Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Cargo by DV Berkom - Review and Giveaway

This review is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. DV Berkom will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Haunted by memories of an op gone bad, former assassin Leine Basso travels to Bangkok in search of a missing backpacker. With help from an old contact, she discovers the man responsible for the girl’s disappearance is connected to a violent Hong Kong triad and is the linchpin of an extensive trafficking network—both animal and human.

Making enemies isn’t new for Leine, but making one in the triad is—she soon finds herself a prisoner onboard a cargo ship headed for sub-Saharan Africa. To ensure her survival and to continue her hunt for the missing girl, she must join forces with Derek, an ivory poacher who promises to help her.

For a price.

Another great book from DV Berkom--I absolutely love her kickass heroine Leine Basso. This is the fourth book in the series (you can read my review of the book just before this one here, but it can be read as a standalone. However, you don't have to because for a limited time, DV is offering the first three books as a boxed set and it's ON SALE! Treat yourself to an early Christmas present!

Leine Basso is not a woman to mess around with. She is doing a favor for a friend and looking for said friend's daughter, who has gone missing on a backpacking trip to Bangkok. Leine finds way more than she expects, though, when it turns out Kylie is more than just missing--and it will take all of Leine's skills and former contacts to retrieve her from a very dangerous situation.

I don't want to say too much for fear of giving away spoilers, but this is definitely a book you do not want to put down once you start--so I recommend you don't start it if you have an appointment soon (or dinner to get ready). The action is non-stop!

I love all the characters (even the bad guys... you're gonna love to hate 'em!) and I really liked Derek-- I would love to see a series with him as he continues his path in Africa (just a hint, DV). And Leine is just as kickass as ever. She does not put up with anything from anyone-- and it was great to see an unmovable force in the person of Leine meet an immovable object in the case of Derek-- both strong characters and both determined in their own way.

Great job! I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series. 4 flowers! Take a look at one of the scenes from this book.

With a deep inhale, she low-crawled to the apex of the roof, expecting to feel the hot bite of a bullet with each meter gained, or, alternatively, the hair-raising buzz and crack of a lightning strike. The storm hadn’t yet washed away the dirt and dust on Derek’s roof. The resulting slurry made progress even more challenging.

She reached the top and removed the rifle, then released the bipod, setting it up so only the tip of the barrel cleared the roofline. She lay on her stomach, flipped up the front and rear dust covers on the scope and sighted on the house across the street. Her body relaxed into the most efficient position naturally, as though it hadn’t been years since she’d done this. Muscle memory was a powerful thing, especially after spending hours upon hours learning a specific weapon.

Part of her missed the familiarity. This was something she was good at.

Leine scanned the area across the street through the night scope, pausing at the positions she might have chosen, but didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. She wondered where the police were, or if anyone had called them. The neighbors had probably confused the crack of gunfire with the sound of the storm.

She kept coming back to a dark area near the house across the street. All she could make out at first were two garbage bins. She scanned the bushes next to them.

A shadow near one of the bins moved. A man in a dark shirt and pants broke away from the house and headed across the street in a crouch, a machine gun in both hands.

About the Author:
DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the bestselling author of two award-winning thriller series (Leine Basso and Kate Jones), her love of creating resilient, kick-ass women characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.

Raised in the Midwest, she earned a BA in political science from the University of Minnesota and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several cross-country moves later, she now lives just outside of Seattle, Washington with the love of her life, Mark, a chef-turned-contractor, and several imaginary characters who like to tell her what to do. Her most recent books include Cargo, The Body Market, Bad Traffick, A One Way Ticket to Dead, and Yucatán Dead.

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  1. What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

    1. Good question, Mai! A Special Forces survival manual would be #1 on the list, along with some fishing line with a hook, and something to hold fresh water. I'm nothing if not a practical girl :-)

  2. thank you for the chance to win :)

  3. Thank you for the fab review, MJ! I'm glad you enjoyed Leine and Derek-they're both fun characters to write. And, I will definitely give your suggestion re: Derek some thought :-)

  4. Wonderful review and great excerpt.

  5. This sounds like an exciting read.

    1. It should keep you up at night, Mary! Thanks for stopping by :-)

  6. The book sounds really intriguing and suspenseful.

    1. Thanks, Kim! I've been told it's hard to put down:-) Thanks for commenting!

  7. The book sounds really intriguing and suspenseful.


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