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Snow Burn

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Tommy knows he's in trouble when he goes winter camping with friend Vince Nguyen without telling his folks. But when they're caught in a sudden blizzard, and the man they rescue from freezing to death turns out to be an escaped convict, Tommy's troubles are only beginning. Now Tommy and Vince must not only survive the blizzard, but also find a way to keep Quinn from killin ...more
Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Published (first published September 4th 2010)
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I enjoyed this one as far as the plot goes. It's a bit of a warning tale for teenagers to listen to their parents (or maybe that's how I read it because I'm a parent - not of a teenager yet, oh my!). I think you know the outcome, but not how we get there, which was quite a fun ride.

This young adult short story's plot is well thought-out. I think this would be a great book for a fourteen to seventeen year old boy. I'm actually amazed that more books aren't written specifically for boys in that ag
A quick read, at under 30,000 words, but an enjoyable one. Two teenage boys, camping in the snow, rescue a man who turns out to be an escaped convict. One of the boys is the son of Cambodian refugees, who believes that everyone has the capacity to act well. This belief is sorely tested when the convict decides that his only means of escape will be to dispose of his rescuers...
Snow Burn is a suspense novel, and suspense the novel does deliver! My only complaint is I wish the suspense started sooner. But, as soon as the boys found themselves in one sticky situation after another, I wasn’t able to click the next button on my Nook fast enough. There were several points in the storyline where I thought, “Okay! This is it! All heck is about to break loose!” But then the situation of diffuse only to build back up again. It was like a roller coaster (that was totally a clich ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Tommy and Vince are teenage boys who go camping when Vince's parents go away one weekend. They get caught in a blizzard, and end up stranded with a convict on the run. Will they survive the weekend?

I was impressed with this story. It seems like a natural telling from a teenaged boy. The language and thought process were very smooth and logical. There was humour and emotion, and it all seemed very reasonable, like something that could actually happen.

It is a short story, but packed full of action
Caleb Blake
This review is cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews (

Two boys decide to have a mini-adventure, camping overnight in the nearby woods. But when an unexpected blizzard hampers them and they find something in the woods, this might be an adventure that ends in disaster.

Snow Burn is a short to-the-point thriller for young adults.

The adventurous Vince convinces his friend Tommy to accompany him on a small camping excur
Sarah Snyder
I haven't read that many suspense novels, but it is a genre that I enjoy. Snow Burn was a rather quick read that evoked a surprising amount of emotion and internal debate.

Both of the main characters (Tommy and Vince) are surprisingly well developed for a 70+ page story. True, they sometimes seem one-dimensional, but honestly, you cannot expect perfect characterization here. Like I said before, this is an extremely quick read and it is suppose to be a suspense novel. It simply would not work if t
Lauren Hidden
Tommy looks forward to a horror movie marathon overnight at his friend’s house, a Cambodian refugee named Vince. But with his parents away for the weekend, Vince has more adventurous plans…winter camping a mile from a state park’s entrance.

Their night in their homemade igloo is interrupted when the boys bring in a near-death man with a colorful past. Their night of freedom turns out to be one of captivity as their igloo guest has a different plan for the evening. Will the boys get back to civili
Snow Burn is a novel about two teen boys who decide to go on a winter adventure without their parents' knowledge and end up getting into way more trouble than they could have ever imagined. The main characters, Tommy and Vince, end up going on a winter campout when their parents are away. What seems like a harmless adventure turns into a nightmare when the boys find a half-frozen man and decide to help him and things end up taking a scary turn, forcing the boys to see how far they will go to sav ...more
This is definitely one of those page turning books. It is a shorter YA book, but full of suspense. I liked the way that the characters have their relationship easily established. It builds to some of the plot twists by who is put in what situation. It might seem a little preachy and predictable, two boys out in the snow camping run into an escaped prisoner. What would you do? I mean, you could probably predict most of the plot. But there are some twists and turns that keep you guessing and the b ...more
Mary Beeson
I thought it was a great short story, with an excellent meaning behind it.

Join Vince and Tommy as they mix their life styles together. Vince, the stupid jock, who is always up for adventure, and Tommy, the brainic, who would rather be laying in bed reading a book or watching a movie. Vince decides that he needs to break Tommy out of his secure bubble by taking him camping.... in the middle of winter. The night did not start out to bad, that is until the blizzard hit and they had an unexpected gu
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Joel Arnold is the author of several novels. His short stories and articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including WEIRD TALES, CHIZINE, AMERICAN ROAD MAGAZINE and Cemetery Dance's anthology SHIVERS VII. In 2010 he received both a MN Artists Initiative Grant as well as the Speculative Literature Foundation's Gulliver Travel & Research Grant.

Arnold teaches writing at student worksho
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