Book Of The Day – The Fulcrum Files

by Greg on July 10, 2013

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Thriller by Mark Chisnell and it’s 33% off for a limited time. The Fulcrum Files has a great 4.5 star rating and is on sale for only $2.99 – save $1.50!

“The action is fast-paced, the writing is tight, and the characters are so believable and fresh you’ll wish you could share a drink with them. This may well be one of the best books I read this year. Highly recommended.”
Carol C. – Amazon Reviewer

The Fulcrum Files
by Mark Chisnell
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Price: $2.99 save $1.50


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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 back into the Rhineland. It was a direct challenge to Britain and France. Still unnerved by the slaughter of the Great War, the politicians wavered. The French Army stayed in its barracks, while the aristocratic British elite watched from their country retreats.

Knife Edge

History was balanced on a knife edge, and MI5’s Fleming White knew that if the German challenge was ignored, Hitler’s grip on power would harden like setting steel. The result would be a bigger, bloodier war for which Britain was not ready. It was an outcome that White would do anything to avoid.


The ruthless spymaster pushed his pawns around the board and soon just one man could make the difference between war and peace, victory or defeat. And that man was Ben Clayton. Thrown into the maelstrom of plot and counter-plot, into a world of mysteries, murder, spies and traitors, Ben must battle not just to survive, but to protect all that he loved and held most dear – Lucy.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

This book satisfies sailing buffs, history fans, espionage addicts, and anyone else yearning for a good yarn.

Nina Sankovitch, Huffington Post


Chisnell’s third thriller is another that’s impossible to put down, with an intricate plot, superb characterisation and unexpected twists that maintain suspense – and surprise – right to the end.


Very good story here. The author did a superb job all around for this ww2 espionage thriller. Very highly recommend to those who like a solid spy thriller.


The Fulcrum Files is very well-written and very enjoyable. This was a thriller and I didn’t stop reading until the end. I especially like suspense/thrillers that have lots of twists and turns (as long as they make sense to the book) and this one delivers. Grab this book now.


I “reviewed” all of Mark Chisnell’s books and they all get fives. There is adventure and suspense throughout his books. I’ll say no more…just get all of the books!

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About The Author

I grew up in a small town on the east coast of England, a town dominated by the rise of the oil industry and the decline of shipbuilding and fishing. I messed around in boats and read everything written by Alistair MacLean, Ian Fleming and many more like them – but the sea was a non-negotiable part of everyone’s life in that little town, and a future as some sort of marine engineer seemed inevitable.

And then I found a copy of Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in a hill cabin in England’s Lake District. A mix of a hang-over and too much snow restricted any other activity – well, it was New Year – and so I read it over a couple of days.

The cover said it would change the way I thought and felt about the world, and the funny thing was… it did. Pirsig’s exploration of quality and values inspired me to drop my plans for engineering, and take philosophy along with physics at college. I also learned that books work – they’re important and they can change your life. I wanted to write one. I wanted to write lots.

Those were the days before 19-year olds got seven figure advances for Young Adult novels, and I (rather sweetly in retrospect) believed that I needed to know about the world before I could write about it – at least that was my excuse for buying a one-way ticket and, with US$400 in my pocket, climbing on the plane to Los Angeles.

By the time I got home three years later, I’d had a couple of travel stories published in the New Zealand Herald and the South China Morning Post. And I’d hitch-hiked to Mt Everest base-camp in Tibet. In Adidas trainers. It was either my greatest achievement, or the stupidest. A year later a fully-equipped British summit attempt was airlifted out from the same spot – cue icy chills down the spine when I read that news story.

I’d also got involved in the 1987 America’s Cup, a professional sailboat race. Before I knew it, I was being asked to fly around the world to glamorous places – Honolulu, San Francisco, Sardinia and the Caribbean – and being paid to race sailboats. It was an impossibly long way from the life I’d grown up to in that fishing and oil town – and far too good to turn down. The writing would have to wait.

It didn’t have to wait long. I quickly started to write about the sport I was so immersed in, publishing hundreds of thousands of words in books and articles on sailing, and winning a couple of awards along the way. And I started to think about a novel – I had an idea from all those philosophy lectures I had endured, a game of the Prisoner’s Dilemma played for life and death. The Defector and then the rest of the Janac’s Games series grew out of that idea.

My goal for that first book and all my novels since was to keep the reader turning the pages, but to leave them with something to think about afterwards.

What will you do…?

The Defector was first published in the UK by Random House (as The Delivery), and got rave reviews in the trade literature. It was followed up by The Wrecking Crew, the second in what would become the Janac’s Games series. Initially, this second book was rejected by London publishers and it seemed that my fiction career was over – but I kept working at it, and a few years later HarperCollins in Australia and New Zealand published them both to coincide with what would be the last big contest in my sailing career, the 2003 America’s Cup in Auckland.

I realised that I had been given a second chance at my life’s dream of writing novels, but that this time I must fully focus on it. It was time to close the door on my sports career – I didn’t have the time or energy for both. What followed was a transitional decade, but I was still lucky enough to get involved in some very cool projects. I went to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on a beautiful sailing boat. I got to write for some of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian, and I worked in television for a while, commentating and script-writing.

There was also a revolution in publishing going on. The Kindle and other eBook readers transformed the business opportunities for writers, and I was quick to take advantage of them to get control of the way my novels were published. The Janac’s Games books found success in the eBook formats, and were followed up by The Fulcrum Files – historical fiction of which I’m very proud – and then the first of the Burn series, Powder Burn featuring Sam Blackett, my favourite character to date. There will be more, lots more. Just like I hoped all those years ago.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Mark Chisnell and ENT appreciate it.


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