Having just completed a rescue mission for Stop Human Enslavement Now (SHEN), former assassin, Leine Basso, is asked to check up on a case of children missing from a refugee camp. On what she thinks will be a routine mission, she meets a street waif who has witnessed a murder and is being pursued by the killers and decides to help the young girl get to safety. The routine check at the camp turns into anything but, and Leine and her new charge find themselves on the run from a shadowy figure running a human trafficking ring with a deadly mission. They make a big mistake when they make a try for Leine—now, it’s her or them, and she has every intention of surviving.
Dark Return by D V Berkom is without doubt, the best Leine Basso thriller to date. Like its predecessors, it’s chocked full of blood-chilling action, and it skillfully merges two of the world’s greatest evils, human trafficking and terrorism, in a tale that will grab you by the short hairs and not let go.
Basso at her baddest—don’t miss it. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
I give this one a solid, resounding five stars.
Kate Jones, working with, Sam, a cop-turned PI, and reestablishing her relationship with her kid sister, hopes that she has finally put her past behind her, and that her days of looking over her shoulder and running are finally over. When kids in Seattle start overdosing on a new street drug, the cops don’t pay much attention, but when Kate’s sister, Lisa, ODs and is left in a coma, she starts to look into it. She quickly discovers that what’s happening is far more sinister than a mistake made by drug dealers, or even a move by a drug cartel. Powerful people are involved, and Kate’s faced with a problem; does she take what she knows to the cops, or does she do what she does best—get revenge for her sister.
Vigilante Dead is another D. V. Berkom thriller with a kick-ass female main character who doesn’t even bother to take names, and who definitely takes no prisoners. This is a non-stop thrill ride from page one, and the pace doesn’t let up until the last bad buy has gotten his just desserts. There’s not a wasted word, even the descriptions of the locale are filled with tension and keep the story moving, and the characters; well, what can one say about them, other than that they are so real, you can smell the fear sweat and feel the angry heat radiating off their bodies.
If you’ve not read this author before, this is a good book to start with, and then, if you’re smart, you’ll get up off your rear end and get her other books pronto.
I received an advance reader copy of this book; read it right away, and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Berkom’s hit another one out of the park with Vigilante Dead.
I give this one five stars.
When the daughter of a high powered Beverly Hills couple goes missing after a party in Tijuana, the family hires former assassin Leine Basso to find her. When the girl’s boyfriend is find murdered and mutilated in his car, and a local cartel threatens Leine if she doesn’t back off the investigation, she realizes that she’s dealing with more than a simple carjacking gone awry.
In The Body Market, D.V. Berkom takes Leine and the reader into the dark, dangerous world of human trafficking. I’ve read several of the Leine Basso thrillers, but this one sets the standard for adventure thrillers, and is in my humble view, the best yet. Biting dialogue and gritty descriptions are hallmarks of Berkom’s fiction, and she writes action scenes that are as brilliant as freshly spilt blood.
Leine Basso is one tough cookie, capable of inflicting pain or withstanding it, but in The Body Market, the psychic pain she has to endure as she rescues a young girl from a fate worse than death is almost unbearable. This story deals with a subject that is not for the squeamish or faint of heart, in Berkom’s inimitable style. It’s a definite keeper. I give it five stars.