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Burnt Sienna by David Morrell
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Burnt Sienna (edition 2000)

by David Morrell

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Once Chase Malone waged war. Now he creates beauty, living as a reclusive painter in Mexico. Until a rich man hires Chase to do his wife’s portrait. And Chase finds out what beauty is really all about… Derek Bellasar is an international arms merchant who lives in a fortress-like mansion on the Riviera. Sienna is his wife and the woman whose incredible beauty Chase Malone must somehow capture on canvas. There’s only one problem: Every time Bellesar has one of his wives painted, she dies. Suddenly, Chase is fighting a one-man battle against Bellasar and a private army of highly trained killers. At stake is Sienna’s life, and more. Because the CIA has been using Chase to keep a blockbuster biological arms deal from going down. And with a man’s evil threatening to devastate the world, Chase Malone must save a woman, save his life, and practice the art of war.… (more)
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Title:Burnt Sienna
Authors:David Morrell
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2000), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 387 pages
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After leaving the marines Chase Malone has found success as an artist. So much success that he comes to the attention of international arms dealer, Derek Bellasar. Bellasar wants Malone to paint two portraits of his wife, Sienna. Bellasar wants him to do it very much and is willing to go to extreme lengths to “convince” Chase it would be a wise career (and life) choice to accept the commission. Despite the fact that Malone is officially a civilian the Secret Service jumps on the chance to get one of their own close to this international bad guy. Things go from bad to worse, and soon Chase and Sienna are on the run not only from Bellasar but from the government as well.

I have been a fan of Mr. Morrell’s for several years. As I have mentioned in a prior post he is the creator of Rambo in his novel “First Blood” so that should give readers some idea of the type of books he writes. He has written others, one with a bit of a gothic undertone (Double Image) and one a quite funny tongue and cheek poke at his own genre (The Spy Who Came for Christmas), but with Burnt Sierra he is true to his strength … the thriller. I enjoyed the book.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
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  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Great book! Hard to put down. Fast moving and well written. ( )
  bobrocky | Jul 27, 2007 |
This is one of the most fascinating books I have read. Keeps you turning the pages. The beauty and artistry really touched my heart. It's very unique. I highly recommend it. ( )
  conrocky | Jul 18, 2007 |
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