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.My Thoughts: Look! Another awesome freebie! Yay! 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.
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?
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.
More books by Lindsay Buroker
Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The Steampunk Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Flash Gold was a free read I picked up from Smashwords on 04/03/11.