twists and suspense ....
Karl Strohmeier
Marginally okay.
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What will you do... When it's you or them? When it's them... or the woman you love?

I’m Mark Chisnell and I write the kind of stories that will keep you turning the pages till you’re done, and still thinking about them long after that. This is the home of the Kindle-chart-topping Janac’s Games thrillers, and the Burn series featuring Vermont backcountry girl and wannabe-investigative journalist, Sa...more
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The Defector (Janac's Games, #1) Powder Burn  (Burn with Sam Blackett, #1) The Wrecking Crew (Janac's Games, #2) The Sniper (Janac's Games, #0.5) Pressure Falling - Short Stories of Stormy Seas

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